2016 African-American History Month


“Hallowed Ground, Hallowed People: From Emancipation Proclamation to the Civil Rights Movement” Display
7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays, Ellender Library First Floor Display Cases
The “Hallowed Ground, Hallowed People” display is a visual history spanning the 100 years between the Emancipation Proclamation (1863) and the March on Washington (1963) with a focus on the contributions made by Louisiana African-Americans.


“The Dream of Diversity and Opportunity in the 21st Century” Lecture by Dr. Mary Frances Berry
9:40 a.m., Peltier Auditorium
A renowned activist for civil rights, gender equality and social justice, Dr. Mary Frances Berry served as chairperson of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission during four presidential administrations and became the first woman to head a major research university. Since 2008, she has been the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought, History, Law and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her lecture will be followed by a book signing and reception. The Nicholls Bookstore will have copies of Berry’s books for sale along with Nicholls African-American History Month T-shirts.

“History of Jazz” Performance and Discussion by Galen Abdur-Razzaq Quartet
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union Snack Bar Area
Jazz has been used as an instrument of expression during some of the most difficult periods in American history. The “History of Jazz” presentation will chronicle the music from the turn of the century to present day. The interactive demonstrations, discussions and performances will be led by Galen Abdur-Razzaq, a talented flutist from New Jersey who has performed and recorded with some of the world’s greatest musicians for over 30 years. African-American-themed cuisine will be available for purchase from the World Cuisine Cart in the Snack Bar Area.


African-American-Themed Cuisine: Doro Wat
10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall
$7.39 plus tax for guests without a meal plan
One of the best known of all African recipes, Doro Wat is a spicy Ethiopian chicken dish made with Berberé (a spice mixture or spice paste) and Niter Kibbeh (a spicy clarified butter).


“On Hallowed Ground: The African-American Journey to Success” Alumni Panel Discussion
6 p.m., Gros Auditorium in Powell Hall
Several successful Nicholls alumni will discuss their various careers as well as issues facing African-Americans. Panelists include John Kerry, CEO and president of Kerry Consultant Group; Dr. JoAnn Matthews, superintendent of Lafourche Parish Public Schools; Herman Mitchell, executive chef for Crowne Plaza Hotel New Orleans Airport; Marcus Washington, coordinator of minority recruitment at Nicholls; and Jameeta Youngblood, business manager for WWNO public radio station.


Glucose and Blood Pressure Screenings
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lobby of Bollinger Memorial Student Union
Nicholls nursing students and faculty will perform free glucose and blood pressure checks while providing information on African-American health concerns. 

NAACP “Being Black in America” Forum
6 p.m., Bowie Room in Bollinger Memorial Student Union
The Nicholls NAACP chapter will host an open discussion with a panel of Nicholls students, faculty and community leaders exploring various topics related to being African-American in present-day America.


African-American-Themed Cuisine: South African Malay Curry
10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall
$7.39 plus tax for guests without a meal plan
The first Malay people in South Africa were brought as slaves from what is now Indonesia. As a result of the influence of the Malay and West Asians from the Indian sub-continent who came later, many curry dishes are popular in South Africa.

RELATE to Origin Featuring Kataalyst Alcindor
7 p.m., Plantation Suite in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union
RELATE is an open-mic venue for students, faculty and the public to share poetry, monologue, music or dance performances based on the evening’s chosen theme: Origin. The event will feature Kataalyst Alcindor, a New Orleans poet whose work focuses on the people, culture and history of his beloved native city. As the three-time National Poetry Slam Champion, Alcindor is one of the Big Easy’s most influential young artistic voices. He has performed his work on some of the nation’s most renowned stages, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the NAACP Image Award-nominated show Lexus Verses & Flow.


Town and Gown Breakfast
8 a.m., Captain’s Room in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union
By invitation only. Local community and campus leaders will discuss diversity challenges and initiatives while enjoying breakfast.

Screening of “American Creole: New Orleans Reunion” and “Good for What Ails You”
6 p.m., Le Bijou Theater in Bollinger Memorial Student Union
Produced and directed by Glen Pitre and Michelle Benoit, “American Creole” (2006) is a documentary chronicling New Orleans jazz musician Don Vappie following Hurricane Katrina. “Good for What Ails You” (1998) follows Louisiana’s “treaters” as they continue the tradition of faith healing.


A Celebration of the Negro Spiritual
7:30 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Vacherie
The Nicholls Department of Music will host A Celebration of the Negro Spiritual featuring historical songs once sung by slaves and plantation workers. The music event will feature distinguished guest artists, faculty and students from Nicholls, Alcorn State University, Dillard University, Louisiana State University, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Southern University, University of Southern Mississippi, University of New Orleans, Xavier University and more.


Bus Trip to Whitney Plantation
Noon to 4:30 p.m., Whitney Plantation in Wallace
Open to Nicholls students only
The Nicholls Student Government Association will sponsor a free bus trip for students to tour Whitney Plantation, the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on preserving the history of Louisiana’s enslaved people. Dr. Paul Wilson, associate professor of history, and Dr. Shana Walton, associate professor of English, will help lead the tour. The bus will depart from the front of the Student Union at noon and return to campus at 4:30 p.m. To reserve your spot, call 985.448.4557 or email dolly.mcgeever@www.nicholls.edu.


African-American-Themed Cuisine: Grilled Tilapia and Caakiri
10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall
$7.39 plus tax for guests without a meal plan
Many species of Tilapia are native to the lakes and rivers of Africa, where it is often called Ngege. Outside of Africa, Tilapia is called St. Peter’s Fish. Tilapia is best known for being easy to raise and harvest in man-made ponds. Caakiri is a snack or dessert from Western Africa. It is similar to the rice puddings of the Middle East and India. Today it is most often made with Couscous (which is made from wheat semolina), but traditionally it was made with similar products composed of African grains such as fonio and millet, maize or even black-eyed peas.

NAACP African Kings and Queens Expo
Noon, Front of Bollinger Memorial Student Union
The Nicholls NAACP chapter will present a visual showcase of the past African Kings and Queens who were influential to African-American culture.


CAFÉ: Race Relations and Communications Conversation
10 a.m., 209 Elkins Hall
Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this discussion regarding campus race relations and communications.

NAACP Black History Program
6 p.m., Peltier Auditorium
The Nicholls NAACP chapter will recognize and celebrate the accomplishments, heritage and culture of African-Americans through monologues, poetry and musical performances.

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