USM Gulf Park will celebrate ‘Black Excellence’

The USM Gulf Park campus will play a significant role in the future of higher education in Mississippi.
The USM Gulf Park campus will play a significant role in the future of higher education in Mississippi. Sun Herald File

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will celebrate the important contributions of African-Americans during Black History Month through several programs and events. 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 said. “We invite students, faculty, staff, and the local community to partake in this year’s Black History Month festivities.”

The schedule:

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

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; and 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, call the Division of Student Affairs on the Gulf Park campus at 228-214-3341.