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Black History Month 2021

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"Black Student Union: It All Begins With You"

TLU celebrates Black History Month with a variety of special events and guest speakers.

Chapel Service (Virtual)
February 1
10-10:30 a.m.
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Yoga with Alumna Jaz Burgess '11
February 3, 10, & 24

Jaz Burgess will be hosting free yoga classes on the dates list at noon via Instagram Live through her account @hustlemeetsgrace. TLU faculty, staff, students, and community members are all welcome to join.

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River City Drumbeat: A Virtual Discussion with Filmmaker Marlon Johnson
February 8
7 p.m.
Moderators: Prof. Beth Bronk & Dr. Chris Bollinger

Click Here to Watch River City Drumbeat before the Feb. 8 event.

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Guest Speaker: Dr. Omedi Ochieng (Virtual)
February 10
2:30 p.m.

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Join TLU for a special presentation from Professor and Author Dr. Omedi Ochieng: "Representation, Experience, and the Capaciousness of Black Life"

During his talk, Dr. Ochieng will seek to invite participants to a conversation on Black life and experiences in the United States. A variety of Black scholars have offered strong criticisms of the idea that depictions of Black pain (e.g. in videos, photographs, and films) necessarily engender empathy and identification with Black people. Indeed, these scholars have argued that representations and discussions about Black suffering are often pleasurable to viewers and listeners raised in an anti-Black society.

This talk will discuss the methods by which various thinkers and activists have sought to talk about Black experiences, including the suffering of Black people, both by refusing to flinch from the destructive and damaging structures of white supremacy and by articulating the multilayered complexities of Black life.

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Eden Cross & Eden Place Community Service Event
February 12
3 p.m.
1220 Jefferson Avenue, Seguin, TX 78155
Volunteers should check Connect@TLU and their TLU email for more information.

African American Studies Open House
February 16
All Day
African American Studies Lounge (Langner Hall 239)

A Celebration of Music by Black Composers (Virtual)
March 5
Time: 7 p.m.

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Black Excellence Networking
This event has been postponed until April 2021
Zoom link will be provided to students who RSVP through Connect@TLU

Chapel Service (Virtual)

Celebrating 50 Years of Black Student Union
February 24
10-10:30 a.m.

TLU Chapel and Campus Ministry will celebrate the 50th anniversary of TLU's BSU with current members Brooke Kalinec, Naomi Nobles, Tierrah Adams, Moses Tillman-Young, and Rashad Tolbert. TLU graduate Kendra Nwosu will perform, alumna Jaz Burgess will preach, and a poem written specifically for the event by alumnus Fernando Rover will be read.

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We Lift Our Voices in Song: A Virtual Discussion with Dr. Marques L.A. Garrett
Dr. Liliana Guerrero, moderator
February 25
7 p.m.
Click Here To Join The Discussion on Zoom

Join the TLU School Of Music for a discussion with Dr. Marques L.A. Garrett as they explore the vast collection of classical music for solo voice and choir by Black composers. Dr. Garrett will speak about the history of the African-American spiritual and its modern day performance practice, as well as highlight the non-idiomatic contributions of many underrepresented composers. This is an interactive lecture in which questions from the community are welcome.

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In addition to the planned schedule of events, faculty, staff, and students are also encouraged to visit Bulldog Cinema to access a wide range of films in honor of Black History Month. Please note that Bulldog Cinema can only be viewed on campus from a computer or television in residence halls.