BGSU Black History Month calendar packed with events

BOWLING GREEN, O.— The pivotal role that four, first-year African-American college students played in history by refusing to move from a lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., in 1960 will be the touchstone of a Feb. 3 forum at Bowling Green State University on how students today can advocate for social justice. The peer-educators workshop will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The event is one of many throughout February in BGSU’s celebration of Black History Month.

The 11th annual Black Issues Conference, on Feb. 6, will focus on “Black Empowerment under the Microscope: Moving in a New Direction.” The daylong conference, sponsored by Multicultural Affairs, will be held in the union. Tickets are $5 for BGSU students and $10 for non-BGSU students and BGSU faculty and staff, and $15 for the general public. Call the Office of Multicultural Affairs for tickets at 419-372-2642.

Children and their families can enjoy a musical journey through African-American culture and history at “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” at 11 a.m. Feb. 13 in Kobacker Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center. The Young People’s Concert is aimed at children 5 and older. Tickets, $ for children and $2 for adults, are available at the door.

On Feb. 11, the achievements of African-American men will be featured in a panel discussion with former Tuskegee Airman and Congressional Gold Medal winner Lt. Col. Harold Brown; Dr. Alvin Jackson, director of the Ohio Department of Health; and Dr. Atiba Jackson, orthopedic surgeon and Detroit Lions team physician. The discussion will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater, followed by a reception.

“A Taste of February,” on Feb. 16, offers dinner and a variety of performances in celebration of “Black History: A Century in the Making,” with guest speaker Dr. John Scott, a BGSU alumnus, and the Social Justice Task Force. Visit http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/sa/reslife/ for tickets and more information.

Award-winning actress Adilah Barnes will explore the lives of seven influential black women over time. “I Am That I Am: Woman, Black,” brings to life Sojourner Truth, Zora Neale Hurston, Angela Davis and others. Her presentation takes place from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 22 in 101 Olscamp Hall.

The 22nd annual Multicultural Affairs dinner theatre will be held Feb. 26 and 27, with music and dance by BGSU students, faculty and staff. Tickets for “Michael Jackson: The One and Only!” are $12.50 for the 8 p.m. Friday performance, and $25 for Saturday’s, which begins with a dinner buffet at 6 p.m. followed by the show at 7 p.m. No tickets will be sold at the door; purchase them at the Union information desk in advance. Call 419-372-2642 for more information.

Other events feature film, food, music, women’s issues and more. For a complete calendar, visit www.bgsu.edu/blackhistorymonth.

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(Posted January 21, 2010 )