As a part of the 2016 African-American History Month Lecture Series, Texas Tech University is inviting activists and celebrities to speak to the community. Two of the speakers on the list are entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte and racial justice champion Cornel West.

Belafonte will present his speech "My Life in Activism" at 7 p.m. February 16 at the Student Union Building’s Allen Theatre. West will appear later in the month to talk about the changes that have and have not been made while our first black president was in office. He will speak at 7 p.m. on February 25 in the Allen Theatre.

"The goal of the lecture series is to bring distinguished African-American writers, artists and others to Texas Tech to share their stories with our community," said Karlos Hill, founding director of the lecture series and an associate professor at Texas Tech. "This is a really good opportunity for the university to increase awareness of African-American history and life, so I’m really looking forward to these lectures."

Both lectures are free and open to the public but space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis in Doak Hall, Room 101, beginning Feb. 1.

[Via Texas Tech]