USM to Celebrate Black History Month 2020

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) annual celebration of Black History Month throughout February will mark the important achievements by black Americans, and the central role of African Americans in U.S. and Southern Miss history.

Events on the Hattiesburg campus that feature educational, entertainment and recreational components are among the following:

Feb. 7 – Comedy show featuring Rita Brent, Thad Cochran Center Ballroom 2, 7 p.m.

Feb. 9 – Eagle Awards, Joe Paul Theater (in the Thad Cochran Center), 6 p.m.

Feb. 11 – NAACP “Family Feud,” Seymour’s, 6 p.m.

Feb. 12 – “Tunes with GC,” Shoemaker Square Fountain, noon – 1 p.m.; Southern Miss Activity Council (SMAC) presents “Harriet,” Joe Paul Theater, 7 p.m.

Feb. 17 – “Divided and Directionless: Conflict Within Hattiesburg’s Civil Rights,” Liberal Arts Building, room 101, 6 p.m.

Feb. 18 – Soul Food Luncheon, Fresh Food Company, noon; The Murder of Emmett Till, presented by Dave Tell, Thad Cochran Center, room 218, 6 p.m.

Feb. 20 – Black History Panel Workshop, Thad Cochran Center, room 216, noon – 1 p.m.; African American Student Organization presents “Cultural Legends Ball,” Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms, 6 p.m.

Feb. 27 – “Strategies for Success in Graduate School,” Thad Cochran Center, room 216, noon – 1 p.m.

“Our goal for Black History Month programming is to bring awareness to all students, faculty, staff and community members of the strides African American leaders have made in our city, state and country,” said Valencia Walls, coordinator for USM’s Office of Multicultural Programs and Services and USM’s Black History Month programming. “We hope knowing and understanding the sacrifices others have made for our freedom will instill pride, and in turn help us to be better stewards of the privileges we have attained.”

For more information or questions about Black History Month events at USM, contact Walls at [email protected]


Written by University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit


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