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SOWELA Students Celebrate Black History Month with Month-Long Cultural Series

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – January 31, 2019

SOWELA Technical Community College students will celebrate February’s Black History Month with a month-long cultural series that includes the music, food and history of this diverse people group. The following events are part of the celebration.

Black History Month Kick-Off – On Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., students are invited to help with the creation of a Black History Month banner.

Jeopardy – On Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., students can test their knowledge on Black History Month facts.

Hidden Figures Movie Screening – On Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 at 11 a.m., students are invited to watch the 2016 film about three African American women at NASA during one of the greatest operations in history—the launch of astronaut John Glen.

Mental Health Presentation – On Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 at Noon, Nakia Collins, a licensed professional counselor, will speak to common mental health issues of African Americans and how to combat them.

Soul Food Expo – On Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., students can enjoy a live band, lunch provided by various restaurants and more.

Sankofa Traveling African American Museum – On Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., students can experience the progression of African American history from slavery through social movements.

All events will occur in the Sycamore Student Center and are open to students, faculty and staff of the College.


SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. The College empowers learners in career and technical education and enables transfer students to pursue a four-year degree so all learners excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for 80 years and has locations in Jennings, Lake Charles and Oakdale, LA.