Lincoln Land Community College is celebrating African-American History Month during February with various events. The theme for this year's observance is "Celebrating Our Strengths While Overcoming Our Challenges."
Events are open to the public at no charge and held at LLCC's Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, unless otherwise noted. The LLCC African-American History Month Committee and LLCC Student Life are event co-sponsors unless stated otherwise.
Thursday, Feb. 1 – African-American History Month Kickoff featuring LLCC alum Kenneth Humble with the Kenny Humble Trio, noon-1:30 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons.
Wednesday, Feb. 7 – HIV/AIDS Awareness and Testing sponsored by the LLCC Black Student Union, 9-11 a.m., A. Lincoln Commons. Participants will be provided information concerning HIV/AIDS and can also be tested.
Wednesday, Feb. 7 – Soup & Stories "Adversities Are Your Ally" presented by Casandra Austin, consultant, speaker and author of "Unclothed: Memoir of a Naked Soul," 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Robert H. Stephens Room, Menard Hall. The event is free to students with a student ID and $3 for non-students. Register for this event by calling 217-786-2241.
Monday, Feb. 12 – Movie Review and Discussion of "Marshall," screenings at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Robert H. Stephens Room, Menard Hall. The movie features the story of Thurgood Marshall, the American civil rights leader who helped change the landscape of American society.
Wednesday, Feb. 14 – "Evolution of Music" Flashback Wednesday and Voter Registration Day co-sponsored by the African-American History Month Committee and the LLCC Black Student Union, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons.
Tuesday, Feb. 20 – "A Tribute to Our Heroes," an open mic event sponsored by the LLCC Black Student Union, 5-7:30 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons.
Saturday, Feb. 24 – Black History Month Ebony Dance, 9 p.m.-midnight, Trutter Center. The event is co-sponsored by the African-American History Month Committee and the Open Door Mentorship program.
Wednesday, Feb. 28 – African-American Food and Vendor Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons. The event features free samples of African-American food, displays exhibiting the wares of African-American entrepreneurs and "Saxophone and African-American Poetry Improvisations" performed by LLCC retired business law professor and jazz musician Virgil Rhodes, J.D.