Black History Month is a time to learn, celebrate and highlight achievements and events that are rooted in African-American culture. Therefore, Lone Star College (LSC)-Kingwood’s Student Services department invites students, employees and the community to participate in free activities during its annual Black History Month celebration in February. Events will include a film screening and spoken word, intuitive and dance performances as well as a variety of presentations and discussions aimed to broaden horizons.
“It’s important to have intercultural events at LSC-Kingwood to help prepare students to be culturally competent citizens who can interact, co-exist and have an understanding for people of all backgrounds,” said Kristen Johnson, director of Student Diversity and Equity.
The featured event is the Intuitive African Dance and Drum Performance Feb. 28 from 6-9 p.m. in the Student Conference Center (SCC). The show preserves and cultivates the art and spirit of West African dance, drum culture and its transitions through education and performance. Learn more at intuitiveafricandanceand drumculture.com.
“This event will showcase the rich culture and traditions of West Africa. We encourage the campus and community to attend this thought-provoking and inspirational show,” said Al Dorsey, director of the Men’s Center.
Other LSC-Kingwood’s Black History Month events, all in the SCC from 6-8 p.m., will include:
- “King in the Wilderness,” Feb. 5
- Dr. Marcia Walker-McWilliams presents “The Past, Present and Future of #WhileBlack,” Feb. 7
- Film screening of “The BlacKKKlansman,” Feb. 13
“Throughout February, please join LSC-Kingwood in recognizing and reflecting on American history through the lens of the African-American experience – both past and present,” Dorsey said. “We want the audience to understand and see how African-Americans have contributed to our society yesterday and today.”
Kent State University educators and students first proposed Black History Month in February 1969. It was officially observed in the U.S. in 1970, and the continuing goal is to reflect on the struggles and progress of African-Americans.
“This year holds additional significance to black history because 2019 marks 400 years since the first group of enslaved Africans were brought to this country,” Dorsey said.