Black History Month at UMass Dartmouth Set to Begin

Black History Month 2014 Inaugural Event Scheduled for February 4, Share the Dream Banquet on February 8

The keynote address for UMass Dartmouth's Black History Month 2014 Inaugural Event will be offered by Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. His address, titled "Now You See it, Now You Don't! The Sweet Enchantment of Post-Racial Racism in Contemporary America", will take place February 4, at 11:00 a.m., at UMass Dartmouth's Claire T. Carney Library Grand Reading Room, with a reception to follow at the UMass Dartmouth Frederick Douglass Unity House. 

Dr. Bonilla-Silva is Professor and Chair of the Sociology department at Duke University. He gained visibility in the social sciences with his 1997 American Sociological Review article, "Rethinking Racism: Toward a Structural Interpretation", in which he challenged social analysts to analyze racial matters from a structural perspective rather than from the sterile prejudice perspective. Welcome remarks will be offered by UMass Dartmouth Crime and Justice Studies Associate Professor Dr. Vivane Saleh-Hanna and UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossman, who will introduce Professor Bonilla-Silva. 

Also taking place during the first week in the month of remembrance honoring the unique and rich history of African-Americans in the United States, particularly on the SouthCoast, is the Share the Dream Banquet ($30 public admission), February 8, at 4:00 p.m., at Whites of Westport (66 State Road, Westport). The annual event is held to celebrate the success of UMass Dartmouth's College Now/START Program. This year the program is celebrating its 46th anniversary. The banquet recognizes freshman students that have completed the Fall Academic Program and are officially welcomed into the university. 

UMass Dartmouth Black History Month Calendar of Events, February 1-9: 

February 1 
Film: The Watsons Go to Birmingham 
A family travels from Michigan to Alabama to visit grandparents and ends up on the front lines of the 1963 Civil Rights Movement. Free showing at the Whaling Museum Theatre, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Sponsored by the New Bedford Historical Society 

February 4 
Black History Month 2014 Inaugural Event 
"Now You See it, Now You Don't! The Sweet Enchantment of Post-Racial Racism in Contemporary America" 
Presented by Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva 
Claire T. Carney Library, Grand Reading Room, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Reception to follow at the Unity House, 1:30 p.m. 

February 5 
Chancellor's Colloquium 
"So, What Do You Do... exactly...?: Confessions of a Polymath" 
A performance/lecture by Professor Morgan James Peters, a.k.a Mwalim *7) "DaPhunkee Professor" 
Woodland Commons, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

February 8 
Share the Dream Banquet 
Annual College Now celebration honoring students 
Whites of Westport, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
$30 public admission 

February 9 
14th Annual Frederick Douglass Community Read-a-thon 
First Unitarian Church, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Sponsored by the New Bedford Historical Society 

UMass Dartmouth has announced a schedule of events throughout Black History Month. Students, staff, faculty, alumni and members of the public are invited to attend all events. Many events are being held through the sponsorship of the New Bedford Historical Society. For information on all upcoming events throughout the month, visit

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