Black History Month Events at IVCC

By Illinois Valley Community College | Feb 01, 2013

Illinois Valley Community College will kick off Black History Month at noon Friday, Feb. 1 in Room C-316 with an historical re-enactment on Sojourner Truth, a former slave, abolitionist and woman’s rights’ activist best known for her speech “Ain’t I Woman” delivered at a woman’s rights convention in 1851.


Truth will be portrayed by Ge’ylah Jones, an improvisational poet and actress, who came to IVCC in 2011 and delivered a crowd pleasing improvisational show titled “The Power of the Tongue.”

A panel discussion on “Being Black in the Illinois Valley” will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 8 in Room C-316. IVCC students and faculty will talk about their experiences on campus of being black.


The annual Soul Food Buffet for IVCC students and faculty will be served Friday, Feb. 15 in the cafeteria. A traditional mix of catfish, collard greens, black-eyed peas and other ethnic favorites will be on the menu and is sponsored by the Student Government Association.


Winning entries from the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Writing contest will be read at noon Friday, Feb. 22 in the Fireplace Lounge, room B-216. This presentation is open to the public.


A new event will conclude Black History Month at noon Wednesday, Feb. 27 in Room C-316. Donna Stone, a part-time IVCC faculty member, will ask for volunteers to do a reading of various literary works while various black historical events are portrayed in the background.


For information, contact Amanda Cook-Fesperman at 224-0203 or email amanda_cookfesperman@ivcc.edu.

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