Black history month features gospel concert, lecture series and award-winning poet

Faculty, staff and students on Tennessee Tech's campus are sporting black, green and red ribbons this month in commemoration of Black History Month, and the university's Office of Student Affairs has organized a lecture series and other activities related to the legacy and heritage of African Americans.

The following Black History Month events are all free and open to the public, and most take place in the Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center, located in the Roaden University Center:

Career Fair, 4-6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 11, at Trinity Baptist Church. The fair is sponsored by TTU, Trinity Baptist Church, Nashville State Tech and Volunteer State.

Lecture by Sonnie Hereford, M.D., 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13. Hereford will discuss his experiences marching with Martin Luther King Jr. and will show a film of the march. Refreshments will be served.

Multimedia presentation by Carl Owens, director of Instructional Technology and professor of Curriculum & Instruction, 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 14. Owens will demonstrate new computer technology.

Lecture by Wali Kharif, professor of History, 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 15. Kharif's talk, titled "I Will Do It Myself," will show historic incidents of African Americans overcoming obstacles -- without assistance -- to achieve their goals.

Gospel Extravaganza, 3-6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18, Multipurpose Room. Area choirs will perform in this annual celebration of gospel music. While admission is free, an offering will be taken.

Lecture by Bryan Samuels, M.D., 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21. Samuels will speak on minority health issues.

Lecture by Lawrence Ross Jr., 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21. Ross will speak about the historical background of African-American fraternities and sororities and current issues such as pledging, hazing, inter-fraternal relations and the responsibilities of fraternity and sorority members.

Lecture by Rita Harris, 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22. Harris will speak about environmental justice, the rights of poor and minority people to live in a healthy and uncontaminated environment.

Lecture by Bruce Jacobs, 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 26. Jacobs is a poet and the author of "Race Manners." Refreshments will be served.

Lecture by award-winning poet B.F. Maiz, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27. Maiz, the author of five books of poetry, was awarded the Wesleyan Peace and Justice Award by the Wesleyan Peace Committee in 1994. The award recognizes Maiz's continuing work with youth in conflict resolution and is held by only five other Americans. Maiz will give a talk again at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28.