Parkland College invites the community to attend the following Black History Month 2014 events, as it proudly celebrates the historical accomplishments of African Americans.
This year’s campus observation, featuring noteworthy displays, lectures, videos, informational booths, competitions, and a popular luncheon, recognizes the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Black History Month Display Presentations
College Center, D wing, and Library display cases
Great Speeches of the Civil Rights Era: Video Screenings
February 4, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
February 11, 1–3 p.m.
February 17: noon–2 p.m.
February 25: noon–2 p.m.
Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Information Tables
11 a.m.–1 p.m., College Center
The Parkland Black History Month Committee, in conjunction with Sister to Sister, will help raise awareness on campus about the impact of HIV/AIDS in the African American community, promote HIV testing, and encourage treatment for those with HIV/AIDS. See www.blackaids.org or www.blackaidsday.org for more information on the national day.
This Life Ain’t Pretty: Film
Noon–1 p.m., Room L111
In conjunction Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Parkland’s Black History Month Committee will sponsor a viewing of the film, This Life Ain’t Pretty. Written, directed and produced by Kimberly D. Connor, this 30-minute film was a finalist in the Urban Media Makers Film Festival Screenwriting Competition and was voted one of the Top 5 short films of 2009 by leading black cinema film critic, Kam Williams.
Soul Food Luncheon
11 a.m.–1 p.m. (or until food runs out), Gulliver’s Cafeteria; reserved seating also available in South Lounge
Back by popular demand! Sample an array of African American dishes.
Current Civil Rights Movements: The Work Ahead
2 p.m., Flag Lounge
Most people are familiar with the activism in the 1960s that brought about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. However, contemporary campaigns for equality and justice are less well known to the general public. In this session, two UIUC-based groups will carry out a panel discussion of the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s impact on modern social movements: Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice and the Champaign-Urbana Immigration Forum. Join us for a lively and informative talk led by Prof. Evelyn Reynolds.
Reflections: Photo Exhibit of Notable African-Americans
Exhibit 9 a.m.–noon, Gallery Lounge; reception and book signing, noon–2 p.m.
Celebrity and lifestyle photographer Terrence A. Reese (TAR) presents works from his signature documentary-style series. “Reflections” features black/white photographs of the personal living spaces of 60+ renowned individuals, whose lives and careers have addressed the fundamental political, economic, and social realities of the 20th century and beyond. Event includes a noon reception open to all and book signing by Reese.
Game Show: Know Your History
11 a.m.–Noon, D244
Event is hosted by political science professor Dr. Willie Fowler.
Black History Live!
Noon, Flag Lounge
Guess the historical African American figures, presented by students, faculty/staff performers. Event is facilitated by Donna Tanner-Harold.