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Black History Month

Barry McNamara
02/08/2011
Eddie Moore Jr.
Monmouth College will observe Black History Month in February with two talks by guest speaker Eddie Moore Jr. and a Gospel Music Extravaganza. All three events are free and open to the public.

Moore’s talks will be held on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of the Stockdale Room and on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in Glennie Gymnasium.

Titled “21st Century Leadership and Diversity: Are We Ready?,” Moore’s first session will challenge participants to examine their own biases, behaviors and belief systems. Additionally, they will learn how to take action against hatred, bigotry, privilege and oppression.

“We need more leaders for social justice and equity across America,” said Moore. “Do you have the skills and ability to lead?”

His other session is titled “Language and the Use of ‘N-word’: Is There a Lesson?”

“We will look at how current events, media, popular music and movies have used the word over the years and if the word has had any impact or influence on the millennial generation,” said Moore.

The session offers suggestions about the need and importance of understanding the various realities associated with the “N-word” and recommends how to challenge and encourage all people – but specifically young people – about the ramifications of casual or uninformed usage of the troublesome word.

Moore is currently the director of diversity at the Bush School in Seattle, Wash. His years as a college student were spent in Iowa, as he received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cornell College, a master’s degree in educational administration from Loras College and a Ph.D. in social foundations in education from the University of Iowa.

On Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium, the Western Illinois University Gospel Choir and Monmouth College’s Colorful Voices of Praise will perform. The concert is sponsored by MC’s Coalition for Ethnic Awareness and its Office of Intercultural Life.