Black History Month to celebrate community service, culture
The Citadel will celebrate Black History Month with several events highlighting the importance of public service as well as maintaining communities. The featured event will be the keynote address by state Rep. Bakari Sellers, the youngest black elected official in the country.
The annual Black History Month Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, in Buyer Auditorium on the second floor of Mark Clark Hall. The bazaar attracts visitors from all over the Lowcountry with music, exhibits and food.
During the bazaar, the Center for Heirs Property Preservation, which works to empower and support heirs’ property owners and their communities, will give a seminar and answer questions. For reservations, call the center at 843-745-7055.
The Citadel African American Society, a cadet club, will discuss Hollywood Director Spike Lee’s film “Do the Right Thing” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Greater Issues Room in Mark Clark Hall. Controversial at the time of its release in 1989, the film brought serious issues of the African American community to light and to the big screen. Cadets will have an open discussion about issues raised in the movie and lingering issues that still exist in the African American community 23 years after its release.
On Thursday, Feb. 16, Sellers will serve as the keynote speaker for the college’s celebration of Black History Month.
Elected in 2006 to the state House of Representatives at the age of 22, Sellers is the youngest black elected official in the country. Sellers, who is passionate about civil rights, equality, education and faith, will speak at 6:30 p.m. in Copeland Auditorium in Grimsley Hall.
Finally, on Saturday, Feb. 25, members of the African American Society will demonstrate their servant leadership by volunteering at the First African Child Development Center at 1020 King St. The cadets will help make improvements to the development center.
All Black History Month events at The Citadel are free and open to the public. For questions, please call Multicultural Student Services at 843-953-7382.