April 2, 2023

CSM Events Highlight Black History Month

Equality CSM Events

The College of Southern Maryland is planning three CSM events for Black History Month.

The college’s Institutional Equity and Diversity Office will host a documentary screening and discussion of “13th”.

The documentary will be shown from 2:30 to 4 pm Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the CSM La Plata Campus Center for Business and Industry (BI Building) in Room BI-113E at 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata. The public is invited for this in-depth look at the prison system in the US and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality and injustice toward African-Americans.

“13th” is a documentary directed by Ava DuVernay.

DuVernay pointed out in an article in The Huffington Past that “13th” is more than just a documentary to be watched, and that audiences should be compelled to look at their belief systems and behavior and possibly be inspired enough to be moved.

Admission to the film’s showing is free.

The Institutional Equity and Diversity Office also will present “The Way It Was With Jimmy Bland” from 2:30 to 4 pm on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the CSM La Plata Campus Center (CC Building) in Room CC-100 at 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata.

Mr. Bland, a baseball hall of famer and veteran, will share his experiences in the Negro League and the US Army.

Refreshments will be served. Mr. Bland’s appearance will be held in partnership with VConnections Inc. The event is free and open to the public.

“Movements for Change,” an intergroup dialogue, will be held from 6 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Center for Business and Industry (BI Building) in Room BI-113E on the La Plata Campus. The public is invited to this conversation dedicated to black history, with a focus on civil rights in America. The conversation will be facilitated by community organizer and activist Allie Simmons. Admission will be free.

For more information on these three events, call 301-870-3008, ext. 7659, or 301-934-7659 or click here.

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