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Black History Month Events Begin Wednesday

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Arkansas Tech University will participate in Black History Month 2017 by hosting a series of events spotlighting the many and varied contributions that African Americans have made and continue to make to the United States of America.

For more information, contact the Arkansas Tech Department of Diversity and Inclusion at (479) 880-4358 or

Wednesday, Feb. 1
Kickoff Ceremony
Hindsman Tower
Noon-1 p.m.
A brief ceremony will be followed by a balloon release to celebrate the beginning of Black History Month 2017. 

Wednesday, Feb. 8
Black and Brown Excellence
Doc Bryan Student Services Center room 242
6-8 p.m.
Recognizing faculty and staff who work to aid in student success.

Thursday, Feb. 9
Fashion Show
Doc's Place at Doc Bryan Student Services Center
6-8 p.m.
A "Project Runway" themed show that will feature students modeling African diaspora-style clothing ranging from the 1980s through today.

Friday, Feb. 10
90s Hip Hop Party
W.O. Young Building Ballroom
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Students are invited to dance in 1990s attire for this dance party.

Monday, Feb. 13
AASA Speed Dating
Doc Bryan Student Services Center room 242
6-9 p.m.
Meet new people in this fun, fast-paced environment, sponsored by the African American Student Association. 

Tuesday, Feb. 21
LGBT Safe Zone Ally Training
Doc Bryan Student Services Center room 242
6-9 p.m.
Learn to provide support and to create environments that are safe, welcoming and inclusive for members of the Tech community.

Thursday, Feb. 23
Tech Talks Diversity and Inclusion Series
Baswell Techionery
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Join in this safe space discussion concerning an important topic of the moment. 

Sunday, Feb. 26
Soul Food Sunday
W.O. Young Building Ballroom
3-5 p.m.
Local churches and friends of Arkansas Tech will provide food as members of the Tech community share the tradition of Sunday dinner. 

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Sheyann Webb-Christburg
Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
7-9 p.m.
During an address entitled "My Childhood Experiences with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Growing Up in the Selma Civil Rights Movement," Ms. Webb-Christburg will share her recollections from childhood, including participating in the first attempted Selma to Montgomery march.