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Diversity Breakfast takes place on Feb. 14

Feb. 09, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University will host the 15th annual Diversity Breakfast on Friday, Feb. 14.

Closely affiliated with Black History Month, the event is for people of all races, religions and creeds to come together. It will be in the Don Morris Room of the memorial student center and will begin at 7:30 a.m.

"We're looking forward to holding the Diversity Breakfast on Valentines Day," said Maurice Cooley, vice president for Intercultural Affairs and chair of the Diversity Breakfast. "Each year we use the maximum space we have in the Don Morris room. All tables are reserved by various departments and divisions of Marshall. It is a very festive event designed for university staff, faculty and many students to come together and stimulate each other about the importance of a diverse society. "We're all different, but most of the things we have in common."

Cooley said there will be live jazz music features students and staff, special singing and a keynote demonstration from Dr. Kevin Yingling.

"Plus the breakfast buffet is the best in town," Cooley said. "The food is wonderful."

To make reservations for the Diversity Breakfast, call 304-696-6705.

Another event celebrating Black History Month will be a film series at the John Deaver Drinko Library. The film series is made from a initiate between the Department of Intercultural Affairs and the Drinko Library which has received a grant from the National Endowment For Humanities. All films are free and open to the public.

The first film will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 will be "The Loving Story," a documentary account of the Richard and Mildred Loving who were arrested for violating the state of Virginia's ban on interracial marriage. The ensuing legal trial "Loving vs. Virginia" lead to a landmark decision in 1967 with interracial marriage being legalized across the country. The film debuted on HBO in 2012.

At 6 p.m. Feb. 19 the library will host "Freedom Riders" a 2010 documentary on the historic civil rights protests of 1961. "The Freedom Riders tour of the American South was a pivotal moment in long civil rights struggle that redefined America," Cooley said. The documentary was released on PBS as part of their American Experience documentary series.

"On Feb. 26 I will be facilitating a discussion of the films at the Drinko Library atrium," Cooley added. "I will show clips from both movies and people will be invited to have reflective discussions of both films."



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