Missouri University of Science and Technology will celebrate Black History Month this February with numerous events based on the theme “Black Life and Culture Knowledge.” The following campus events are free and open to the public:
• Black History Month Kick-off, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in the Havener Center atrium. This annual event will feature samples of traditional soul food, information tables featuring historically black student organizations, music and student performances.
• “Am I Black If?” 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Missouri-Ozark Room of the Havener Center. A discussion focusing on what it means to be black in America, led by Jonathan A. McElderry, director of The University of Missouri-Columbia Black Cultural Center.
• “Life in Our Shoes,” 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the Meramec-Gasconade Room of the Havener Center. A presentation on understanding the cultural differences between members of the black and white communities, led by Harlan Hodge, a social worker from Ferguson, Missouri.
• Film screening of “20 Feet from Stardom,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Leach Theatre. “20 Feet from Stardom” is a 2013 documentary that shows the lives of background singers and the role they play in music.
• Celebrating Culture Museum, 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in St. Pat’s Ballroom A of the Havener Center. An interactive museum featuring “First Blacks at S&T,” “Blacks in Science” and many other exhibits and topics.
• Test Your Knowledge trivia night, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in St. Pat’s Ballroom C of the Havener Center. Trivia questions will focus on various topics covered throughout Black History Month.
• Film screening of “Belle,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Leach Theatre. “Belle” is the 2013 British period drama inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed-race daughter of a British Royal Navy officer in the mid-1700s.
• Black History Month Celebration, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in Leach Theatre. This annual event will be hosted by Ebony Stewart, a spoken word artist, and will feature a keynote address by Dwan Prude, who earned bachelor of science and a master of science degrees in engineering management from Missouri S&T in 2002 and 2004, respectively.
• Dinner to Jazz, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in St. Pat’s Ballroom of the Havener Center. Tickets are required for the event. Contact Dr. Jerri Arnold-Cook at 573-341-6828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
Black History Month events are planned by Missouri S&T’s Black History Month Committee. The following Missouri S&T groups are sponsoring events during the month: African Student Association; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.; Associated Students of the University of Missouri; Association of Black Students; Black Man’s Think Tank; human resources, equity and inclusion office; Interfraternity Council; leadership and cultural programs; Missouri S&T Free Film Series; National Society of Black Engineers; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.; Sigma Phi Epsilon; Society of Women Engineers; Solar House Team; Student Affairs; student diversity, outreach and women’s programs; Student Union Board; and Voices of Inspiration.