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Black History Month Events

012611Headline_KenanMore than a month of activities is scheduled on campus to commemorate the legacy, history and heritage of African Americans during Black History Month 2011.

All events are open to the public at no charge unless noted.

  • Jan. 31, Lecture, “An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C.,” by historian Dr. Kate Masur, Northwestern University, 4:30 p.m., Room 1215 Moore Humanities and Research Administration (MHRA) Building. Sponsored by the UNCG History Department. For details, contact Dr. Lisa Levenstein, levenstein@uncg.edu, 4-5992.
  • Feb. 8, Lecture, “Bags, Brooms, Bottles and Bedcovers: Hoodoo Folk Beliefs in African American Art,” discussion led by Bamidele Demerson, 6-8 p.m., UNCG Faculty Center, College Ave., Sponsored by the UNCG African American Studies Program. For details contact Bruce Holland, 4-5507.
  • Feb. 10, Lecture: “Preparing the Black Community for Social Change,” by Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis, assistant professor of sociology and black studies at City College of New York, 7 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. This talk will deal with the need to shift dynamics within the Black community to accomplish greater social change. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. [This item was updated Feb. 2]
  • Feb. 10, Lecture, “Love in the Time of Oprah: Why America Loves to Save Africa,” with cultural anthropologist Dr. Kathryn Mathers of Duke University, 4:30 p.m., Room 106, Graham Building.
  • Feb. 10, Artist Lecture: Stacy Lynn Waddell, 5:30-6:30 p.m., as part of the exhibition “The Evidence of Things Unseen” by North Carolina artist Stacy Lynn Waddell, Weatherspoon Art Museum.Feb. 15, The Black History 101 Mobile Museum: A traveling table top exhibit with over 3,000 items of Black memorabilia spanning from slavery to Hip Hop, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. The museum collection includes original documents from historic Black figures whose contributions helped shape the United States, along with items from the categories of slavery, Jim Crow era, Civil Rights and Black Power era, music, sports and popular culture. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the National Pan Hellenic Council and the Neo-Black Society. [This item was updated Feb. 2.]
  • Feb. 21, Panel Discussion, “Our Voice, My Voice: Writers Discuss the Relationship between the Group Self and the Individual Self,” featuring writers Randall Kenan of UNC-Chapel Hill, UNCG MFA creative writing graduate Quinn Dalton, and Dr. Mark Smith-Soto of UNCG, exploring the degree to which they write as representatives of a particular ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation; 4 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House; sponsored by the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, the University Libraries, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, and the MFA Writing Program.
  • Feb. 21, Fiction Reading, North Carolina author Randall Kenan, associate professor of English at UNC-CH, whose works include “A Visitation of Spirits” and “Let the Dead Bury Their Dead”; 7 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, College Avenue; sponsored by the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, the University Libraries, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, and the MFA Writing Program.
  • Feb. 24, Concert, “A Celebration of Black History,” by Divine Harmony, 7 p.m., Curry Auditorium.

Extended events, exhibitions:

  • March 15, Discussion Forum: “Choosing to Get on the Boat: Early Black Women as Global Travelers,” led by Dr. Willie Coleman, 6-8 pm, EUC Claxton Room, contact: Bruce Holland at (336) 334-5507 or email at bjholla@uncg.edu. Before, during and after slavery black females had their own reasons for choosing to embark on voyages taking them outside of the United States. This presentation will focus on one or more specific women.
  • March 25, 13th annual Shades of Color Conference: “The Voices of Many,” the Shades of Color Conference is an annual event that aims to create a safe, empowering, inclusive space for all UNCG community members to discuss, reflect on and mobilize around issues of multiculturalism. For details, contact Dr. Mark Villacorta at mark_villacorta@uncg.edu.
  • Through April 22: “The Evidence of Things Unseen,” exhibition by North Carolina artist Stacy Lynn Waddell, Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG Campus.

By Steve Gilliam
Visual: writer Randall Kenan