The Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center and the Black Studies Department will sponsor several events at or near MU to celebrate Black History Month.
“We want to celebrate some of the successes of black people in America, as well as in Africa,” said MU black studies professor Robert Williams, a member of the Black History Month Committee.
May 17 will mark the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision, which ended segregation in public schools, and several of the events discuss the impact of this decision.
“It was a momentous decision,” Williams said. “From 1896 to 1954, racial discrimination in public schools was legal.”
An oratorical contest, “The Impact of Brown on Predominantly White Campuses (1954-2004),” will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Conservation Auditorium on the MU campus.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Phyllis Chase, superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, will host a presentation called “The Implication of Brown v. Topeka Board of Education” at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center.
MU professors Carol Anderson, K.C. Morrison and Michael Middleton will hold a roundtable discussion on the impact of the Brown decision at 7 p.m. Friday in Room 104 of the Arts and Science Building.
There are three Black History Month exhibits in Columbia: an exhibit of Askia Nasir Bailal Art at the Black Culture Center, the photo exhibit “Songs of My People” at Ellis Library, and an exhibit titled “The Black History of Columbia,” at The Armory, 701 E. Ash St.
Zaki Baruti, a St. Louis activist, will speak at 6 p.m. today at the Black Culture Center.
Three brown-bag lunch seminars will be held this month, all of them from noon to 1 p.m. “The Importance of Graduate and Professional Education” will be today in Room 234 of Brady Commons. “The Role of Historically Black Colleges/Universities,” will be on Feb. 16 in 105 Cornell Hall, and “Health Care Issues in the Black Community” will be on Feb. 23, also in 105 Cornell Hall.
“The Two Towns of Jasper,” a film about the murder of James Byrd in Jasper, Texas, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Black Culture Center.
There will be an open discussion on the significance of hair to the African American community at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Black Culture Center.
The MU Black Law Students Association will host its annual Lloyd L. Gaines Banquet at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Stotler Lounge in Memorial Union. It costs $30 to attend.
The “Dallas Black Dance Theatre,” will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Jesse Auditorium in Jesse Hall. Tickets can be bought through Ticketmaster.
A town hall meeting, “Why Are All White Students Sitting Together and Why is No One Noticing?” will be held at 7 p.m. at 204 General Classroom Building.
The Mid-Missouri Black Poetry Festival will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Black Culture Center.
The MU chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority will host a fish fry from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Black Culture Center. The cost for the dinner is $4.
There will be gospel music and a soul food dinner at 3 p.m. Feb. 29 at St. Luke’s Methodist Church, 204 E. Ash St.