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Press Release: Umass Dartmouth Announces Black History Month Events


Umass Dartmouth Announces Black History Month Events

Month-long schedule of events honors African-Americans, focus on unique contributions of black women and black history on SouthCoast

Author:  Robert Lamontagne [Contact]
Date:  January 27, 2012
Department:   Frederick Douglass Unity House
Dartmouth, Mass. -- Jan. 27, 2012: The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announced today a schedule of events for Black History Month, with special attention to this year's theme, Black Women in American History and Culture, as well as the unique and rich history of African-Americans on the SouthCoast.

Beginning with the Black History Month kickoff on February 2 with renowned journalist and commentator Callie Crossley, to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Awards breakfast on February 3 and beyond, the events will include read-ins of African-American authors, lectures, panel discussions, banquets and an end-of-month student-run gala.

Many events are being held through the sponsorship of community partners, including the New Bedford Historical Society and Friends Meeting House of New Bedford.

Students, staff, faculty, alumni and members of the public are invited to attend all events.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: CALENDAR OF EVENTS

To participate, or for more information and tickets to selected events, contact:
Donna Moore, Frederick Douglass Unity House
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
508.999.9222 | dmoore@umassd.edu

February 2
Black History Month Opening Ceremony
UMass Dartmouth Main Campus, Woodland Commons, 4-6 p.m.
Welcome from: Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack
Keynote Speaker: Cally Crossley, PBS Commentator

February 3
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Breakfast
UMass Dartmouth Main Campus, Woodland Commons, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole

February 3
"Black Confederates"
Presentation by John Stauffer, Professor of English & American Civilization, Harvard University
Friends Meeting House, 83 Spring Street, New Bedford, 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the New Bedford Historical Society

February 5
12th Annual Frederick Douglass Read-a-Thon
Friends Meeting House, 83 Spring Street, New Bedford, MA, 2-6 p.m.
Sponsored by the New Bedford Historical Society

February 7
African American Female Trailblazers
UMass Dartmouth Faculty panel discussion: Black female historical figures
UMass Dartmouth Main Campus, Unity House, 3-4 p.m.

February 8
A film by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Black in Latin America: The Case of the Dominican Republic & Haiti
UMass Dartmouth Main Campus, Faculty Dining Room, 6-9 p.m.

February 9
Black Women in American History and Culture: The Music
Presentation by Tony Garro, Provost Emeritus and Professor of STEM education
UMass Dartmouth Main Campus, Unity House, 2-3:30 p.m.

February 11
Telling Our Stories Martha Briggs Educational Club
Brunch at Century House
107 South Main Street, Acushnet, MA
11-1 p.m., $30

February 11
Share the Dream Banquet Annual College Now Celebration
Keynote Speaker: Emanuel Fernandes
Whites of Westport, 4-8pm
66 State Road, Westport, MA
$12.50 Students, $25.00 public
Limited seating!

February 15
Yes, You Can Make a Difference
UMass Dartmouth staff panel discussion
UMass Dartmouth Main Campus, Unity House, 4-5 p.m.

February 16
Arts and Resistance in the Digital Age
Discussion and workshop
Presented by Professor Mwalim, Director of African and American Studies and Associate Professor of English, UMass Dartmouth
UMass Dartmouth Main Campus, Unity House, 2-3:30 p.m.

February 21
Contributions of Black Women in the Labor Movement
Presenters: Clayola Brown, President, A Phillip Randolph Institute
UMass Dartmouth Main Campus, Unity House, 2-4 p.m.

February 22
African American-Read In
Participants share poetry and writings of their favorite African American authors
UMass Dartmouth Main Campus, LARTS-Atrium, 10 a.m.-3p.m.

February 23
American to the Backbone: The Life of Rev. James W. C. Pennington
Author Christopher L. Webber discusses his book
Friends Meeting House, 83 Spring Street, New Bedford 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the New Bedford Historical Society

February 24
Black History Month Gala
Keynote Speaker Keith Motley, Chancellor, UMass Boston
UMass Dartmouth Main Campus, Woodland Commons, 7 p.m.
$5 Students, $10 Staff, $12 public.

February 27
From Plantations to Penitentiaries and Slave Spirituals to Hip Hop Presentation
Dr. Vivianne Saleh-Hanna, Assistant Professor of Sociology,
Anthropology, Crime & Justice Studies, UMass Dartmouth.
UMass Dartmouth Main Campus, Unity House, 3-5:30 p.m.

February 28
Black History Month Closing and Women's History Kickoff
Keynote Speaker: Latoya Peterson
Co-sponsor: New Bedford Historical Society

 

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