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Education

Benedictine marks Black History Month with inspirational speakers, events

LISLE – Benedictine University is hosting a number of inspirational guest speakers and other activities throughout February to recognize and celebrate Black History Month and the many contributions blacks have made to society.

Artist, author and motivational speaker Daunte Henderson will host the “Black History Month Poetry Slam” from 8 to 10 p.m. on Thursday in the Coal Ben on the University’s main campus. 

The event is free and will feature a variety of performers from the Chicago area during the first half of the show. Henderson will perform as a guest poet during the second half.

Henderson’s artistic talents have been featured in the St. Louis Art Museum and have garnered him many visual arts and writing awards. His best-selling and inspirational book, “Things I learned While Walking,” chronicles his struggles and triumphs with life, love and the chain of events that ultimately led him to find God.

Other events scheduled at Benedictine in honor of Black History Month include: 

• “Student Activism in the Age of Twitter: A Critical Analysis,” with author, educator, content creator and technology consultant Carl Varnado from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday in Birck Hall, Room 112. 

• Cape Coast Dreams Theater presents “Dream in Color: A Celebration of African-American Art and History,” a performance showcasing Afrocentric poetry, musical numbers, dramatic monologues and performances touching on self-esteem, racism, black pride, iconic black leaders and more at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 in the House of Benedict, located in the Founders’ Woods complex. 

• The annual Heritage Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Krasa Dining Room. 

• A Black History comedy show featuring “Showtime in Chicago” talent competition winner Brendan “Ben” Noble and others at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 in the Coal Ben on the Benedictine campus. 

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