TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Washington State University Tri-Cities joins the African American Community Cultural & Educational Society in celebrating Black History Month with events later this week.

On Thursday (Feb. 24), Ronald E. Mickens, professor of physics at Clark University in Atlanta, with be hosted at both an informal luncheon and a recognition dinner.

Mickens is the historian of the National Society of Black Physicists and a fellow of the American Physical Society.

The luncheon, featuring remarks by Mickens on the work of African-American scientists during the Manhattan Project, is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Consolidated Information Center (Library Building, Room 120) at WSU Tri-Cities.

At 6 p.m. that evening at the Red Lion Hotel in Richland, Mickens will personally represent J. Ernest Wilkins Jr. of Atlanta, as Wilkins receives honors from the American Community Cultural & Educational Society. A distinguished scientist, whose work was pivotal on the Manhattan Project, Wilkins is recuperating from a recent illness and cannot attend in person.