A lecture by Johnnetta B. Cole, a distinguished leader in higher
education, will launch a month of events in February in celebration
of Black History Month.
Opening ceremonies will be held February 3 at 5 p.m. in the Student
Union Ballroom, with a Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration
and a lecture by Cole, Presidential Distinguished Professor
of Anthropology, Women's Studies and African American Studies
at Emory University.
Driven by a passion for equality and self-enrichment through
education and community service, Cole became the first African
American woman to serve as president of Spelman College, a position
she held for 10 years.
In 1992, she served as a member of President-elect Bill Clinton's
transition team as cluster coordinator for education, labor
and the arts and humanities.
Other highlights of the University's month-long celebration
of black history include a lecture by Jeffrey Ogbar on February
22 at 4 p.m., in the community room of the African American
Cultural Center. Ogbar, an assistant professor of history at
UConn, will discuss "Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings - Unraveling
On February 26, "A Cabaret in Ethiopia" featuring the New Nile Orchestra
will take place in the Student Union Ballroom at 8 p.m. The
orchestra blends influences from funk, jazz, hip-hop and Afro-Cuban
music. Performances are centered on Kiflu Kidane, a singer/dancer
from Ethiopia who has performed internationally for more than
- February 3 - Opening Ceremonies and lecture.
Johnnetta B. Cole, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
, Women's Studies and African American Studies at Emory University.
- February 4 - Keb' Mo' Blues Cabaret. Blues and folk-rock ballads
by 1996 Grammy Award-winner, Keb' Mo'. 8 p.m., Jorgensen Auditorium.
- February 5 - Film and Video. The Life of Bob Marley. This two-hour
program of previously unreleased films and videos includes concert
performances, rehearsals, interviews and home movies. Co-sponsored
by WHUS Radio Station. 7 p.m., von der Mehden Recital Hall.
- February 9 - Babatunde Olatunji. Master drummer performs music
and stories of Africa. 8 p.m., Jorgensen Auditorium.
- February 11- Lecture. "Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and
White" by Brent Staples, journalist, author and
member of the New York Times editorial board. 4 p.m., von der
Mehden Recital Hall. Sponsored by the Institute for African
American Studies and African American Cultural Center.
- February 11 - Workshop. "Mastery Strategies for Time Management
and Personal Productivity," for students. 5 p.m., African American
- February 15 - Discussion. "The Nappy Hair Controversy." Nappy
Hair, a children's book, became the subject of controversy when
some parents objected to a white teacher reading it to children
in her class. 7 p.m., African American Cultural Center Community
- February 16 - Faculty and Staff Luncheon. Guest speaker, Geno
Auriemma, women's basketball coach. Noon, African American Cultural
Center Community Room.
- February 16 - Lecture. "Early America Revisited: The Pre-Columbian
African Presence in the Americas" by Ivan Van Sertima, professor
of African Studies at Rutgers University and author of They
Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America.
5 p.m. Student Union Ballroom. Co-sponsored
by the African American Studies Institute.
- February 20 - Mr. & Ms. Black UConn Pageant. Showcasing the talents
of UConn's black students. 7 p.m., Student Union Ballroom.
- February 22 - Lecture. Jeffrey Ogbar, "Thomas Jefferson and Sally
Hemmings - Unraveling the Controversy." 4 p.m., African American
- February 23 - Lecture. Tim Wise, social justice activist, founder
of the Association for White Anti-Racist Education (AWARE),
an organization seeking to educate
white Americans about racism. 8 p.m., Student Union Ballroom.
- February 25 -Poetry Reading. Lucy Hurston. 5 p.m., African American
Cultural Center Community Room.
- February 26 - A Cabaret in Ethiopia. Featuring the New Nile Orchestra
and Kiflu Kidane. 8 p.m., Student Union Ballroom.
- February 27 - Gospel Music Festival. Afternoon workshops begin
at 1:30 p.m., African American Cultural Center. Evening concert
features Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers, and the UConn
Voices of Freedom Gospel Choir. 8 p.m., Jorgensen Auditorium.