Lincoln Land Community College is celebrating African-American History Month during February with various events. The theme for this year’s observance is “An Expression of Hope and Celebration of Black Life, Black History and Black Culture.”
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 the Student Life Office are event co-sponsors unless stated otherwise.
Wednesday, Feb. 1 – African-American History Month Kickoff featuring LLCC alum Kenneth Humble with the Kenny Humble Trio, noon to 1:30 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons.
Monday, Feb. 6 – HIV/AIDS Awareness and Testing sponsored by the LLCC Black Student Union, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons. Participants will be provided information concerning HIV/AIDS and can also be tested.
Tuesday, Feb. 7 – Chahrm the Band with Ada Lou presents “A Touch of Jazz, Rhythm and Blues” featuring Crisp, Rogers with Ada Lou, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons.
Friday, Feb. 10 – Showcase Your Talent Karaoke Style and Voter Registration Day co-sponsored by the African-American History Month Committee and the LLCC Black Student Union, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons.
Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Soup & Stories: Take a Walk Through the Life of Frederick Douglass, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Robert H. Stephens Room, Menard Hall. Presenter is Robert Davis, an historic interpreter and reenactor. During his presentation, he will deliver part of Frederick Douglass’s oration in memory of President Abraham Lincoln. Free to students with a student ID; $3 for non-students. RSVP to 786.2241.
Wednesday, Feb. 22 – African-American Food and Vendor Day, 10 a.m. to 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.
Saturday, Feb. 25 – Black History Month Ebony Dance, 9 p.m. to midnight, Trutter Center. The event is co-sponsored by the African-American History Month Committee and the Open Door Mentorship program.
In addition to the events above, LLCC’s Community Education is offering two non-credit learning opportunities being taught by Doug King at the African-American History Museum of Springfield and Central Illinois, 1440 Monument, Springfield. Fee for each class is $19. Call 786.2292 or visit www.llcc.edu/community-education to register.
Wednesdays, Feb. 1 and 15 – 1908 Springfield Race Riot, 6 to 8 p.m. Discover the truth of the 1908 Springfield race riot—what led up to this historical event and how it affects us today. Course code: CEW 400-01
Wednesdays, April 5, 12 and 19 – Underground Railroad: Springfield Connection, 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will learn about Springfield’s role in the Underground Railroad, what sites still stand locally, artifacts still being discovered and famous family names that left a lasting impact on current-day Springfield. Course code: CEW 400-04