Lectures, guest speakers, movies and the annual Black History dinner are just some of the events scheduled in February at American International College to celebrate Black History Month.
The celebration begins on Monday, February 4, with the showing of the movie "Mississippi Burning," at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium.
Derell Wilson, co-president of the student organization P.R.I.D.E. (Persons Ready in Defense of Ebony) said there will be a student dialog the following evening. "Black Gossip will be an open forum discussion on issues, stereotypes and myths of minorities," he said. "The discussion will contain topics, questions, stereotypes and myths."
Black Gossip will be held Tuesday, February 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bradley Room of the Schwartz Campus Center.
A quilt making event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6, at 8:00 p.m. in the Bradley Room. A continuation of last years quilt making event, students can come out and create their own quilt square about what they feel is important about Black History Month.
The Reverend Talbert W. Swan, II, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Black History Month dinner. The event will be held Thursday, February 7, at 6:00 p.m. in Campus Center Auditorium.
The event will feature music, Black History trivia and the spoken word. More than 100 people from the campus and the community are expected to attend this year's event.
Rev. Swan is pastor of Spring Hope Church of God in Christ and executive director of Springfield's NAACP chapter. He is a two-term member of the Alumni Council at Hartford Seminary, a member of the Black Alumni Council of the Harvard Divinity School and the current National Chaplain of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
"The Importance of Having an African American President for Two Terms," will be the subject of a talk by Ayanna Crawford, former Director of Community Affairs and Executive assistant to the President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Springfield. She is the host of The Ayanna Crawford Show in Excellence and co-host with State Rep Ben Swan on the black love experience radio program on WTCC
Crawford will also be speaking about the climate of having an education and finding employment in today’s society. The event will be held Tuesday, February 19, at 7:00 p.m.
A consultant for non-profits and educational institutions, Crawford is a class member of the Leadership Pioneer Valley for 2012-2013, as well as a Board Member with the American Red Cross. She is a graduate of Springfield College with an M.Ed and a former member of the AmeriCorps program, a service program that places students in urban schools to help with closing the achievement gap.
Crawford also serves as the president of the Springfield Sickle Cell disease chapter organization. She has worked on several political campaigns in the Springfield area and has organized several voter registration drives.
Other events during Black History month include, Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Viewing with the MLK Family Services, Friday, Feb. 22, 3:00pm in the CCA; Movie: A Time to Kill, Sat., Feb. 16; Movie: OBAMA, Wed., Feb. 20; Movie: The Help, Thurs., Feb. 28.