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Black History Month events to start

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Sunday marks the kickoff of a series of events honoring Black History Month sponsored by Mungano and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Slam Poet Jamele “Harlym 125” Adams will once again headline at an Open Mic Slam Poetry night from 9 p.m. to midnight Sunday in Harter Union lobby.

“Jamele Adams just brings a lot and he opens up people’s eyes,” Mungano Vice President Jessica Beckem said. “His poetry is very good and talks about cultural events, but he does it in a way that engages the audience.”

Beckem said Mungano decided to bring Adams back to campus after the Baker community responded so well to him last year as well as last semester.

Other activities include an African-American film festival Monday through Friday in the union. Each day will feature a different film, with Tuesday featuring a speaker from the film “The Confederate States of America.”

“Kevin Willmott is a writer, director and professor at (the University of Kansas) who wrote this movie that actually won awards at different film festivals and was also picked up by Spike Lee,” Director of Multicultural Affairs Ron Holden said. “Kevin will be on campus for a discussion and viewing of ‘The Confederate States of America’ at 7 p.m. in McKibbin (Recital Hall).”

Holden said he’s looking forward to the event because it’s inspiring to hear a filmmaker live and learn about how the artist made what he did and what he went through.

A Soul Food Dinner will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 22 in the cafeteria.

The dinner will have food commonly found in African-American homes where many families have big dinners, Beckem said.

Mungano will then host a Black History Month Trivia at 9 p.m. Feb. 23.

Mungano President Di-Tu Dissassa said it’s important for people to be aware of all types of history, not just black history.

“I think it’s important for people to celebrate Black History Month because it is the history of a group of people who were oppressed in the past and have overcome their oppression,” she said. “It helps us to remember where we have come from as a nation.”

Holden is excited for the upcoming events because it allows people to experience new things and hopefully learn something, too.

“You come to college to learn new things and experience those things,” he said. “You have the opportunity to become a new person and find your identity. And in searching for your identity the more things you can experience, the more wholesome your identity can be.”

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