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Smithsonian exhibit tops list of Black History Month events

Black History Month Smithsonian Poster
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (shown here) has lent the Lake Worth and Belle Glade campuses an exhibit in celebration of Black History Month. This poster image is courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Black History Month events will take place on all campuses this February, ranging from a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution to workshops, movies, music performances, a student talent showcase, and nationally acclaimed speakers Phyllis Lawson and Eldridge J. Broussard III. Events are free unless otherwise noted, and some have food for students. Mark your calendars and take part in celebrating our country’s rich African-American heritage.

Among the events are:

Feb. 1 – 28: A Place for All People: A Smithsonian Poster Exhibit
Library, 2nd floor, Lake Worth campus
The Harold C. Manor Library on the Lake Worth campus is one of 68 participating institutions that will exhibit “A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture” during Black History Month. This historic poster exhibit celebrates the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., which opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibit is based on the museum’s inaugural exhibitions exploring African American history, culture and community. For more information, call 561-868-3800 or email .

The Belle Glade campus also will exhibit a set of the Smithsonian posters. An opening event is tentative for Feb. 15, with the display continuing through the end of the month. For more information, call (561) 993-1169 or email

Feb. 2: Blues and BBQ/Jazz and Cajun
10  a.m. – 2 p.m., Pavilion, Palm Beach Gardens campus 
Students may choose between Memphis BBQ or Cajun Jambalaya. The L-Tribe band will provide live music—a set of Blues and a set of Jazz for our listening pleasure. Students will learn about the history of Memphis and New Orleans. This event is free to all students.

Africa Fine
Africa Fine

Feb. 8: Five Important Books by African American Authors
12:30 p.m., Humanities and Technology Bldg., Rm. HT103, Boca Raton campus
PBSC professor and published author Africa Fine will share her views on books she recommends.

Feb. 8: Expressions: Tribute to African American History
4 – 6 p.m., Stage West, Lake Worth campus
Do you have talent? If so, then use your artistic talent to recognize and honor African American history. Any student is welcome to participate in song, dance, spoken word or through art. Use your talent to reflect on history! This event is free and open to current PBSC students.

Feb. 13 & 27: Movie Mondays
12:30 p.m., Student Lounge, Palm Beach Gardens campus
Students are invited to watch “Loving” on Feb. 13 and “Barry” on Feb. 27.

Phyllis Lawson
Phyllis Lawson

Feb. 16: Quilt of Souls: Historical Narrative
3:30 – 4:45 pm, Stage West, Lake Worth campus
Author Phyllis Lawson will speak about the role of post-slavery African-American grandmothers, as depicted in her moving memoir “Quilt of Souls,” which has gone viral, garnering praise from readers and reviewers alike. She explores her childhood, her grandmother and a quilt that tells untold stories using the clothing of her loved ones. This event is free and open to the public.

Feb. 22: African Artifacts and Desserts
10  a.m. – 2 p.m., Pavilion, Palm Beach Gardens campus 
This event will showcase African Artifacts. Students will also enjoy a delicious dessert. This event is free for students.

Feb. 23: Black Men on Campus: A Conversation about Academics, Identity and Overcoming Challenges
12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Humanities and Technology Bldg., Rm. HT103, Boca Raton campus
This is a panel discussion moderated by Dugues Jean-Laurent, financial aid manager, with students from the MEN of Palm Beach State organization.

Feb. 25: Motown Magic
7:30 pm, Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center
Motown Magic, played by N2 Nation, is the ultimate tribute to the great music by The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, The Commodores and many more. Tickets: $10 for PBSC Students and Staff (as well as children); $15 for members of the public.

Eldridge J. Broussard III
Eldridge J. Broussard III

Feb. 28: “Own Who You Are” and “Challenge to Change” Workshops
Center for Bachelor’s Programs, Room CBP 103
From 2 – 3 p.m., meet Eldridge J. Broussard III, the popular motivational speaker and author of “Own Who You Are.” PBSC students, faculty and staff are welcome to hear his empowering message. The first 100 students attending will receive a copy of his book. Refreshments will be served.

From 4 – 5 p.m., Broussard conducts a workshop on how to leverage your fears to achieve personal and professional goals. Refreshments will be served.

Feb. 28: Historical Perspective on Black-American Music
11 a.m. – Noon, Humanities and Technology Bldg., Rm. HT103, Boca Raton campus
This program will be conducted by Professor Marc Davis and musician Shawn McCray.

Visit the PBSC events calendar for additional event postings.

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