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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 31, 2013) – 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:


Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels
Friday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Grand Palm Room

 
Learn about the history of the contributions made by African Americans in the United States by taking a historical tour through an oral history, spoken word, displays and pictures.  Contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 561-297-3959.



Black Student Union Soul Food Sunday Dinner
Sunday, Feb. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Nations Multi-Purpose Room

 
Celebrate Black History Month with the members of the Black Student Union (BSU) and enjoy soul food.  For more information, email shkiadennis@gmail.com.



Still I See No Change’
Monday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Live Oak C

 
Progressive Black Men will host a panel discussion based on intelligent banter. For more information, email imann1@fau.edu.



The History of Black Hair Show
Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Live Oak Pavilion A-D, Student Union
***Media attendance only***

 
The BSU will introduce the history of African-American hair to the students of FAU.  For more information, email shkiadennis@gmail.com.



Black History Month Opening Ceremony Kick-Off
Wednesday, Feb. 6, from noon to 1 p.m.
Traditions Plaza on the Breezeway

 
Guests are invited to feast on soul food and meet participating student organizations.  Entertainment will be provided by the Venus Rising Women’s Drum & Dance Ensemble.  For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 561-297-2959.



Queen Appreciation
Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Live Oak C and D, Student Union
***Media attendance only***

 
The women of FAU are invited to be treated to free manicures and pedicures, chair massages, as well as enjoy performances by their male counterparts.  For more information, contact Progressive Black Men at imann1@fau.edu.



Black-ademics’
Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Coyote Jacks, Student Union

 
The BSU and Phi Beta Sigma will co-host this event that invites guest to learn about black history by playing “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”  For more information, email shkiadennis@gmail.com.



Black HIV Awareness Day
Thursday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Breezeway and Student Support Services, Room 222

 
At some point in their lifetimes, one in 16 black men will be diagnosed with HIV, as will one in 32 black women. Guests are invited to learn more about HIV and how to be safe as well as receive free HIV testing.



Movie Night: ‘School Daze’
Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m.
House Chambers, Student Union

 
BSU will host the movie, “School Daze” about fraternity and sorority members clashing with other students at a historically black college. For more information, email ashkiadennis@gmail.com.



KK’s Valentine
Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Grand Palm Room, Student Union

 
Konbit Kreyol (KK) will be hosting a Valentine’s Day special with different activities and games.  For more information, email konbitkreyol@gmail.com.



Revival of Renaissance
Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Live Oak Pavilion A-C, Student Union
***Media attendance only***

 
BSU will host an arts extravaganza for students to enjoy. A 1920’s dance, poetry, singing and a jazz band will perform. For more information, email shkiadennis@gmail.com.



African Lecture Series
Thursday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m.
Majestic Palm Room, Student Union

 
Scot Brown, associate professor of history at the University of California-Los Angeles and visiting scholar at the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University, will present his lecture titled, “Bands to Make You Dance: Funk Music and the Social Politics of Black Popular Culture in the 1970s.”



State of the Black Student Union
Monday, Feb. 18, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Live Oak Pavilion C-D, Student Union

 
BSU will host a forum discussing the state of the Black Union.  For more information, email shkiadennis@gmail.com.



Black Honors Expo
Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Live Oak A & B, Student Union 

 
This event will acknowledge African-Americans who have made achievements in America and students that have shown leadership in service on campus. For more information, email the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) at Ncnwfau1935@gmail.com.



African Dance Class
Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Dance Studio, College of Arts and Letters
***Media attendance only***

 
BSU will teach students African movement and style through dance. For more information, email shkiadennis@gmail.com.



African Lecture Series
Thursday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.
Majestic Palm Room, Student Union

 
Paul Oritz, associate professor of history at the University of Florida, will present his lecture titled, “The Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America: Black Anti-Imperialism and W.E.B. Du Bois’ Black Reconstruction.” For more information, call 561-297-2928 or email headley@fau.edu or dwhite41@fau.edu.



We Have a Dream Poetry ‘Slam’
Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Live Oak Pavilion A-B, Student Union

 
BSU will host a poetry competition related to the theme “We Have a Dream.” For more information, email shkiadennis@gmail.com.



Sierra Leone Presentation – Women’s Issues in Africa
Thursday, Feb. 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The Boca Grove Country Club (Wine Room), 21351 Whitaker Dr., Boca Raton

 
Guests are invited to enjoy an evening of stimulation, information, and friendship with Professor Josephine Beoku-Betts, director of FAU’s Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Fulbright Scholar to Sierra-Leone, as she talks about “Women’s Activism in Sierra Leone.” Tickets are $45 and includes dinner, drinks and parking. For more information, call 561-750-4662.



Raisin in the Sun
Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Grand Palm Room, Student Union

 
BSU will host the play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” to be performed by student actors. For more information, email shkiadennis@gmail.com.



Civil Rights Stories
Thursday, Feb. 28, from 3 to 4 p.m.
Majestic Palm Room, Student Union

 
Multicultural Programming will conclude Black History Month with a lecture about Civil Rights – past, present, and future – and its relevancy to students on campus.  Contact Tahia Zannat at faump@fau.edu for more information.


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

 
Black History Month Celebration: Jazz on the Breezeway
Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
220 SE Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale campus

 
FAU’s downtown Fort Lauderdale Campus will celebrate Black History Month with smooth jazz and cultural delights. For more information, contact Student Involvement and Leadership at 954-236-1219.



Black History Trivia
Thursday, Feb. 7, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Student Union, 3200 College Ave., Davie campus

 
The Broward Program Board will host this exercise in black history trivia. Refreshments will be served to all participants. For more information, contact Student Involvement and Leadership at 954-236-1219.



Black History Month Celebration: Jazz on the Way
Thursday, Feb. 14, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Diversity Way, 3200 College Ave., Davie campus

 
FAU’s Davie Campus will celebrate Black History Month with smooth jazz and cultural delights. For more information, contact Student Involvement and Leadership at 954-236-1219.


The following events will take place at the John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Dr., Jupiter :

 
Coffee House
Thursday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Burrow


Come for a poetry performance that will include tea and sweet treats for students. For more information, contact Program Board at jupiterpb@gmail.com.



‘From Property to President’
Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Burrow


“From Property to President” is a one-man show that will entertain and educate students on black history. For more information, contact Program Board at jupiterpb@gmail.com.



Arts and Crafts
Thursday, Feb. 28, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Burrow

 
View a display of paintings and drawings created to showcase Black History. For more information, contact Sabrina Spanier at sspanier@fau.edu


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

-FAU-

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