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MSU to celebrate Black History Month; Unity Luncheon slated for Feb. 11

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The annual observance of Black History Month will be celebrated at Morehead State University, through various programs and educational opportunities to engage in important conversations about past, present and future issues related to the African American Community in the United States.

MSU's celebration is comprised of programs sponsored by The Black Student Union, Student Programming Board, Multiculturalism and Inclusion and First Year Programs.

The Kickoff event will take place Monday, Feb. 1, in the Adron Doran University Center, First Floor Lobby from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The event will consist of an opportunity to learn about significant and historical moments in American History related to the African American community/experience, but also provide an opportunity for individuals to reflect on the importance of Black History Month.

The Keynote Speaker for Black History Month will be Vee Byrd, director of Black Affairs at The University of Florida. Byrd will speak Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. in Crager Room of ADUC.

After being delayed because of bad weather during MLK week, MSU will host its Unity Faculty/Staff Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Crager Room of the Adron Doran University Center.

Jason L. Meriwether, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student affairs at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana, will be the keynote speaker. He will deliver an enlightening speech to the university community titled, "Reconciliation, Rationality, and Relationships: Celebrating the Unspoken Spirit of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

The Black Student Union and SAIL will host a campus-wide discussion on The #BlackLivesMatter Movement. The Dialogue will take place Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. in 111 Rader 111.

Films, "Higher Learning" and "More than a Month" will be shown during February.  Both films touch on issues that still remain relevant in higher education and society related to acceptance, inclusion and awareness. “Higher Learning” will be shown on Feb. 22 and “More than a Month” will be shown on Feb. 29.

A full list of events can be found at www.moreheadstate.edu/inclusion.

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