To enhance the cultural competency of students at Murray State University (MSU), the Office of Multicultural Affairs in collaboration with various MSU offices and community organizations is excited to present our 2014 Black History Celebration.
Our theme for this year is Living the Dream: Remembering the Legacy by Inspiring Future Leaders.
This year’s Black History celebration will begin Sunday, January 19th with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candlelight Vigil and March at 5:30pm in front of Pogue Library.
Dr. James L. Hudson, Pastor Harrison Street Baptist Church in Paducah, KY will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast scheduled for 8:30am, Monday, January 20th in the MSU Curris Center Ballroom.
The Breakfast is hosted by the Zeta Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Student Life, and the City of Murray Human Rights Commission.
The Breakfast will be followed by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service sponsored by the Office of Regional Outreach, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Student Government Association. Over 250 students and community members are expected to participate in various service projects throughout the day. (Visit volunteer.murraystate.edu to register).
The Black Student Council will host a Black History Discussion Panel Thursday, February 6th at 5:00pm in the MSU Curris Center Barkley Room. The African Students’ Club will present the “Taste of Africa” Friday, February 7th in the MSU Curris Center Ballroom, and the National African American Read-in will be held Monday, February 10th in the MSU Curris Center Tennessee Room.
On Friday, February 21st there will be a Black History Celebration Community Potluck in the MSU Curris Center Ballroom and movie showing of “12 years A Slave” in the MSU Curris Center Theatre. This event is sponsored by the Black History Celebration Committee and co-sponsored by the Student Government Association, Cinema International, Office of Student Life, Black Student Council, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
On Friday, February 28th in the MSU Curris Center Ballroom from 8:30am-3:00pm, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will host its Bi-Annual Cultural Leadership & Empowerment Conference featuring Dr. Mark L. McPhail-Dean, College of Arts & Communications, UW-Whitewater, Dr. Greg Ross-Division Director, Next Generation of Professionals, Kentucky Department of Education, and Rinzee Stansberry, C2 College Initiative TM , Irmo, SC. (Visit www.murraystate.edu/oma to register).
A Community College & Career Readiness Fair will be held in Paducah, KY on Saturday, March 1st at the newly opened MSU Crisp Center, Paducah Regional Campus.
Graduate and undergraduate student research will be highlighted at the conference. At the Community College and Career Readiness Fair faculty, staff, students and community members will provide information about careers and educational opportunities.
The Black History Celebration will conclude Friday, April 4th with the 9th Annual Diversity Achievement Awards Reception. Students are recognized for their academic achievement and contributions to diversity at Murray State University. This event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
All events are free and open to the public.
(Registration may be required for some events).
Call 270-809-6836 for more information.
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