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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Metcalf
561-297-3022, lmetcalf@fau.edu


FAU to Host Events In Honor of Black History Month


BOCA RATON, FL (February 1, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University will commemorate Black History Month with a series of events throughout the month of February at its Boca Raton, Broward, Jupiter and Treasure Coast campuses.  The events are open to the general public.

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


Movie Night
Tuesday, February 1, at 8 p.m.
Grand Palm Room, Student Union


FAU’s Black Student Union will host “The Great Debaters” and end the evening with a group discussion.

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Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, February 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Traditions Plaza on the Breezeway


FAU launches Black History Month activities with history and soul food.  The Black Student Union will host a display, and Rich Harmon, a motivational speaker with the Harmon Group in Boca Raton, will serve as the guest speaker.

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National Black/AIDS Awareness Day

Thursday, February 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Breezeway


The staff of Today and Beyond Wellness and the Peer Education Team will share information on HIV/AIDS at tables in the Breezeway.

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Free HIV Rapid Testing

Thursday, February 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Today and Beyond Wellness Office, Room 222


Free HIV rapid testing will be offered and is open to the public.

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Heartbreak Hotel: Prelude Movie Night

Tuesday, February 8, at 8 p.m.

Grand Palm Room, Student Union


An evening of fun and laughter will accompany the viewing of “Deliver Us from Evil.”

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‘Mighty Times: Youth Power and Racial Change’

Wednesday, February 9, at noon

Sugar Palm Room, Student Union


Participants will view the docu-drama “Mighty Times: The Children’s March,” a powerful look at the pivotal role of college students in propelling the Civil Rights Movement into the national spotlight.  A discussion will follow, led by moderators Kitty Oliver, Ph.D., adjunct professor of oral history writing, race and ethnicity who leads the Race and Change Initiative, and Maria Santamarina, J.D., university diversity officer.

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Heartbreak Hotel

Thursday, February 10, at 7 p.m.

Student Union lobby


The Black Student Union will host an evening of African American poetry readings.

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Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble’s Rendition of Donald McKayle’s ‘Rainbow Etude’

Friday, February 11, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 12 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, February 13, at 2 p.m.

FAU Repertory Dance Theatre


FAU dance students will perform the experience of men on chain gangs in the American South, arranged by one of the nation’s most heralded choreographers.

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‘Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks’

Wednesday, February 16, at noon

Sugar Palm Room, Student Union


The film shows how Rosa Parks inspired a community in its opposition to segregation and presents the Montgomery Bus Boycott as more than just a history lesson but as a model for young activists.  The film will be followed by a discussion moderated by Marta Cruz-Jensen, Ph.D., an education professor in FAU’s College of Education.

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Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004 Presents: ‘The Unique Juxtaposition of Black History’

Tuesday, February 22, at 3:30 p.m.

Grand Palm Room, Student Union


Ericka Dunlap will speak about how she broke the color barrier and rose to national acclaim when she was crowned Miss America in 2004.

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A Celebration of Soul Cuisine

Tuesday, February 22, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Center Marketplace, Student Union


Chef Cary Neff will present “conscious cuisine” with nutritious soul food based on traditional recipes. The event is open to the public.

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Remember – A Reflection of Past Marches

Tuesday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m.

FAU Student Union


The NAACP will sponsor a march and a reflection on past civil rights marches.  The march will begin in front of the FAU Student Union and end on the Free Speech Lawn.

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Not Just Beauty – Fourth Black Miss America

Tuesday, February 22, at 7 p.m.

Grand Palm Room, Student Union


A roundtable student panel discussion will focus on self rather than beauty in the 21st century.

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Health Disparities in the African American Community

Wednesday, February 23, at noon

Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science building, Room BC-126


Dr. Julie Servoss will explain how African Americans can improve life span by making healthy choices.

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Hood Politics

Wednesday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m.

Queen Palm Room, Student Union


The NAACP will sponsor a student panel forum about politics in the urban areas.

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Black-a-Demics with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Wednesday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m.

Coyote Jacks, Student Union


FAU’s Black Student Union and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. will sponsor a forum on African American history.

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Owl Family Reunion

Thursday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m.

BBQ Pits, Housing Lawn


The annual barbeque for FAU’s Black Student Union will reunite current and previous students and is open to the public.

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A Reading and Book Discussion

Thursday, February 24, at noon

Majestic Palm Room, Student Union


Combining memoir with scholarly history, Andrew Furman, Ph.D., an English professor in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, will examine the socioeconomic and political realities of school integration and share what integration meant for himself and his basketball teammates in his memoir, “My Los Angeles in Black and (Almost) White.”

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Black Student Experience: Perspectives from Students of Caribbean and African Descent

Friday, February 25, at noon

Student Union, Room 132


International students will engage in a roundtable discussion about their similarities to and differences from African American students.

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White Normativity in U.S. Bioethics

Monday, February 28, at noon

Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science building, Room BC-126


Cat Myers, Ph.D., biomedical science professor in FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science,, will be the guest speaker for a discussion of white privileges in academia that focuses on ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, religion, etc.

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The following events will take place at FAU’s Broward campuses:


Mind Freeze: Black History Trivia

Monday, February 7, at 11:30 a.m.

Heritage Hall, 3200 College Ave., Davie campus


Join the OWL Productions staff for an exercise in black trivia.

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Black History Celebration Featuring Junkanoo Performers

Tuesday, February 15, at 4:30 p.m.

AT Plaza, 111 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale campus


Junkanoo dancers will perform an exhibition of African dances.

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Black History Celebration Featuring Steel Drummers

Wednesday, February 16, at noon

101 N. Beach Road, Dania Beach campus


 Steel drummers will perform for this celebration.

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Black History Celebration Featuring Greek Steppers

Thursday, February 17, at 11:30 a.m.

3200 College Ave., Davie campus


The FAU Greek Steppers will perform and teach participants how to step.

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The following events will take place at FAU’s MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, in Jupiter:


Do You Have a Dream?

Tuesday, February 1 through Monday, February 28, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

MP Building


Visitors can view inspirational quotes highlighting the dreams of well-known figures and then create their own recording on the Student Dream Board.

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Black History Trivia

Tuesday, February 1, at 11 a.m.

Dining Hall


Guests can test their knowledge about Black culture, traditions and famous individuals throughout history and modern times, and the public is invited.  Prizes will be provided.

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Celebrating African American Art and Artists: New Visions 2011

Monday, February 14 through Monday, February 28, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

SR Atrium


View artworks of different genres and styles from local African American artists in the middle of the Jupiter campus.

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“Meet the Artist” Reception

Thursday, February 24, at 5:15 p.m.

SR Atrium


The works of two professional artists will be on display throughout February.  Both will attend the reception to meet and greet visitors.

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


Do You Have a Dream?

Tuesday, February 1 through Monday, February 28, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

MP Building


Visitors can view inspirational quotes highlighting the dreams of well-known figures and then create their own recording on the Student Dream Board.

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Jazzy Owls

Thursday, February 3, at 3:30 p.m.

MP Building


Come watch FAU’s alumni jazz band perform as it pays tribute to Black History Month. 

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Dance to the Beat

Monday, February 21, at 3:30 p.m.

MP Building


Enjoy different forms of dancing including a live African dance performance.

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            For more information, contact Ingrid Jones at 561-297-3959 or ijones@fau.edu , or visit www.fau.edu/explore/blackhistory/.



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