Black History Month Celebration

Black History Month Celebration 2015

Our Enduring Struggle: Still Marching for Freedom, Justice, and Equality

For centuries, African Americans have fervently advocated for freedom, justice, and equality. With evolving beliefs and the institution of civil rights laws and policies, African Americans have gained access to previously unattainable rights and opportunities. However, the inequalities and injustices that sparked civil rights protests and marches half a century ago are still occurring today. As a nation we are still marching to ensure that freedom, justice and equality are afforded to all people. Join the James Farmer Multicultural Center and the Black History Month Planning Committee as we reflect on the past and current experience and contributions of African Americans.

Dinner: Cuisines of Black Cultures

Monday, February 2 | 5:00-7:00 p.m. | Seacobeck Hall

Cost: meal plan for students, $5 for UMW faculty/staff, $11.15 plus tax for non-UMW

Campus Dining will feature African cuisine.


Great Lives Lecture: Duke Ellington presented by John Edward Hasse

Tuesday, February 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

Based on his acclaimed biography, Hasse introduces the moving and inspiring story of Duke Ellington, who overcame racial, social, and musical obstacles to become one of the 20th century’s greatest musicians. Hasse is the author of Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington.

“Making the Transnational Rumba Body”

Wednesday, February 4 | 5:30 p.m. | room 412, Lee Hall

Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Afro-Cuban dancer and researcher, Yesenia Fernandez-Selier will discuss the Rumba Craze in New York and explore the underrepresentation of Afro- Cuban dancers during the Craze.

“Race, Slavery, and Reclaiming the Southern Past: African American Women as Place Makers and Memory Workers”

Thursday, February 5 | 7:00 p.m. | room 346, Monroe Hall 

Sponsored by the Department of Geography

Dr. Derek Alderman, University of Tennessee and Dr. Arnold Modlin, Norfolk State University will examine the political and cultural roles African – American women play in reshaping commemorative landscapes of the U.S. South.


UMW Jazz Night Presents “A Tribute to Duke Ellington”  

Friday, February 6 |7:30 p.m. | Recital Hall, Pollard Hall

The UMW Jazz Ensemble will play selections from iconic jazz musician, Duke Ellington.



Saturday, February 7 | 3 p.m. |Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

Sponsored by Voices of Praise and UMW Praise Dance Team

Join gospel choirs and praise dance teams from several Virginia colleges and universities as they engage in spiritual song and dance.


Dinner: Cuisines of Black Cultures

Monday, February 9 | 5:00-7:00 p.m. | Seacobeck Dining Hall

Cost: meal plan for students, $5.00 UMW faculty/staff, $11.15 plus tax non-UMW

Campus Dining will feature Creole Cajun/Mardi Gras cuisine.

Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Judge Glenda Hatchett

Wednesday, February 11 | 7 p.m. | Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

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Judge Glenda Hatchett is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law, where she was an Earl Warren Scholar. Judge Hatchett completed a prestigious federal clerkship in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and then spent nearly 10 years at Delta, where she was the airlines highest-ranking African-American woman. In 1990, Judge Hatchett was appointed chief presiding judge of Atlanta’s Fulton County Juvenile Court, becoming the first African-American chief presiding judge of a Georgia state court and head of one of the country’s largest juvenile court systems. Currently, Judge Hatchett presides over the two-time Emmy nominated nationally syndicated show, Judge Hatchett, now in its 11th season, She won a Prism Award for best unscripted non-fiction series or special for television and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the District of Columbia Bar, and numerous boards across the country. A legal contributor on national news outlets including CNN, FOX News, and the TODAY show, she is the author of the national best sellers Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say! and Dare to Take Charge. Hatchett has received numerous awards including the Roscoe Pound Award for outstanding work in criminal justice and the NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall Award. Moreover, she has consistently shown her commitment to community development through her service on nonprofit boards including: the National Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Club of America, the Board of Advisors for Play Pumps International, the Leadership Circle for the Afterschool Alliance, and the Advisory Board for the Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman College.

James Monroe Museum’s Third Annual Black History Month Lecture: “The Enslaved Community of James Monroe”

Thursday, February 12 | 7:00 p.m. | Faculty/Staff Dining Room, Seacobeck Hall

Loudoun County historians Lori Kimball and Wynne Saffer will discuss their ongoing research into identifying and tracing the genealogy of the enslaved community of James Monroe. A reception will follow.


Film: Dear White People

Friday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15 at 2:00 p.m. | room 116, Monroe Hall

Sponsored by Cheap Seats Cinema

Cost: $1

Written and directed by Justin Simien, Dear White People follows the stories of four black students at fictional Winchester University, an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular black-face party thrown by white students. With humor and satire, the film explores racial identity in the 21st century while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.

Note: Event held on Friday, February 13 will be followed by a discussion led by the UMW Black Student Association and United Stance.


Lunch: Cuisines of Black Cultures

Monday, February 16 | 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Seacobeck Dining Hall

Cost: meal plan for students, $5.00 UMW faculty/staff, $8.565 plus tax for non-UMW

Campus Dining will feature Southern Soul food cuisine.

Dismantling Racism Workshop  **Canceled**

Monday, February 16 |4:00 – 6:00 p.m. | room 414, Lee Hall

Sponsored by Feminists United on Campus and Virginia Organizing

This workshop will engage participants in learning about and discussing personal, cultural, and institutional racism. Participants will learn how to become allies and advocates for combating racism.


JFMC Human Rights Film Series: Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock     **Rescheduled for Women’s History Month**

Monday, March 23| 6:00 p.m. | room 412, Lee Hall

This documentary recounts the life of Daisy Bates and her public support and guidance of the Little Rock Nine who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Unconventional, revolutionary, and egotistical, Daisy Bates reaped the rewards of instant fame, but paid dearly for it.


“Building ‘A More Sedate Lady': A Tale of Demolition, ‘Haggard’ Miami, and ‘Her Suburban Sisters'”

Thursday, February 19 | 7:30 p.m. | room 346, Monroe Hall

Sponsored by the Department of History and American Studies and the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies

Dr. N. D. B. Connolly, assistant professor of history at John Hopkin’s University explores the property politics of Afro-America in the Jim Crow era. Connolly also addresses how urban redevelopment often meant making America’s ghettos fit for bearing “The Race” once more.

Step Show Competition  ** Canceled**

Saturday, February 21 | 7 p.m. | Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

Cost: $7 general admission, $5 UMW students, faculty, and staff.

steppingStepping began in the early 1900s. Today, the dance form uses the entire body to resonate complex rhythmic beats and sounds. Join area high school teams for this high-energy, entertaining competition.

Dinner: Cuisines of Black Cultures

Monday, February 23 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Seacobeck Dining Hall

Cost: meal plan for students, $5.00 UMW faculty/staff, $11.15 plus tax for non-UMW

Campus Dining will feature Caribbean Cuisine.

Panel: Racial Disparities in School Discipline

Tuesday, February 24 | 6:30 p.m. | room 412, Lee Hall

Sponsored by the James Farmer Multicultural Center and Virginia Organizing

This panel presentation will examine the policies and practices at the local, state, and federal level that contribute to disproportionate disciplinary consequences for children of color in the public school system.


For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or