Lincoln Land Community College is celebrating African-American History Month during February with various events. The theme for this year’s observance is “Vision 2020: Elevate, Accentuate, Illuminate Your Future.”
Events are open to the public at no charge and held at LLCC’s Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. The LLCC African-American History Month Committee and LLCC Student Life are event co-sponsors unless otherwise noted.
Monday, Feb. 3 – “Vision 2020,” the African-American History Month kickoff, featuring Roosevelt Pratt with the African Drum and Dance Ensemble and LLCC student Gerald Cole Jr. of Torch_Nation, noon-1:30 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons.
Wednesday, Feb. 5 – “Embracing Diversity and Understanding Our Differences,” a panel discussion/open forum, 9-11 a.m., A. Lincoln Commons.
Friday, Feb. 7 – HIV/AIDS Awareness and Testing sponsored by the LLCC Black Student Union, 9-11 a.m., A. Lincoln Commons. Participants will be provided information concerning HIV/AIDS and can also be tested.
Monday, Feb. 10 – Movie review and discussion of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” screenings at 10 a.m. and noon, A. Lincoln Commons.
Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Soup & Stories “Do I Talk Too Loud? The Dynamics of Code Switching” presented by Justin Rose, director of diversity and inclusion at University of Illinois Springfield, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Robert H. Stephens Room, Menard Hall. The event is free to students with a student ID and $3 for non-students. Register for this event by calling 217-786-2241.
Wednesday, Feb. 19 – “Whatchu Kno Bout Us?”, African-American history trivia, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons.
Saturday, Feb. 22 – “Expressions: In Living Color,” a college-wide unity dance, 9 p.m. to midnight, Trutter Center. The event is co-sponsored by the LLCC Black Student Union, Logger Activities Board and the Open Door Mentorship program.
Monday, Feb. 24 – Voter Registration Day, sponsored by the LLCC Black Student Union, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 – African-American Food and Vendor Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons. The event features free samples of African-American food, displays exhibiting the wares of African-American entrepreneurs and “Saxophone and African-American Poetry Improvisations” performed by LLCC retired business law professor and jazz musician Virgil Rhodes, J.D.
Friday, Feb. 28 – “Illuminate Your Destiny,” the African-American History Month finale, featuring LLCC alum Kenneth Humble with the Kenny Humble Group, noon to 1:30 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons.