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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 2, 2012

Northwest announces activities to celebrate African American History Month, achievements

Northwest Missouri State University will commemorate African American History Month with a series of events that include films and documentaries, topical discussions, and presentations recognizing the achievements of individuals both on campus and in the American culture.

Northwest's Intercultural and International Center (IIC) is partnering with various student organizations to sponsor the activities, which begin Tuesday, Feb. 7 with a showing of “The Color Purple” at 7 p.m. in The Station West Room.

Throughout the month, “The Help” is available for purchase in the Bearcat Bookstore, and readers are invited to participate in a discussion about the book from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the IIC Conference Room.

The IIC also is accepting donations throughout the month as part of a philanthropy effort dedicated to African Child Ministries, which sponsors children in Kenya to provide them with necessities such as shoes to wear to school, uniforms, food and drinking water. Donations can be made at the IIC front desk, located on the second floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union, of the Soul Food Dinner. 

Additionally, Northwest's B.D. Owens Library is commemorating the month with an "African American Heritage" display of books, CDs and DVDs as well as artifacts from Africa on loan from Dr. Richard Fulton and Dr. Brian Hesse, both of whom are faculty members in the Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science. The display is located on the first floor of the library.

“I hope that people take this month to be reminded that African American history is American history and should be celebrated all year,” Northwest Director of Intercultural Affairs Steve Bryant said. “This month should be a time to celebrate achievements, learn from the past, and help us become a stronger community.”

Each February, African American History Month celebrates individuals and events in the history of the African American culture. African American History Month was founded as Negro History Week in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson. The goal of the week was to educate blacks about their cultural background and instill in them a sense of pride in their race. The United States began celebrating African American History Month annually in 1976. This year’s theme for the national celebration is “Black Women in American Culture and History.”

A complete list of African American History Month activities is listed below. For more information, contact the IIC at 660.562.1367.

For more information about how African American History Month is celebrated nationally, visit

Tuesday, Feb. 7

  • “The Color Purple,” 7 p.m. in The Station West Room. (Sponsored by National Pan-Hellenic Council)


Thursday, Feb. 9

  • “American Experience: Freedom Riders,” 5 to 6 p.m. in the Student Union Living Room.


Wednesday, Feb. 15

  • “The Rosa Parks Story,” noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Living Room.
  • “From Africa to America and Back,” 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Living Room. Dr. Brian Hesse, associate professor in the Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science, will discuss the ways Africans have continued to leave marks on their home continent after  moving to other areas of the world.
  • African American Achievement Quiz, 5:30 p.m. in the South Complex Conference Room. (Sponsored by South and Franken BRIDGEs)


Thursday, Feb. 16

  • African American Achievement Night, 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Boardroom. The event will celebrate significant achievements of African American men and women. (Sponsored by Men’s Minority Organization)


Monday, Feb. 20

  • Game Night, 6 to 8 p.m. in The Station Center Room. (Sponsored by S.T.A.T.S.)


Tuesday, Feb. 21

  • Black History Trivia, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Living Room. (Sponsored by S.T.A.T.S.)
  • “Four Little Girls,” 7 p.m. in The Station West Room. (Sponsored by National Pan-Hellenic Council)
  • Trivia Night: Black History, 9:30 p.m. at Applebee’s.


Wednesday, Feb. 22

  • Jim Crow Day Discussion, 7 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Living Room. Throughout the day, signs will be displayed at restrooms, drinking fountains and other areas to simulate the segregation citizens experienced during the period of Jim Crow laws. The discussion will involve students sharing their experiences during the simulation. (Sponsored by S.T.A.T.S.)


Saturday, Feb. 25

  • S.T.A.T.S. Date Auction, 7 to 10 p.m. in the Student Union Tower View Dining Room. The annual date auction raises money for the S.T.A.T.S. scholarship fund. (Sponsored by S.T.A.T.S.)


Sunday, Feb. 26

  • Celebration Dinner, 7 to 10 p.m. in the Student Union Tower View Dining Room. The annual dinner recognizes selected individuals on the Northwest campus for outstanding service. (Sponsored by S.T.A.T.S.)


Monday, Feb. 27

  • Soul Food and Substance, 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. In conjunction with the national theme celebrating African American women, the event will spotlight black women of the past and present who have made a difference. The event also will feature poetry and dances. Tickets are $10 and should be purchased at the IIC before Feb. 22.


Tuesday, Feb. 28

  • “Hotel Rwanda,” 7 p.m. in The Station West Room. (Sponsored by National Pan-Hellenic Council)


Wednesday, Feb. 29

  • Book Club Discussion: “The Help,” 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the IIC Conference Room. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch.
  • African American Achievement Movie Night and Discussion, 7 p.m. in the East Tower Suites First Floor Conference Room. (Sponsored by Tower Suites BRIDGE)

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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