Calendar of Events

Themed “The History of Black Economic Empowerment”, this year’s theme provides an opportunity to reflect on the financial progress of Black America in the 21st century. All events are free and open to the public.

"Contributions from Blacks to the U.S. Economy" Visual Display Exhibit
Library (Lake Campus 27)
Feb. 1st through Feb. 26th
2:00 p.m. daily

Tuesday, February 2nd - Kick-Off Celebration
Lake Campus 43
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
Opening Ceremony and Reception
Program features Rev. Willie Muhammad; Kumbuka African Drum and Dance Collective; and Curtis Pierre’s Casa Samba/Capoeira

Thursday, February 4th
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Kim Cherry, Executive Director, Mathematics and Science Teacher Institute Division of Education, Xavier University, “African American Women in Mathematics"

Friday, February 5th
Lake Campus 43
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Voices! Selected Oratorical Readings from Dr. Michael Ralph’s latest book titled: Voices I. Voices in Tribute to President Barack Obama: Our Nation’s 44th President (New York: iUniverse, 2009)

Wednesday, February 10th
Lake Campus 43
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Dr. George Amedee, “Africa: Is it African-Americans' Path to Economic Empowerment?”

  • This program will examine African-Americans potential path to economic empowerment through international trade and investment in Africa. A panel will examine the current status of African trade and investment, pinpoint the best countries for trade and investment, and provide students information and knowledge essential to launching successful careers.
  • Speakers will include Carl Galmon, former director of African Affairs of the City of New Orleans under Marc Morial

Thursday, February 11th
Lake Campus 43
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Alia Chanel Gant, American University International, “Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Americans: Experiences of an African American in Brazil”. She will also speak to Dr. Amedee’s 8:00 am class (POLI 430) in Multipurpose 214 on “The Rise of a Developing Nation-Brazil.”

  • Thomas Sakara’s film, “The Upright Man” speaks to issues of Black economic empowerment from a global and international perspective. 

Thursday, February 18th
Lake Campus 43
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
George Amedee, “Black Political and Economic Empowerment.”

  • This program will examine the issue of black economic development and business success in cities around the nation. Why have some predominately Black cities had greater success than New Orleans in building a strong economically successful black business class?  The focus and special emphasis is on the role of political empowerment in fostering economic empowerment.
  • Speakers will include Dr. Don Terry Veal of the Center for Governmental Services, and Mr. Carl Galmon civil rights activist and member of the National Voting Rights Museum Selma, Alabama.

Tuesday, February 23rd
Lake Campus 43
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Frank Martin, Chair, Business Entrepreneurship,College of Business and Public Administration “Black Economic Empowerment through Human Capital Investment and Occupational Diversification”.

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Lora Helvie-Mason, Undergraduate voices speaking out: Black history and our generation in Lake Campus 6B.

Wednesday, February 24th
Lake Campus 43
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sula (of Zion Trinity) Women ’s Health and Wellness Forum and Breast Cancer Survivors.

Thursday, Feb 25th   - Closing Ceremony
Lake Campus 43
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Samuel Collins: Historic Stringfellow Orchards Property, Texas. Program Title – “Another Day Another Dollar”. This program discusses the effects of the dollar wage for black men at Stringfellow Orchards in then 1880’s in Hitchcock, and the economic impact on the African American Community. Dance and Music Ensembles by Luther Gray, Bamboula 2000; and Zion Trinity.


Program Sponsors
  • Center for African and African American Studies
  • Title III Program
  • Lyceum Committee
  • Addison C. Carey Political Science Club
  • SUNO Library
  • College of Business and Public Administration
  • Black History Month Planning Committee
    Dr. Romanus Ejiaga, Director of CAAS
    Dr. George Amedee
    Ms. Linda Hill, Curator
    Ms. Michelle Briscoe-Long
    Ms. Cora Pierce, Student

    Center for African and African American Studies
    Southern University at New Orleans

    Administration 209
    6400 Press Drive
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70126
    (504) 286 5006