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      Black History Month

      Tuesday, February 1, 2011 -
      Sunday, February 27, 2011

      African American Student Affairs and our campus affiliates invite you to celebrate February and Black History Month. The theme for this year's celebration, "Influences of the Past and the Power of the Present," is our way of honoring the tremendous importance of black history throughout the world, as well as the potential all people have to continue making a difference in the lives of others. The UA's Black History Month events are sponsored in large part by the Student Services Fee.

      Black History Month Kick-Off
      Feb. 1, 5-6:30 p.m.
      Second Street Garage Stage

      Join the African American Student Affairs interns for a relaxing evening of music and inspiration as we kick off Black History Month with DJ Malcolm and an array of historic speeches.

      "Prom Night in Mississippi"
      Feb. 2, 7 p.m.
      Gallagher Theater

      Join the Women's Resource Center and AASA for this true story from 2008 about high school students in small town Mississippi challenged to face years of prejudice and tradition in order to host their first ever integrated prom. This event is free and open to the public.

      A Day For Haze: BLSA Black History Month Commemoration for Hayzel B. Daniels

      Feb. 3, 12-1:30 p.m.
      College of Law, 164

      Join the Black Law Students Association for a presentation and discussion of segregation in Arizona and the impact of Hayzel B. Daniels, the first African American to graduate from the UA's law school, the first African American to serve as an Arizona state senator, and who successfully argued against segregation in Arizona. Judge Elizabeth Finn, the daughter of fellow attorney and friend of Daniels will discuss the work of Daniels in shaping race relations in Arizona. This event will also be a great opportunity for students interested in attending law school to engage with current law students.

      The Key Ingredients of African Soul Concert
      Feb. 5, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
      Dunbar Dance and Arts Academy, 325 W. Second St.
      $10 general admission, $5 with a student ID

      Tucson's premiere world music band, The Key Ingredients of African Soul, presents what promises to be an explosive Pan-African music and dance family show at the Dunbar Dance and Arts Academy. Founded in 2008, this high energy dance band performs mostly originals and a few covers rooted in Afro-pop, African folk, reggae and Caribbean soca.

      "The Many Steps of NPHC"
      Feb. 9, 7 p.m.
      Gallagher Theater

      Throughout history African Americans have developed innovative ways to influence culture, society and social movements. Join us for a glimpse of one groundbreaking artistic development that spawned a movement on college campuses worldwide. The film "Many Steps" is an energetic exploration of the origin and evolution of collegiate stepping. Join NPHC for a dynamic look at stepping then and now, a viewing of the short film "Many Steps," and a demonstration by representatives of UA Black Greek Lettered organizations.
      This event is free and open to the public.

      Out on the Job with Dr. Lee Jones
      Feb. 10, 12 p.m.
      Student Union Memorial Center, Room 412

      The Out on the Job series brings "out" professionals from campus and the community for a one-hour lunch brown bag discussion. This month's speaker, Lee Jones, is the associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the UA's College of Medicine. During this session, Jones will discuss his career path and engage participants in a dialogue about the challenges and benefits of being out on the job. Light snacks will be provided, feel free to bring your lunch! (Sponsored by LGBTQ Affairs, Career Services, ASUA Pride Alliance, and the Institute for LGBT Studies.)

      Honoring Essex and Audre: Poetry for Liberation
      Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m.
      The Cellar Bistro, SUMC

      In 1993, gay African American poet and artist Essex Hemphill wrote a letter to Audre Lorde, an African American lesbian poet, describing how Lorde's work inspired him to "replace the cages of disempowerment" with a commitment to work for the joint liberation of all people. AASA and the office of LGBTQ Affairs invite you to join us for a night of poetry in the spirit of solidarity, community, and liberation.

      Mr. K's Barbeque and Afro-American Museum
      Feb. 19, 1-3 p.m.
      1830 S. Park Ave.

      Mr. K's Barbeque and Afro-American museum is a small eclectic barbeque restaurant and collection of historic artifacts symbolic of the African American presence in Southern Arizona. Join AASA for barbeque and guided tours through a multi-faceted display of African American history in the Southwest. The first 20 students to RSVP for this event will eat for free. Contact for more information. A shuttle will be leaving from the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center at 12 p.m. (Sponsored by the Student Affairs Student/Faculty Interaction Grant.)

      Sports Talk: Issues of Identity, Ownership, and Empowerment in Professional Sports
      Feb.22, 6:30 p.m.
      McKale Memorial Center, Room 108

      When a high-profile athlete's decision to play for another team causes an uproar, is race a factor? Are there significant parallels between slavery and professional sports? What role does the media play in creating or perpetuating stereotypical images of black athletes? Join us for a lively dialogue with Bruce Smith, Jeff Stone and other invited guests as we collectively explore revisions of old stereotypes and the intersecting influences of race, elite athletes and the media. (Co-sponsored by AASA and Arizona Athletics.)

      Black History Month Quiz Bowl
      Feb. 23, 6 p.m.
      Old Engineering, Room 214

      The National Society of Black Engineers invite you for a Jeopardy-style game on historical black figures, UA facts, medicine and engineering. Teams of three or more can sign up to play. To register, contact Gladys at

      Knowledge of Where We Come From
      Feb. 24, 6 p.m.
      Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center, Room 209

      During this open-forum discussion led by Tom Sende, we'll discuss topics from the book "The Destruction of Black Civilization" by Chancellor Williams, a widely read classic exposition of the history of Africans on the continent and the people of African descent in the United States and in the Diaspora.

      Black History Month Block Party
      Feb. 25, 5:30 p.m.
      UA Mall

      This annual event will feature a wide array of student and Tucson community talent including step, dance, singing and music. Everyone is welcome to join us in celebrating the spirit of community and the importance of black history.

      Sankofa: Basic Black
      Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
      Location: TBD

      Sankofa is a term that refers to taking from one's past to enrich one's future. This year the Black Graduate Student Association will be hosting a brunch to commemorate the great scientists, artists and political activists who sprang forth out of the Harlem Renaissance. (Sponsored by ASUA and GPSC.)

      Audience: All

      Contact Info & Links:
      Maria Moore
      African American Student Affairs

      Categories: Education | University & Alumni

      Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.
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