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FAU Campuses Host Events in Honor of Black History Month

BOCA RATON , FL (January 20, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University will commemorate Black History Month with a series of events. The events are sponsored by FAU’s diversity committee, unless otherwise noted.

The following events will take place at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road:

Wednesday, January 28

The Fluid Symbol of Mixed Race: A Lecture by Naomi Zack

2 p.m. in the Senate Chambers, FAU Student Union

Naomi Zack is a professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon and author of Race and Mixed Race, Philosophy of Science and Race, Inclusive Feminism, and Ethics for Disaster, scheduled for release in the spring. This event is sponsored by the department of philosophy in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, The FAU Philosophy Club, The Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities, the department of anthropology and the ethnic studies program.

Wednesday, February 4

Opening Ceremony: Celebrating the Cultures of People of African Descent

11:30 a.m. at Traditions Plaza, FAU Breezeway

FAU President Frank T. Brogan will help launch Black History Month activities university-wide at this opening ceremony, along with honoree Lois Martin, an educator and community activist from Pearl City, Boca Raton’s historic Black community. Visit with cultural clubs and historically Black fraternities and sororities from FAU, and feast on soul food.

 

Thursday, February 5

Coffee House: Featuring Rudy Currence

9 p.m. at Coyote Jack’s Grill, FAU Student Union

Singer/songwriter Rudy Currence will perform various R&B and gospel songs, as well as sing songs from his own albums. Currence is the winner of the 2005 ASCAP Writer's Award and has worked alongside many artists including Mya. He also wrote "Believe In Me" from the Bourne Identity soundtrack and a song from Minority Report, which starred Tom Cruise.

Monday, February 9

Movie Screening: The Great Debaters

7 p.m. in the Senate Chambers, FAU’s Student Union

Directed by Denzel Washington, The Great Debaters is the true story of the unlikely ascendance of the debate team at Wiley College, a small, all-black institution in Marshall, Texas, in 1935.    In this 2007 film, Washington portrays noted poet, social activist and educator Melvin B. Tolson who coached the Wiley College team.

Tuesday, February 10

Student Networking Reception: Meet and Greet Black Faculty and Staff

6 p.m. in the Live Oak Pavilion, Student Union

Take advantage of this opportunity to meet, greet and network with FAU’s Black employees.   Hear Dr. Arthur Evans, professor of sociology, speak to students on the topic “Don’t Drop the Baton.”   RSVP to Rozalia Williams at 561-297-3959.

 

Thursday, February 12

Generation Against Negativity and Gangs

7 p.m. in the Live Oak Pavilion, FAU’s Student Union

Listen to Thierry “Hiku” Lundy, a former Palm Beach County resident, perform poetry to educate his audience on the dangers of gang violence. A national spoken-word activist, Hiku has performed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York, and numerous venues throughout Florida.


Thursday, February 12 and Friday, February 13

Winning While Losing?: The Conservative Movement and Civil Rights During the Reagan Years’

4 p.m. in the University Theater, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

Civil rights activist Mary Frances Berry will be the keynote speaker of “Winning While Losing?: The Conservative Movement and Civil Rights During the Reagan Years.” This speech is part of “Civil Rights and the Presidency: From Nixon to Obama,” FAU’s third annual Alan B. Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency. Berry will present the first lecture of the two-day symposium which will address the history of civil rights in the years following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Speakers will put the 2008 election in historical context to answer questions about how American views about race have changed since the civil rights movement.

 


Tuesday, February 17

Michael McCarty, African Storyteller

Noon at Traditions Plaza, FAU Breezeway

Michael McCarty, winner of the National Storytelling Networks 2003 Leadership and Service Award, will perform “Have Mouth will Run It.”   This presentation promises to inform, educate, inspire and amuse. Don’t miss this energetic presentation of African and African-American folk tales.

