Black History Month Calendar (Released:
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
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.
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
- 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
- Feb. 8 -- A Mahogany Affair. The Black Student
Association's annual Valentine's Day Ball. 7 p.m., Husky
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.