UNC Celebrates Black History Month with Wide Array of Activities

Activities celebrating Black History Month at the University of Northern Colorado will range from guest speakers to movie screenings and discussions to special menus in university dining rooms.

Unless noted otherwise, all activities are free and open to the public.

• "Good Hair," a documentary featuring actor/comedian Chris Rock, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Spruce B/C in the University Center. A discussion led by Anita Fleming-Rife, special assistant to the president for equity and diversity at UNC, will follow. The documentary will also be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in New South Residence Hall. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

• Tobey-Kendel and Holmes dining rooms will serve African American soul food dishes from 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, 16 and 23. Cost is $7 for those without a student meal plan.

• A screening and discussion of the film "U People," a documentary featuring artist, poet and social activist Hanifah Walidah during the filming of a not-so-typical music video will start at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14 in New South Residence Hall.

• A Jackson 5-themed open mike night in the Panorama room in the University Center will follow from 9-11p.m.

• Rapper and socio-political activist Hassan Salaam will lead a discussion on the socio- political importance of black music in American society 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, in the Centennial Hall room in Brown Residence Hall.

• "The Cartel," director Bob Bowdon's examination of education spending and its outcome on the average student's success, will be shown at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Lindou Auditorium on the lower level of Michener Library.

• During "Africana Night - My Black is Beautiful" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the University Center ballrooms, members of UNC's Black Student Alliance will bring a local spin to a national conversation led by African-American women about how American society defines and promotes beauty standards.

• Travis Boyce, assistant professor of Africana Studies, will present "Leadership in the Times of Crisis: The Travails of the African American College President, 1950 to Present" 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center.

• A screening and discussion of the film "The Great Debaters," featuring Denzel Washington, begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in New South Hall. The film, based on a true story, examines how a debate coach at a predominantly black college inspired his students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Black History Month events are sponsored by a variety of groups on campus: Black Women of Today, the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, Dining Services, University Program Council, Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Black Student Alliance, Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered and Allies Office, and International Film Studies.