Black History Month 2014 Events


A diverse collection of events will commemorate Black History Month at Eastern Florida State College. The national and EFSC theme for the special month intended to commemorate the contributions of African-Americans is "Civil Rights in America." Events are listed by the sponsoring Campus.

Cocoa Campus Black History Month Activities

In addition to the activities listed below, a special historical book and photo display is located in the Cocoa EFSC/UCF Joint Use Library (Bldg. 12) throughout February. The libraries are also highlighting a video collection on its "Films on Demand" streaming video resources that spotlight important contributions by African Americans. Click here to access the films and and log in with your B number and Library PIN (your birthdate in MMDDYY format).

February 5 & 6
The Walk on Washington 50 Years Later
The personal story told by Rosemary McGill, EFSC Multicultural Specialist
1 p.m., Simpkins Fine Arts Center (Building 4) - Studio Theatre

February 5 & 6
Sweets of the South: Complimentary culinary tribute following the Walk on Washington presentation
2 p.m., Lobby of Simpkins Center
Feb. 5th desserts provided by Chef Durham and EFSC culinary students
Feb. 6th desserts provided by local seafood restaurant Scratch Cafe
*Admission with ticket from Walk on Washington presentation

February 12, 19 & 26
Planetarium Star Show: Skywatchers of Africa, 2 - 3 p.m.
Click here for more information on Feb. 12 show.

Click here for more information on Feb. 19 show.

Click here for more information on Feb. 26 show.

February 14
Labor of Love Service Day
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Community Dining Room, Building 11

February 26
Theatre Performance & Tribute: "To Be Young, Gifted and Black"
Instrumental medley of Negro Spirituals and Civil Rights Songs by Earnest Williams
Free and open to the public.
12:15 p.m. & 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre in the Simpkins Fine Arts Center (Bldg. 4)

Melbourne Campus Black History Month Activities

February 10 - March 2
King Center, Harris Gallery Art Exhibit: "Celebrating Black History... A Journey Through Time"
Featuring local artists Tina Powers and Hosea Moseley in honor of Black History Month
Available to ticketed patrons in the King Center lobby through March 2.
Open to the public with no ticket required on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 5 - 7 p.m.

February 20
EFSC’s Got Talent Competition
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in Bldg. 4, Auditorium, Room 100  (Winner to perform at the Taste of Soul Festival)

February 25
King Center, Harris Gallery Art Exhibit: "Celebrating Black History... A Journey Through Time"
Exhibit open to the public without King Center admission from 5 to 7 p.m.

February 26
"Taste of Soul" Food Festival
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Melbourne Campus Pavilion

Palm Bay Campus Black History Month Activities

Black History Month Film Fest
10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Community Dining Room (1-139)
February 4: "Love & Basketball"
February 11: "The Blind Side"
February 18: "42"
February 25: "Hotel Rwanda"

February 5
Black History Month Kickoff - Freedom Breakfast and Formal Program
9:30 a.m., Bldg. 2, South Patio

February 12
Professor Patrick Richards: Lecture Series on Civil Rights in America
2:30 p.m., Student Lounge

February 19
Slam Poetry and Coffee House Black History Month Closing: Slam Poet Artist: Faithful Hazel
10 - 11 a.m.: Meet & Greet
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Performance, Student Lounge

February 27
Drama Presentation: "To Be Young, Gifted and Black"
9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Palm Bay Auditorium
Instrumental medley of Negro Spirituals and Civil Rights Songs by Earnest Williams
Free and open to the public.

Titusville Campus Black History Month Activities

Tuesday, February 18
Ruth Rodgers "Reparations" Book Signing & Reading
6 to 8:30 PM, Bldg. 1, Room 102, Lecture Auditorium
Reviewed by Donna Meredith: "Ruth Rodgers' debut novel "Reparations" tells the poignant story of a friendship in the 1940s between two girls — one black, one white. Yes, it's another story with race relations at its center, a story the South must tell and retell because each iteration takes us one step further toward understanding and healing the wounds of the past."

Thursday, February 20
Soul Food Regale - Gymnatorium (Bldg. 4)
Performance: hear actress Mzuri Moyo bring to life the story of Fannie Lou Hamer and the poignant testimony she gave at the 1964 Democratic National Convention after she and nine others were brutally beaten for registering African Americans to vote.
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Vendors
11:30 a.m., Soul Food Regale
12:30 p.m., The Fannie Lou Hamer Story

Black History Month Film Fest
9 AM to 5 PM on the following Wednesdays
February 5: Bldg. 5 Lobby - "Ruby Bridges"; Bldge. 3 Cafe - "The Help"
February 12: Bldg. 5 Lobby - "Hoop Dreams"; Bldge. 3 Cafe - "The Great White Hope"
February 19: Bldg. 5 Lobby - "Akeelah and the Bee"; Bldge. 3 Cafe - "The Pursuit of Happiness"
February 26: Bldg. 5 Lobby - "Ballou"; Bldge. 3 Cafe - "Pride"