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Black History Month

USC announces plans to celebrate Black History Month

Throughout February, the University of South Carolina and the university’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will celebrate Black History Month with an array of events for students, faculty and staff and the general public.

Most Black History Month events are open to the public and include:

Tuesday, Feb. 8—Perspective on Integration at USC Featuring Harold White, 7:30 p.m., Russell House Theater -- Join the Carolina Service Council in welcoming Harold White, a USC staff member when the university became integrated in 1963. White will tell his inspiring story about his experience of being a staff member at USC during the early days of integration.

Saturday, Feb. 19—Elite Male: Oratorical Showcase, 7 p.m., Russell House Theater -- African-American males will showcase their speaking skills to the public in an oratorical showcase centered on Black History. Requirements to enter the competition include a 3.0 GPA, community service involvement and a complete application, which can be obtained from Jordan Addison by e-mail at or Tamara Parker at The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Wednesday, Feb. 23—Black in South Carolina: Color of My Heart, 7 p.m., SCE&G Auditorium in the Public Health Research Building -- Join members of the USC Chapter of the Association of Minority Pre-Health Students as they discuss aspects of the African-American experience and the effect it has on African American overall health. The event features a documentary and a panel discussion including African-American doctors, professors, insurance personnel and a corrections officer.

Friday, Feb. 25—2011 Legends of… Concert featuring Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, 8 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts -- The Auntie Karen Foundation created the Legends of…Concert Series to pay tribute to the contributions African-American music has made to history. Each year during Black History Month, the series profiles a jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel or blues artist who has made a lasting contribution to the history of African American music. Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults: Orchestra $61.00, Grand Tier $51.00 and Balcony $41.00
AARP, Students, Groups of ten or more: Balcony $36 and Grand Tier $46.00
Tickets includes a $1.00 restoration fee

Sunday, Feb. 27—2011 Gospel Extravaganza, 6 p.m., Russell House Theater -- Enjoy the sound of South Carolina’s best gospel choirs as they display their talents. Choirs include USC Gospel Choir, Chosen Gospel Ensemble, Richland Northeast GAP Choir, A Touch of Faith, The Company Ministry and Heavenly Creations Gospel Choir – Columbia College.

Monday, Feb. 28—Healthy Soul Food Cooking, 5:30 p.m., Public Health Research Building Room 107 -- Want to learn how to make your traditional soul food heart healthy? This seminar will cover how to incorporate healthier habits into your soul food by preparing easy and healthy meals. Free samples will be provided. Participants are encouraged to register with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs by emailing Jesse Ford at

B.E.G.I.N. (Blacks Excelling in Graduate Institutions and Networking): Grad School Forum, 7 p.m., Russell House Private Dinning Hall -- Come hear graduate students share why they chose to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree, the benefits, and how necessary a graduate degree may be for some career paths. The program is intended to inform minorities about the opportunities, challenges and funding mechanisms related to attending graduate programs.

Other notable Black History Month events for USC students, faculty and staff include a Student Leadership and Diversity Conference at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, in the Russell House. 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the one-day conference, which brings together more than 500 students, faculty and staff from USC and other colleges and will feature speakers Michael Miller and Patricia Harris of the McDonald’s Corporation, LLC. The cost is $20 per USC student and $45 per non-USC participant.

African-American poet Shanelle Gabriel will join USC students, faculty and staff as they perform new and exciting works in celebration of Black History Month, sponsored by Carolina Productions. The event will begin at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Russell House Theater and is open ONLY to USC students, faculty and staff.

For more information on this year’s Black History Month events, contact Rodrick Moore at the Office of Multicultural Student affairs at 777-7716 or or visit

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 02/01/11 @ 7:20 PM | Updated: 02/02/11 @ 10:00 AM | Permalink

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