Black History Month events feature
lectures, films and performance
The University will celebrate Black History Month in February
with lectures, films and a performance.
Opening ceremonies will
be held on February 2 at 5 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, with
a Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration and a lecture by
William Gray, President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund.
Gray served in Congress as chairman of the Democratic Caucus and
majority whip, the highest position ever held by an African American
Highlights of the month include a lecture by activist
Sister Souljah, author of No Disrespect, on February 9 at 6 p.m. in
the H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center. Souljah, who
has lectured in Southern Africa, Europe, and the former Soviet
Union, will discuss ways African American women can develop definitions
of self that are rooted in their history.
On February 12, David Pesci,
'85, a university relations associate, will discuss his novel
Amistad, which has been on the New York Times and Boston Globe's
best-seller list. The book is based on the story of Singbe-Pieh
(also known as Cinque), who in 1839 staged a slave rebellion
on board the ship Amistad. The talk will take place in the H.
Fred Simons African American Cultural Center, beginning at 4:30
Other events in the month include:
- February 5 - Lecture. William
Julius Wilson, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at the
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, will
discuss bridging the racial divide; Student Union Ballroom at
- February 6 - Film, Keep Your Eyes On The Prize.
the pain, the protest, the sacrifice and triumph of the American
civil rights movement. The film series, Eyes On The Prize,
will be shown in the H. Fred Simons African American Cultural
Center conference room every Friday through March 27, from
noon to 1 p.m.
- February 11 - Faculty Staff Mixer. Discuss issues
affecting the University, in the H. Fred Simons African American
Cultural Center, from noon to 1 p.m.
- February 17 - Panel. Discussion
on how California's Proposition 209 is affecting recruitment
strategies of African American students; Student Union Ballroom
at 6 p.m.
- February 19 - Panel. A follow-up to the program on
February 17. Panelists will discuss new strategies for recruiting
African American students since Proposition 209; Student Union
Ballroom at 6 p.m.
- February 20 - Film, Eve's Bayou. A film seen
through the eyes of a young African American woman who learns
about her father's sexually explicit behavior; von der Mehden
Recital Hall at 8 p.m.
- February 21 - Pageant. Mr. and Miss Black
UConn Pageant; Student Union Ballroom at 6 p.m.
- February 25 - Lively
Wednesday. African American entertainment and food; Student Union
Lobby, from noon to 2 p.m.
- February 26 - Lecture. Motivational speaker
James Parker, '89, will talk about developing one's self; H.
Fred Simons African American Cultural Center at 6 p.m.
27 - Cabaret. Experience the spirit, culture, and music of Zaire,
Africa, with a performance by the Dominic Kanza and African Rhythm
Machine; Student Union Ballroom at 8 p.m.