Murray State College to Host Activities in Celebration of African American History Month


The Cultural Events Committee at Murray State College has announced a slate of activities in celebration of African American History Month including a travelling trunk exhibit in conjunction with the Oklahoma Historical Society and movie showings with discussions lead by scholars on campus.  The public is invited to participate in the following February events, and all activities are free of charge.

On Thursday, February 2, Slave Ship Mutiny, from the PBS Secrets of the Dead series, will be shown at MSC in Tishomingo.  The movie will be shown from 6-7 p.m. in the Student Services Building, Room 213.  MSC faculty member Dr. Rebecca Jacobs-Pollez will lead a discussion following the movie.  Slave Ship Mutiny will also be shown in Ardmore on Thursday, February 9, from 7-8:30 p.m. at UCSO in Room 11.  Jacobs-Pollez will lead a discussion following the movie.

On Thursday, February 16, in Tishomingo, Freedom Riders, from the PBS American Experience series, will be shown from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  The movie will play in the Student Services Building, Room 213, with a discussion lead by MSC faculty member Lisa Coulter to follow.  The final showing of Freedom Riders will be Thursday, February 23, at UCSO in Ardmore.  The movie will play from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Jacobs-Pollez will lead a discussion following the film.

From February 5-10, artifacts including large photographs, flyers, pamphlets from the Taft Administration, Freedmen applications, maps and other historically significant items will be on display in libraries at MSC locations in Tishomingo and Ardmore.  The exhibit, provided by the Oklahoma Historical Society, will be at the library in Tishomingo from February 5 through the afternoon of February 8.  It will travel to MSC’s library in Ardmore for viewing from February 8-10.

“I am especially pleased that we are able to offer students and community members opportunities to recognize and celebrate African American History Month.  We welcome and encourage residents in Tishomingo, Ardmore and other communities to join us as we celebrate the importance of African American history and culture,” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jacobs-Pollez at 580-387-7512 or

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