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Black History Month 2014

Black History MonthCelebrate Black History Month by exploring race and identity, reading and speaking, and through acts of kindness.

Columbus State has planned a slate of activities for Black History Month, starting Feb. 10 with the Race Card Project and Random Acts of Kindness.

Throughout the month of February, you are invited to share your thoughts and express your experiences about race and identity in just six words in The Race Card Project. Race Card ProjectRace Card drop-boxes will be located in the Franklin Hall lobby and the Nestor Hall West Lounge. At the end of the Project, a mural will be created with the cards collected!

During Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 10-14, focus on paying good deeds forward. As an additional cultural challenge, think about ways to reach out within the African American community as well as other diverse communities. Find “hidden” Random Acts of Kindness buttons and notes around campus to assist in spreading kindness!

On Feb. 13, join in the 25th Annual National African American Read-In Chain from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Nestor Hall West Lounge. Read-In Chain participants will read excerpts of original and published works that highlight African American themes. Want to read? Contact Robyn Lyons-Robinson.

A Blood Drive with a special focus on African-Americans is planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17. Students who sign up to donate receive a coupon to Tim Hortons and enter a raffle to win free Kroger groceries for a year. Blood phenotypes to ethnicity, and African-American donors are a critical need. To schedule a donation time, visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code "cougars" or call 1-800-RED CROSS

The 6th Annual Brother’s Keeper Panel will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. Join distinguished panelists to discuss issues impacting minority men. Light refreshments provided. Open to all.

Wrap up Black History Month with the “Poets in Black” poetry reading, Thursday, Feb. 27, from 12-1 p.m. in the Library Multimedia Studio. Enjoy an afternoon of poetry and prose of African and African-American writers. Want to participate? Contact Crystal Clark.

Black History Month is sponsored by Columbus State’s departments of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) and Global Diversity and Inclusion. It follows our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, headlined by Donna Brazile, which took place Jan. 14. MLK Celebration Recap

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