By: Nicholls State University

THIBODAUX, La. -- Nicholls State University will explore how far African-Americans have come throughout the month of February for Black History Month.

Events delving into the theme of “Progression” include the performing arts series, RELATE Open Mic Night, with motivational speaker Roderick “Odd?Rod” Borisade, a cooking demo with Muriel’s Jackson Square Executive Chef Erik Veney, a concert featuring Nicholls alum George Bell and a month-long art exhibit featuring the work of Southern University Professor of Art Randell Henry.

Using his photos to show the story he tells, Borisade brings the audience into an engaging and inspiring movie-like setting. Sponsored by the Student Programming Association, the event will be 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the Mary and Al Danos Theater

The following day at noon in Ledet Hall, guests can learn the art of cooking from a renowned chef. Originally from New York, Veney was named “Chef of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine in 2003.

The George Bell & Friends concert is set for 3 to 5 p.m. Sunda,y Feb. 17 in the Mary and Al Danos Theater. Bell, a Thibodaux native, spent three decades working in healthcare but has emerged as a coveted trumpeter in Louisiana over the past decade. Ticket prices are $25 for faculty, staff and alumni, and $35 for the general public. Contact the music department at 985-448-4600 for more information.

Henry explores dreams through his surrealistic collage images inspired by abstract expressionism, cubism, African and Asian art. The gallery will be displayed in the Ameen Art Gallery, on the second floor of Talbot Hall, from Feb. 11 to March 1. The gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

These events are just highlights of the more than 25 options planned throughout the month. For a complete schedule, visit nicholls.edu/black-history-month/.