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Black History month events

MLK Read-A-Thon

Throughout Black History Month each February, students, faculty and staff are invited to volunteer to read to children at local elementary and middle schools. There is a large selection of books available by diverse authors, with diverse titles and with diverse and inclusive subject matter. The annual MLK Bibliography is curated by staff at Kent Library on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Please contact the MLK Committee at to volunteer for the annual MLK Read-A-Thon to read to students at Blanchard Elementary, Franklin Elementary, and Cape Middle School in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Date: February 1 to 26, 2021
Location: Blanchard Elementary, Franklin Elementary, and Cape Middle School

Film John Lewis: Good Trouble

This documentary is a depiction of John Lewis, a civil rights leader. Lewis is a congressman that advocated for equality, voting rights, gun control, health care reform, and immigration. Come enjoy this film and witness the leadership and bravery of John Lewis. 

Date: February 9th, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Rose Theatre

Comedian Ronnie Jordan

Comedian Ronnie Jordan has been featured on BET's Comic View, Martin Lawerence Presents the 1st Amendment Stand- Up, P. Diddy Presents Bad Boys of Comedy

Date: February 12, 2021
8:00 p.m.
Academic Auditorium

Speaker Dr. Umar Johnson

Dr.  Umar is the founder and leader tour guide for the "Unapologetically Afrikan" Black College & Consciousness Tour, within the context of visiting and learning about significant places and personalities that helped shape the global Afrikan struggle for freedom and independence. 

Date: February 17, 2021
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Academic Auditorium

Poet Jahman Hill

Jahman Hill is an award- winning poet, playwright,  and professor. In 2018, Jahman claimed the title of the 3rd best poet in the world, and in 2019 he wrote, produced, and starred in an award- winning one-man show, Black Enough, which played off- Broadway. Jahmin Hill has become a sought-after poet internationally.

Date: February 24, 2021
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: UC Program Lounge

Performance by Zhalarina

Zhalarina H. Sanders is a rapper, actress, and producer from Tampa, FL who serves as a co-founder and Exective Director of the JVN Project, a Hip-Hop centered non-profit that seeks to serve and empower. 

Date: March 24, 2021
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: UC Ballroom A


Academic Hall Room 010-011
MLK Celebration
One University Plaza, MS 3375
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701