Black History Month Celebration

Black History Month Celebration 2016

 Many Memories, One Voice

African Americans’ efforts to attain human and civil rights have been diverse and varied. African American athletes, musicians and actors have served as catalysts for civil rights victories in concert with civil rights activists. The diversity in the efforts to attain freedom and equality is also reflected in the ethnicities, culture and beliefs of African Americans. The story of African Americans is one that encompasses many memories, but shares one voice. Join the James Farmer Multicultural Center and the Black History Month Planning Committee to celebrate and reflect on the past and current experience and contributions of African Americans.

Click on the link to view the 2016 Black History Month Poster  PSTR_BlackHistoryMonth_lk_FINAL_1215

Monday, Feb., 1, 8 and 22, 5:00-7:00 p.m., University Center Dining Hall, fourth floor
Dinner: Cuisines of Black Cultures
UMW Dining will feature African, Cajun and Caribbean cuisine.
Cost: meal plan for students, $6 for UMW faculty/staff, $11.50 plus tax for non-UMW


Tuesday, February 2, 7 p.m., Lee Hall, room 412
Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline in Our Community
Sponsored by Virginia Organizing
Learn how organized people are taking a stand against school punishment policies that disproportionately affect students of color and students with disabilities, and what you can do to help.


Thursday, February 4, 6:00 p.m., Lee Hall, room 411
Film Showing: The Great Debaters
The Great Debaters is based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school’s first debate team. The late civil rights activist and UMW professor James Farmer, Jr. is depicted in the film.


Saturday, Feb. 6, 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: Rasheed Cromwell

Wednesday, February 10 | 7 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center





Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq. is the president and founder of the Harbor Institute, an educational consulting firm committed to partnering with institutions to achieve student success. Cromwell is a nationally-known trainer and consultant regarding culturally-based leadership.

Cromwell graduated with a Juris Doctorate from Texas Southern University and later served as a federal law clerk in U.S. Federal District Court in the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division). Afterwards, he worked as an attorney at Finnegan & Henderson, a prominent intellectual property law firm in Washington, D.C.


Thursday, February 11, 5:00 p.m., Combs 139
Sponsored by the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication
“Cyborg, Social Death, and Black Disability: Exploring the Intersection of Race and Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives”

Visiting scholar Jonathan W. Gray will address black disability within the context of the essay collection, Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives he co-edited with UMW professors Chris Foss and Zach Whalen.


Monday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., University Center Dining Hall, fourth floor
Lunch: Cuisines of Black Cultures
University Dining will feature Southern Soul food cuisine.
Cost: meal plan for students, $6.00 UMW faculty/staff, $8.90 plus tax for non-UMW


Wednesday, Feb. 17, 4-6 p.m., Lee Hall, room 411
Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society Lecture
Dr. Tressie M. Cottom, assistant professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University will give a talk, “Lower Ed: Corporatization of Higher Education in an Unequal Society.”  Dr. Cottom is the author of Lower Ed: How For-Profit Colleges Deepen Inequality, forthcoming, The New Press.


Thursday, February 18, 7:30 p.m., Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall
The Hirschler Fleischer Lecture
Great Lives Lecture: Jesse Owens presented by Jeremy Schapp
Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. Owens’s legendary performance transcended sports by symbolically crushing Hitler’s belief in Aryan supremacy.
Schapp is an eight-time Emmy award winner for his work on ESPN’s SportsCenter and the author of Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics.


Saturday, February 20, 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 Associationstepping
Join regional college and universities’ Greek step teams as they engage in a high-energy, entertaining competition.


Monday, Feb. 22, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Colonnade Room (315), University Center
“Am I My Brother’s Keeper? : Embracing the Spirit of Community and Volunteerism”
Gregory A. Dear, Jr., campaign organizer for Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. will discuss affordable housing initiatives such as My Brother’s Keeper, their impact on larger social justice and equality initiatives, and how you can advocate for affordable housing.


Monday, Feb 22, 7:30 p.m., Pollard Recital Hall, room 304
UMW Jazz Night
The UMW Jazz Ensemble will play selections from iconic jazz musicians.


Tuesday, February 23, 6:00 p.m., Lee Hall, room 412
James Farmer Human Rights Film Series: The Homestretch
The Homestretch follows three homeless teens, Roque, Kasey and Anthony as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future.TheHomeStretchImage









Thursday, February 25, 7:30 p.m., Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall
Great Lives Lecture: Ethel Payne presented by James McGrath Morris
Pioneering journalist Ethel Lois Payne used her skills as the Washington correspondent for The Chicago Defender to elevate civil rights issues to the national agenda in the 1950s and 60s. Payne was the first female African American radio and television commentator for CBS.
McGrath is the author of Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press.

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