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Black History Month

21st Century Blackness. Black History Month, Feb 2017

2017 Theme: “21st Century Blackness”

We live in an age where the concept of “Blackness” is continually evolving. What we know for sure is to be Black is more than skin color. It’s an experience. Planted in struggle and resilience, joy, perseverance, and the hopes and dreams of those who came before us. Today we are proud to trod down a coarse path, conscientiously and steadfast; furthering the mission of our ancestors toward a brighter future. Many movements have been initiated by our younger generation through the use of unconventional media forms such as catchy hashtags and viral videos creating a space foractivism that we have not seen before.

Year round, but more specifically, this month, we celebrate the creativity, bravery, and opulence within our beloved community, standing on the broad shoulders of those who lit the path of resistance in which we now follow. In a collection of thoughtprovoking programs that are culturally and socially relevant, the Multicultural Center presents 21st Century Blackness and leaves room for critical thought of what it means to be Black today.

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

Wednesday, February 1 @ 6:00 p.m.Showfest: Black History Month Kickoff
Visitor Center Atrium
UT Dallas presents 21st Century Blackness for Black History Month! Celebrate African-American culture with the Multicultural Center at our kickoff event for the month. There will be food, musical entertainment from DJ Mike Boogie as well various student organizations’ booths and activities. Come celebrate the history and find out information about upcoming events during Black History Month.
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Friday, February 3rd @ 8:00 p.m.Movie Screening: Birth of a Nation
Davidson Auditorium – JSOM 1.118
Come out and see the riveting film, The Birth of a Nation, in celebration of Black History Month. Set against the antebellum South, The Birth of a Nation follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
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Tuesday, February 7 @ 5:30 p.m.From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There yet?
McDermott Library 4.4
Join Gill Caldwell, Foot Soldier to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Marillyn Bennett, LGBTQ Activist and Author, for a viewing of the documentary, From Selma to Stonewall. Light refreshments and a moderated Q & A discussion on race, sexuality, and spirituality will follow the film.
Register online to attend.
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Saturday, February 11 @ 6:30 p.m.Africa Night: Back to the Roots
SSA Auditorium
Learn about the culture and history of Africa while tasting some amazing and authentic African cuisine! Hosted by the Multicultural Center and African Student Union, Africa Night is a traditional program on UTD’s campus that encompasses music, entertainment, and great food.
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Tuesday, February 14 @ 7:00 p.m.A Seat at the Table: Black Love Edition
JSOM Executive Dining Hall – JSOM 1.606
Come out to celebrate with the Multicultural Center, Student Counseling Center, and the Black Student Alliance as we highlight various forms of Black Love. Through engaging dialogue and interactive activities, we’ll explore the evolution of Black Love and its significance today.
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Friday, February 17 @ 7:00 p.m.All That Jazz: Line Dancing & Live Music
Student Union Galaxy Rooms – SU 2.602
Join the Multicultural Center and the Comet Swing Society for an evening of line dancing lessons and some history on swing dancing and Jazz music. You’ll definitely want to make sure to come out for this one!
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Tuesday, February 21 @ 7:00 p.m.Community Conversations: A Conversation about (Black) Community
TI Auditorium – ECSS 2.102
Join us for an interactive panel discussion about the criminal justice system and recent social events that have occurred in the community. Hosted by the Black Congress and the Multicultural Center.
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Thursday, February 23 @ 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 Assistant Director of African-American Programs at Oklahoma University Lauren Whiteside as a keynote speaker. Also enjoy a traditional soul food dinner catered by renowned Dallas’ restaurant Sweet Georgia Brown Barbecue.