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Georgia Southern University celebrates Black Heritage Month

Georgia Southern University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs announces the schedule for the 2020 Black Heritage Month celebration, featuring a series of lectures, panel discussions, performances and more throughout February.

Most events will take place on the Statesboro, Armstrong and Liberty campuses and are free and open to the public. Highlighted events include:

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m., Statesboro Campus: Russell Union Ballroom
Thursday, Feb. 6, 3 p.m., Armstrong Campus, Student Union Ballroom
One-Man Show: Javier Avila, Ph.D.: “The Trouble With My Name”
Javier Avila’s poignant, high-octane and hilarious one-man show, “The Trouble with My Name,” highlight Avila’s talents as a poet and a professor as he examines the issues of language, race and social justice. Avila engages audiences with the story of his life while reading poetry that illustrates what it means to be an American of the future. The show breaks barriers with a message that transcends the boundaries of race, ethnicity and geography.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: I Studied My History, I Studied My Past… Culture, Gender and Race’s Importance In Beyoncé’s “Homecoming”
Armstrong Campus: Ogeechee Theatre 
A panel consisting of faculty and students will discuss the cultural importance of Beyoncé’s Grammy Award-winning Netflix documentary, “Homecoming.” They will explore culture, gender and race, and how the documentary brings more awareness to the contributions of African-Americans.

Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Black Man Empowerment Summit: Strong Men Do Strong Things
Armstrong Center
The summit will feature leadership and professional development workshops designed to empower African American males.

Tuesday, Feb. 11. 6 p.m.
Film Screening: “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin”
Armstrong Campus: Ogeechee Theatre 
The Official Selection of the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, 2003 National Black Arts Festival and 2003 Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival, “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” is a feature-length documentary of visionary activist Bayard Rustin who served as a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr. and was the architect of the 1963 March on Washington. 

Saturday, Feb. 29, 8 p.m.
Second Annual Shine, Black Girl, Shine – Black Women Empowerment Awards
Statesboro Campus: Russell Union Ballroom 
Shine Black Girl Shine will highlight the positive contributions of black women at Georgia Southern University. Honorees include students, alumni, faculty and staff members, as well as individuals from student organizations. 

Nominees will be judged for excellence in the following categories: philanthropy and community service mentoring, academic excellence, diversity, inclusion and fairness and Georgia Southern involvement.

The event will feature various performances throughout the show. 

For more information on the 2020 Black Heritage Month Celebration, visit

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 26,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit


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