Black History Month 2013 Schedule of Events

Thank you to everyone who celebrated Black History Month with us. The theme of this year's festivities was "The Crossroads of Freedom and Equality."

January 21, 7am-1pm, MLK Parade

To walk in the parade with Armstrong, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs or call 912-344-2618 (departing from Armstrong at 7am)

January 29, Georgia Southern University Soledad O’Brien speaking engagement.

Limited seats are available. Please email for more information (departing from Armstrong at 4:00pm)

February 1, 7-11pm, “NAACP 90’s Party: The Soul Train” Student Union Ballroom

Come dressed in your best interpretation of the 1990’s era and party with the NAACP. The night will highlight black music culture in the 90’s. For more information, email: or call 912-344-2618

February 6, 6:30-9:30pm, “Healing Oppressions Wounds” Student Union Ballroom B & C

Speaker Wekesa Madzimoyo presents “Healing Oppression’s Wounds.” This event will begin to break down the walls of oppression through interactive, open, and honest communication facilitated by speaker and author Wekesa Madzimoyo. For more information, email: or call 912-344-2618

February 7, 3-8 pm, “History of Black Health Care” Student Union Ballroom

3-5pm HIV/AIDS testing and counseling services sponsored by Student Government Association. 6-8pm Panel Discussion evaluating the history of disparities within the African-American Community as it pertains to Health Care sponsored by the College of Health Professions. For more information, email: or call 912-344-2618

February 11, 6-9pm, “Celebrating the Connection of Cultures: Latinos, Hispanics, and African-Americans” Ogeechee Theatre

We have a long history of interconnectedness that is rarely celebrated. The event will not only look at the Latino/African diaspora, but the discussion will also celebrate the commonalities and the distinct uniqueness between the cultures as well as evaluate ways in which the communities can foster a stronger relationship. For more information, email: or call 912-344-2618

 February 12, 6:30-8:30pm, “Black/ African-American Stereotypes” Panel Discussion- Student Union Ballroom

Our panelists will be comprised of representatives from Armstrong’s faculty, staff, and student population. The panelists will discuss the harsh reality of how stereotypes have plagued and continue to be a burden to not only African-Americans, but society as a whole. For more information, email or call 912-344-2618

February 13, 12-2pm, “Religions of Africa”- University Hall 157

The International Education Office will host religious leaders from different diasporas in Africa who will share with Armstrong the uniqueness of the various religions that comprise the continent of Africa. For more information, email: or call 912-344-2618

February 15, 7-10pm, “Café 1965: Night of Artistic Expression” Ogeechee Theatre

The NAACP presents an artistic fusion of the arts in their celebration of the Civil Rights Movement. Poets, artists and musicians are welcome to display their talents in our café. For more information, email: or call 912-344-2618

February 16, 7-11:59pm, “Collegiate 100 3rd Annual Winter Ball”- Student Union Ballroom

Celebrate Black History Month with the award winning Armstrong Collegiate 100 Chapter. For ticket information, please email or call 912-344-2618

February 17, 5-7pm, “We’ve Come This Far By Faith: The Power of Our Story”- 2nd African Baptist Church (Houston Street)

2nd African Baptist will host their annual historic event which will depict the lives and history of African-Americans through folklore, stories and music. The event is part of the Black Heritage Festival being sponsored by the City of Savannah

February 20, 12-2pm, "Blacker the Berry, Sweeter the Juice- Views and Perceptions on Skin Color”- University Hall 156

The NAACP will have an open discussion to evaluate the various perceptions the African-American Community and society in general has on skin color. For more information email or call 912-344-2618

February 22, 7-9pm, “Keep Calm and Remember Your Roots”- University Hall 156

Presented by the African Caribbean Students Organization, this discussion will cover the intricate African/ Caribbean cultures and history. This event will look at how the various foods and certain dialects have become the corner stone of connection. If you have information to present or if you are interested in participating or attending this event please email: or call 912-344-2618     

February 23, 7-9pm, “Unforgettable: Nat “King” Cole, The Man and His Music”- Fine Arts Center

Presented by the City of Savannah’s Black Heritage Festival, this production traces the life of Cole and performs his memorable music. Written and narrated by Jewell Robinson, actress and Public Program Director for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the role of Nat “King” Cole is performed by Michael McElroy, under the musical direction of Isaac Harlan and overall direction of Michael Kramer.

February 25, 7-10pm, Nelly’s Echo- Student Union Ballroom

Campus Union Board presents the exciting and talented Nelly’s Echo from the hit TV Show “The Voice”. For more information, please   contact 912-344-2504

February 28, 6-9pm, Inaugural Armstrong Black History Month Awards Dinner Student Union Ballroom

We will culminate our Black History Month Programs and celebrate our those within our Armstrong Community who have been instrumental change agents. RSVP required. To RSVP please email: or call 912-344-2618

2013 Armstrong Black History Month Committee Members

  • Nashia C. Whittenburg (Chair): Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Dr. Donna Brooks (Co-Chair): Assistant Dean/ Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Professions
  • Dr. Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas (Co-Chair/ Awards Dinner): Assistant Professor of Speech/Communication  
  • Fernando Foster: Network Administrator - ITS
  • Corrine Ackerson-Jones: Coordinator of Recruitment and Retention- College of Health Professions
  • Kristin Kasting: Assistant Director of International Education
  • Dorothy Kempson: Assistant Director of Academic Support; Liberty Center
  • Melody Rodriguez: Director, HOLA Program
  • Sally Watkins: Associate Director of Student Union and Activities
  • Errik Ejike: Graduate Assistant, Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Udo Obeichefu: Graduate Assistant, FYE
  • Haddy Gassama: President: African Caribbean Students Organization
  • Bradley Jones: President, Collegiate 100
  • Chasidy Ortiz: President, NAACP
  • Kwame Phillips: President, Student Government Association