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Monmouth College observes Black History Month

MONMOUTH, Ill. – Monmouth College will conclude its observance of Black History Month with four late February events, including a gospel concert and a talk from a nationally acclaimed guest speaker.

On Feb. 20, the College organization Umoja will host an event that shines a light on black history and heritage. The 6:30 p.m. program in Room 276 of the Center for Science and Business will feature four sessions, including a women’s empowerment workshop; information about unseen heroes of the civil rights movement; a showcase of black musicians and artists; and an opportunity for networking.

More musicians will be featured on Feb. 24 when the College group Colorful Voices of Praise performs at 7 p.m. in Dahl Chapel. Free and open to the public, the gospel event is titled “Make a Joyful Noise.”

On Feb. 26, the movie A Time to Kill will be shown at 7 p.m. in the lobby of the College’s Intercultural House, 727 E. Broadway. The film tells the story of a fearless young lawyer and his assistant in Canton, Miss., who defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter. The act incites violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan.

Black History Month activities will conclude Feb. 27 when guest speaker Bryant K. Smith discusses leadership at 6 p.m. in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of Stockdale Center. His talk is free and open to the public.

A nationally acclaimed and award-winning educator, author, speaker, trainer and workshop facilitator, Smith is president and CEO of Smith Consulting And Networking, a comprehensive consulting and training firm that uses lectures, workshops and personal coaching to examine , interpret and improve people, their environments and the relationships between cultures and communities.

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago and now residing in South Carolina, Smith incorporates lessons he learned by growing up in one of the most racially segregated cities in the nation. His personal motto, “Difficult does not equal impossible,” serves as a constant reminder that hard work will always overcome hard times.