Notre Dame celebrates Black History Month

by William G. Gilroy

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and the University of Notre Dame with celebrate it with several events.

The African Students Association is sponsoring an international event with the theme “Beyond Conversations: Enacting Change” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 4) in Washington Hall. The event, which features music, poetry and dance, is open to the public and tickets, which cost $7, are available at the door. A mixer with food, music and conversation will follow at 10 p.m. in the LaFortune Hall ballroom. Proceeds from the evening will support a Notre Dame senior student from South Sudan.

Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS) and the Department of Africana Studies will present a panel discussion titled “Sports and Social Activism: Fame, Controversy & Impact” at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 (Wednesday) in the LaFortune Student Center’s Montgomery Auditorium. Panelists include Amria Rose Davis, a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins University; Karin Muya, a junior forward on the Notre Dame soccer team; and Autry Denson, running backs coach, Notre Dame football. Richard Pierce, associate professor of Africana studies, will moderate the discussion, which is free and open to the public.

“Black Coffee House,” a performance of African dance, song and poetry recitation, will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 (Friday) in the LaFortune Student Center ballroom. The event is sponsored by the Black Cultural Arts Council.

MSPS will take a group of students to the South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center on Feb. 22 (Wednesday) for a screening of the film “Selma” and discussion.

For more information, visit msps.nd.edu.