A screening of Lee Daniels’ The Butler kicked off the Center for Student Diversity’s month-long program to honor Black History Month.
The film is loosely based on the story of Eugene Allen, an African-American butler who served eight presidents—from Harry S. Truman to Ronald Reagan—in the White House. In the film, the butler’s name is Cecil Gaines. Its showing was just the beginning of an active month of plans.
Other events sponsored by CSD include a discussion of healthy relationships in the black community, the Ebony Excellence Awards for the Towson University community, and the Black Student Leadership Conference. There will also be a performance featuring a dance work its creators say examines “what occupies our minds, what occupies our souls, and how we occupy or inhabit space—and how these notions may lead to change, and sometimes a revolution.”
Of particular note is a visit to campus by former CNN anchor/reporter Soledad O’Brien, who hosted network’s “Black In America” series before leaving in March 2013 to begin her own production company. That event is Feb. 19 at SECU Arena.
For more information on CSD’s Black History Month programs, including dates, times and locations, click here.