ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University groups are holding various events this month to celebrate Black History Month, including a "March on Washington" Tuesday, Feb. 26.
All of the events - which are free and open to the public - are sponsored by the NSU Black Student Union, Residence Life and Multicultural Student Affairs.
Events to commemorate Black History Month began Monday, Feb. 4, when the Black Student Union hosted its annual Black History Month Kick-Off Banquet. There, Dr. Jean Pierre Niyikora shared an inspirational keynote on the 2013 national theme, "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington."
On Feb. 6, the South Dakota Humanities Council partnered with NSU Multicultural Affairs and Black Student Union to host an interactive evaluation of the implications and impact of race with Dr. Lawrence Diggs. BSU leaders continued awareness efforts by hosting trivia tables in the Student Center and recently collaborated with the NSU theater department to host an HIV/AIDS awareness booth on Valentine's Day.
On Feb. 26, the March on Washington will begin at 11 a.m. The event will start in the Student Center Centennial rooms with a speech by Dr. Brenda Donelan, professor of sociology at Northern. Marchers will then go outside to the east of the Student Center between Williams Library and the Technology Center/Mewaldt-Jensen Building, heading south to the corner of South Washington Street and 15th Avenue Southeast by Steele Hall. The group will then march back down Washington Street back to the Student Center, where Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech will be playing over loudspeakers. The event will end with a banquet/sign-off in the Centennial rooms.
Other events still to come are as follows:
Feb. 19: iLL-Literacy: Cultural Awareness Workshop, noon, Student Center Centennial rooms A-D; iLL-Literacy: Spoken Word Concert, 8 p.m., Jerde Cafe. (The Spoken Word Concert is for adults only.)
Feb. 25: Rev. Kelly Hinton's presentation on making the most out of the collegiate experience and entrepreneurship, noon, Centennial rooms A and B; Soul Night, 6 p.m., Revival Ribs, 318 Sixth Ave. S.W.
Feb. 26: Soul Train Dance, 9 p.m., Jerde Cafe.