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ULM's Black History Month Program to be held Feb. 24

Published February 15, 2023

Black History Month

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WHAT: “A Black History Program”  

WHEN: 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 24 

WHERE: Bayou Pointe Event Center 

COST: Free and open to the community  

MONROE, LA– The University of Louisiana Monroe Cultural Diversity Council and the Office of International Student Programs and Cultural Affairs present “A Black History Program” at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 24, at Bayou Pointe Event Center. 

The program will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Stephen Peters. Peters has spent over 37 years in the education realm as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of secondary education, and superintendent. Most of his experiences have been in schools with significant, quick growth, resulting in both national and state blue-ribbon distinction.  

Dr. Peters is the past President of the Board of Directors of the International Literacy Association and President of The Peters Group, a national education consulting company. Dr. Peters is also a best-selling author of several books, including “Choosing to Believe: Creating a Framework for School Success,” “Do You Know Enough About Me To Teach Me,” and “Inspired to Learn: Why We Must Give Children Hope.” 

“We are excited to experience the passion and enthusiasm that Dr. Peters conveys when he speaks of cultivating diversity and cultural awareness in our educational systems and practices,” said Gina White, Director of International Student Programs and Cultural Coordinator in ULM’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  

This year’s program will also highlight the talent of ULM students and youth within the community through vocal, instrumental, and dance performances.  

Randall Hughes, the Vice President of ULM’s Cultural Diversity Council, said the Black History Month program showcases black students, young and old, who can achieve as vastly as those from the past.  

“The Black History Month program gives people of African descent at ULM the feeling of ‘belongingness,’” Hughes said. “For ULM to put an emphasis on Black History Month not only reaches the students on campus but also causes a chain reaction to the high schools around Monroe and West Monroe.” 

This year’s Black History Month theme is “Black Resistance” to remember the historic and ongoing oppression African Americans face. The theme embraces achievements, successes, and progress Black people have made through resistance. According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, “this is a call to everyone… to study the history of Black Americans’ responses to establish safe spaces, where Black life can be sustained, fortified and respected.” 

Below are additional activities hosted on campus to celebrate Black History Month. 

CDC Jiggerobics: 

ULM’s Cultural Diversity Council will host a jiggerobics exercise class at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb 16 in the Activity Center.  

Let’s Talk About It: 

ULM’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will present a panel discussion about real world problems in the African-American community at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb 28 in Stubbs 100. 

For more information on the Black History Month Program and events, visit www.ulm.edu/bhm