UMass Dartmouth announces Black History Month events

Packed schedule explores the crossroads of freedom and equality

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announced today a schedule of events for Black History Month, with special attention to this year's theme, At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality, as well as the unique and rich history of African-Americans on the SouthCoast. 

Beginning with the Share the Dream Banquet on February 2 in honor of College Now, to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Celebration on February 9 and beyond, the events will include read-ins of African-American authors, lectures, panel discussions, banquets and an on-campus march for justice. 

Many events are being held through the sponsorship of community partners, including the New Bedford Historical Society and Friends Meeting House of New Bedford. 

Students, staff, faculty, alumni and members of the public are invited to attend all events. 

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

February 2 

Share the Dream Banquet 
Annual College Now Celebration 
Whites of Westport, 5--8pm 
$15 Students, $30 public 

February 4 

Black History Month Opening 
Special presentations to kick-off 
Black History Month 2013 
Campus Center, noon 

February 6 

Poetry Reading with Everett Hoagland, Poet Laureate and Professor Emeritus 
Unity House, 2--4pm 
Light Refreshments 

February 7 

Yes, Yes I Am Somebody! 
Panel discussion with UMass Dartmouth staff 
Unity House, 3--4pm 

February 9 

Multicultural Celebration 
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 
Woodland Commons, 6--9pm 
$15 Students, $30 Public 

February 10 

13th Annual Frederick Douglass Read-a-Thon 
Friends Meeting House, New Bedford 2pm 
Sponsored by the New Bedford Historical Society 

February 12 

African American Read-In 
Participants read from their favorite African-American authors 
LARTS-Atrium, 10am--4pm 
Light Refreshments 

February 13 

Multicultural Experience 
Students share their views of multiculturalism on a predominantly white campus 
Unity House, 4--5pm 
Light Refreshments 

February 14 

Love & De-Stress Yourself 
Complimentary massages 
Unity House, 9am--noon 
Sheila Dorgan, Director of Health Services, will discuss health issues. 
Unity House, 1pm 
Yoga at the Reflection Room, 3pm 

February 19 
President Obama, Celebratory Videos of the 44th President 
Unity House, 
10am--4pm 
Light Refreshments 

February 20 

Visions of a Liberated Future 
Black Studies Town Meeting 
Dr. Sadhana Bery and Mwalim *7) 
Unity House, 3--4:30pm 

Red Cross Blood Drive 
Donate blood to help victims of Hurricane Sandy 
Woodland Commons, 10am--4pm 

February 21 

Work & Working Class Forum 
Discussion led by Bill Fletcher, Executive Assistant to the National Vice President of Women and Fair Practices of the American Federation of Government Employees 
Unity House, 3pm 

February 22 

Black History Month Gala 
Welcome by Chancellor Divina Grossman 
Keynote: Manuel J. "Tiny" Fernandez '78, Social Justice Educator/Activist 
Woodland Commons, 6pm 
$5 Students, $10 Staff, $12 public. 
Tickets available at Unity House 

February 23 

Black Awareness Talent Showcase 
Celebrate UMass Dartmouth 
student talent. 
Main Auditorium, 7pm 

February 25 

The War of Art, Rhymes, Rap, and Resistance 
Freestyle/open mic with Not4Prophet 
Workshop 3--4pm 
Performance 4--6pm 
Unity House 

February 26 

A Musical Celebration 
Songs from the Civil Rights Era led by Provost Emeritus Anthony Garro 
Unity House, 2--3pm 
February 27 

Fire & Air: An Epic Jazz Poem 
by Neiel Israel & Mwalim *7) 
Unity House 3--4:30pm 

February 28 

March on UMass Dartmouth 
Join our walk around UMass Dartmouth as we demonstrate our commitment to inclusion, non-violence and civility 
Meet at Unity House, 1pm 

Black History Month Closing 
Free at Last? Student Performance 
Carney Library, Grand Reading Room 
2:30pm 



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