‘Mzuri is Fannie Lou Hamer’

7 p.m. in the Grand Palm Room, FAU’s Student Union

In her one woman show, Lorraine “Mzuri” Pope will take on the persona of civil rights activist and voting rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer. Hamer was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) who fought against the injustices that African-American people encountered trying to register to vote in Mississippi. Jailed and beaten almost to the point of death, Hamer slowly recovered and eventually gained national attention at the 1964 National Democratic Convention as vice chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

   

Friday, February 20

Black History Month 2009: Consumerism and Commercialism: A Black Music Symposium

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Majestic Palm Room, FAU’s Student Union

The proposed symposium will provide the FAU university community with an opportunity to learn about recent developments in the tradition of black music.  The black music tradition directly relates to how African Americans interpret the world and express their conception of life.   Event participants include L. H. Stallings (University of North Florida); Scott Brown (University of California – Los Angeles); Pero Dagbovie (Michigan State University); Dionne Stephens (Florida International University); Michelle Scott (University of Maryland- Baltimore County); and Patricia Saunders (University of Miami).

Monday, February 23

Movie Screening: The Wiz

7 p.m. in the Senate Chambers, FAU’s Student Union

Watch Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor in The Wiz, the 1978 remake of The Wizard of Oz, set against an urban background with an African-American cast. Dorothy is a 24-year-old kindergarten teacher from Harlem who gets lost in a snowstorm and learns the only way she can get home is to rise above her background and the expectations of others.


Wednesday, February 25

Concert: Simply Jazz

8 p.m. at Coyote Jack’s Grill, FAU’s Student Union

Stop by for a casual night of jazz in Coyote Jack’s.    

 

Thursday, February 26

Art Exhibit: Sankofa African-American Museum on Wheels

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Majestic Palm Room, FAU’s Student Union

Don’t miss this amazing showcase of artifacts, collectibles and memorabilia spanning the period of 1860 to present. Sankofa, a Ghanaian term, takes audiences on a journey back through slavery, the Jim Crow era, the Civil Rights Movement and showcases the contributions of African Americans. This exhibit is curated by Angela Jennings, a member of the National Black Memorabilia Collectors, and includes a lecture, guided tour and Q&A session.

The Black History Month schedule of events for the Broward campuses:

Friday, February 6

National Wear Red Day: Focus on African-American Women

4 p.m. at the Wellness Center, Davie campus

African-American women have a higher fatality rate from heart disease than women of other races.   In addition to wearing red to show support for women’s heart disease awareness, participants can exercise with the wellness team in a walk for fun to encourage physical activity.  


Tuesday, February 17

Michael McCarty, African Storyteller

5 p.m. in SD 105, Davie campus

Michael McCarty, winner of the National Storytelling Networks 2003 Leadership and Service Award, will perform “Have Mouth will Run It.”   This presentation promises to inform, educate, inspire and amuse. Don’t miss this energetic presentation of African and African-American folk tales.

Friday, February 20

Liberty City , One Woman Show

7:30 p.m. at the Carnival Studio Theater, Davie campus

In her one-woman-show, April Yvette Thompson shares stories about life growing up in Miami's Liberty City with her Bahamian/Cuban father and African-American mother. Now she brings to life that neighborhood as it was during her childhood.   The performance explores race and activism, family, politics and the radical legacies of the 1960s.

The Black History Month schedule of events for the Jupiter campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, is as follows:

Monday, February 16

Michael McCarty, African Storyteller

4:30 p.m., Student Resources 108

Michael McCarty, winner of the National Storytelling Networks 2003 Leadership and Service Award, will perform “Have Mouth will Run It.”   This presentation promises to inform, educate, inspire and amuse. Don’t miss this energetic presentation of African and African-American folk tales.


Monday, February 16 – Friday, February 27

Juried Art Exhibition: Celebrating African-American Art and Artists: New Visions 2009 Exhibition

Atrium Gallery, Student Resources Building

This exhibition showcases the two-dimensional contemporary creations of African-American artists related to their experiences and cultural connections to their past, present and future.

 


The Black History Month schedule of events for the Treasure Coast campus, 500 NW California Blvd., is as follows:

Monday, February 2- Thursday, February 26

History & Heroes Exhibit

JU-Lobby

The exhibit will display photographs associated with African American History and the Civil Rights Movement.

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