GEORGETOWN, KY – Black History Month, always celebrated in February, is an important reminder to all of us to reflect and truly learn about not only the history of African Americans, but also how these citizens have influenced and changed the way America works. As an increasingly culturally diverse campus, Georgetown College is hosting several events to celebrate Black History Month and to help students learn more about this diverse and important part of American culture.
Tuesday, February 12, Asher Science Center 112, 7 p.m.
The Georgetown Activities Council (GAC) kicks off the Black History Month tribute with a moving depiction of Anne Braden’s life during the Civil Rights movement. Ann Braden: Southern Patriot is the title of a video to be shown, after which there will be a faculty-led discussion. The video is a moving biography of a Southern white woman organizer and journalist who, for a remarkable 60 years, participated in the most significant movements for racial and economic justice in the country’s most conservative region – the South.
Monday, February 17, Muhammed Ali Center, Louisville
Departing at noon, GAC leads a group of Georgetonians to Louisville to remember and reflect on the great life of Muhammad Ali at the multicultural center and award-winning museum that bears his name. The Center captures the inspiration derived from the story of Ali’s incredible life and the six core principles that have fueled his journey.
Tuesday, February 19, John L. Hill Chapel, 7 p.m.
The College’s Gospel Choir and Concert Chorale present a Black History Month Musical Tribute featuring gospel music and old spirituals.
Monday, February 25, WOW Grille, 10 p.m.
Comedy Slam: Laugh your TIGER out!! is part of GAC’s late night programming series and features Ronnie Jordan, voted 2011 Comedy Act of the Year. Jordan has performed on over 600 college campus. The evening is co-sponsored by the Ambassadors of Diversity.
Tuesday, February 26, WOW Grille, 4 p.m.
African American Read-In. This is an event where people simply show up and read aloud for a few minutes from a book by an African American author. It is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.
Wednesday, February 27, Ward Room, 7 p.m.
The Chautauqua Performance featuring Dr. Ed Smith as Justice John Marshall Harlan is a free event open to the public. This performance will cover many aspects of Kentucky history and Justice Marshall`s involvement with the Plessy vs. Ferguson case. This event will take place on February 26th at 7pm in the Ward Room in the learning resource center. The event counts as a NEXUS/CEP for all Georgetown student.
Wednesday, February 27, WOW Grille, 8 p.m.
Open MIC Night with The Ambassadors. GAC and the Ambassadors of Diversity host a night of poetry and music. There will be light snacks and refreshments and an amazing array of campus talent displayed.
Thursday, February 28, Venue & Time TBD
“A Time in Black History: Looking Back Over the Years.” Retired Georgetown College history professor Dr. Lindsey Apple will be joined by Mr. William McIntyre for reflections. Location and time will be announced.