2014 Black History Month Celebration

Living in the Moment: Learning from Our Past, Preparing for Our Future

Kick-Off Program
6–7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 4
Heilman Dining Center

Members of the University of Richmond community are invited to the Heilman Dining Center to launch the University of Richmond's Black History Month celebration. A special dinner will be prepared, and student and guest performers will entertain. Standard cost for dinner applies.

For more information, please contact Selamawit Yemeru.

CCE Brown Bag Lunch
12:30–1:25
Friday, Feb. 14
Weinstein Hall, Brown Alley Room

Can Memorialization and Development Coexist? With Burt Pinnock, architect, Baskervill

For more information, please contact Shelby Longland

Oliver Hill Scholars Program
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16
Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 305

Dr. Julian Hayter will be the featured speaker, presenting on the significance of black history. A poetry reading will also be presented during the program. Come over to learn more about black history.

For more information, please contact Julian Butler

Dark Girls Movie Screening
7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 17
Westhampton Center Living Room

Dark Girls is a 2012 documentary film by American filmmakers Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry. It documents colorism based on skin tone amongAfrican Americans, a subject still considered taboo by many black Americans. The film contains interviews with notable African Americans including Viola Davis.

This movie screening is a collaboration between the Black History Month Committee, Connecting Women of Color Conference, BSA, and AKA.

For more information, please contact Charm Bullard

Black Arts Festival and Open Mic
9–11 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Tyler Haynes Commons, The Pier

“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.”

                -Charlie “Bird” Parker

To close this month’s celebrations, we will have musical and dance performances. Everyone is welcome to perform and share his or her artistic interpretation of life.

For more information, please contact Zachary Giberson, Spider Board Live Entertainment Chair <zachary.giberson@richmond.edu>

The Matthew Shepard / James Byrd, Jr. Act - Hate Crimes Laws
12-1:00pm
Thursday, Feb. 20
Law School Commons

Join the Black Law Student Association and the Equality Alliance as they discuss the hate crimes and hate crimes legislation including the Matthew Shepard / James Byrd, Jr. Act. This program is a part of the One Book, One Richmond program.

For more information, please contact Ted Lewis (tlewis3@richmond.edu).

Connecting Women of Color Conference
1-5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21
Jepson Alumni Center

The Connecting Women of Color Conference fosters an open dialogue in which undergraduate women can think deeply and critically about current issues. This conference seeks to cultivate an outlet on campus focused on both intellectual and personal development in which women of color at the University of Richmond and their allies can have meaningful dialogues around issues important to them while also serving as a forum to invite women from other local universities to further the diversity work and inclusivity of the conference. The conference intentionally focuses on networking in a welcoming environment with the intentions of connecting students with women that they otherwise may not have the opportunity to meet.

For more information, please visit the CWCC website.

Alumni Panel and Reception
6–8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Robins Center (Basketball Suites), Red Terrace

Come listen, experience, and understand the trials and triumphs that African-American alumni went through here at the University. Many African American alumni are returning to share their experiences including the first African-American male, Barry Greene.

For more information, please contact Cynthia McMillan

"Free Indeed" Exhibit

On exhibit at the Virginia Baptist Historical Society on campus is “free indeed!” which examines relationships between whites and blacks in the Baptist churches of Virginia prior to emancipation as well as the trials and triumphs of the enslaved. The exhibit opened in January 2012 and has attracted hundreds of visitors including numerous tour groups. It will remain on view through March 2014. In period documents, manuscript books, artifacts and specially-commissioned artwork, the exhibit shares stories from “the peculiar institution” called slavery.

“free indeed!” – the exhibit – is open for visitors most weekdays from 9-12 and 1-4:30. Group tours must be scheduled by calling (804) 289-8434.


Thank You

A special thanks to all Black History Month planning committee members and co-sponsors.

These include the Westhampton College, Richmond College, Black Student Alliance (BSA), Boatwright Library, Common Ground, Black Alliance for Sexual Diversity, Oliver Hill Scholars Program, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, Heilman Dining Hall, and the Office of Student Activities.