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Prairie State College Celebrating Black History Month

Prairie State College Celebrating Black History Month [01/28/2016]

Prairie State College (PSC) is celebrating Black History Month in February with a few events around campus. All events are free and open to the public, and will be held on the college’s main campus at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights.

The Charles Drew/Heartland Blood Drive is scheduled on Monday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the atrium. The annual event is sponsored by the Student Government Association, and celebrates Charles R. Drew, an American physician, surgeon and medical researcher. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments also can be made at heartlandbc.org or by contacting Helen Manley, coordinator, Student and Campus Life, at (708) 709-3910 or hmanley@prairiestate.edu.

On Feb. 3, the Student Veterans Center, in conjunction with Male Success Initiative (MSI), Protégé Club and the Center for Multicultural Communities, will honor black and Latino military veterans during a 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. event in the Barnes & Noble College Auditorium. The event features a viewing of a short video followed by a question and answer session with two of the Tuskegee Airmen, as well members of the Chicago “DODO” Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen. Representatives from Benjamin O. Davis VFW Post 311 will conclude the event with a commentary about black and Latino U.S. Medal of Honor recipients, including some dating back to the Civil War. For more information on the event, contact Georges Sanon, coordinator of the Student Veterans Center at (708) 709-3567 or gsanon@prairiestate.edu.

The college is welcoming internationally recognized public speaker Marcus Gentry, founder and president of A MasterMind Creation, to the college from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 16, for his presentation, “I Have a Dream: A King’s Journey.” The event is presented by the MSI, and features Gentry telling the story of the people and events that surrounded the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information, contact William Berkley, coordinator of MSI, at (708) 709-2946 or email wberkley@prairiestate.edu.

From 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 24, the PSC Library is hosting an African American Read-In, offered in partnership with Professor Alanna Cotch’s African American Literature class. Students will perform public readings that feature African American writers. The event is part of the National African American Read-In, hosted by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and NCTE, and is designed to bring friends and community members together to share books and promote literacy. More information is available at www.ncte.org/aari.