Black History Month Events Planned at EFSC

February 2017 - In commemoration of Black History Month, Eastern Florida State College will be hosting a variety of events on each campus in February. Students and the general public are welcome to attend. Events are listed by campus below. 

Black History Month

Cocoa Campus

Writing Contest
Ongoing
Current EFSC students are invited to submit their original writing for a chance to win a prize in our Black History Month Writing Contest. The winner will be invited to read his or her work at the Cocoa BHM Luncheon on February 28. Contact Dr. Synthia Doaks at 321-433-7127 or doakss@easternflorida.edu for more information.

Endeavor Elementary School Exchange
Date(s) TBA
EFSC students will visit Endeavor Elementary School in Cocoa to read to students, and students from Endeavor will in turn visit the Cocoa campus for a "College Day." To participate, please contact Dr. Erin Baird at 321-433-7613 or bairde@easternflorida.edu.

Poetry Slam Café
Tuesday, February 7, 3-5 PM
Community Dining Room (North outside corner of Bldg. 11)
Express your artistic ability through poetry - written by you or read from a selected book. For more information, contact JoLee Passerini at 321-433-7243 or passerinij@easternflorida.edu

Career Panel Discussion
Thursday, February 9, 6-8 PM
Bldg. 3 Auditorium
Enjoy a panel discussion featuring a group of multicultural professionals sharing insights on their educations and career paths.

Free Movie Night: "Ali"
Wednesday, February 15, 5:30-8:30 PM
Community Dining Room (Bldg. 11)
Join us in our makeshift theatre to enjoy this fantastic movie and a subsequent discussion led by faculty member Beverly Payne.

Free Man of Color"Free Man of Color" by Charles Smith
Wednesday, February 22, 12:15 PM & 7 PM
Simpkins Fine Arts Center (Bldg. 4) Studio Theatre
This free stage play explores the life of ex-slave John Newton Templeton as he becomes the first man of color to attend Ohio University in 1824. For more information, contact Janet Rubin at 321-433-7171 or rubinj@easternflorida.edu.  

Chalk the Walk
Wednesday, February 22, 1-3 PM
Breezeway
The Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement and the Office of Student Life invite you to join them for a Black History Month-themed Chalk the Walk event. Grab a piece of chalk, and decorate the sidewalk with your thoughts and illustrations! The event is also part of the College's celebration of the Core Ability to Work Cooperatively. EFSC promotes the development of five key Core Abilities across the curriculum, designed to help students develop critical skills needed to succeed in life.

Black History Month Luncheon
Tuesday, February 28, 11 AM - 1 PM
Community Dining Room (Bldg. 11)
Join us as we learn from our speaker, Chief Master Sergeant Alexander, celebrate our writing contest winner and enjoy special music from the EFSC chorus. For more information, contact Morgan Miller at 321-433-5297 or millermo@easternflorida.edu

Melbourne Campus

Black History Month Cultural Display
Monday, February 6 - Thursday, February 9
Bldg. 10, Rm. 111B
Historical figures featuring books, facts and famous quotes will be explored and showcased outside the Melbourne SGA office. Please stop by to check it out!

Free Movie Viewing: "Separate and Unequal/Omarina’s Story"
Monday, February 13, 4 - 5:30 PM
Bldg. 4 Auditorium
Join us for a documentary exploring the theme of racial segregation in America, followed by an educational discussion.

Chalk the Walk
Tuesday, February 14, 12-2 PM
Pavilion
The Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement and the Office of Student Life invite you to join them for a Black History Month-themed Chalk the Walk event. Grab a piece of chalk, and decorate the sidewalk with your thoughts and illustrations! The event is also part of the College's celebration of the Core Ability to Work Cooperatively. EFSC promotes the development of five key Core Abilities across the curriculum, designed to help students develop critical skills needed to succeed in life.

