CLEMSON — Clemson University is sponsoring a series of events to celebrate Black History Month, including a night focused on spoken word artistry, a cultural dance presentation, dining nights and an address by nationally known author Lawrence Ross. The community is invited to participate.

Black History Month logo“Black History Month will include a series of educational and social events/activities that highlight the historical and current narrative of African-Americans at Clemson University and beyond,” said Keenan Jones of the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center.

“In our efforts to create an inclusive campus environment in which everyone has the ability to celebrate the diversity within themselves and others, this celebration will provide a valuable opportunity for all members of our campus community to come together as one Clemson family,” Jones said. “The events are designed to celebrate culture and allow attendees to become better educated on the rich contributions of African-Americans to the greater society.”

The celebration kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when spoken word artist Clint Smith and three students perform in Hendrix Student Center meeting rooms A and B. Smith is a National Poetry Slam champion who is a teacher, writer and doctoral candidate at Harvard.

Other events include a performance by Step Afrika at 7 p.m. Saturday in Tillman Hall auditorium. The African dance performance integrates songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation.

On Feb. 27, Ross will give the Black History Month address at 7 p.m. in Tillman auditorium. Ross is the author of several books, including “The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities” and “Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America’s Campuses.”

Sponsors of Clemson University’s Black History Month commemoration include the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center, University Housing and Dining, CLEMSONLive and the departments of Pan African studies and plant and environmental sciences.

Here’s the full schedule of events:

Black History Month Kickoff Celebration
Wednesday, Feb. 1
6:30 p.m. Hendrix Student Center, meeting rooms A & B
Featuring social justice spoken word artist, Clint Smith.
Smith will present a series of work relevant to the past, present and future of Black America.

Dining Hall Nights
Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8 15 and 22
4:45 p.m. Fresh Food Company
Core Campus will offer authentic West and East African, African-American Southern and Caribbean cuisines
Cost: $10.75 plus tax

Step Afrika
Saturday Feb. 4
7 p.m. Tillman Hall
Traditional African dance performance that integrates songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation.
Sponsored by CLEMSONLiVE

Black History Month address
Monday, Feb. 27
7 p.m. Tillman Hall
Lawrence Ross
Sponsored by Division of Student Affairs, Office of Inclusion and Equity and University Housing and Dining

Plant A Seed
Tuesday, Feb. 28
11 a.m. Life Sciences Building atrium
Culminating event will allow attendees to plant a seed filled with their hopes, dreams and goals for the future in hopes of watching them grow into fruition.
Sponsored by department of plant and environmental sciences