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Black History Month 2014

Description of Events


2/10 Transferring to Historically Black Colleges & Universities - Guest Panel: Jason Harrison (Fisk University), Dr. A’kilah Moore (Spelman & Howard), Jeffrey Benford (Morehouse), & Jasper Smith (North Carolina A&T)
Sponsored by the Transfer Programs & Services Room: MU3-207 10am-11:30am

Learn more about what Historically Black Colleges & Universities can do for students: Scholarship Availability, Academic Prestige, Career Opportunities, Legacy & Tradition, College Sports, Fraternities/Sororities, Rolling Admissions and Supportive Campuses.

 

2/11 Zulu Virginity Testing Practices and its Constitutional Implications Against
Children in South Africa—presented by Tara Sanders
Sponsored by the BFSA Room: L109 11:00am – 12:30pm

Since the end of Apartheid, a new constitution has been introduced to the South African people. While this new system of governing focuses on protecting the previously neglected cultural rights of its very diverse nation, one practice by the Zulu, has been extremely controversial. This presentation will explore the presenter’s experience in South Africa Researching the Virginity Testing of the Zulu. The presentation will focus on the revival of the practice as a response to the AIDS epidemic by the Zulu, as well as the constitutional implications for children’s human rights based on the new, Post-Apartheid Constitution.

 

2/11 What Black Men Think Film Screening — hosted by Michael Yeong
Sponsored by the BFSA Room: L109 2:00pm – 3:30pm

This video boldly confronts what is accepted as fact about today’s black man – and demonstrates how much of what we think is true, is myth. Scene after scene shows us what the black community says about itself and how that just doesn’t square with the facts: prison, HIV, interracial marriage, alimony payments, etc. In one scene, the camera shows us over and over members of the black community saying that there are more black men in prison than in college, when the fact is that for every black man in prison, there are four in college. More importantly, the video deals with the why and that involves following the money because there are those who are cashing in big by keeping an intellectual status quo, that isn’t real. Broad range of experts, footage from civil rights era, music – this video will keep anyone engaged.

2/12 American Promise Film Screening Room: L109 1:30pm 4:00pm
Sponsored by the Office of Student Life & LMCAS

American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Dalton, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.


2/24 What Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man Teaches about Leadership—Presented by Chancellor Benjamin
Sponsored by the Umoja Scholars Program Room: L109 11:00am-12:00pm

An exploration of leadership using the Ellison’s classic novel Invisible Man.

 

2/22 Civil Rights in America & Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
Sponsored by Solomon Temple Ministries/H.O.P.E. Resources & the Umoja Scholars Program
Room: L109 12:00am-3:00pm

Civil Rights in America and a chronicle of the milestones by African American and others in the battle for civil rights and equal treatment under the law. This will be accompanied by a talk on the holistic health and well-being of the African American community.


2/24 Raising Sons: Challenges of Single Parenting in the African American Community
Roundtable Discussion— hosted by Adrian Williams

Sponsored by the BFSA Room: L109 12:15pm – 1:30pm

Roundtable / Community discussion surrounding the topic of single mother’s raising sons in the climate of American culture. What have been and continue to be the challenges of this subgroup, how it’s becoming more mainstream and the affect it has on children and our culture.

 

2/25 Black History Month Celebration: The Road to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (50th Anniversary) Sponsored by the Umoja Scholars Program Room: L109 5:30pm-7:30pm


2/26 Out of Slavery: How Free American Slaves formed a New Nation - presented by George Mills Sponsored by the BFSA Room: L109 2:00pm – 3:30pm

A large part of the rich history of Africans and African-Americans remains largely unknown to many. This presentation offers the opportunity to explore a major accomplishment by Africans and African –American people in lighting the path for the transformation of the African Continent. The presentation explores the formulation of Africa’s first independent nation.

 

2/27 The Lesbian and Gay Subculture of the Harlem Renaissance—presented by Jeff Mitchell
Sponsored by the BFSA Room: L109 11:30am – 12:45pm

An entertaining and informative presentation and discussion about the role of LGBT people during the Harlem Renaissance. Come hear about writers Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Countee Cullen. Listen to Ma Rainey's "Sissy Blues" and George Hanna's "Freakish Blues". Learn about the outrageous "buffet flats" and rent parties common at the time. Homosexuality was clearly part of this world, and a relatively tolerant attitude was shown toward homosexuality by Afro-American culture.

 

2/27 Nicodemus, Kansas: The Promised Land - presented by Ashley Adams M.P.A
Sponsored by the BFSA Room: L109 2:30pm – 3:45pm

Nicodemus, Kansas was founded in 1877 by former slaves and is considered one of the most thriving African American communities in U.S. history. Nicodemus represents western expansion, societal history, pre-civil rights, post-reconstruction, government/policy exchange, and African American spirituality and community. Today, Nicodemus is a National Historic Site (NHS), as designated by the U.S. Government. This lecture presentation will provide a short oral and multimedia historical overview of the town, including interesting stories about original settlers and their descendants. Additionally, a synopsis of current preservation conditions and scholarly research of the Nicodemus NHS will be highlighted.

 

2/28 American Promise Film Screening Room: SCI-136 6:00pm 8:00pm
Sponsored by the Office of Student Life & LMCAS

American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Dalton, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.