Loras College to Host a Series of Events to Celebrate Black Heritage in February

DUBUQUE, Iowa – In recognition of Black heritage, Loras College will host a series of events throughout January, February and March to celebrate African American culture and heritage.

The Black Heritage Experience 2020 will feature music, art and history that explores Black history and the contemporary experiences of Black Americans. The Loras College Center for Inclusion & Advocacy and the Black Student Union will be presenting various events and displays.

“We are excited to educate our Loras College community on Black heritage by providing experiences that will challenge their learned concepts, and inspire our students to question their conceptualization of Black history,” Steven Parker, Assistant Director of the Center for Inclusion & Advocacy said.

Steven Parker
Assistant Director, Center for Inclusion & Advocacy

Events kick off with a look at history in the Tunnel of Oppression. The success of America is rooted in the history of oppression. The Tunnel of Oppression will provide an experiential exhibit of the oppressive history of Black peoples in the United States. The public is welcome to walk the real journey of Black history in honor of Black Heritage Experience 2020 in the Center of Inclusion & Advocacy office in the Alumni Campus Center (ACC) from February 3-5.

More history will be on display in the ACC beginning February 6 in a hallway exhibit highlighting the resiliency of Black women through United States history. The presentation will run through February 29.

The Black Student Union will be hosting the second annual Black Excellence Night on Monday, February 19. Family and friends are welcome to join the experience as Loras College’s Black student-athletes and their families are recognized for their achievements while the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams play host to Wartburg. The festivities will kick off at 3:30 p.m. in the Athletic Wellness Center.

To close out the celebration, Loras will host the very first Black Heritage Experience – Talk! This year’s BHE – Talk honoree and speaker will be Dr. George P. Wilson (’69). Dr. Wilson will share his secrets of success along with inspirations to last a lifetime. The event will begin at 5 p.m. on February 28.

In addition to these events, the Center for Inclusion & Advocacy will be highlighting alumni and current students in online profiles that share their experiences and successes. There will also be weekly musical experiences in the Pub every Monday at 7 p.m. “We look forward to welcoming students, staff, faculty and community members to Black Heritage Experience 2020,” Parker explained. “We aim to highlight the culture, resiliency and success of Black peoples of the United States of America.”

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).