Soul Food Regale
Wednesday, February 22, 11 AM - 1 PM
King Center for the Performing Arts Rotunda
SFR will feature Southern-style food, a live performance by the EFSC Melbourne Campus Dance Club and a speech by special guest Mr. Moses Harvin, EFSC Board of Trustees Chair. This event is free and open to students and the general public.

Palm Bay Campus

Free Movie Night: "The Great Debaters"
Thursday, February 2, 6-8 PM
Community Dining Room (Bldg. 1)
Based on a true story, this film explores the story of Wiley College professor Melvin B. Tolson and his fight to secure equal debate opportunities for his African-American team in 1930s America.

The Highwaymen: Florida's African American Landscape Painters
Wednesday, February 8, 6 PM
Bldg. 1 Auditorium 
Author and guest speaker Gary Monroe will tell the story of a group of African-American youths who rose above societal expectations to create a visual legacy of modern Florida through picturesque tropical paradise imagery.

Chalk the Walk
Thursday, February 16, 12-2 PM
Breezeway (under the covered area between Bldgs. 1 & 2)
The Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement and the Office of Student Life invite you to join them for a Black History Month-themed Chalk the Walk event. Grab a piece of chalk, and decorate the sidewalk with your thoughts and illustrations! The event is also part of the College's celebration of the Core Ability to Work Cooperatively. EFSC promotes the development of five key Core Abilities across the curriculum, designed to help students develop critical skills needed to succeed in life.

Black History Month Talent Show
Wednesday, February 22, 6-9 PM
Bldg. 1 Auditorium 
Come support your peers as they show off their hidden talents! This event is free and will be emceed by local entertainer Dorian Gayle. Prizes will be awarded to the top three performers.

Black History Month Luncheon
Tuesday, February 28, 11 AM - 2 PM
Bldg. 1 Patio 
The month may be coming to a close, but the message exists year-round. Join us for free food, fun and culture on the last day of February as we throw a lunchtime bash in honor of Black History Month! 

Titusville Campus

Opening Reception
Wednesday, February 1, 6-8 PM
Bldg. 5 Library
This event will feature a discussion with Annie Smith on the history of Black education, excerpt readings by author Ruth Rogers, light hors d’oeuvres and music.

Free Movie Viewing: "Separate and Unequal/Omarina’s Story"
Wednesday, February 8, 2:30-3:30 PM
Bldg. 3 Community Dining Room
Join us for a documentary exploring the theme of racial segregation in America, followed by an educational discussion with Dr. Sarah Hoskin. Pizza and popcorn will be provided. 

African Dance Class (Open Circle, Dance Studio)
Monday, February 13, 5-5:45 PM
Bldg. 3 Community Dining Room
Reserve a spot in this free, traditional African dance class by contacting Brittany Chase at 321-433-7141 or chaseb@easternflorida.edu. Subs and chips will be provided.

Guest Speaker: Kendall Moore, Attorney
Wednesday, February 15, 2:30-3:30 PM
Bldg. 1 Auditorium
Attorney Kendall Moore will speak about achieving success in business and the community, followed by a Q&A session. Refreshments will be provided. 

Chalk the Walk
Monday, February 20, 1-3 PM
Bldg. 1 Lobby
The Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement and the Office of Student Life invite you to join them for a Black History Month-themed Chalk the Walk event. Grab a piece of chalk, and decorate the sidewalk with your thoughts and illustrations! The event is also part of the College's celebration of the Core Ability to Work Cooperatively. EFSC promotes the development of five key Core Abilities across the curriculum, designed to help students develop critical skills needed to succeed in life.

Soul Food Regale
Thursday, February 23, 11 AM - 2 PM
Bldg. 4 Gymnatorium
SFR will feature food, live entertainment, vendor displays and a speech by special guest Dr. Desmond K. Blackburn, Superintendent of Brevard Public Schools. This event is free and open to students and the general public.

For more information on Black History Month events, contact the Office of Student Life on your campus.

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