Marietta College sets Black History Month events

MARIETTA — Marietta College has scheduled events to commemorate Black History Month in February.

Events are sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The schedule is:

* Friday 8 p.m., Multicultural Friday, film, Multicultural Student Center

* Monday 6 .m., “Vision, The Poet,” The Gathering Place

* Feb. 11 noon, Professor Alphonso Gaskins, former United Nations rule of law expert, the Great Room

* Feb. 18 6 p.m., Zuzu African Acrobats, The Gathering Place

* Feb. 21 7 p.m., Unsung Heroes Showcase, Alma McDonough Auditorium

* Feb. 25 6 p.m., Shirlethia Franklin, former deputy chief of staff and counsel to the attorney general for President Barack Obama, Alma McDonough Auditorium

* Feb. 28 6 p.m., Steve Birdine, former two-term national president (Grand Polaris) of Iota Phi Theta fraternity, The Gathering Place.

“Our goal with Black History Month is to provide the campus and community with various opportunities to engage and celebrate the history of African Americans on the American fabric,” said Nkenge Friday, associate dean of students and director of Diversity and Inclusion. “While we have invited a noted civil servant in the Obama Administration, a renowned poet, an award-winning African acrobatic team, a former United Nations legal expert, we are also organizing student-led events that will provide insight into the experiences of our historically underserved populations.”