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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Freed
561-297-3022, lfreed@fau.edu


FAU Campuses Host Events in Honor of Black History Month


              BOCA RATON, FL (February 1, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University will commemorate Black History Month with a series of events throughout the month of February at its Boca Raton, Broward and Treasure Coast campuses. 

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


Opening Ceremony: “Celebrating the African Diaspora”
Wednesday, February 3 at 11:30 a.m.,
Traditions Plaza on the Breezeway


Hear storytelling-troupe members Sadarri, Amber and Autumn Joy Saskill perform “Ain’t No Hunger in Freedom’s Kitchen,” along with other stories, songs and poetry meant to nourish, uplift and inspire.  The Body, Mind and Soul African Dancers and Drummers also will perform.

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Movie Screening: “Higher Learning,” starring Omar Epps, Tyra Banks, Laurence Fishburne
Wednesday, February 3, 6:30 p.m.
Senate Chambers in FAU’s Student Union


“Higher Learning,” directed by John Singleton, is about students from different countries, races, and social backgrounds who are forced to integrate when they all enroll at Columbus University. Under pressure to perform in the classroom, on the track or in front of their friends, the students are strained to the breaking point by prejudice, inexperience and misunderstanding. A short forum will take place following the movie.

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Black Violin concert, featuring three-time Apollo-winning duo Kev Marcus and Will-B
Monday, February 8 at 8 p.m.
FAU Housing Lawn


Three-time Apollo-winning duo Kev Marcus and Will-B are classic violinists that combine a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro and not quite emcee, to redefine the music world one-string at a time. With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules, blending the classical with the modern to create something rare.  Kev Marcus and Will-B are Florida natives who met while attending the Dillard High School of Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. Black Violin has worked with musicians as diverse as Alicia Keys, P.Diddy, Kanye West, Fifty Cent, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Aretha Franklin and the Eagles, among many others.

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Lecture with Jeff Johnson, Tom Joyner Morning Show political commentator and BET talk show host

Tuesday, February 9 at 6 p.m.
Senate Chambers, FAU Student Union


Jeff Johnson is a Washington, D.C. based award-winning journalist, social activist and political commentator. Johnson has spent the last decade merging the worlds of politics and popular culture, including his work as senior adviser for media and youth outreach for People for the American Way, national director of the Youth & College division of the NAACP, and an appointment by celebrity Russell Simmons as the vice president of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN).  Currently, he is managing editor and chief correspondent for The Truth with Jeff Johnson, a hard-hitting talk show airing on Black Entertainment Television (BET) where he has earned a reputation as the “conscience voice” for his positive force among youth and young adults.

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Movie Screening: “Love and Basketball,” starring Sanaa Lathan, Alfre Woodard and Dennis Haysbert

Wednesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. 
Senate Chambers, FAU Student Union


Gina Prince-Bythewood’s “Love and Basketball” depicts the “ups and downs” of falling in love while trying to pursue a college education and excel in a basketball career.

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Poetry Night featuring Shihan and Dana Gilmore 

Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m.

Coyote Jacks, FAU Student Union


Poetry night will feature nationally-recognized Black poets Dana Gilmore and Shihan, as well as local artists. The talent that will be displayed will feature the “ups and downs” of love, the Black family and the constraints imposed on the Black community.

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BLACK-A-DEMICS Game Show and Trivia Competition

Wednesday, February 24 at 7 p.m.
Coyote Jacks, FAU Student Union


Contestants will test their knowledge on Black history facts in this Jeopardy-style game show.

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Student/Employee Networking: Featuring  Kente Cloth Fashion Show, Loom Display and Weaving Demonstration
Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m.
Coyote Jacks, Student Union


The public is invited to network with FAU students, faculty and staff at Coyote Jacks.  Gabriel Ahima, an African weaver, will give a lecture presentation on the origins, history and designs of the traditional kente cloths. Ahima will demonstrate how kente is woven in a life-size traditional loom that is used in African villages, and will give participants an opportunity to test their weaving skills. A fashion show also will feature an array of African textiles and kente products.  ______________________________________________________________________________

            The following event will take place at FAU’s Davie campus, 2912 College Ave.:


Black Inventions Exhibit
Thursday, February 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SD 105


This multimedia presentation is a tribute to the unsung heroes, as well as Black inventors and innovators internationally. The exhibit reveals many surprising facts and highlights the accomplishments of Blacks in the fields of science, aerospace communication, health care, agriculture, transportation and engineering.

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The following events will take place at FAU’s Treasure Coast campus, 500 NW California Blvd.:


History & Heroes Exhibit

Running through Friday, February 26 
JU Lobby


The History & Heroes exhibit is a display of photographs based on African American history and the Civil Rights movement.

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Movie Screening: “The Blind Side,” starring Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron
Friday, February 19 at 7 p.m. 
MP 101


“The Blind Side” is a story about Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized black boy who became an All-American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring white woman and her family.

            The events are sponsored by the offices of multicultural affairs in Boca Raton and Broward; FAU Jupiter’s Diversity Student Services; FAU Campus Recreation; FAU Dining Services; FAU’s department of housing and residential life; the South Florida Storytelling Project; Student Government BSUMP and Student Government Program Board.  For more information on Black History Month events, contact Rozalia Williams at 561-297-3959 or rcwillia@fau.edu or visit http://www.fau.edu/communications/bhm.php


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