Armstrong Celebrates Black History Month 2013

Armstrong Celebrates 2013 Black History Month

(Jan. 12, 2013) Armstrong's 2013 Black History Month celebration will feature more than a dozen educational lectures, lively parties, informative panel discussions, and high-energy live performances united by the theme “The Crossroads of Freedom and Equality.”

“I hope there's something for everyone,” said Office of Multicultural Affairs director Nashia C. Whittenburg, who serves as the chair for the 2013 Black History Month events at Armstrong. “Armstrong is 22 percent African American, so it's important for us to celebrate not only Black History Month but also all the different cultures that represent our student population.”

This year, Armstrong is partnering with the City of Savannah, which presents the annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival, and will live stream many Black History Month events at Armstrong's Liberty Center in Hinesville, Ga. through U-Stream. The celebration officially kicks off on Monday, January 21 when Armstrong students, faculty, staff, and alumni participate in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, which winds through the streets of downtown Savannah at 10a.m.

Highlights of this year's Black History Month celebration include the “NAACP 90's Party: The Soul Train,” which will spotlight African-American music of the 1990s on February 1, and “Café 1965: Night of Artistic Expression,” which will offer the opportunity for students to display their talent as poets, artists, and musicians on February 15. On February 25, Nelly's Echo – a Nigerian singer best known from the hit television show “The Voice” – will perform live at the Student Union Ballroom.

Special lectures and panel discussions will focus on a wide range of topics including African religions, perceptions of skin color, African-Caribbean heritage, racial stereotypes, and Latin-African cultural connections.

“Each program is unique,” said Whittenburg. “Challenge yourself to come out and do something different and learn something new.”

For a complete schedule of events, please click here.