2020 In the News

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Northwest Missouri State University has announced its plans to commemorate Black History Month with a series of activities that include a performance by Step Afrika! and a diversity leadership conference.

Celebrated each February, Black History Month recognizes individuals and events in the history of African-American culture.

Black History Month’s 2020 theme, “African Americans and the Vote,” focuses on the journeys of people of African descent to obtain the right to vote, according to a university news release.

“Black History Month is the acknowledgement and the celebration of African-American culture in history,” said N’ninah Freelon, coordinator of diversity and inclusion. “Acknowledging the fact that there is African-American history that may get lost in transition, it’s a month set aside where we are taking the time to celebrate, recognize and acknowledge those significant moments.”

For more information about Black History Month activities at Northwest, contact Justin Mallett, associate provost for Diversity and Inclusion at jmallett@nwmissouri.edu or 660-562-1517.

All activities are free and open to the public, except as noted.

See a complete list of Black History Month activities at Northwest below.

Movie Night

7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 11;

Student Union Boardroom

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will screen “Queen and Slim,” a 2019 film centered on an African-American couple’s first date that takes a turn when a police officer stops their vehicle Diversity and Inclusion staff will lead a discussion after the film. 


Spaghetti and Spades

7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 19;

Student Union Tower View

Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the University Police Department for the second annual Spaghetti and Spades Tournament.


Diversity Leadership Conference

Noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22; Student Union

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host its inaugural Diversity Leadership Conference.

The conference is free for Northwest students and $20 for faculty, staff and community members. Individuals should register online at www.nwmissouri.edu/diversity/rsvp/dlc.htm.


Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22;

Ron Houston Center 

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University and will provide a free keynote address at the conclusion of the Diversity Leadership Conference. 

He is an author, contributing opinion writer at The New York Times, an MSNBC political analyst and a contributing editor at New Republic. 


Movie Night

7 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 26;

Student Union Boardroom

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will screen “The Help,” a 2011 film that depicts an aspiring author during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s as she chronicles the perspectives of African-American maids and the white families for whom they work. Diversity and Inclusion staff will lead a discussion after the film.

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