Black History Month

The 2019 Black History Month events are inspired by the theme “Progression.” All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


Ellender Memorial Library Display
Located on the second floor of the library during the month of February
Display will feature black first-generation students and what inspired them to go to college. 

Nicholls Bookstore Display
Located within the Bollinger Memorial Student Union
A display featuring a list of fiction and nonfiction essential titles to inspire and educate.

Black History Month Spotlights 
At Stopher Gym during men’s and women’s basketball games
Video spotlights of Nicholls African-American athletes will be shown on the video board during basketball games, posted on Nicholls Athletics social media outlets and, and aired during the Nicholls athletics show on WHNO.

Randell Henry Art Show
At the Ameen Art Gallery in Talbot Hall from Feb. 11 to March 1
A professor of art at Southern University, Randell Henry’s influences include abstract expressionism, cubism, African and Asian art to explore dreams through his surrealistic collage images. The gallery, on the second floor, is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Getting Out of the Sunken Place: Removing the Stigma from Black Mental Health
Noon to 1 p.m. in the Le Bijou Theatre
A discussion panel that will explore how to remove the stigma in the black community regarding counseling and mental health. 


African American Themed Cuisine
10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall, $7.41 plus tax for guests without a meal plan
Short Rib Peanut Stew with Crispy Baked Okra by culinary student Amelia Cummings.

Relate Open Mic Night
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Mary and Al Danos Theater
Roderick “Odd?Rod” Borisade has been telling his life story of perseverance & motivating people since he’s been performing. Using his photos to show the story he tells, Rod brings the audience into an engaging and inspiring movie-like setting. The sincerity and fearlessness in his pieces prove that his message is much bigger than his wordplay.” Event sponsored by SPA.


Financial Aid 101
10 a.m. in the Le Bijou Theatre
The presentation will cover the basics of how to apply for financial aid and the process after.

Chef Erik Veney Cooking Demo
Noon to 1 p.m. in Ledet Hall 124A and 124B
Chef Erik Veney is the executive chef at Muriel’s Jackson Square in New Orleans. Originally from New York, Veney got his first taste of the South as a college student at the University of Virginia. In 2003, he was named “Chef of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine.


Master Class on the Negro Spirituals
10 a.m. to noon in the Mary and Al Danos Theater
Nicholls State University Associate Professor of Music Dr. Valerie Francis will offer lessons on performance practices, interpretation, dialect and vocal techniques. Participants will include high school students and freshmen music majors. Event is free and open to the public.

A Festival of the Negro Spirituals
7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Mary and Al Danos Theater
Nicholls Department of Music will host A Festival of the Negro Spiritual Concert Series featuring historical songs once sung by slaves and plantation workers. The music event will feature distinguished guest artists, faculty and students from universities across several states as well as community members.


Legacy of the Black Nurse: Progression Despite Challenges
Noon to 1 p.m. in Le Bijou Theatre
The Nicholls State University Department of Nursing will salute the architect, the pioneers and the new trailblazers in the struggle for equality in nursing and for their exceptional service, advocacy and determination to make a difference in the profession. The event will feature a podium presentation and a display on the progression of the various roles and contributions of Black nurses of the past to present.

Highlighting Your Career Progress
1 to 2 p.m. in the Ellender Memorial Library PC Lab
A resume workshop sponsored by Nicholls Career Services.


Black Student Union and Black History Month Committee Festival
3 to 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom
The Black Student Union and the Black History Month Committee are presenting Renaissance de Noir, a day to celebrate African American roots and progression of black people with performances and prizes.


African American Themed Cuisine
10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall, $7.41 plus tax for guests without a meal plan
Smothered Turkey Parts, Collard Greens and Cornbread by culinary student Aiyana Brent.

Know Your Rights
1 p.m. in the Carnival Room
Session with law enforcement discussing rights with Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Civil Department Head Maj. Renee Brinkley and Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigator Michael Garner.


The Hate U Give Movie Night
Showings at 4 and 8p.m. in the Le Bijou Theatre
“The Hate U Give” is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas and stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr Carter, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common and Anthony Mackie.


SGA Bus Trip: Finding Our Roots African American Museum
12:30 to 3:30 p.m. meet in front of the Student Union to travel to the Houma Finding Our Roots African American History Museum
The event, sponsored by the Student Government Association, is for Nicholls students. Please eat lunch before departure. The museum celebrates African-American history in Terrebonne, Lafourche and St. Mary Parishes.


George Bell & Friends Concert
3 to 5 p.m. in the Mary and Al Danos Theater
A Thibodaux native and Nicholls alum who spent three decades working in healthcare, George Bell has emerged as a coveted trumpeter in Louisiana over the past decade. He combined his passion for music and his helping others by leading the Arts in Medicine program, which incorporated painting, drawing, crafts and music into the healing process. Contact the Music Department at 985-448-4600 for tickets and ticket prices.


Google It: Making the most of Google to be a successful college student
10 a.m. to noon in 126 Polk Hall
Presented by Marcus Stein, who graduated from Nicholls State University in 2017 with a master’s degree in Educational Technology Leadership.

Empowerment Battle
5:30 to 7 p.m., two sessions in the Bowie and Lafite rooms
The men’s session will be in the Bowie Room and the women’s in the Lafite Room.


Creative Writing Session
5 p.m. in the Colonel’s Retreat in the Student Union
An open-mic event sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literature.


African American Themed Cuisine
10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall, $7.41 plus tax for guests without a meal plan
Lemon Pepper Fish Tacos with Collard Green Slaw by culinary student William Simmons.


African American Record Labels: Owners progression through the 20th Century
1:30 p.m. in the Carnival Room
Dr. Stuart Tully will host a discussion about how African-American record labels and their owners progressed through the 20th Century. Tully, a history professor, is writing a book on the subject.

Black Student Union Presents: Phases of Fashion
6 to 9 p.m. in the Peltier Auditorium
See the the progression of fashion over the decades.  The program will also feature members of the NPHC greeks strolling through history to show the progression of their strolling styles.


Progress in the Media
Noon in the Bollinger Suites
Event hosted by the Nicholls Department of Mass Communications. The program will feature a presentation and open discussion about African-American advancements in the media profession. The vent will also examine ways to promote further progression and combat stereotypes.


NAACP Black History Month Closing Ceremony
6 to 8 p.m. in the Peltier Auditorium
The NAACP will spotlight historical figures and events that helped African Americans progress.


Nicholls Wind Ensemble
7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Mary and Al Danos Theater
The Nicholls Wind Ensemble concert will feature some works related to Black History Month including Of Our New Day Begun by Omar Thomas, “written to honor nine beautiful souls who lost their lives to a callous act of hatred and domestic terrorism on the evening of June 17, 2015 while worshipping in their beloved sanctuary, the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (affectionately referred to as “Mother Emanuel”) in Charleston, South Carolina.”