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ETSU celebrates Black History Month with events for students

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. --- East Tennessee State University is celebrating Black History Month with a series of events for students on campus.

"We just try to make sure that all students are aware that it's black history awareness month but also for them to be more inclusive, so we try to make everything for everyone," said Laura Terry, director of multicultural affairs.

You can find a full list of ETSU's Black History Month events below:

“Blacks in Appalachia” – This Black History Month lecture will be given by Dr. William H. Turner, Prairie View A&M University research scientist and former Kentucky State University interim president, who was one of the first scholars to study the important role of African Americans in Appalachia. Monday, Feb. 11, 4:30-6 p.m., Reece Museum. Sponsored by the Department of Appalachian Studies and Center of Excellence for Appalachian Studies and Services at ETSU. Contact: Dr. Ron Roach, 423-439-7494 or roachr@etsu.edu.

Natural Hair Discussion: “Do You Know Your Hair?” – Participants will learn tips and tricks to care for and embrace their natural hair. Monday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., 204 Wilson-Wallis Hall. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 423-439-6171 or mcstaff@etsu.edu.

Langston Hughes Project – A multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz,” which was the poet’s homage to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad in the early 1960s. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. Brown Hall auditorium. Sponsored by the Black Affairs Association and Office of Multicultural Affairs. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 423-439-6171 or mcstaff@etsu.edu.

“Black Love/Interracial Relationships” – A student discussion pertaining to perceptions of race and dating. Thursday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m., 204 Wilson-Wallis Hall. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 423-439-6171 or mcstaff@etsu.edu.

National Pan-Hellenic Council Informational – An event which includes recognition of notable members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council who have made significant contributions to black history. Monday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Brown Hall auditorium. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 423-439-6171 or mcstaff@etsu.edu.

“The Accomplishments of James Farmer, a Major Leader of the Civil Rights Movement” – A Black History Month lecture by Dr. Dorothy Drinkard-Hawkshawe, director of Africana Studies and professor in the ETSU Department of History. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 4 p.m., Sherrod Library, room TBA. Contact: Dr. Dorothy Drinkard-Hawkshawe, 423-439-6688 or drinkard@etsu.edu.

The Poetry Cafe – An open mic event for student poets, singers, rappers, musicians and storytellers which celebrates the art of poetry while connecting to the community. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., Brown Hall auditorium. Sponsored by the Black Affairs Association. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 423-439-6171 or mcstaff@etsu.edu.

Trap n’ Paint/Color – Students will have a chance to listen to music while tapping into their creativity by drawing, painting and coloring. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., 204 Wilson-Wallis Hall. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 423-439-6171 or mcstaff@etsu.edu.

“Evening of Elegance” Dance – This semi-formal event allows students to dress up, socialize, relax and dance. Refreshments provided. Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Basler Center for Physical Activity, basketball court 4. Sponsored by the Black Affairs Association. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 423-439-6171 or mcstaff@etsu.edu.

Black History Month Concert – The ETSU Gospel and International choirs will honor and celebrate Black History Month with a concert of uplifting music. Sunday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m., Brown Hall auditorium. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 423-439-6171 or mcstaff@etsu.edu.

Movie: “The Hate You Give”/Discussion: “Black Stereotypes – Breaking the Chains” – In this film, a young girl facing pressure from all sides of the community must find her voice and stand up for what’s right after she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Monday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Brown Hall auditorium. Sponsored by Diversity Educators and the Black Affairs Association. Contact: Tedra Bennett, 423-439-6171 or mcstaff@etsu.edu.

“A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture” – A commemorative poster exhibition celebrating the 2016 opening of that Smithsonian museum. Based on the museum’s inaugural exhibitions, the posters highlight key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. Continuing through Feb. 22, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Contact: Reece Museum, 423-439-4392.

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