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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 3, 2014

Events scheduled at Northwest to mark Black History Month

Northwest Missouri State University will commemorate Black History Month this year with a series of events that include lectures, performances and a soul food dinner.

Northwest’s Office of Intercultural Affairs, in conjunction with the Office of Campus Activities and student organizations, is sponsoring the month of activities, which begin Tuesday, Feb. 4, with a poetry show presented by Mayhem Poets, beginning at 7 p.m. in the J.W. Jones Student Union Living Room.  

All events are free, except for the Black History Achievement Month Celebration, Feb. 25. Tickets for the celebration event, which includes a dinner and performances, are $10 and must be purchased before Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Student Engagement Center in the Student Union.

Celebrated each February, Black History Month celebrates individuals and events in the history of the African American culture. Black History Month was founded as Negro History Week in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson. The goal of Black History Week was to educate blacks about their cultural background and instill in them a sense of pride in their race. Since 1976, it is celebrated annually in the United States.

Additional details about Black History Month activities at Northwest are listed below. For more information, contact the Office of Intercultural Affairs at 660.562.1367.


Tuesday, Feb. 4: Mayhem Poets (7 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union Living Room)

Mayhem Poets have been dubbed “an amazing ride” by the New York Times with a performance that is described as “The Simpsons meets Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert.” These theater-trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theater, improv and stand-up comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed. For more information about Mayhem Poets, visit


Thursday, Feb. 6: Leadership According to Dr. King (6 p.m., Student Union Student Engagement Center)

Director of Campus Activities Angel McAdams Prescott will lead a discussion about Martin Luther King Jr.’s contributions to society as well as a deeper look as today’s leadership roles and how individuals can create their own footprint as leaders at Northwest.


Wednesday, Feb. 12: Kazual (7:30 p.m. Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts)

The quartet of singing brothers appeared on Season 3 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” offering a unique blend of R&B and hip hop. Kazual features E.Jae, Playboi, D-Mac and Lil’ Gabe performing an eclectic mix of R&B, hip hop and dirty pop reminiscent of Boyz II Men, New Edition and Jodeci – creating a unique style of music the group members have dubbed “DooWopHipPop.” For more information about Kazual, visit


Monday, Feb. 24: Chuck D (7 p.m., Student Union Ballroom)

Chuck D is the leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, the author of two critically acclaimed books and a political activist, publisher, radio host and producer. During the last five years, he has hosted “On the Real/Off the Record” for Air America, on which some of the most important musical and political figures have been interviewed. Chuck D continues to make music and write prolifically on technology, politics, rap and soul music and race in the U.S.


Tuesday, Feb. 25: Black History Achievement Month Celebration (7 p.m. Student Union Ballroom)

The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Northwest multicultural organizations and the Office of Intercultural Affairs presents this soul food dinner with performances and recognitions throughout the night. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased before Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Student Engagement Center front desk, located on the second floor of the Student Union.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468