UMass Dartmouth will celebrate Black History Month in February with events coordinated by the staff at the Frederick Douglass Unity House. The events listed below are open to the public and free unless otherwise indicated. The Unity House is located on the main campus at 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, MA. For more information call Donna Moore at 508.999.9222.
Feb. All Month
Long Road to Freedom--Civil War to Civil Rights: An evolving display
Unity House student employees and staff will present displays on the subjects of Blacks and the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement. Throughout the month, Unity House will unveil more of its acquired art collection of prominent local and national multicultural leaders. This will be a small display on the Unity House wall. Campus staff and students are encouraged to come and reflect and learn from the displays.
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Feb. 3, 3-5 p.m.
Black History Month Opening
Chancellor MacCormack will offer welcoming remarks for the Black History Month Opening, which features the 54th Regiment Re-enactment Group who will offer a presentation relevant to the Black History Month theme: African Americans and the Civil War. A reception with hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided.
Feb. 4, 3-4 p.m.
African American Inventors and Trail Blazers
A faculty panel explores the valuable contributions of African American inventors and Trail Blazers. Dr. Bill Hogan, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will moderate the discussion. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panel in an open dialogue event.
Feb. 7, 4 - 6 p.m.
Coming out in Color
Dr. Darnell J. Bradley, College of Education & Leadership, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI, will lead a discussion of LGBT topics in the black community. This event is co-sponsored by the Women's Resource Center and the LGBT initiative.
Feb. 8, 7 p.m.
By the Sweat of Our Brow
Through oral histories, Ms. Sylvia Ann Soares-activist-author, director- details the struggles and contributions of New Bedford and Providence longshoremen, who were mostly men of color. Light refreshments will be provided.
Ocean Explorium, New Bedford
Feb. 10, 4-5 p.m.
Yes, You Can Make a Difference
UMass Dartmouth Ombudsperson, Mr. William King, will moderate this interpersonal and intellectual discussion on strategies for educational pursuits that make a difference.
Panel: Dr. George Smith, Dr. Carnell Jones, Dr. Viviana Saleh-Hanna and Ms. Lee Blake. Panelists will be sharing their personal and professional experiences for success, as well as specific strategies and tools they used for their educational pursuits and career choices.
Feb. 10, 17, 24
Black Street Movies
Professor Mwalim Peters will host a series of discussions to explore three classic black street movies. Participants will be challenged to think about the characters, their situations, and how they overcame adversity. Participants will have an opportunity to analyze and critique the content of such movies and there societal impact on black culture. For more information, call Professor Peters at 508-566-6269.
Feb. 13, 2 p.m.
Douglass and the Civil War, an annual Read-a-thon
Read-a-thon will cover readings on slavery, emancipation and the formation of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment from the speeches and letters of Frederick Douglass.
Sponsored by New Bedford Historical Society -- www.nbhistoricalsociety.org
Friends Meeting House, New Bedford
Feb. 14, 2-3 p.m.
The Music of the Civil Rights Movement, Songs and Stories
In this presentation, Dr. Anthony J. Garro, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, will share the music of the civil rights era and the stories behind them.
Feb. 19, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and 4:30-6 p.m.
Soul Food Saturday
Students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to join us for Soul Food Saturday. Students will swipe their UMass pass for the meal, and all others will have to pay $7 at the door for an all you can eat meal. There will be fun trivia and a live music presentation. The meal will include; fried chicken, ribs and catfish, jolof rice, candied sweet potatoes, and collard greens.
UMass Dartmouth Resident Dining Hall
Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-4.p.m.
Annual African American Read-In
Campus and community readers share their favorite works of African/African American authors and poets. To participate, contact 508.999.9208
UMD's LARTS Bldg. Solarium Area
Feb. 25, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Annual Black History Month Gala
Dinner and dance with Keynote speaker Andrea Garr-Barnes, Director-Center for Multicultural Affairs, Bridgewater State University.
Community - $12
Faculty & Staff - $10
Students - $5
Tickets can be purchased at the Unity House.
Feb. 26, 1 p.m.
Groundbreaking for Paul Cuffe Park
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Open to everyone.
February 28, 7 p.m.
Sonia Sanchez, African American poet, playwright, activist and scholar will be in the main auditorium to close out Black History Month.
A book signing will follow the event. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information about Sonia Sanchez, go to http://soniasanchez.net/bio or call Donna Moore at 508.999.9222