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Black History Month to be Celebrated at Southern Miss Feb. 3-27

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Clifton Taulbert

Renowned African-American author Clifton Taulbert will headline The University of Southern Mississippi’s Black History Month programming when he will be the guest speaker for the annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture Series Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The lecture series is named for the university’s first two African-American students, Gwendolyn Elaine Armstrong and Raylawni Branch.

Taulbert, a Mississippi native, is the author of the acclaimed “Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored,” a memoir of his life growing up in the Mississippi Delta during the civil rights movement. He also wrote the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “The Last Train North” in which he shares, among other stories, two life changing experiences – his decision to leave his native Mississippi Delta to join the Air Force and meeting his father for the first time.

He is the recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Literature and a Mississippi Arts and Letters Award for Nonfiction. He was also named one of America’s outstanding black entrepreneurs by Time magazine.

Black History Month activities at Southern Miss include the following:

  • A Dramatic Journey to the New Black, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m., Theatre and Dance Building (map) 116
  • Essence of Black, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m., Thad Cochran Center (map) Ballroom II
  • Movie Night: "The Butler," Feb. 11, at 6 p.m., Liberal Arts Building (map) Gonzales Auditorium
  • Student Soul Food Luncheon, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Fresh Food Co. (map)
  • What is the Value of Your Black Education?, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m., Union (map) B
  • The Black View, Feb. 18, from 8 a.m.- noon, R.C.'s Lounge (map)
  • Armstrong-Branch Lecture Series, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m., Bennett Auditorium (map); Featured speaker: author Clifton L. Taulbert.
  • Lampkin-Hughes Oratorical, Feb. 19, 6 p.m., Trent Lott National Center (map) 103
  • Mock Trial, Feb. 20, 6 p.m., Thad Cochran Center (map) Ballroom III
  • Eagle Awards, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Thad Cochran Center (map) Ballroom III
  • Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m., Liberal Arts Building (map) Gonzales Auditorium

For more information about Black History Month programming at Southern Miss, contact Valencia Walls at 601.266.5057 or e-mail valencia.walls@usm.edu.