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Citadel News Service
1 Feb 2011

Black History: Social responsibility and black entertainment

Black History Month at The Citadel kicks off Saturday, Feb. 5 with the Black History Bazaar and continues all month with featured speakers Lowcountry artist Jonathan Green and Marva Smalls, a senior executive with Nickelodeon television and its sister networks.

Noted art critics and reviewers consider Green one of the most important painters of the southern experience. His work, which has been exhibited in major venues nationally and internationally, reflects an intrinsic sense of history and place. Smalls is the executive vice president of public affairs and chief of staff for Nickelodeon/MTV Network Kids and Family Group and executive vice president of global inclusion strategy at MTV Networks..


Marva Smalls

“As we explore the theme of social responsibility in African American entertainment, it is an honor to welcome two individuals who have exemplified the ideals of social responsibility in their work,” said Robert Pickering, director of Multicultural Student Services and International Studies.

“Jonathan Green has inspired a generation of children to pursue their visual and performing arts dreams and has embedded the importance of community support in these future artists,” Pickering said. “Marva Smalls has not only been instrumental in providing quality programs for children, but she has also been a leader in developing strategies to combat childhood obesity and is a staunch supporter of community-based programs aimed at improving the quality of life for children.”

All Black History Month events are free and open to the public.

Feb. 5. – Annual Black History Month Bazaar
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall.

The bazaar features music, exhibits and food and attracts visitors to campus from all across the
Lowcountry. Music will be performed by A Touch of Class and Urban Roots bands. Exhibit by the Tut-Tut Kemetic Group. A representative from The Center for Heirs Property Preservation will be available to answer questions about heir’s property. The centers mission is serving, supporting and empowering heirs' property owners and their communities.

Feb. 8 – Distinguished Artist Jonathan Green
6:30 p.m. – Bond Hall room 165 

Jonathan Green will present an illustrated talk with a colorful look into the heart of Gullah culture. Gallery Chuma will provide prints for sale. A small reception will be held in Green’s honor. Sponsored by Daniel Library Friends and The Office of Multicultural Student Services.

Feb. 15 – “Ethnic Notions” viewing
6:30 p.m. – Copeland Auditorium, Grimsley Hall
Narrated by Esther Rolle, this Marlon Riggs' Emmy-winning documentary takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing for the first time the deep-rooted stereotypes that have fueled anti-black prejudice. Through these images we can begin to understand the evolution of racial consciousness in America. 

Feb. 16 – “Ethnic Notions” Discussion group
6:30 p.m. – Greater Issues Room, Mark Clark Hall

The African American Society invites all cadets to attend this open dialogue to discuss the documentary “Ethnic Notions “ and the impact it has today regarding African American entertainers.

Feb. 24 – Keynote Speaker – Marva Smalls
6:30 p.m. Copeland Auditorium, Grimsley Hall

Smalls is the executive vice president of public affairs and chief of staff for Nickelodeon/MTV Network Kids and Family Group and executive vice president of global inclusion strategy at MTV Networks. A native South Carolinian, Smalls has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Carolina. Under her leadership, Nickelodeon’s pro-social campaigns have been recognized by presidential administrations and have garnered the support of top names in the entertainment industry. Smalls will discuss the importance of social responsibility in the African American community.

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