FLORENCE – In celebration of Black History Month, the Francis Marion University African-American Faculty and Staff Coalition (AAFSC) has planned several activities on the campus.
The overall theme of this year’s event is “The History of Black Economic Empowerment.”
“This year’s theme commemorates the economic achievements of our forefathers and their ongoing contributions,” said Steven Sims, AAFSC president. "We want as many of the events as possible to educate people about the economic advances African-Americans have made.”
He added, “Part of knowing who you are is where you've been. And knowing that really undergirds the need to make the right decisions going forward."
On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the kickoff event will be held in Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. This is a showing of Clarence Brown’s, “Intruder in the Dust.” The film deals with the injustices of segregation.
On Wednesday, Feb. 3, there will be a night of cultural enlightenment held in Chapman Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. with guest performances by FMU’s Young, Gifted and Blessed Gospel Choir and the Performing Arts Academy Dance Troop of Marion.
Friday, Feb. 5, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) “Prevention - A Choice and a Lifestyle!” A rally and march will be held in the Heyward Community Center at 5 p.m. and a town hall meeting will be held in the Frank B. Lee Nursing Building Auditorium at 6 p.m. to commemorate this day.
The 9th Annual Scholarship Banquet, “Empowering Students, Encouraging Ingenuity, Inspiring Change,” will take place on Thursday, Feb. 11, in Ervin Dining Hall at 6 p.m. The speaker for this year’s event is Sen. Gerald Malloy - District 29.
Concluding the month of events will be a Cultural Film Series held on Monday, Feb. 22, in Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium. The CNN Documentary, “Black in America” will be shown. Soledad O’Brien explores the state of black men in America. O’Brien dispels the myths and examines the disparities between blacks and whites in education, career, economic achievement and the devastating rates of Black male incarceration. O’Brien also reports on the progress of Black women in the workplace and the status of the Black middle class.
Sponsors for the events include the FMU English Department, FMU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, FMU Residence Life, HopeHealth of Florence and FMU’s African American Faculty and Staff Coalition.
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