In conjunction with Black History Month, the Fort Hays State University's Black Student Union will host a month's worth of activities representing the African-American culture.
BSU kicked off the month with a Soul Food Dinner Feb. 4, in the McMindes Hall cafeteria. Members of the BSU along with Chartwell's staff served traditional food items of the African-American culture such as collard greens, red beans and rice, peach cobbler and fried chicken.
Angela Bates-Tompkins, author, historian and president of The Nicodemus Historical Society, will present "The Women of Nicodemus" from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, in the Periodicals Section of Forsyth Library at FHSU.
Bates-Tompkins will give a presentation of the history of Nicodemus, the only remaining all African-American town west of the Mississippi. She will also present a photo exhibit of early pioneer women and discuss historic African-American quilters and their quilts, which are currently on display in the library. She will visit with the audience afterwards.
"We're very excited to have Angela Bates-Tompkins at Fort Hays," said Rose Nduati (dew-WAH-tee), Parsons senior and BSU president. "It's such an honor to have her present!"
Beginning at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 11, BSU students will be in the Teal Room of the Memorial Union for an hour to talk to visitors and answer questions about what it's like to be an African-American on campus.
Bates-Tompkins will return to campus at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 for her one-person theatrical piece "Whip Crackin'!! Stage Coach Mary Fields and the history of other Black Women of the West." The one-hour presentation, performed in the McMindes Hall East living room, will focus on historical women such as Eliza Brown, Biddy Mason, Kathy Williams and others.
Refreshments will be provided after the performance and Bates-Tompkins will again visit with the audience.
Starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, the University Activities Board sponsored comedian Tess will perform in Wiest Hall. Tess was featured on Comedy Central's "Last Comic Standing."
FHSU's Black History Month will conclude with "African Spice" at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in McMindes Hall. International students from Kenya, Senegal and Nigeria will each give a short presentation about their countries, complete with photos and food.
All of the events will be open to FHSU students and the public free of charge, with the exception of the Feb. 4 meal in McMindes cafeteria.
For more information, please contact Nduati by phone at (785) 628-4935 or (785) 628-5558.