This February, UA Little Rock will join the rest of the nation in celebration of the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Several events will be held throughout the month to celebrate Black History Month.
Events will kick off on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a Sisterhood Brunch at UA Little Rock Downtown. The brunch will provide an opportunity for women to learn preventative measures against cardiovascular diseases as well as pay tribute to those who have been lost to them. Tickets are $10, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association.
The UA Little Rock National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Multicultural Center will host a For the Culture Kickback on Monday, Feb. 4, from 6-8 p.m. in Ledbetter Hall in the Donaghey Student Center. Attendees will learn how to tie their own headwraps, play Black History trivia, and enjoy free food, door prizes, and much more.
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, at noon, the Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity will host the latest lecture in it’s Plain Talk Lecture Series with “Taking West Rock: The Removal of Little Rock’s Westernmost Black Suburb” by Dr. Brian Mitchell. That same day at 1 p.m. in the Donaghey Student Center Leadership Lounge, Student Affairs Success Initiatives will host a “Becoming” Book Club for a series of discussions on Michelle Obama’s latest book with light refreshments provided.
A cultural competency program, “More Than A Word Part 2,” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Donaghey Student Center Leadership Lounge.
A screening of “Notes from the Field” will take place in Ledbetter Hall on Monday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. In this one-woman show, Anna Deavere Smith dramatizes the first-hand accounts of students, parents, teachers, and administrators affected by America’s school-to-prison pipeline.
Epiphany “Big Piph” Morrow, a Stanford-educated international emcee, speaker, and community builder will present his one-man show, “The Glow: The Hopes and Ambitions of a Rhymer,” in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Building on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Through songs, visuals, and stories, join him on his mission to shake up the universe in a show where crowd participation is a must.
The Anderson Institute will host a second Plain Talk lecture, “Words and Race: Does Black English Matter?” presented by Dr. Jeffrey Nash, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at noon in Ledbetter Hall.