Date: 2018/01/31

Great Falls College MSU celebrates Black History Month

African-American activists Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King

GREAT FALLS – Great Falls College MSU will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events throughout February.

The month-long celebration kicks off on Feb. 6 with a pub-style trivia game in the Cafeteria at noon. Root beer will be served, and there will be prizes for winning teams.

On Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. in room B101, Great Falls College MSU will host a free screening for the film "White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books."

This film explains the representation of black masculinity in comic books. Through interviews with prominent artists, scholars and cultural critics, along with images from comic books, this film examines the degree to which early black superheroes generally adhered to common stereotypes about black men.

Tobin Miller Shearer, director of African-American Studies at the University of Montana, will present "Unpacking White Privilege in Montana" on Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. in Heritage Hall.

This interactive presentation invites participants to consider what it means to be white in a white majority state. Does white privilege count where few people of color live or have been isolated on reservations?

How do we talk about racial identity in meaningful ways that deal with real issues but don't leave all involved feeling helpless or hurt?

Shearer is the 2017 winner of the Missoula Independent's Best University of Montana Professor award, the 2017 winner of the Nancy Borgmann Diversity Award, and the 2016 winner of the Distinguished

Teaching Award at UM. Before coming to Missoula, he helped found and co-direct a national anti-racism training program.

"We're very excited to welcome Tobin Miller Shearer to campus for Black History Month," said Joshua Archey, Student Activities Coordinator at GFC MSU. "We hope his presentation will help students take a closer look at African American history while also gaining a better understanding of racial issues specific to Montana."

Great Falls College MSU welcomes and encourages students, faculty, staff, and the community to attend this free celebration.

For more information, contact:

Erin Granger
Marketing Specialist
Phone: 406.771.4314

Lewis Card
Executive Director—Development, Communications & Marketing
Phone: 406-771-4412

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