UNC Celebrates Black History Month

The University of Northern Colorado will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events and activities ranging from presentations and films to special menu items at dining facilities to a commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the school's African American cultural center.

The celebration begins Jan. 31 with a presentation by UNC Professor of Africana Studies Hermon George about the national Black History Month theme, which recognizes the 150th anniversary of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

The presentation is from 3-4 p.m. in the Columbine B room in the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street. A reception from 4-5 p.m. at the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, across 10th Avenue from the UC, will follow George's remarks.

The rest of the month's events are:

Soul Food Night - Feb. 4

Enjoy free cultural food from 6-8 p.m. at the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center.

Black History Knowledge Bowl - Feb. 12

Students can "learn without lectures" at the Black History Knowledge Bowl from 4-6 p.m. in the lounge at Harrison Hall.

Black History Read-In - Feb. 13

Travis Boyce, UNC assistant professor of Africana Studies and Social Sciences, will host a read-in honoring Black Americans of the past and present from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Michener Library.

Marcus Garvey Cultural Center 30th Anniversary - Feb. 15

A celebration of the 1983 founding of UNC's Marcus Garvey Cultural Center will begin with an open house at the center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street from 3-5 p.m. and be followed by presentations and sharing of memories about the center from 5-6 p.m. in the University Center ballrooms with special guests former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and his wife, Wilma. Wellington Webb is a 1964 graduate of UNC.

Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Admission is free for UNC students and $10 per person for others. Tickets are required and available through the UNC Alumni Association at 970-351-2551 or www.uncalumni.org.

Keynote Speaker - Feb. 21

Motivational speaker Byron Embry, who President Barack Obama has described as "as dynamic as they come," will present "The Whistle that Changed America: The Murder of Emmett Till," from 7-8 p.m. in the University Center's ballrooms.

His presentation about the 1955 murder of a 14-year-old black youth from Chicago while he was visiting relatives in Mississippi, is free and open to the public. The incident brought the issue of violence against blacks by whites in the South to the attention of the rest of the nation and was an early impetus of the Civil Rights Movement.

Africana Night Presentation - Feb. 25

Members of the Black Student Union will present "Living Out Our Dreams" at 7 p.m. in Lindou Auditorium in Michener Library.

Featured Lunch Films - Feb. 1-27

Bring your own lunch to the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center and enjoy a Black History Month feature film from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Glory - Feb. 1
  • Four Little Girls - Feb. 6
  • The Tuskegee Airmen - Feb. 8
  • The Rosa Parks Story - Feb. 20
  • Ghost of Mississippi - Feb. 22
  • The Untold Story of Emmitt Till - Feb. 27

Other Activities

  • UNC's dining facilities on campus will feature soul food dishes during their lunch and dinner hours throughout the month of February.
  • Books related to Black History Month will be featured in a display in Michener Library during February.

All events are open to the public and free unless noted otherwise.

A map of campus is available at http://www.unco.edu/uncmap/. Parking is free after 5 p.m. weekdays in UNC parking lots. Before 5 p.m., paid parking is available by purchasing an hourly permit from an automated vending machine at most parking lot entrances. Parking is free on weekends.

Black History Month at UNC is sponsored by the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, the Africana Studies program, Black Student Union, Black Women of Today, Black Men of Today, Michener Library and Dining Services.

For more information, call the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center at 970-351-2351.

Related: Read UNC Professor Hermon George's history of Black History Month (PDF).