Free events for Black History Month in February

Illinois Valley Community College has several free events scheduled in February for Black History Month sponsored by the Diversity Team and Student Activities.

Radio host, model and actress Nadia Valentine, presents “The Black Elephant in the Room: Growing Up as a Person of Color in the Illinois Valley” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 in Rooms CTC124-125.

Valentine is a morning radio host on one of the top stations in Des Moines, Iowa. She grew up in La Salle and attended L-P High School. Upon graduation, she started school at Drake University in Des Moines.

She studied broadcast news with a minor in sociology and graduated in 2017. She has since stayed in Des Moines. In addition to working two jobs, she acts and models on the side. She loves dogs more than most people and will go out of her way to pet them any chance she gets.

The next event is a viewing of the documentary “Accidental Courtesy” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 in Room CTC124. The film features renowned pianist Daryl Davis’ hobby: befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan as part of his quest to answer the question “How can you hate me when you don’t know me?”

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Contest Winner’s Reception is noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Room C316 with complimentary pizza and refreshments provided. Selected pieces will be read.

The final event, “Black is Beautiful! A History of African Americans,” is a Multimedia Readers’ Theatre Production from noon to 1 p.m. in Room C316 and again at 6:30 p.m. at the Ottawa Center, 321 W. Main St. 

IVCC political science instructor Amanda Cook Fesperman is coordinating the public events. For information, contact her at amanda_cookfesperman@ivcc.edu.