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Millikin University is pleased to announce its celebration of Black History Month. The theme for 2014 is "The Art of Black Culture."

Black History Month originated in 1926 when historian Carter G. Woodson promoted what was known as "Negro History Week" in an effort to educate people about the accomplishments of African-Americans. In 1976, the celebration was expanded to include the entire month of February, the birth month of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. Black History Month is celebrated to remember important individuals and events in African-American history.

Millikin University's celebration of Black History Month includes a number of events sponsored by University departments and organizations. Millikin's celebration of Black History Month includes the following events:

Thursday, Feb. 6

Opening Dinner: A Night of the Arts
6 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center (RTUC)

Come and celebrate the start of Black History Month with student performances featuring readings, poetry, song, and dance honoring African-American artists of history.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

"Good Hair" Documentary
7 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Learn about the differences of hair from this informative documentary as Chris Rock explores this topic with humor.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Grandma's Greens
7 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Learn about the culture of greens and have the opportunity to sample many different versions as Ezette Banks leads a cooking demo during this special event.

Friday, Feb. 21

"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf"
7 p.m., Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall, co-sponsored by the Millikin Department of Theatre & Dance

This script by Ntozake Shange, expresses many struggles and obstacles that African-American women may face throughout their lives. The performance, directed by Thomas Robson, Millikin assistant professor of theatre, will feature Millikin student actors.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Black History Month Closing Dinner
6 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center, sponsored by the Millikin School of Education

This event, sponsored by the Millikin School of Education, will honor the end of Black History Month with students from Dennis Lab School. The event will also feature a catered meal, as well as gospel singers.

For more information, please contact the Millikin Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement at 217.424.6335 or via e-mail at ise@millikin.edu.
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