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The University of Olivet Black History Month Celebration Planned for Feb. 16

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The University of Olivet invites community members to “Dreaming Beyond What You See,” a Black History Month celebration on Feb. 16 from 6-8 p.m. in the Mott Academic Center Auditorium, 320 S. Main St., Olivet. State Sen. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) will be the keynote speaker.

The celebration will include the Nano Dijapo African Drum and Dance Troupe, flutist Brandon Marceal, Michigan poet Nyshelle Lawrence, the The University of Olivet Gospel Choir, a Black History wax museum, a sampling of soul food and more.

Click here to register for this free event.

Keynote speaker Sen. Anthony’s district includes Olivet, Michigan. She has always fought for equity and opportunity for all Michiganders, including the most vulnerable among us. The daughter of UAW (United Autoworkers) retirees and the first Black woman to serve as state representative in Lansing’s history, Anthony is a champion of working families and marginalized communities. She is serving her first term in the Michigan Senate and is the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, a first for a Black woman.

“Black History Month is a time to celebrate Black achievement and excellence. It’s a time to honor our history and reflect on our history-makers,” Anthony said. “But that’s not all—Black History Month is also a celebration of the emergent Black history we are living through every day and a reminder to recommit ourselves to the pursuit of equality and justice.”

The event is co-sponsored by the The University of Olivet Women’s Leadership Institute and the Hiram Archer Student Success Academy (HASSA). HASSA is named for Hiram Archer, a The University of Olivet student in the 1890s and one of the nation’s first 10 African-American college athletes.

To learn more about The University of Olivet, contact the Office of Admission at 269-749-7635 or admissions@uolivet.edu.

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