Comedy, spoken word and movies highlight Black History Month at MGSC

lshirley@macon.comJanuary 31, 2014 

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EDWARD M. PIO RODA — Special to The Telegraph

Middle Georgia State College is changing up Black History Month.

“We talked with students to try to bring in things that are off the beaten path. They said they understand the significance of Black History Month, but wanted events they are interested in,” said Dee Lindsey, director of student life.

The month of events kicks off Monday with a performance by Preacher Moss, a former writer for “The Damon Wayans Show” and “Saturday Night Live,” who brings his “End of Racism Comedy/Lecture Tour” first to the Warner Robins campus, at 7 p.m. in the Walker Auditorium, and then to two of the school’s other campuses Tuesday: at noon in the Arts Complex/Theatre on the Macon campus and at 8 p.m. in the Walker Hall Auditorium on the Cochran campus. The comedian “focuses on racism, multiculturalism and civil rights,” according to a news release.

Activities continue with movie night, featuring the Academy Award-winning film “Crash” at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Math Auditorium on the Macon campus.

“It’s an intriguing picture. It’s amazing how it weaves these lives together and talks about racial and social tensions,” Lindsey said.

Poet and spoken word artist Jon Goode will continue the school’s Black History Month celebration with three performances: noon Feb. 13 in the Math Auditorium on the Macon campus; 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Walker Auditorium on the Warner Robins campus; and 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Student Activity Center on the Cochran campus. Goode is one of the featured artists in the sold-out Passion and Poetry concert, according to the release, and Lindsey expects he will be popular with the college’s students.

“The Warner Robins and Macon campuses are really big on spoken word. Our students have really started to share their own poetry and are really talented,” she said, adding that in the past the college has offered a “Coffeehouse Series,” where students have been able to present their work in an open forum.

The movie “42,” partially filmed in Macon and telling the story of baseball player Jackie Robinson, will be screened at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Student Center on the Dublin campus. Brig. General Cedric D. George, commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex at Robins Air Force Base, will present a lecture at 3 p.m. Feb. 26 in the City of Eastman Room on the Eastman campus.

“I saw his lecture last year, and he is a dynamic speaker, very friendly and personable,” Lindsey said, adding how appropriate it is for the school to bring the Air Force general to its aviation campus.

“The beauty of having so many campuses is that some are close enough to each other that the students can go to the activities at another, for example Cochran and Eastman and Warner Robins and Macon. We wanted to bring events to each campus that appeal to the culture of that campus.”

All activities are free and open to the public.

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