February 2, 2015 at 4:30pm

Millikin University celebrates Black History Month

Millikin University is pleased to announce its celebration of Black History Month. The theme for 2015 is "Celebrating Black Excellence."

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 annual celebration of Black History Month involves a number of events that honor the history and heritage of African-Americans. Millikin's celebration of Black History Month includes the following events.

Thursday, Feb. 5

UCB at the Movies for Black History Month
6 p.m., starting at the Arrival Court

Join UCB at Hickory Point Carmike Cinema for the showing of "Selma" starting at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Vote for Blacks!
12 noon – 2 p.m., Wornick Dining Hall, Richards Treat University Center

Guests can take the "literacy test" that African-Americans were forced to take in Louisiana in the 1960s if they wanted a chance to vote.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

The Cooptation of the N-Word, Guest Speaker: Bryant Smith
5 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Bryant Smith is the founder and owner of Smith Consulting and Networking, which is a comprehensive training, development, and consulting firm dedicated to creating "safe and empowering learning climates" for all people. He is an expert on identifying, cultivating, and maximizing human potential. Bryant travels the country as an author and inspirational speaker, but more importantly, he makes a difference in the lives of young people every day through his work, volunteerism and philanthropy.

Tuesday, Feb. 17

Celebrating Black Excellence Throughout History
5 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Partnering with Dennis Lab School, the event will feature monologues from Dennis fifth grade students on a profound person in history.

Sunday, Feb. 22

"Our Experience"– Reflections from Students
3 p.m., Pilling Chapel, Millikin campus

Reflecting on the past year, and all of the racial tension present in the news and in passing life, students will share their reflections on their experiences as college students. The event will feature music performances, poetry, and readings.

Thursday, Feb. 26

"The Slave Trade in Africa and the colonization of the African State"
Guest Speaker: Kwabena Tandoh

6 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Kwabena Tandoh is the founder of GATE Consultancy and serves as president and chief executive officer. He is also the lead consultant on the Goodwin College Ghana project where he serves as executive director. Tandoh's lecture will focus on Africa as seen through the eyes of Western media.

For more information on Millikin's celebration of Black History Month, please contact the Millikin Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement at 217.424.6335 or by e-mail at ise@millikin.edu.