Several events planned for Black History Month

Several events planned for Black History Month

Jan. 10, 2020

In observance of Black History Month, Maryville College’s Black Student Alliance (BSA) is sponsoring several campus events. The events include a one-act play, dialogues about important and interesting topics, a poetry night event and an Apollo Night event modeled after the original “Showtime at the Apollo” show.

The following events are planned for Black History Month:  

Fri., Feb. 7: Banger
11:30 a.m. in the lobby of Pearsons Hall
The kick-off event to expose the campus to black music and promote upcoming Black History Month events.

Wed., Feb. 12: Durag and Bonnet Day
Noon in the Proffitt Dining Room of Pearsons Hall
A lunch-and-learn presentation will explore the history of headwear in the African-American community, styles of headwear and reasons for wearing them. For members of the public, the cost to purchase lunch in the Margaret Ware Dining Room of Pearsons Hall is $8.50, payable at the door.

Thurs., Feb. 13: Sex Education
4 p.m. in Bartlett Hall, Room 101
A panel discussion intended to inform students about sexual health and make students more aware of the issues that are faced by minorities when it comes to sexual education.

Fri., Feb. 14: Grams BSA Speed Dating
8 p.m. in Bartlett Hall, Isaac’s Cafe
A time for students to engage with one another with the goal of meeting new people and learning more about those they would never have spoken to prior to the event. Although it is titled “speed dating,” the intent is to create a more casual environment for students to build genuine connections, whether it be with romantic or friendly. On this day, Valentine’s Day Grams will be passed out for those who reserve them for their Valentines. 

Tues., Feb. 18: X-Night
8 p.m. in Bartlett Hall, Isaac’s Café
A poetry night dedicated to former MC student Xavier Sales ’17, a beloved MC alumnus who passed away in May 2017. The event will include music and poetry from students, faculty and community members. 

Thurs., Feb. 20: Apollo Night
8 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall (and lobby)
Live at the Apollo! Modeled after the original “Showtime at the Apollo” show that launched Sept. 12, 1987, at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, N.Y., the talent show will feature music and performances by members of the campus community.

Tues., Feb. 25: Bingo
Noon in the Proffitt Dining Room of Pearsons Hall
A time for students to learn about black history facts in a more casual environment. Through friendly competition, students will play for prizes and learn about people who aren’t as prominent but still impacted black history.  For members of the public, the cost to purchase lunch in the Margaret Ware Dining Room of Pearsons Hall is $8.50, payable at the door.

Fri., Feb. 28: Skate Night
8 p.m., Roll Arena Party Zone (2801 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville, TN 37804)
A roller skating event featuring throwback hits that continue to thrive in black culture today. Students receive free entry and meal voucher with student ID, but the event is still open to the general public. 

For questions or more information about Black History Month events, please email bsa@my.maryvillecollege.edu.


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