Black History Month activities begin at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

February 5 – TIFTON – Black History Month activities at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College begin Sunday with a kick-off performance by ABAC musicians and a speech by Judge Larry Mims at 6 p.m. at Driggers Hall.

ABAC Fine Arts Major Elijah Alford curated the program.

“The reason I put this program together is to challenge everyone to think about what black history means to them,” Alford said. “He might be a friend, a teacher, a coach, or a musician. In one form or another, everyone has been positively affected by black history.”

Alford will play his saxophone as part of the event.

Other events during the month include movie nights at 7 p.m. in the ABAC Lakeside lobby featuring “Candyman” on Mondays, “The Photograph” on February 14 and “Harriett” on February 28.

An essay contest will begin on Tuesday and winners will be selected on February 21. The first place winner will receive a $100 prize and the second place winner will receive a $50 reward. There will be a panel of young black professionals on February 17 at 6 p.m. at Bowen Hall 100.

The New Georgia Project has partnered with Black History Month Events to offer voter registration Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Donaldson Dining Hall lobby.

While supplies last, a Bears to Build event will be held at the Thrash Wellness Center on Valentine’s Day from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Students must have a valid ABAC ID. The event is sponsored by CAB and Active Minds.

A presentation of “Birth and Beyond Midwifery” is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Bowen 100 on February 21. Jayma Holt, a midwife from St. Petersburg, Florida, will present. Dinner will be offered to the first 20 guests.

“Culture Shock” is the title of a presentation scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Bowen 100 on February 23. Participants will engage in an open dialogue about personal identity, life experiences and individuality.

ABAC-Bainbridge sponsors an essay contest for fourth, eighth, and senior students in the Early County School System. The top three in each category will receive prizes. Essays will be collected on February 18 and winners will be announced on February 25. Frederick Shorter is coordinating the event for the third consecutive year.

Black History Month activities culminate with “Let’s Talk: Unspoken Truths and Taboos,” a virtual event via Teams with social worker Regina Scruggs. The event will take place in the Donaldson Dining Hall on February 28 from noon to 12:50 p.m. Students without a meal plan should arrive early for a free meal.

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