When Paxton Williams portrayed George Washington Carver during last summer's Chautauqua festival, he made quite an impression. Thanks to Southeast Missouri State University's events to celebrate Black History Month, Williams returned last week as part of the Multicultural Speaker Series.
Five other Black History Month events are scheduled, and they are worthy of the attention of anyone who wants to learn more about the African-American experience in this country.
At 1:30 p.m. today, a program on "Black by Any Other Name" is slated at the University Center.
At 5 p.m. Feb. 19, a program on "Praising the Richness of Black Heritage in Words and in Gospel Music" will be presented at Dempster Hall's Glenn Auditorium.
At 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, "Rowdy Hour," a discussion of current issues, will be in Room 204 of Towers Residence Hall.
At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, "Black History Trivia Challenge" will be at the University Center.
At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, movies will be shown at the University Center.
These programs offer opportunities for university students and faculty to explore a better understanding of Black History Month. And they also offer information that can help a community deal with real-life issues in a multicultural society.
Those who have planned an organized these events deserve the community's thanks.