Saint Leo is celebrating Black History Month with many activities honoring the contributions of African-Americans to culture, academics, and business in the United States.

Do it for the Culture talent show will be presented by the Black Student Union in partnership with the Multicultural & International Services Office (MISO), the Caribbean Student Association, the Intercultural Student Association, and the Slam Poetry Club. The free show will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 21, in Selby Auditorium in Lewis Hall at University Campus.

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Black Music Rhythm and Roots will be presented at 6 p.m., Thursday, February 22, in the Glen E. Greenfelder and Janet L. Denlinger Boardrooms in the Student Community Center at University Campus.

Guest artists include Esther Blue on piano, vocalist Laura Jeanne, and Luther Johnson on guitar.

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Sponsored by the MISO in conjunction with the Student Activities, this celebration will include spirituals, slave and freedom songs and the works of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. In addition, there will be a special tribute to Prince.

In honor of Black History Month, the Marketing Club of Virginia (MCV), a Saint Leo student organization, will present Felicia A. Garrett, president of Perspectives Counseling and Consulting LLC, on Monday, February 26.

Photo of Felicia Garrett Garrett will discuss marketing a private practice from the perspective of being a woman and minority in the United States. The event will take place 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Chesapeake Education Office, 1434 Crossways Blvd., Suite 175, Chesapeake VA 23320-3360. Garrett will share her experience as an independent business owner and offer pointers she has picked up as she built her practice. For more information, contact Dr. James Womick at

The School of Arts and Sciences, The Department of Social Sciences, and Student Activities will host A Celebration of Black History: Legacy of the 1960s from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Tuesday, February 27, in the SCC boardrooms at University Campus.

Everyone is invited to enjoy a day of cultural celebration with games, activities, scholarship, food, music and performance by Saint Leo students, faculty, staff, and multicultural clubs. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Megan Orendorf, administrator of events and special programs, at 

In addition, the Marketing Club of Virginia is staging an audio/visual presentation celebrating the accomplishments of a select group of African-American women who have blazed the trail in the business world. The exhibit will run throughout February in the lobby of the Newport News and Chesapeake offices. The Newport News Education Office is at One BayPort Way, Suite 160, Newport News, VA 23606. The Chesapeake Education Office is at 1434 Crossways Blvd., Suite 175, Chesapeake, VA 23320.

All locations of Saint Leo University continue to build on the history of serving students of all races, creeds, religions, and ethnic backgrounds. The university was integrated in 1898, when the Benedictine monks who founded the institution admitted a black student, Rudolph Antorcha, from Cuba, even though integration was not yet legal in Florida. The university is consistently ranked among the top 100 degree-granting institutions for minority students

The views expressed during these events are those of the speaker/presenter and do not necessarily represent the views of the university.