Black History Month Celebration

Black History Month Celebration 2017

Stay tuned for updated events for during Cultural Celebration!

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.


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 JF 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.


Saturday, February 18, 7:00 p.m., Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall
25th Annual Step Show and Competition
Cost: $3 advance, $5 at door with UMW ID, $10 non-UMW
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.


Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 p.m., Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall
Great Lives Lecture: Harriet Tubman by Catherine Clinton
(Clinton is Professor of American History at the University of Texas at San Antonio and served in 2015-2016 as President of the Southern Historical Association. She is the author of Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom.)


JFMC Human Rights Film Series Presents:  Mooz-lum

February 2017


Thanks 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. Click the image above to view the trailer.