February 13, 2018

The John A. Logan College Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s schedule of events for Black History Month features a keynote address by Dr. Jakobi Williams, “Building Coalitions Across Race: The Black Panther Party,” on Wednesday, February 21, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Batteau and Ivey Rooms. A book signing will immediately follow the presentation. The event is co-sponsored by The African American Museum of Southern Illinois, the JALC Black Student Association, the SIUC Department of History and Mrs. Carolyn Harvey and is free and open to the public.

Dr. Williams, a graduate of SIUC, is an associate professor of history in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Department of History at Indiana University in Bloomington and the author of From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago, published by the University of North Carolina Press.

In addition, the JALC Diversity and Inclusion Committee will sponsor two other talks.

On Monday, February 5, Patricia Mayberry will speak on “The Power of the Black Vote,” from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the McCollum Room. Mayberry is a graduate of SIUC and a former investigator for the Department of Children and Family Services and the Department of Corrections.

On Tuesday, February 27, David Cochran will speak on “Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott: A Fresh Look at the Story You Thought You Knew” from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. in the Batteau Room. Cochran is a professor of history at John A. Logan College.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the JALC Diversity and Inclusion Office at (618) 985-3741, extension 8134 or 8586.