Notre Dame to celebrate Black History Month

Author: Michael O. Garvey


February is Black History Month, and it will be celebrated at the University of Notre with the following campus events:

“Women in the Civil Rights Movement”will be on exhibit from Feb.1 to Feb. 28 on the first floor concourse of the Hesburgh Library.This exhibition of thought-provoking images of women in the Civil Rights Movement is sponsored by the students of the Black Student Alliance (BSA).

“Where Do We Go From Here?,”an interracial forum, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4in the Hammes Student Lounge of the Coleman-Morse Center.Panelists from Wabruda, Shades of Ebony, Sister of Nefertiti and the University Counseling Center will discuss the impact of the inauguration of the nation’s first black president.The new face of African-American males, multigenerational and multicultural interactions and black identity also will be addressed.

“Greek Talk,”a panel featuring representatives from various Black Greek organizations, will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 in the Hammes Student Lounge of the Coleman-Morse Center. The discussion will concern service opportunities available within their respective civic and social service organizations to graduate students and young professionals.Greek Talk is sponsored by the Black Cultural Arts Council (BCAC).

“Study Break,”will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the LaFortune Student Center ballroom.The event, sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS), will celebrate black heritage with performances by the First Class Steppers and southern"soul food"cuisine.

“Obama’s Impact on Diversity,”a panel discussion on the Presidential campaign and its legacy, will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Coleman-Morse lounge.Panelists will include students, professors and the members of the South Bend community.The discussion is sponsored by Shades of Ebony and Africana Studies.

“Black Coffeehouse,”a performance of African dance, song and poetry recitation, will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the LaFortune Student Center ballroom.The annual event is sponsored by Black Cultural Arts Council (BCAC).

“Cross Cultural Rejoice Mass”will be celebrated at 9 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Coleman-Morse Center chapel.The Mass is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Office of Campus Ministry.

“A History of Black Women in Hollywood,”a lecture by film and television actress Tichina Arnold, will be given at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in Room 101 of DeBartolo Hall.The lecture is sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS).

The 51st annual Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival will be held Feb. 27 and Feb. 28.The event, the oldest college jazz festival in the country, will feature top bands from across the country. Students will be admitted free of charge, but must obtain tickets.More information about the festival is available from its Web site at .


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