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2015 Black History Month Celebration

From Whence We Came: The Journey to Our Classrooms

Black History Month Kick-off - Step Afrika!
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Modlin Center for the Arts, Alice Jepson Theater
7:30 p.m.  (Bring your Spider ID)

SpiderBoard presents Step Afrika! which is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping — a dance that combines footsteps, claps, and spoken words to produce complex rhythms. For more information go to:

This event is sponsored by SpiderBoard, NPHC, and the Inclusive Community Fund.

Stepping 101
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Alice Haynes Room, Tyler Haynes Commons
7:30 p.m.

The 5th annual Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Stepping 101 Step Show is one of the most highly anticipated student events on campus. This show brings together the entire student body through the art of stepping. Join us as the PanHellenic sororities face off to win this years grand prize! Tickets are $10.

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Black History Month Dinner
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Heilman Dining Center
4–8 p.m.
Open to the Public

This annual celebration dinner includes a variety of tasty dishes that showcase traditional African-American cuisine.  Campus Historically Black Greek organizations will also illustrate Black History through song, poetry, art, and other modes of expression.

Mother of George Movie Screening
Friday, February 6, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 8, 7 p.m.
Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business

Nigerian couple Ayodele and Adenike are recently married and struggling to conceive. Cultural expectations and a persistent mother-in-law put immense pressure on the couple to have a child. When a prescribed fertility treatment and adoption are ruled out, family members secretly, and successfully, scheme to have Adenike conceive with her husband’s brother, Biyi. Believing he is the father, Ayodele is crushed when Adenike reveals the secret.

The film is directed by Andrew Dosunmu, and is a part of the International Film Festival. (Rated R - 107 min.)

Race, History, and the University of Richmond: Beginning the Discussion
Friday, February 13
Weinstein Hall Brown Alley Room 313
12:30–1:25 p.m.

This week's Brown Bag will be an interactive session on "Race, History, and the University of Richmond: Beginning the Discussion." This Brown Bag is co-sponsored by Terms of Racial Justice.

Connecting Women of Color Conference
Friday, February 13
Jepson Alumni Center
1–5 p.m.

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 conference site.

Race Relations at Richmond: A Look Through the Years."
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Alice Haynes Room, Tyler Haynes Commons
2:30–4 p.m.

The Oliver Hill Scholars Program invites you to attend a meal and panel discussion regarding the progression of race relations on campus over the years. The panel will be composed of current students and alumni who will speak about their experiences on campus. Meals will be on an RSVP, first come, first served basis.

What's at Stake in the Supreme Court Today?
Friday, February 20
Tyler Haynes Commons (THC) Room 305
12:30–1:25 p.m.

Join us for this week's Brown Bag discussion on "What's at Stake in the Supreme Court Today?" with Kevin Walsh, Associate Professor of Law, University of Richmond.

Ferguson: A Community Dialogue
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Carole Weinstein International Center
4–6 p.m.

Common Ground is convening a community discussion as a follow-up to our teach-in this past August on Ferguson, police violence, and race.  This is an open and fluid space for people to come together and talk, plan, and heal.  

If you have any questions, please contact Ted Lewis

Film Screening and Discussion: Dear White People
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Alice Haynes Room
7:30–9:30 p.m.

Dear White People is based on the lives of four black students who attend an Ivy League college. It uses satire to address the hardships that black students face, as minorities in a majority setting. The controversy behind race-relations, in a "post-racial" America, culminates to an event that will be hard for viewers to forget.

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, Center for Student Involvement, Common Ground, Black Alliance for Sexual Diversity, Oliver Hill Scholars Program, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, and Heilman Dining Hall.