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BSU and NTC host Black History Month events

BEMIDJI—BSU and Northwest Technical College will learn, honor and celebrate the contributions of African-Americans with a series of Black History Month activities beginning Feb. 2. The schedule of events includes:

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 2-3: Film screening, "Marshall" BSU will host free screenings of the 2017 feature film "Marshall," which follows Thurgood Marshall (played by Chadwick Boseman), the first African-American member of the U.S. Supreme Court, through a challenging case he faced early in his career as an attorney for The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In addition to Boseman, the film features Josh Gad and Kate Hudson.

The film will screen at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in the Crying Wolf Room of BSU's lower Hobson Memorial Union, and Saturday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m. in the Upper Deck of Walnut Hall.

Tuesday, Feb. 6: "The Langston Hughes Project" The music of Langston Hughes will be featured in the live performance, "Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz" by The Langston Hughes Project. The performance will feature live music from a jazz quartet and poetry readings set to images of the Harlem Renaissance. "Ask Your Mama" is Hughes's homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. At the time of his death in 1967, Hughes had not yet performed the work.

"Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz" begins at 4 p.m. in Bemidji State's Beaux Arts Ballroom. Admission is free for all.

Feb. 13: "Understand the Past, Respect the Future" Brian Xiong, coordinator of the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, will present "Black History Month: Understand the Past, Respect the Future." The presentation will focus on groundbreaking achievers in history, such as the first African-American judge and the first African-American pilot in the U.S. Army.

Xiong's presentation begins at noon in Northwest Technical College's Room 315. It is open free to everyone.

Feb. 14 — "Black Leaders Who Paved the Way for Racial Equity" Xiong and Jesse Grant, BSU's interim dean of students, will present "Black Leaders Who Paved the Way for Racial Equity" at 1 p.m. Feb. 14 in BSU's Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, located in the upper Hobson Memorial Union. It is free to everyone.

Feb. 20 — "From Prison to Ph.D." Jason Sole, a former drug dealer and gang leader turned author, university professor and community leader, will give an author talk on his book, "From Prison to Ph.D.: A Memoir of Hope, Resilience, and Second Chance" at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 in BSU's Beaux Arts Ballroom. Sole is a professor of criminal justice at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Feb. 22 — "Common Bonds for a Greater Minnesota" BSU will host a presentation by Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota Council on American-Islamic Relations, to kick off the Leadership Studies Program's fourth annual Leadership Series lectures on Feb. 22.

Hussein's presentation will explore Minnesotan values of race, religion and creed, and will include a question-and-answer session on Islam and Muslims. The 6 p.m. presentation will be held in Room 103 of BSU's American Indian Resource Center. It is open to the public.

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