Black History Month speakers will discuss “where we go from here” Feb. 12 and 20 at Stark State College

The community is invited to join Stark State College students, faculty and staff in hearing guest speakers Bobby Hamlet and Ron Ponder discuss “what’s next” in the civil rights movement.

Hamlet, who will talk about “The Dream: 50+ Years Later,” is a Stark State alumnus and past present of the student group Heads Up. He will reflect on the civil rights movement given today’s political climate and social unrest. His talk, set for Feb. 12 at 10 a.m., will be held in room M101 in the Business and Entrepreneurial Center at Stark State at 6200 Frank Ave. NW, North Canton.

Ponder, owner and CEO of Ponder Systems Media and Marketing, will focus on the evolution of the civil rights struggle and the next steps during his talk Feb. 20 at noon, also in room M101.

The College also will host slam poetry competitions in February, featuring poets who read their works without props, costumes or music. The main campus event is set for 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in M101 with a similar contest at Stark State College Akron at 360 Perkins St. at 2 p.m. on Feb. 21. RSVP the day before the event to

The events are sponsored by the SSC Office of Diversity in commemoration of Black History Month.