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Armstrong Celebrates Black Heritage Month

(February 7, 2017) – “Somewhere we must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability,” said Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his commencement address to the 1965 graduation class at Oberlin College. “So we must help time and realize that the time is always right to do right.”

This phrase has inspired the spirit of the 2017 Black Heritage Celebration at Armstrong, which is hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and will continue throughout February.

“This year, we were intentional with our programming,” notes Nashia Whittenburg, director of Armstrong’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. “Our goal is to serve as a catalyst to promote the academic, social and spiritual celebration of black culture in Savannah.”

Organizing a month packed with events was no small undertaking for Armstrong’s Multicultural Affairs representatives, but this year’s lineup proves to be one of the most engaging yet, thanks to a collaborative effort across campus.

“The 2017 Black Heritage Celebration Committee consisted of students, faculty, staff and alumni working together to produce 27 amazing programs to celebrate the rich history and heritage of black Americans,” says Kwame Phillips, coordinator for Armstrong’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. “The events will place an emphasis on trailblazing leaders who paved the way for generations to come, while acknowledging the new movements that are focused on global change and equality for all.”

This year’s celebration will feature a wide range of events, from timely lectures to a film festival and an Afro-Caribbean cuisine cooking competition. All events are free and open to the public.

The 2017 Black Heritage Celebration Month’s February schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Feb. 8

12:15 p.m.
ACEP Brown Bag Series: “Black STEM Representations, Contributions and Opportunities for the 21st Century” with Dr. Cameron Coates
University Hall 157

6:30 p.m.
NAACP Political Town Hall Series: “The 13th Amendment Discussion”

University Hall 158

Thursday, Feb. 9

6 p.m.
Armstrong Men of Vision & Excellence’s Gentlemen’s Dinner: Image, Etiquette & Empowerment

Student Union – Savannah Ballroom

Saturday, Feb. 11

Grand Festival Day
MLK Civic Center (Downtown Savannah)

Wednesday, Feb. 15

1 p.m.
ACEP Brown Bag Series: “The Evolution of Blacks in Liberty County” with Commissioner Gary Gilliard

Armstrong Liberty Center (Hinesville)

6:30 p.m.
The Impact & the State of the NAACP in the 21st Century

University Hall 158

Thursday, Feb. 16

6:30 p.m.
Black Heritage Celebration Film Fest & Forums: Wilmington on Fire by Christopher Everett

Solms 110

Friday, Feb. 17

6 p.m.
Black Heritage Film Fest & Forums: Daratt (Dry Season) by Mahamat Saleh Haroun

Student Union – Ogeechee Theater

8 p.m.
NAACP Annual 90s Party

Compass Point Clubhouse

Saturday, Feb. 18

7 p.m.
Collegiate 100 Hosts 8th Annual Winter Ball: Black Tie Affair

Student Union – Savannah Ballroom

Monday, Feb. 20

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Student African American Sisterhood’s Black Women Empowerment Expo*

Student Union – Savannah Ballroom
*Natural Hair Care presentation from 12–1 p.m.

6 p.m.
Student African American Sisterhood’s Black Women Empowerment Dinner with Dr. Consuela Ward

Student Union – Savannah Ballroom

Wednesday, Feb. 22

12:15 p.m.
ACEP Brown Bag Series: “Money Matters” with Dr. Wayne Johnson

Student Union – Savannah Ballroom

Thursday, Feb. 23

7 p.m.
MLK Awards Dinner

Student Union – Savannah Ballroom

Friday, Feb. 24

6 p.m.
Anointed Voices’ 80s & 90s Gospel Choir Competition

Fine Arts Auditorium

Saturday, Feb. 25

5 p.m.
Black Greek Letter Organizations’ Old School & New School Yard Show

Fine Arts Auditorium

Monday, Feb. 27

6:30 p.m.
Black Heritage Celebration Film Fest & Forums: Moonlight

University Hall 157

Tuesday, Feb. 28

6 p.m.
Iron Chef: Afro-Caribbean Cuisine

Student Union Galley

Kerry Coursey

"I truly believe the personal connections I developed with my instructors at Armstrong helped to shape the educator that I became."

Kerry Coursey
Class of 1996
Master’s Health and Physical Education and Educational Leadership