This year’s theme for Black History Month at Missouri University of Science and Technology is “Honor, Hurdles and Heroes.” The following free events are open to the public:
• 2014 Black History Month Celebration and Reception, 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall. This night of entertainment will feature student performances and a presentation on what it means to be a hero.
• Dinner to Jazz, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, St. Pat’s Ballroom of the Havener Center. This evening of music, dancing and food is sponsored by the Association of Black Students, student diversity, outreach and women’s programs, and leadership and cultural programs.
•? “Fruitvale Station,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall. Presented as part of the 2014 Spring Free Film Festival, this award-winning film tells the story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old unarmed father who was detained and fatally shot by San Francisco police officers.
•?The New Jim Crow Discussion, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Carver-Turner Room of the Havener Center. This discussion about America’s racial hierarchy, civil rights and the forward movement of racial equality will be facilitated by Miner Mentors and Black Man’s Think Tank, two S&T student groups.
Black History Month events are planned by Missouri S&T’s Black History Month Committee with representation from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., African Student Association, Association of Black Students, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., leadership and cultural programs, and student diversity, outreach and women’s programs.