Black History Month

Monday, January 31, 2011

Photo of Alabama law enforcement officers and black civil rights protesters at the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965

Alabama law enforcement officers and black civil rights protesters at the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965. Protesters were beaten with billy clubs and tear-gassed at the foot of the bridge.

Photo of Sheyann Webb-Christburg, African American civil rights activist Photo of Alabama law enforcement officers and black civil rights protesters at the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965 Poster for the film  Poster for the film  

St. Cloud State's observance of Black History Month includes speakers, panel discussions, poetry, films, a leadership conference and more.

February is the month students, staff and faculty honor nearly 500 years of contributions to American life by people of African ancestry.

Between the 16th and 19th centuries, an estimated 645,000 African slaves were brought to what is now the United States.

Descendants of those slaves -- and others -- helped build, defend, govern, feed, educate, entertain and inspire a nation.

View the event poster (PDF).

All events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

Candelight Memoir
Commemorate African-American history in candelit silence.

6:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Atwood Memorial Center (AMC)

Leadership Conference
The Power in Diversity Leadership Conference features five speakers, social events, workshops and entertainment. Learn more.

Feb. 4-6, AMC and Centennial Hall.

Film: "Selma, Lord, Selma"
Two showings of the 1999 Disney film based on the Sheyann Webb-Christburg book of the same name. The 88-minute film recounts the "Bloody Sunday" events of March 7, 1965 in Selma, Ala., during one of the emotional and political peaks of the Civil Rights Movement.

2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Feb. 7, AMC Theatre

Speech: "The Smallest Freedom Fighter"
Sheyann Webb-Christburg reminisces about her days in the Civil Rights Movement, including her harrowing walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. As an eight-year-old she was witness to one of the seminal events in the campaign to improve voting, housing, employment and other rights for blacks.

2 p.m. Feb. 8, AMC Ballroom

Black Poetry Night
An evening of spoken word geared toward Black history.

7 p.m. Feb. 9, AMC Quarry Room

Film: "Black is... Black Ain't"
This documentary about Black identity won a Sundance Film Festival award. The 87-minute film was the final work by Marlon Riggs, American poet, educator, filmmaker and gay-rights activist. Riggs died in 1994 from AIDs complications.

2 p.m. Feb. 15, AMC Theatre

Valentine's Day Dance
Join the Council of African American Students (CAAS) for "Night of Hearts," an evening of dance music, fun and flowers for your sweetheart. Entrance fee.

9:30 p.m. Feb. 17, AMC Quarry Room

CAAS College Day
CAAS members and friends will host area high school students for a day-long campus visit.

Feb. 18

Talent Show
CAAS hosts "Show Me What You Got," an open talent show.

7 p.m. Feb. 18, Ritsche Auditorium

Video: "Beyond the Dream III"
Taped discussion about Black history featuring the late Alex Haley, author of "The Autobiography of Malcom X" and "Roots"; the late Henry Hampton, creator/producer of the documentary "Eyes on the Prize"; Barbara Reynolds, newspaper journalist; Chuck Stone, Tuskegee Airman, professor and journalist; and Maxine Waters, U.S. Representative (D-CA). The 120-minute discussion is moderated by Renee Poussaint, Emmy-winning television journalist.

1 p.m. Feb. 21, AMC Theatre

Discussion: "A Continental Affair"
A panel discussion about the similarities and differences among African and African American cultures. Panelists are members of CAAS and the African Student Association (ASA).

2 p.m. Feb. 22, AMC Theatre

Black History Month is sponsored by these St. Cloud State entities: CAAS, ASA, Multicultural Student Services, Cultural Diversity Committee, Student Finance Committee and University Program Board.

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