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Black History Month: GSU Celebrates

February is Black History Month (BHM), and Governors State University is celebrating the rich heritage of African Americans with more than 20 events across campus that promise to enlighten the mind and nourish the soul.

“From faith perspectives to black excellence and health and wellness, our campus-wide celebration promises to engage Jaguars,” said Robert Clay, Director of Intercultural Affairs.

“The events are a nod to the achievements of African Americans who played central role in U.S. history.”

One such figure is trailblazing poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize. The 29th annual African American Read-In, an international celebration, will commemorate the 100th birthday of Chicago-based Brooks, who reigned as the state’s Poet Laureate for more than 30 years.

GSU event organizer Dr. Rashidah Muhammad observed that the university’s celebration— one of the university’s longest-running BHM salutes—is expected to draw Jaguars of all ages to learn and share African American literary and historical pieces.

“Last year, Provost (Deborah) Bordelon read a famous fable, and Dean Andrae Marak and his children read historical pieces and poetry, ‘’ said Muhammad. “Everybody from five to 80 years old participates in the spirit of a great coming together.”

This year’s Read-In will be held Feb. 26. If you would like to read this year, please contact Dr. Muhammad to sign up.

Visit Intercultural Student Affairs to view a listing of events from around campus today through Feb. 28.