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Millikin University is pleased to announce its celebration of Black History Month. The theme for 2013 is "Exploring the 'Imprint' of Black Americans through Art and Culture."

Black History Month originated in 1926 when historian Carter G. Woodson promoted what was known as "Negro History Week" in an effort to educate people about the accomplishments of African-Americans. In 1976, the celebration was expanded to include the entire month of February, the birth month of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. Black History Month is celebrated to remember important individuals and events in African-American history.

Millikin University's celebration of Black History Month includes a number of events sponsored by University departments and organizations, including the Center for Multicultural Student Affairs; School of Education; Brothers Moving Forward; University Center Board; Black Student Union; Multicultural Voices of Praise; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; and the Millikin Interdisciplinary Faculty Conference Committee.

Black History Month includes the following events:

Monday, February 4

Opening Ceremony: “Depictions of the Underground Railroad through Art”
5 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center (RTUC)
Keynote Speaker: Ada Woodson Adams

Keynote speaker Ada Woodson Adams will address the topics of the Underground Railroad and enslavement with a focus on the arts through paintings depicting the Underground Railroad. Ada Woodson Adams co-founded the Multicultural Genealogical Center of Southern Ohio, Inc. She also received the Ohio Underground Railroad Conductor of the Year Award presented by the Friends of Freedom Society, Inc.

The opening ceremony will feature a free dinner by Soul Cuisine de Elegance, and a special welcome to students, families and faculty from Dennis Elementary School.

Friday, February 8

African-American Read-In
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

The African-American Read-In will feature a reading from the works of African-American writers to visiting children from Decatur Public Schools.

Tuesday, February 12

Black in America Panel: "Art & Culture: How Far Have They Brought Us?"
7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Parquet Room, Lower Richards Treat University Center

Tuesday, February 19

Food for Thought: "What They Said about Medgar Evers"
12 noon – 1:30 p.m., East Room, Lower Richards Treat University Center, free lunch provided
Presenter: Millikin Associate Professor of Communication, Dr. Thomas Duncanson

Friday, February 22

Free Movie Night: "The Great Debaters"
8 p.m., Student Programming and Entertainment Center (SPEC), 1099 W. Wood St. in Decatur, Ill.

Inspired by a true story, "The Great Debaters" chronicles the journey of Professor Melvin Tolson, a brilliant but volatile debate team coach who uses the power of words to shape a group of underdog students from a small African-American college in the deep south into a historically elite debate team. A controversial figure, Professor Tolson challenged the social mores of the time and was under constant fire for his unconventional and ferocious teaching methods as well as his radical political views.

Thursday, February 28

Closing Ceremony
7 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center
Keynote Speaker: Former Vice President of Zambia, Enoch Kavindele
Former Zambian Vice President Enoch Kavindele has had a long career in government and continues to be an influential political and business leader in Zambia, and across Africa. Kavindele served as vice president from 2001-2003 and was also a former Minister of Education.

For more information, please contact the Millikin Center for Multicultural Student Affairs at 217.362.6411 or via e-mail at
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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