Black History Month

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Since then, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.

The 2015 theme for Black History Month is “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture.” With that theme in mind, The Office of Campus Life has put together a comprehensive programming schedule for the month ranging from documentary films to dance troupes to this year’s remarkable keynote speaker. Here is this year’s line-up:

film2-2Independent Lens: Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock (PG)
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Noon
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A look at the life of African American political activist and newspaper publisher Daisy Bates.

 

 

TraceyForProgramming_071712Comedian Tracy Ashley
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
7:00p.m.
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Sponsored by the University Program Council
You know what they say about a person with two first names? Well…who knows? People say a lot of stuff. When it comes to Tracey Ashley people are saying the same thing “This woman is funny!” Known for her seamless story-telling, sharp topical material and hilarious punch lines Tracey Ashley is a comedienne on the rise.

Umadabu South African Dance Company
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
7:00p.m.
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REAL Zulus from South Africa will share the traditional and powerful warrior dancing, drumming and singing!

dear_white_people_ver3Movie: Dear White People (R)
Thursday, February 12, 2015
7:00p.m.
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Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. The film follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college. Check out the movie trailer.

 

 

 

 

beyond_the_lightsMovie: Beyond the Lights (PG-13)
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
7:00p.m.
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Sponsored by the University Program Council
Beyond the Lights is the story of Noni, the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge – until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be. Check out the trailer.

 

 

 

Michel_Chikwanine-Aug2014-760x427Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Michel Chikwanine
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
7:00p.m.
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Michel Chikwanine has overcome unimaginable pain and struggles. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michel grew up amid the terror of the Great War of Africa. He witnessed the torture of his father, the rape of his mother, and endured torture of his own. Much of his childhood was ravaged by the death and decay of a war that claimed the lives of 5.8 million people, his father included, and forced him to be a child soldier. Michel now inspires people to believe in their ability to make a difference and leaves audiences with a new perspective on life, a sense of hope through social responsibility, and a desire for change.