SIU kicks off Black History Month next week

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Pulliam Hall at Southern Illinois University. (Photo from Wikipedia)

CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois University announced their plans for Black History Month on Monday.

In a post on the SIU website, the school said that there would be speakers, acrobats, poetry, dance, a diversity luncheon and other activities .

Events start on Feb. 3 at Shryock AuditoriumJennifer Brobst, interim associate dean and associate professor of law at the SIU School of Law will be the guest speaker.

The event will also feature performances by Katherine Dunham dancers and Zuzu Acrobats. Dunham was an acclaimed dancer, anthropologist, scholar, choreographer and activist who wove elements of black culture and dance into American dance. Renowned for her dancing and choreography, Dunham  also made recordings, wrote books, and served as an artist-in-residence at SIU Carbondale  in 1965. Morris Library’s Special Collections Research Center houses a substantial collection of Dunham’s papers, manuscripts, scrapbooks, recordings and other materials.

The Feb. 3 dance performance features Laurie Goux, the SpiritWing Dance Ensemble artistic director/choreographer and instructor, whose performance is influenced by the Dunham Technique.

The Zuzu African Acrobats will perform a show featuring traditional Kenyan acrobatics. The troupe from Mombasa, Kenya, reached the the semifinals of “America’s Got Talent” and have appeared on various television programs, at three Super Bowls and in numerous venues across the country.

Black History Month 2020 at SIU is sponsored by the Black Resource Center and the Office of Associate Chancellor for Diversity, with assistance from numerous other campus units and offices.

For a full listing of all the events for the month, check out the SIU website.

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