Nicholls announces 2018 African-American History Month events

This year’s events are inspired by the national African-American History Month theme: African Americans in Times of War. 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.
Ellender Memorial Library presents a month-long display of library resources relating to the theme of African Americans in Times of War, including books, eBooks, government documents and archival materials. See for more information.

African-American Spotlights
At men’s and women’s basketball games in February
Video spotlights of Nicholls African-Americans athletes will be show on the video board during basketball games, posted on Nicholls Athletics social media outlets and, and aired during the Nicholls athletics show on WHNO.


African Americans in Times of War
Noon — LeBijou Theatre
African American veterans share their stories on what it takes to keep us safe. They too share how the structure of service presents both blockages for advancement and opportunities for personal growth. They share how living and working in periods of civil rights marches and monuments to persons such as Dr. Martin Luther King have provided a platform for racial understandings or shown how we have fallen short in bringing equal opportunities to us all.
Our Veterans at War:
1. Ms. Andetrie Vicks — retired US Army Veteran and Nicholls Graduate Andetrie Vicks is a mother, U S Army retiree, and Nicholls graduate. She retired after over 20 years of service to our country. Andetrie joined the U S Army in August 1986 and served until December 2006. EDUCATION—B.A., Mass Communication, Public Relations, Nicholls State University, 2016
2. Mr. Brandon Randolph — U.S. Navy Veteran and current Nicholls student.
3. Marcus Robertson a 27-year-old public relations specialist for a health firm in New Orleans. Mother is also a graduate of NSU. Marcus graduated Thibodaux high in 2008. He joined the U.S. Army in May of 2010. He deployed to Afghanistan in January of 2013 and returned January 2014. He performed numerous combat missions. Marcus received a combat action badge and a campaign medal.
4. Richard Adams — USAF retired, born and raised in Thibodaux. Graduated from Thibodaux High School, joined the United States Air Force in 1988. Retired after serving 22 years of active duty. Was stationed at a host of bases both stateside and abroad.


‘Empowerment battle- Hey leader- What are you Fighting For?’
Bowie and Lafitte Room in the Student Union
A. What a Man, What a Man—modeling character, connecting to your community and making profitable decisions. Men in the community are sharing personal stories on how to be a man of admiration. (Men only) 5:30 p.m. Community leaders including Richard Adams- USAF Retired, Anthony Lewis, Thibodaux, Attorney, and others.
B. Phenomenal Woman—modeling character, connecting to women of the community sharing personal stories on how to be a woman of admiration (women only) 5:30 p.m. Mrs. Eva Shanklin ( past NAACP president), Dr. Charlene Smith ( Nicholls Nursing), D’Lane Alexander (Nicholls Nursing), Pam Williams-Jones (Nicholls Nursing) and others.


One Room Schoolhouse
Multidisciplinary Team’s mini Presentation on important aspects of “The Black Experience.” {A group composed of members with varied but complementary experience, qualifications, and skills that contribute to the achievement of the organization’s specific objectives}

War on Poverty
9:00 am- Library Multipurpose Room (3rd floor)
Synergy Bank — Kassie Barrancotto, and Capital One — Todd Foles and Sue Morton will be the associates attending.

War on Crime
10:00 a.m., Library Multipurpose Room (3rd floor)
Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Department Major Renee Brinkley and Lafourche Parish District Attorney Representative Kristine Russell

Relate to War featuring Ed Mabrey
7:00 p.m., Danos Theatre
An open-mic event where participants share ideas based on a theme through poetry, storytelling, musical/vocal performance and dance. Hosted by students from the university’s Spoken Word Poetry course.


African American Themed Cuisine
10:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall, $7.41 plus tax for guests without a meal plan
Oxtail Stew with Collard Greens by culinary student Ja’Cobi Simon.

Ellis Marsalis Trio Concert
7:30 pm- Danos Theater
Regarded by many as the premier modern jazz pianist in New Orleans, Ellis Marsalis has had an impressive career not only as a performer and composer but also as a leading music educator at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the University of New Orleans and Xavier University. His former students include the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Terence Blanchard and four of his six sons (including Brandford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis) among others.
• Tickets $20.00 can be purchased at the Student Union Information Desk starting on Jan. 22, 2018, between 8 a.m. -4:00 p.m. Student ticket available at the SGA office


Dr. Stephen Michot “Civil War”
3:00 pm- LeBijou Theatre
The public story of the African American in the Civil War has been little told outside of the movie “Glory.” The African American participation, particularly west of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, is as diversified as it is rich. Caught between a war over union, and later slavery, African Americans experienced the war from both sides as civilian, slave, and soldier.

SPA Screening of “Glory” 
4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., LeBijou Theatre


“A Celebration of the Negro Spirituals”
7:30 p.m., 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.


World War II Museum Tour
Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Bus tour to New Orleans Students must sign up in the SGA Office by February 9th.


Spiritual Warfare-Town-Gown Worship Calvary United Methodist Church Services
8:00 a.m., 203 East 7th Street in Thibodaux


The War on the Missed Education with Dr. Thomas Durant, Jr.
1:00 p.m. LeBijou Theatre
Recruitment and Retention of the African American Male – Strategies to consider.

Game Show Night
7:30 p.m., Snack Bar Area in the Student Union
Nicholls Student Union presents a real live Hollywood set game show with host Orlo Azul featuring questions and answers surrounding black history. Back to campus for a third time, this game show boasts of 100% crowd participation, trivia-based, cash prizes that will keep participants on their toes. It’s fun, fast-paced and educational for all.


Hello Sweetie — College of Nursing
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Student Union Lobby-
An event screening individuals for elevated blood pressures and glucose levels.

College of Business and College of Education Discussion Panel
5:00 p.m., Ridley Gros Auditorium


African American Themed Cuisine
10:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall- $7.41 plus tax for guests without a meal plan
Smothered Okra, Sausage and Shrimp with Cornbread by culinary student Ashle’ Turnipseed.

Creative Writing Series
5:00 p.m., Colonel’s Retreat in the Student Union
The Creative Writing Reading Series will host its themed reading: African-American Voices: A Celebration of African-American History Month


War on Disease 
5:30 p.m., Library Multipurpose Room (3rd floor)
Dr. Gregory Maidoh is a nephrologist in Houma, Louisiana and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Terrebonne General Medical Center and Thibodaux Regional Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Ibadan and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 5 doctors at Terrebonne General Medical Center and one of 6 at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center who specialize in Nephrology.


NAACP Black History Program
6:00 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.

African American Themed Cuisine
10:45am-2:00pm, Galliano Dining Hall- $7.41 plus tax for guests without a meal plan
Shrimp and Potato Stew By culinary student TaShira Green.

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