Black History Month Featured Speaker Feb. 21

The University of Northern Colorado's celebration of Black History Month continues Thursday, Feb. 21, when 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.

Other upcoming Black History Month events include:

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

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.

  • 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).