RICHLAND – A series of ten events will bring Black History Month to life at WSU Tri-Cities Feb. 1-29.

The February speaker series, coordinated by the Associated Students of WSU Tri-Cities, is intended to engender a broader and deeper understanding of the diverse effects of black history on our community, the nation and the world; initiate greater community participation in open conversation regarding several issues facing Americans and the global society; and to center a vision on pragmatic solutions as society moves forward.

All of the events are held on the WSU Tri-Cities campus, 2710 University Drive, Richland. Admission to the events is free and open to the public. Most events are held in the West building, downstairs in the Atrium.

• Opening Event: 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, in the West Atrium, with Rev. Albert Wilkins and the Gospel Choir from Morningstar Baptist Church in Pasco.

Theme: Education & the Civil Rights Movement
• Noon, Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the West Atrium – Irene Curtis, retired educator.

• 7 p.m., Thursday Feb. 7, in the West Atrium — Barbara Ward, WSU
Tri-Cities education professor.

Theme: Arts & Culture
• Noon, Monday, Feb. 11, in the West Atrium– Zelma Jackson, Washington State Department of Ecology hydrologist.

• 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the West Atrium – Kimberly Camp, executive director of the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center.

• 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the Consolidated Information Center Room 216 – Art Films presented by Douglas Gast, WSU Tri-Cities fine arts professor.

• Feb. 11 through March 7, Gallery exhibition, Consolidated Information Center room 102: Ike Tate, Exhibition of Original Work, plus Selected Pieces from the Zelma Jackson Collection.

Theme: Science & Technology
• Noon, Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the West Atrium– Novella Bridges, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory research chemist.

• 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the West Atrium – Eric Pierce, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory environmental scientist.

Theme: Socio-Economic & Political/Legal Issues
• Noon, Monday, Feb. 25, in the West Atrium – Mariah Zabriskie, senior professional in human resources, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the West Atrium – Robert Bauman, WSU Tri-Cities history professor.

• Culminating event: panel discussion on “Facing the Future,” followed by a reception and performance by jazz ensemble Tin Pan Alley, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, in the West Atrium, Moderator Rufus M. Friday, Tri-City Herald publisher, will lead panel members: WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein, Kimberly Camp, attorney Christopher Swaby, Nolan Curtis, and Mariah Zabriskie.