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MEDIA CONTACT: Dawn Howard
561-297-0910, dhowar10@fau.edu

FAU to Host Events in Honor of Black History Month

BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 27, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events throughout the month of February at its Boca Raton, Jupiter and Broward campuses. The events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

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


Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, Feb. 5, noon to 1 p.m. 
Traditions Plaza


Kick off the festivities with The Venus Rising Women’s Drum & Dance Ensemble while feasting on BBQ chicken, slow-smoked ribs, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, fire-roasted corn and dinner rolls. For more information, contact Juan Izaguirre at 561-297-3959.



‘Our Story’ Movie Night
Monday, Feb. 10, 6 to 8 p.m.
Indian River Towers MPR
***Media Attendance Only***


“Our Story” is a movie that will uplift and educate about Black History. The showing includes free popcorn, nachos and many other movie snacks. For more information, contact LaVar Jamison at 561-297-3735.



‘Hate Crimes in the Heartland’
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 5 to 6:45 p.m.
College of Business, Sean Stein Pavilion


“Hate Crimes in the Heartland” is a film that explores the national conversation on race through the lens of two distinct hate crimes that took place in Tulsa, Okla.in 1921 and again in 2012. The documentary examines how hate crimes have come to be such a growing tragedy and trend, especially during the past decade. A reception will follow. For more information, contact Derrick White at 561-297-1329.

 



Black Arts Expo
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 7 to 9 p.m.
Live Oak Pavilion, Rooms B & C
***Media Attendance Only***  


Celebrate African American history and culture through the ages. For more information, contact Len Baker at 561-297-3004.



Urban Wednesday with BRV
Wednesday, Feb. 19 and 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Traditions Plaza  


Hear all the hits from the Beats, Rhymes & Vibes DJs, who spin the best hip hop, dance hall and top-40 music. There also will be games, food, prize giveaways and special performances. For more information, contact Juan M. Izaguirre at 561-297-3959.

 



BSU Health & Fitness
Thursday, Feb. 20, 6 to 9 p.m.
Live Oak Pavilion, room D, Student Union
***Media attendance only*** 


The Black Student Union promotes health and fitness on campus, featuring cardio hip-hop. This event is co-sponsored by Pulse Dance Troupe, who will be conducting the dance moves. For more information, contact Juan M. Izaguirre at 561-297-3959.



The New Jim Crow Forum
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  
Sago Palm Room, Student Union
***Media attendance only***                              


Take part in a discussion about social inequality in the African American community. Issues such as high prison rates and lack of education among African Americans will be discussed. For more information, contact Juan M. Izaguirre at 561-297-3959.



The Journey’
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free Speech Lawn  


Explore the history of the African Diaspora, during which Black people were forcibly relocated. This event will be a live timeline of the African people, from the early civilizations of West Africa (1400s) to slavery and the Reconstruction Era, Jim Crow and Civil Rights, and finally, the Post Civil Rights/Colorblindness era. For more information, contact LaVar Jamison at 561-297-3735.



‘A Change is Gonna Come’
Three performances: Friday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m.; Saturday, March 1 at 1 and 7 p.m.
University Theatre 


The FAU Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble, the University’s professional dance company, will present Maria Konrad's solo for Clarence Brooks titled “A Change is Gonna Come” to the song of the same title by Sam Cooke. For more information. contact Judith Page-Sarfati at 561-297-3810.


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


The African Americans, Crossing Many Rivers: A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)’ and ‘Rise (1940-1968)’ film screenings
Monday, Feb. 3, noon to 2 p.m.
Oasis Lounge, Student Union, 3200 College Ave., Davie Campus
***Media attendance only***                        


“The African Americans, Crossing Many Rivers: A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)” and “Rise (1940-1968)” are two episodes of a PBS documentary chronicling African American history. For more information contact Karen Esteves at 954-236-1219.



Black History Month Trivia 
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1 to 3 p.m. 
Student Union, Oasis Lounge, 3200 College Ave., Davie Campus


Test your knowledge of Black History in our Black History Trivia Game. Giveaways and food will be provided. For more information, contact Peggy Joseph at 954-236-1219.



Film Screenings: ‘The African Americans, Crossing Many Rivers: Making a Way out of No Way’ and ‘Into the Fire (1861-1896)’
Monday, Feb. 10, noon to 2 p.m.
Oasis Lounge, Student Union, 3200 College Ave., Davie Campus 


The African Americans, Crossing Many Rivers: Making a Way out of No Way’ and ‘Into the Fire (1861-1896)’ are two episodes of a PBS documentary chronicling African American history. For more information, contact Karen Esteves at 954-236-1219.



Black History Month Celebration
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Diversity Way, 3200 College Ave., Davie Campus 


Celebrate Black History Month with a commemoration of the lives of those who fought for the rights of Black Americans.  There will be music, dancing, food and giveaways. For more information, contact Peggy Joseph at 954-236-1219.



Film Screenings: ‘The African Americans, Crossing Many Rivers: The Black Atlantic’ and ‘The Age of Slavery’
Monday, Feb. 17, noon to 2 p.m.
Oasis Lounge, Student Union, 3200 College Ave., Davie Campus  


"The African Americans, Crossing Many Rivers: The Black Atlantic" and "The Age of Slavery" are two episodes of a PBS documentary chronicling African American history. For more information contact Karen Esteves at 954-236-1219.



Black History Month Trivia
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
111 E. Las Olas Blvd., HEC 607, Fort Lauderdale Campus  


Test knowledge of Black History by participating in a Black History Trivia Game.  Giveaways and food will be provided. For more information, contact Peggy Joseph at 954-236-1219.



Film Screening: ‘The Quilts of Gees Bend’
Monday, Feb. 24, noon to 2 p.m.
Oasis Lounge, Student Union, 3200 College Ave., Davie Campus  


“The Quilts of Gees Bend” is a PBS documentary about 42 African American women from Gees Bend, Ala., who made quilts as a community for more than four generations. For more information, contact Karen Esteves at 954-236-1219.


The following events will take place at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Dr., in Jupiter:


Heritage Kick-Off Event
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1 to 2 p.m.
Student Union Burrow


Attend and learn about African American culture. Free food and T-shirts will be given awayFor more information, contact Khambrel Ward at 561-799-8696.



Movie Night: ‘Red Tails’
Thursday, Feb. 13, 6 to 8 p.m.
Dining Hall Annex
***Media attendance only***


“Red Tails” is a film that is a fictionalized portrayal of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African America United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) servicemen during World War II. Popcorn, movie theater candy and drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Khambrel Ward at 561-799-8696.



Black History Month Jeopardy
Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 to 8 p.m.
Student Union Burrow


Test knowledge of Black History by participating in Jeopardy-style trivia competition. Answer questions and earn prizes. For more information, contact Khambrel Ward at 561-799-8696.

 

For more information on Black History Month events, visit www.fau.edu/explore/blackhistory/.

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