Black History Month Events Scheduled For RSU

Rogers State University students and faculty have slated several campus artistic and academic activities to coincide with national Black History Month, which is celebrated each February.

The campus activities will begin on Friday, Feb. 17, with a screening of Spike Lee’s 1989 film, “Do the Right Thing,” which addresses the issue of race relations during a hot summer day in New York City. The movie presentation, with a discussion session to follow, will begin at 1 p.m. in Baird Hall, Room 107. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, RSU students and faculty will present a reading of African-American literature from 11 a.m. to noon in the RSU Student Union. The event will be hosted by RSU professor Dr. Guido Arze with musical accompaniment on guitar by RSU student Paul Haines.

The events conclude on Thursday, Feb. 23, with RSU students performing music, and readings in the RSU Student Union from 9:45-11:25 a.m. The scheduled events include:

  • 9:45 a.m., medley performance by Brandon Jones on piano with Elizabeth Tirado on vocals
  • 10:00 a.m., RSU Child Development Center Story Time, with book readings by Shakendra Leathers and Charlene Price.
  • 10:30 a.m., performance by Brandon Jones on piano with Elizabeth Tirado on vocals.
  • 10:45 a.m., “I Have A Dream” presented by Troy Flewellen
  • 11:05 a.m., rap/poetry presented by UGC, which is comprised of Dex Hardy, Greg Hope, Dante Ford, Elizabeth Tirado, Chris Cyrus and Mike Bagby.

The event will also feature a tribute to the late Coretta Scott King by the RSU Association of Black Collegians. The tribute will include an informational display regarding her life and legacy as a civil rights leader. Artwork from children at RSU’s Child Development Center also will be on display.

All the events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (918) 343-7579 or 343-7648.