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Feb. 5 - Georgia Southern University celebrates 2020 Black Heritage Month

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 5, 2020 - Georgia Southern University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs recently announced the schedule for the 2020 Black Heritage Month celebration, featuring a series of lectures, panel discussions, performances and more throughout February.

Most events will take place on the Statesboro, Armstrong and Liberty campuses and are free and open to the public. Highlighted events include:

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m., Statesboro Campus: Russell Union Ballroom
Thursday, Feb. 6, 3 p.m., Armstrong Campus, Student Union Ballroom
One-Man Show: Javier Avila, Ph.D.: “The Trouble With My Name”
Javier Avila’s poignant, high-octane and hilarious one-man show, “The Trouble with My Name,” highlight Avila’s talents as a poet and a professor as he examines the issues of language, race and social justice. Avila engages audiences with the story of his life while reading poetry that illustrates what it means to be an American of the future. The show breaks barriers with a message that transcends the boundaries of race, ethnicity and geography.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m. 
Panel Discussion: I Studied My History, I Studied My Past… Culture, Gender and Race’s Importance In Beyoncé’s “Homecoming” 
Armstrong Campus: Ogeechee Theatre 
A panel consisting of faculty and students will discuss the cultural importance of Beyoncé’s Grammy Award-winning Netflix documentary, “Homecoming.” They will explore culture, gender and race, and how the documentary brings more awareness to the contributions of African Americans.

Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Black Man Empowerment Summit: Strong Men Do Strong Things 
Armstrong Center
The summit will feature leadership and professional development workshops designed to empower African American males.

Tuesday, Feb. 11. 6 p.m. 
Film Screening: “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” 
Armstrong Campus: Ogeechee Theatre 
The Official Selection of the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, 2003 National Black Arts Festival and 2003 Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival, “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” is a feature-length documentary of visionary activist Bayard Rustin who served as a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr. and was the architect of the 1963 March on Washington. 

Saturday, Feb. 29, 8 p.m. 
Second Annual Shine, Black Girl, Shine – Black Women Empowerment Awards 
Statesboro Campus: Russell Union Ballroom 
Shine Black Girl Shine will highlight the positive contributions of black women at Georgia Southern University. Honorees include students, alumni, faculty and staff members, as well as individuals from student organizations. 

Nominees will be judged for excellence in the following categories: philanthropy and community service mentoring, academic excellence, diversity, inclusion and fairness and Georgia Southern involvement.

The event will feature various performances throughout the show. For more information on the 2020 Black Heritage Month Celebration, visit https://calendar.georgiasouthern.edu/search/events?search=black+heritage+month.

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