Black History Month

Black History Month Celebration 2017

James Baldwin, author and activist, once said, “If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.” The 2017 Black History Month celebration seeks to draw parallels between the past and present; looking towards a brighter, more inclusive and limitless future for all. Please join the James Farmer Multicultural Center as we highlight accomplishments of Black Americans, celebrate diversity, and continue a fight for justice.

Black History Month Kickoff – Southern Soul Food Lunch
Wednesday, Feb. 1 | 11:30 a.m. | Dining Services, University Center 4th Floor
Cost:  1 meal swipe; Cash/Credit/EagleOne $9.15 plus tax; Faculty/Staff $6


Mammy, Sapphire, and Jezebel: Black Female Archetypes in Film & TV
Wednesday, Feb. 1 | 5 p.m. | Lee Hall, Room 412

In honor of Black History Month, Dr. Wanda Simpkins will lead a discussion on the roles of Black women in cinematic history and how portrayals of these archetypes affect perceptions and stereotypes about this community.

Hip-Hop Saved My Life
Thursday, February 2 | 7 p.m. | Lee Hall, Room 411

Co-sponsored by the Diversity and Unity Coordination Committee

Since its inception, Hip-Hop has always been used to provide voice for marginalized communities, bring awareness to social issues, and ignite movement towards social equality. This event will show how Hip-Hop has been used as a platform to allow artist and the culture to address stigmas of mental illness in the Black community.

Saturday, Feb. 4  |  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.

Human Rights Film Series Presents: Mooz-lum

Monday, February 6 | 6 p.m. | Colonnade Room, University Center

70174309Thanks to a strict Muslim upbringing that largely shielded him from the outside world, Tariq’s first year of college proves transformative. That is, until the 9/11 terrorist attacks invite growing suspicion and distrust from his angry classmates.  “MOOZ-lum” is directed and written by Qasim Basir, and stars Evan Ross, Nia Long, Danny Glover, Roger Guenveur Smith, Summer Bishil & Dorian Missick.




African Cuisine Dinner
Tuesday, Feb. 7 | 5 p.m. | Dining Services, University Center 4th Floor
Cost:  1 meal swipe; Cash/Credit/EagleOne $11.80 plus tax; Faculty/Staff $6

The History of the Divine Nine: Scholarship, Service, and Tradition

Tuesday, February 7 | 6:00 p.m. | Colonnade Room, University Center 4th Floor

Divine nine organizations and its members have been significant in both isolated and the larger efforts of our nation in the fight for equity, equality, and the advancement of people of diversity. This program aims to educate participants about the history and traditions of each divine nine organization and illustrate how each organization is significant in black history and present-day efforts to promote equity and the advancement of people of diversity.

Great Lives Lecture: Nat Turner
Tuesday, February 7 | 7:30 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Nat Turner was the leader of the most important rebellion of enslaved people in United States history. The revolt itself most immediately created panic throughout the South, generated a debate in the Virginia legislature to seriously consider the gradual abolition of slavery, and inspired others to resist enslavement. Kenneth S. Greenberg is Distinguished Professor of History at Suffolk University will present.

Observations on Two National Holidays: Memorial Day and Independence Day
Monday, February 8 | 4 p.m. | Trinkle Hall, Room 106A

Inspired by David Blight’s account in his book Race and Reunion of how Memorial Day first began in 1865 in Charlotte SC as Decoration Day, a black commemoration of Union dead in honor of their sacrifice, Craig Vasey will present on Blight’s scholarship while addressing Frederick Douglass’ account of July 4.

Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Maggie Anderson
Wednesday, February 8  |  7 p.m.  |  Digital Auditorium, Information & Technology Convergence Center

Maggie Anderson (2)

Margarita Anderson and her family made history and dominated headlines as national media covered their year-long stand in honor of Black professionals, entrepreneurs, businesses and neighborhoods.  The Anderson family lived exclusively off Black business and talent, and bought only Black-made products for an entire year.  This first-time ever real-life case study in self-help economics was called The Empowerment Experiment (EE).  Their experiment resulted in a landmark study which proved how incremental support of Black businesses can improve the American economy.

