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USM Gulf Park Campus Black History Month Programming to Include Panel Discussions, Theatre and Dance Performances

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The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will celebrate the important contributions of African-Americans during Black History Month through several programs and events Feb. 1-27. The 2018 Black History Month features the theme “Black Excellence.”

“With the theme of Black Excellence, we hope all participants are able to commemorate and celebrate the many accomplishments of the African American culture, while committing to educate and advocate for social justice,” said Jolanda W. Taylor, Student Affairs Coordinator for the USM Gulf Park campus.

“Student organizations, faculty, and staff have planned a variety of robust opportunities that range from academic to arts and entertainment,” Taylor added. “We invite students, faculty, staff, and the local community to partake in this year’s Black History Month festivities.”

The schedule of events is as follows:

*Thursday, Feb. 1
10:30-11:30 a.m., Paint the Little Rock, Eagle Plaza

12:15-1 p.m., The Spirit of Excellence featuring Dr. Eddie Holloway, USM Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Fleming Education Center Auditorium

*Tuesday, Feb. 6
12:15-1 p.m., Trivia Takedown, Fleming Education Center, room 104

*Wednesday, Feb. 7
5:30-7:30 p.m., Greek Showcase, Fleming Education Center Auditorium

*Thursday, Feb. 8
12:15-1 p.m., Integrating the U.S. Military: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation Since World War II, presented by Dr. Douglas Bristol, USM Associate Professor of History, Fleming Education Center, room 104

*Thursday, Feb. 15
12:15-1 p.m., Insecure: A Theatrical Performance by Harlem Company, Fleming Education Center Auditorium

5-6:30 p.m., Black Love Matters, a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Terri Smith, LMSW, Hardy Hall Ballroom

*Monday, Feb. 19
6-7 p.m., Family Reunion Game Night, Fleming Education Center, room 104

*Tuesday, Feb. 20
8-10 a.m., Golden Goals, Fleming Education Center Rotunda

12:15-1 p.m., Drop the Beat: Soul Line Dancing led by Darri “Lady D” Thomas, Hardy Hall Ballroom

*Wednesday, Feb. 21
5-8 p.m., Lights, Camera, Action! featuring a screening of Detroit, Elizabeth Hall, room 114

*Thursday, Feb. 22
12:15-1 p.m., Black Girls Rock, a panel discussion celebrating the accomplishments of African-American Women in STEM featuring Dr. Monique Cola, Delgado Community College; Tiffany Hawkins, NASA Stennis Space Center; and Dr. Veronica Scott, William Carey University. Fleming Education Center, room 104

*Tuesday, Feb. 27
12:15 - 1 p.m., Soul Food Luncheon, featuring Dr. Eric Summers, Vice President for Student Affairs at Southeastern Louisiana University, Hardy Hall Ballroom

For more information about Black History Month programming at the USM Gulf Park campus, contact the Division of Student Affairs on the Gulf Park campus at 228.214.3341. For information about Black History Month programming at the USM Hattiesburg campus, visit