Black History Month features lectures, films and a performance
by Luis Mocete, Office of University Communications.
Storrs, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut will celebrate
Black History Month in February with lectures, films and a
Opening ceremonies will be held on Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. in the
Student Union Ballroom, with a Martin Luther King Jr. birthday
celebration and a lecture by William Gray, President and CEO of the
United Negro College Fund. Gray served in Congress as chairman of
the Democratic Caucus and majority whip, the highest position ever
held by an African American in Congress.
Highlights of the month include a lecture by activist Sister
Souljah, author of No Disrespect, on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. in
the H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center. Souljah, who
has lectured in Southern Africa, Europe, and the former Soviet
Union, will discuss ways African American women can develop
definitions of self that are rooted in their history.
On Feb. 12, David Pesci, UConn '85, will discuss his novel
Amistad, which has been on the New York Times and
Boston Globe's best-seller list. The book is based on
the story of Singbe-Pieh (also known as Cinque), who in 1839 staged
a slave rebellion on board the ship Amistad. The talk will take
place in the H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center,
beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Other events in the month include:
- Feb. 5 - Lecture. William Julius Wilson,
Malcolm Wiener professor of social policy at the John F. Kennedy
School of Government at Harvard University, will discuss bridging
the racial divide; Student Union Ballroom at 4 p.m.
- Feb. 6 - Film. Keep Your Eyes On The
Prize; Relive the pain, the protest, the sacrifice and triumph
of the American civil rights movement. The film series, Eyes On
The Prize, will be shown in the H. Fred Simons African
American Cultural Center conference room every Friday through March
27, from noon to 1 p.m.
- Feb. 11 - Faculty Staff Mixer. Discuss issues
affecting the University with members of the UConn community, in
the H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center from noon to 1
- Feb. 17 - Panel. Discussion on how
Californias Proposition 209 is affecting recruitment
strategies of African American students; Student Union Ballroom at
- Feb. 19 - Panel. A follow-up to the program on
Feb. 17. Panelists will discuss new strategies for recruiting
African American students since Proposition 209; Student Union
Ballroom at 6 p.m.
- Feb. 20 - Film. Eves Bayou; A film
seen through the eyes of a young African American woman who learns
about her fathers sexually explicit behavior; Von der Mehden
Recital Hall at 8 p.m.
- Feb. 21 - Pageant. Mr. and Miss Black UConn
Pageant; Student Union Ballroom at 6 p.m.
- Feb. 25 - Lively Wednesday. African American
entertainment and food; Student Union Lobby 12 to 2 p.m.
- Feb. 26 - Lecture. Motivational speaker James
Parker, UConn '89, a motivational speaker will talk about
developing ones self; H. Fred Simons African American
Cultural Center at 6 p.m.
- Feb. 27 - Cabaret. Experience the spirit,
culture, and music of Zaire, Africa, with a performance by the
Dominic Kanza and African Rhythm Machine; Student Union Ballroom at