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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 6, 2015

Events scheduled at Northwest to mark Black History Month

Northwest Missouri State University will commemorate Black History Month with a series of events that include discussions, a guest speaker and an annual soul food dinner.

Northwest’s Office of Intercultural Affairs is sponsoring the month of activities, using the theme “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.” The events begin Tuesday, Feb. 9, with “Making Whiteness Visible: Examining White Privilege,” a workshop co-sponsored by the University Police Department from 5 to 7 p.m. in the J.W. Jones Student Union Boardroom.

All events are free, except for the Soul Food and Substance Dinner Tuesday, Feb. 24. Tickets for the celebration event, which includes a dinner and performances, are $10 and must be purchased before 5 p.m. Friday, 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.


Making Whiteness Visible: Examining White Privilege

Monday, Feb. 9, 5-7 p.m. (Student Union Boardroom)

This workshop is open to all who want to allow a chance for personal growth. University Police and Intercultural Affairs will team up to examine privilege and what it means.


Movie night and discussion         

Thursday, Feb. 12, 6-9 p.m. (Student Union Meeting Room D)

The public is invited to enjoy a movie about racial inequities. Attendees will select to view “Great Debaters” or “White Man’s Burden” and share a discussion about them afterward.


Guest speaker: Christopher Henderson

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 6-8 p.m. (Student Union Ballroom)

Henderson, a motivational speaker, will reflect on his personal struggles during this discussion about minority leadership in college and being the best person you can be.


Racial inequity discussion

Thursday, Feb. 19, 6-8 p.m. (Student Union Boardroom)

This conversation will seek to shine light on racial inequities in the world through open and honest dialogue.


Black History Month Celebration: Soul Food & Substance Dinner

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6-8:30 p.m. (Student Union Ballroom); tickets are $10 in advance

The public is invited to share in an evening of food, conversation and entertainment. The dinner menu includes fried chicken, fried catfish, collard greens, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, and apple crisp for desert.

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