Margarita, a first-generation Cuban-American, has a BA in Political Science from Emory University, and earned her MBA and JD from the University of Chicago, where President Barack Obama was her law professor and mentor.  Before the experiment, she was an aide to Congressman John Lewis, a Political speechwriter, a corporate and legal strategy executive at McDonald’s Corporation, and a Strategy consultant.  She uses her platform to increase awareness about economic inequalities that starve Black neighborhoods and deny Black businesses, and how the proactive support of Black businesses can create jobs and curb crime in America.

Colors of Africa
Friday, February 10| 6 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom, University Center

Sponsored by the African Student Union, Brothers of a New Direction, Students Educating and Empowering Diversity, and Women of Color

With a culture that is so diverse, Colors of Africa will raise awareness and highlight Caribbean, African, and traditionally African American culture through music, dance, and food!

Screening of the Netflix Original Documentary, “13th
Monday, February 13 | 6 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

The James Farmer Multicultural Center will host a special screening of the 2016 Netflix original documentary, 13th. A discussion of the movie will follow.


We Will Make Room:  Lorraine Hansberry and National Belonging
Wednesday February 15 | 7 p.m. | Room 319, Combs Hall
Co-sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies

Soyica Colbert, an associate professor at Georgetown University, will discuss the justice-oriented work of Black playwrights and the embeddedness of race body politics in American theater

I Love My Muses – A Poetry and Open Mic Night
Thursday, February 16 | 6:30 p.m. | The Underground

Ra-Twoine Fields, New Jersey native will provide a poetry reading from his newly released book, I Love My Muses. An open mic portion will lead us into the reading and a book signing will follow the event.

26th Annual Step Show and Competition
Saturday, February 18  |  7:00 p.m.  |   Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall
Cost: Presale tickets:  $3 for UMW community; $5 for non-UMW   |  Day of the event:  $5 for UMW community; $7 non-UMW.  If you have any questions, please call 540.654-1044.

Sponsored by Women of Color and Black Student Association
Join regional college and universities’ Greek step teams as they engage in a high-energy, entertaining competition.

Monumental or An Epic Fail? A Closer Look At Brown vs. Board of Education
Monday, February 20 | 6:30 p.m. | Colonnade Room, University Center

Historian Brittany Jones will discuss the resegregation of schools since Brown vs. Board of Education.

Carribbean Cuisine Lunch
Tuesday, February 21 | 11:30 a.m. | Dining Services, University Center 4th Floor
Cost:  1 meal swipe; Cash/Credit/EagleOne $9.15 plus tax; Faculty/Staff $6


Great Lives Lecture: Harriet Tubman by Catherine Clinton
Tuesday, February 21| 7:30 p.m. | Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

Born in Maryland in 1825, Harriet Tubman fled enslavement in 1849 and became a renowned abolitionist and intrepid abductor (assisting with escapes from within slave states) on the Underground Railroad.  Her fame was not insured outside the black community until a growing number of popular children’s books at the end of the twentieth century celebrated her heroism. In the 21st century, her life has been explored more fully, and her accomplishments earned renewed interest, particularly with the announcement on April 20, 2016 that the U.S. Treasury will honor her as the first woman to grace the front of U.S. currency: Tubman’s portrait will appear on the front of the redesigned twenty dollar bill. Professor Catherine Clinton, the leading scholar on Tubman and one of the motivating forces behind Tubman’s being chosen for depiction on the $20 bill, will present.

UWM Jazz Night
Wednesday, February 22| 6:00 p.m. | The Underground, Lee Hall

The Department of Music celebrates Black History Month with a free, public concert.


Mardi Gras Dinner with Creole and Cajun Cuisine
Tuesday, February 28 | 5 p.m. | Dining Services, University Center 4th Floor
Cost:  1 meal swipe; Cash/Credit/EagleOne $11.80 plus tax; Faculty/Staff $6