Black History Month Celebration

Black History Month Celebration 2016


February 2016

JFMC Human Rights Film Series Presents:  The Homestretch

TheHomeStretchImageThe Homestretch follows three homeless teens, Roque, Kasey and Anthony as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, these teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.



Saturday, February 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. | Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

RasheedAliCromwellRasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq. is one of the leading authorities on fraternity and sorority life on college campuses. Through, the Harbor Institute, Mr. Cromwell has provided consulting, and dynamic workshops and keynote speeches for thousands of students and administrators at more than 175 higher education institutions in the areas of Black and Multicultural Greek Lettered Organizations.

Mr. Cromwell currently co-teaches a Black Greek leadership class at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and teaches a fraternal leadership and values series at Howard University in Washington, DC. Additionally he facilitates training for NPHC advisors across the country at a variety of professional educational conferences. He also serves on the anti-hazing committee at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.

He graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. At A&T, he served as Student Government President and Vice-Basileus (President) of the Mu Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

He 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. He later founded and is currently president of The Harbor Institute.


25th Annual Step Show
Saturday, February 20 | 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.


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