The Department of History and Political Science at Southeastern Louisiana University will celebrate Black History Month during February featuring a free lecture series.

This year’s series is dedicated to the memory of former Southeastern professor Albert J. Doucette Jr.

“We have quite a varied and interesting set of lectures this year,” said Bill Robison, head of the Department History and Political Science. “Ron Traylor will describe how black slaves in America managed to enjoy their own entertainments even while held in bondage and how those changed with emancipation.”

Robison said his lecture will use audio and video examples to discuss common stereotypes about the supposed differences in the ability of men, women and various ethnic groups to play particular kinds of music.

The lectures are free, open to the public and will take place in the Student Union Theatre. Scheduled are: 

  • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 12:30 p.m.: “Black Celebrations in Slavery and into Freedom,” history instructor Ronald Traylor
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2 p.m.: “Who’s Got Natural Rhythm? Racial and Gender Stereotypes in the Music World,” William B. Robison

For more information, contact Robison at (985) 549-2413 or