Prairie State College is hosting numerous events in February in celebration of Black History Month. All events are open to the public, and will take place on the college’s main campus, at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. More events are added each week so be sure and visit the events calendar at prairiestate.edu for updates and to check times.
The activities start with The Charles Drew/Heartland Blood Drive, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 3 in the atrium.
“The Spoken Word” will be at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the café. This is an open mike event when people can share poetry and other types of written material.
“Fajitas and Greens” is scheduled at 11 a.m. Feb. 11 in the atrium. A combination of Hispanic and soul food will be available to showcase the role of Hispanics in the civil rights movement.
A presentation on African Americans in Sports is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Conference Center Auditorium.
A Black Images in Film lecture is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 18 in Room 1322. PSC adjunct instructor Melvin Waiters will be leading this discussion.
The Black History Month Vendor Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 18 and 19 in the atrium. Vendors sell a variety of items, including jewelry, crafts, posters, and specialty items.
A panel discussion on Natural Hair led by PSC faculty will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 19 in Room 1322. The focus will be a discussion on how society reacts and accepts natural hair.
“I Have a Dream, a King’s Journey,” a special presentation by Marcus Gentry, will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 in the Conference Center Auditorium. Hear the story of the people and the events that surrounded the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The 26th annual Jazz Fest is 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Conference Center Auditorium. The featured musicians are Orbet Davis on trumpet, Ed Petersen on saxophone, PSC professor Valerie Nicholson on piano, Larry Gray on bass, and Ernie Adams on drums. The Southland Jazz Ensemble also will be performing. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and senior citizens.
PSC Idol, sponsored by The Black Student Union and UPS, is from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Conference Center Auditorium. Tickets are $5. PSC students with an ID can get in for $2.50. The singing contest is judged with a winner announced at the end. Be sure and come out to see the talented PSC students.
A viewing and discussion of the film, “The Interrupters,” will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Conference Center Auditorium.
Additional events may be added so check the events calendar at prairiestate.edu for updates.