For the Daily News
Two free upcoming events at Mississippi State will feature music, theater and comedy as part of the university's Black History Month observance.
"Ain't I a Woman! Ain't I a Woman!" opens at 6 p.m. Feb. 15, followed at 7 p.m. on the 16th by the Post-Racial Comedy Tour, featuring best-selling author Christian Lander and Elon James White. Both programs take place in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium.
Sponsored by the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, "Ain't I a Woman!" is performed by the Florida-based Core Ensemble Chamber Music Theater.
It celebrates the lives of four historical African American women, Sojourner Truth, Zora Neale Hurston and Clementine Hunter, as well as Mississippi civil right leader Fannie Lou Hamer.
On Feb. 16, comedians Lander and White take the stage to address head-on--with a dose of humor--sensitive issues of race. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the program will have the pair speak individually, then combine for a finale that includes taking questions from the audience.
Lander is the author of the New York Times best-seller "Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions" (Random House, 2008). White is the award-winning creator of the web series This Week in Blackness.
Other events include,
• Eupora Arts Inc. will celebrate the art of music at their annual Black History Month program set for 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at the BLY Fine Arts Center in downtown Eupora. Mississippi State University’s Black Voices Gospel Choir will be the featured entertainment.
• Rising Star Masonic Lodge No. 31 (PHA) will be hosting its Annual Black History Program at Sixteenth Section Missionary Baptist Church in Starkville on Feb.13 at 3 p.m. The church is located at 1515 Old West Point Rd.
The speaker for the evening will be Dr. Tommy Stevenson, Director of Diversity & Equity at Mississippi State University. The theme for this year’s program is “Overcoming a Milestone.”
Other special guest will include the Black Voices of Mississippi State University. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. For more information contact 617-1643.