Black History Month 2016: Black History Matters

The history of African Americans unfolds across the canvas of America, beginning before the arrival of the Mayflower and continuing to the present. African American life, history, and culture have become major forces in the United States and the world. Few only could have imagined that African Americans in music, art, politics and literature would become appreciated by the global community.

In response to recent events in our country and around the world, our student led committee on Black History along with the Multicultural Center other cosponsors have chosen the theme "#BlackHistoryMatters." We hope that through this collection of programs each attendee will learn more about Black History, culture and become a more culturally competent student and culturally-enriched member of society.

History of Black History Month

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

For more information regarding Black History Month, visit the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH) website.

Schedule of Events

Happy Birthday Black History Month Poster

Monday, February 1 @ 7:00 p.m.

The Art of Blackness
Visitor Center Atrium
Join the Multicultural Center in kicking off Black History Month! Enjoy great refreshments, a student artist showcase and live entertainment from ShySpeaks, spoken word, poet and Emcee. This Event is cosponsored by the Black Student Alliance, and Student Union & Activities Advisory Board.

Straight Outta Compton Poster

Wednesday, February 3rd @ 6:00 p.m.

UTD Cinemateque: Straight Outta Compton
Clark Center Auditorium - CN 1.112
This powerful film explores the history Rap group NWA as they emerge from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood. Hosted by the Meteor Theater and Multicultural Center.

Spotlight Poster

Thursday, February 11 @ 7:00 p.m.

Spotlight Series: Ain't Nothing But A Party Ya'll
The Pub
Join SUAAB, the Multicultural Center, and the UTD Musicians Network in celebrating black American music from the 20th century. An ensemble of UTD students and organization leaders will be performing historically and musically significant music created by black American musicians, along with placing the music within a larger historical context.

Ed Mabrey Poster

Monday, February 15 @ 8:00 p.m.

Ed Mabrey
Student Union Galaxy Rooms
A night of music, poetry, and cultural awareness featuring Ed Mabrey, current individual World Poetry Slam Champion. Ed won the title in both 2007 and 2012. He was the first person of color to win the title. Partnering with the Multicultural Center, Ed will give us a taste of the history and significance of the civil rights movement through the power poetry and comedy featuring a live DJ. Invite your friends to this great event!

School Daze Picture

Wednesday, February 17 @ 8:00 pm

Movie Screening: School Daze
JSOM Davidson Auditorium (JSOM 1.118)
"At historically black Mission College, the activist-minded Dap immerses himself in a world of political rhetoric and social movements -- one day he hopes to rally the students as a united front."
Meteor Theater, National Panhellenic Council and the UTD Multicultural Center are teaming up again to screen Spike Lee's film "School Daze" as the second film for Black History Month.

Town Hall Poster

Thursday, February 18 @ 6:00 p.m.

Town Hall Discussion: #WHOMATTERS?
JSOM Davidson Auditorium (JSOM 1.118)
Join us for an interactive discussion about the #BlackLivesMatter movement, #allLivesMatter movement, Colorism, college protests and racial profiling. Hosted by the Black Student Alliance and the Multicultural Center.

Africa Night POster

Saturday, February 20 @ 7:00 p.m.

Africa Night
Student Union Galaxy Rooms - SU 2.602
Learn about the culture and history of Africa while chowing down to some amazing and authentic African cuisine! Hosted by the Multicultural Center and African Student Union.

The Big Dinner Picture

Thursday, February 25 @ 4:30 p.m.

The Big Dinner: The African American Heritage Celebration
Student Union Galaxy Rooms
The Big Dinner is the annual Black history Month Celebration put on by the Multicultural Center. This year’s event will feature retired Texas Southern University African-American History professor Dr. Cherry Gooden Ross as a keynote speaker. Also enjoy a traditional soul food dinner catered by renowned Dallas' restaurant Sweet Georgia Brown Barbecue.

For more information regarding these events, please contact us at [email protected].

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