IVCC Diversity team hosts Black History Month events


Illinois Valley Community College’s Diversity team will host several events as part of the Black History Month celebration.
Professor Jared Olesen presented “Racism Without Racists” on Feb. 11.

Special guest Helen Banks, African American actress, producer, and director will present her short documentary film “She Ain’t Got a Man” from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 in the Cultural Centre and again from 6:30 to 7:30 in room 105 at the Ottawa Center.

In the film, Banks sets out to explore why a large demographic of successful Black women remain single despite desiring a relationship when she finds herself “man-less.”

As a trained facilitator in racial diversity and healing, Banks uses creative arts to explore social issues. She has been involved in several projects including the interactive webseries “HEB Studios” and the short film “Positive.” Her film “Setting of the Son” was a Cannes International Film Festival’s Short Film Corner and Diversity in Cannes selection.

The Black Student Association will present “Inspired by the Dream” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 in room C-316.
The final event will be the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. writing contest winners presentation from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 in room C316. Pizza and soda will be provided.

“We are excited to have such a variety of quality events,” said IVCC diversity team chairwoman Amanda Cook Fesperman. “We’re especially fortunate to have Ms. Banks present her film and hope people throughout the community will attend.”
All presentations are free and open to the public. For information, contact Cook Fesperman at (815) 224-0203.