University celebrates Black History Month with a wide range of activities and events

Month includes a talk by Martin Luther King III and a conversation about understanding misunderstanding | February 2, 2007

Xavier University's Black History Month programs

WEEK 1
Thursday, Feb. 1
Black Panther party display
Take a look at the history of the Black Panther Party and its members in the stairwell of the Gallagher Student Center all week.
Sponsored by the BSA executive board.

WEEK 2
Sunday, Feb. 4
Soul food Sunday
Come join BSA’s social committee as they enjoy a delicious “soul food” dinner while learning the history behind the soulful gatherings on the third floor of The Commons at 4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the BSA social committee.

Kingdoms of Africa display
Observe the various kingdoms of Africa from whence the descendents of African Americans originated in the Gallagher Student Center all week.
Sponsored by the BSA executive board and the African Student Association.

Monday, Feb. 5
Movie and a discussion about "School Daze"
Come join the Black Greek Council as they watch the movie “School Daze” and engage in a discussion in the office of multicultural affairs at 7:00 p.m. An iPod is also being raffled.
Sponsored by the Black Greek Council.

Thursday, Feb. 8
Leadership black history presentation
Participate in a presentation about black history in the Clocktower Lounge at noon.
Sponsored by the BSA leadership committee and peer leadership team.

Saturday, Feb. 10
"A Conversation on Race: Understanding Misunderstanding"
Sign up in the office of multicultural affairs for a day of meaningful, honest, open conversation through different activities in the Schiff Family Conference Center, rooms 4 and 5, at noon.
Sponsored by Jess Pasionek and the student directors of diversity.

WEEK 3
Wednesday, Feb. 14
Little Italy: Dinner and a movie
Come with your sweet valentine to enjoy a nice dinner and movie in the Clocktower Lounge at 7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the BSA social committee

White abolitionists and civil rights leaders display
Take a look at the various people who fought for freedom and equal rights for African Americans in the Gallagher Student Center all week.
Sponsored by the BSA executive board.

Thursday, Feb. 15
“Pride” sneak preview
Join the OMA staff as they provide you with a sneak preview of the movie "Pride," about Jim Ellis (played by Terrance Howard) starting a swim team for troubled teens in Philadelphia in the Gallagher Student Center theater at 7:00 p.m., with popcorn and drinks at 6:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the office of multicultural affairs.

Friday, Feb. 16
"Where is the Dream Today?: Reflections on Civil Rights Activism Past and Present"
Come out to hear Martin Luther King III and Congressman John
Lewis reflect on their experiences with civil rights activism both past and present.

Saturday, Feb. 17
"Invisible" exhibit
Take a trip to see the “Invisible” exhibit at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for a cost of $4. Transportation is provided.
Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and GOAL: the Gentlemen Organized for Achievement and Leadership.

WEEK 4
Tuesday, Feb. 20
Open mic night
Join Xavier students as they watch their peers express themselves through song, spoken word and dance. Time and location to be announced.
Sponsored by the BSA cultural committee.

Wednesday, Feb. 21
Black leaders in history exhibit
The exhibit is in the Gallagher Student Center all week.
Sponsored by the BSA executive board and the BSA leadership committee.

Thursday, February 22, 2007
Volunteering in New Orleans forum
Come and listen to students’ experiences in their volunteer work with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Kelley Auditorium at 6:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the BSA forums and workshops committee.

WEEK 5
Monday, Feb. 26
Dissecting the “Boondocks” show
Are you a frequent viewer of the Boondocks? Have you ever seen the show or read the comic strip? Well, come out and hear what lies beneath this comedy. Time and location to be announced.
Sponsored by the BSA executive board.

Tuesday, Feb. 27
“What’s a minstrel show?”
Learn about the history of minstrel shows in America, including contemporary forms of entertainment that have been influenced by this derogatory “art” form. Time and location to be announced.
Sponsored by the BSA executive board.

For more information about any of these events, contact the office of multicultural affairs at 513 745-3190 or 513 745-3181.