The University of Northern Colorado's Marcus Garvey Cultural Center will commemorate its 30th anniversary Feb. 15 with an open house and a celebration that will include featured speaker Wellington Webb, former mayor of Denver and a UNC alumnus.
The open house from 3-5 p.m. at the center's home in the Davis House, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street, will include presentations about the center and programs available to students. The event is free and open to the public.
At 5 p.m., the festivities will move across the street to the University Center ballrooms for an evening of cultural center memories, news from current students who use the center's resources and Webb's remarks.
Webb was a standout student and basketball player at UNC. He majored in Sociology, earning his bachelor's degree in 1964 and master's degree in 1971. He and his wife, Wilma, who will attend the ceremony, received honorary degrees from the school in 2009.
Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Entertainment will be provided by a UNC jazz band.
Admission is $10 per person and must be arranged for in advance through the UNC Alumni Association at 970-351-2551 or www.uncalumni.org. Admission is free for UNC students, but they still must register before the event.
Parking in UNC parking lots is free after 5 p.m. weekdays. Before 5 p.m., paid parking is available by purchasing an hourly permit from an automated vending machine at the entrance to most parking lots.
Established in 1982 to provide programs and other resources to support black students' pursuit of their degrees, the UNC cultural center is named in honor of Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr., a political leader, publisher, journalist and entrepreneur who was a staunch proponent of the black nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements in the early- and mid-1900s.
The center's anniversary celebration is part of UNC's observance of Black History Month. Information about other activities this month are at http://www.unco.edu/news/releases.aspx?id=4799.