Lamar Institute of Technology will celebrate Black History Month on Feb. 13 with a dance presentation from an internationally traveled performer and a forum to discuss race relations in 2008.
            The Ozen High School Choir will set the tone with a music selection, followed by a dance by Shani Henderson of Houston, who has performed from Washington , D.C. to Ghana , West Africa . The celebration is at 10 a.m. Feb. 13 in the LIT Multi-Purpose Center .
            “This is a very important event for LIT. It will not only give us visibility within the community, it will capitalize on the diverse population of students that attend LIT, the programs that we offer, and the support that we have from important community leaders,” said Janet Brugger, co-chair of the event. Brugger is director of development at LIT and executive director of the LIT Foundation.
            Guest speakers for the event include Henderson, a dancer and choreographer; Judge Ransom “Duce” Jones, Jefferson County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 6; Oscar Polk, Operations Recruiting Coordinator for Eastman Chemical; and Audwin Samuel, Beaumont Mayor Pro-tem. LIT graduates serving on the panel will include Marva Hill of Dow Jones & Company Inc. and Albert Rhone Jr., a shift supervisor at ExxonMobil Beaumont Refinery.
            LIT is taking this opportunity to celebrate the rich diversity on our campus and within the community, said Chris Castillo, director of public information and marketing. “We are inviting the community to participate in this historic event,” he said.
            The panelists have a variety of skills and perspectives to bring to the table, Castillo said. “We have included well respected individuals within the community who have made a difference in Beaumont and Texas . In addition, we have invited LIT graduates who are making a difference in the region.
            “We hope the public will join us in celebrating Black History Month through song, dance and dialogue,” said Castillo, who served on the program committee.
            For more about the free event, call (409) 880-8189.