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Black History Month Calendar (Released: 1/17/97)

by Luis Mocete, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee will lecture at the University of Connecticut Feb. 19 as part of UConn's Black History Month celebration.

Opening ceremonies will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Student Union Ballroom with a Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration and a lecture by Mary Frances Berry, chairwoman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

Yuri Kochiyama, who watched Malcolm X die in her lap after he was shot in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, will speak at the H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center on at 6 p.m. Feb. 25.

The public is invited to events throughout the month. The calendar of events:

  • Jan. 31 -- Exhibit reception. A reception will be held for Terry Adkins, whose work, "Seamless Robe," will be featured at the William Benton Museum of Art through March 14. The reception will be held at the museum from 4-7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 3 -- Opening ceremony. With speaker Mary Frances Berry, author, educator, historian and chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. 5 p.m., Student Union Ballroom.
  • Feb. 6 -- Study session. "Attention-Retention." The African American Cultural Center, in cooperation with the Black Graduate Student Association, holds weekly study sessions. 6-8 p.m., African American Cultural Center.
  • Feb. 8 -- A Mahogany Affair. The Black Student Association's annual Valentine's Day Ball. 7 p.m., Husky Blues.
  • Feb. 10 -- Public policy forum. "Transforming the Campus Climate," with guest speaker Ruth Simmons, president of Smith College. 1-4 p.m., von der Mehden Recital Hall.
  • Feb. 11 -- Financial aid workshops. 4 p.m., African American Cultural Center.
  • Feb. 12 -- Potluck luncheon. Noon-1 p.m., African American Cultural Center.

-- Friendship in the Age of AIDS. A moving personal story that will help college students help one another make tough decisions about alcohol and sexuality. 7 p.m., Student Union Ballroom.

  • Feb. 13 -- Cabaret. Grammy Award-winning group Lady Smith Black Mambazo will perform music born deep in the South African gold and diamond mines. 8 p.m., Jorgensen Auditorium. For ticket information call the box office at (860) 486-4226.
  • Feb. 14 -- Film. Get on the Bus, a Spike Lee movie that embodies the experience of the Million Man March. 8 p.m., von der Mehden Recital Hall.
  • Feb. 17 -- General assembly. Topic of discussion: Ebonics. 6:30 p.m., African American Cultural Center.
  • Feb. 19 -- An Evening With Jackie Joyner Kersee. 7 p.m., Jorgensen Auditorium. Free for UConn students, faculty and staff, $5 for public.
  • Feb. 20 -- Music of African American composers, featuring Lisa Clayton. 8 p.m., von der Mehden Recital Hall. Clayton, a soprano and director of the Voices of Freedom choir, will perform a solo recital of African American classical music.
  • Feb. 21 -- Film. Othello. 8 p.m., von der Mehden Recital Hall.
  • Feb. 22 -- Annual Mr. and Miss Black UConn Pageant. 6 p.m., Student Union Ballroom.
  • Feb. 25 -- Malcolm X and the Revolutionary Movement. Yuri Kochiyama, who developed a strong working relationship with the black nationalist leader in the 1960s, talks about her experiences. 6 p.m., African American Cultural Center.
  • Feb. 28 -- Concert. Experience the spirit, culture, and music of the African Diaspora, featuring Vieux Diop. 8 p.m., Student Union Ballroom.

For more information about events, call UConn's African American Cultural Center at (860) 486-3433.