Black History Month at UMass Dartmouth Schedule of Events February 8-16

Share the Dream Banquet Scheduled for February 8, Frederick Douglass Community Read-a-thon on February 9

UMass Dartmouth's Share the Dream Banquet ($30 public admission) is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, 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 the 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. The College Now/START Program is an exciting academic program designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop academically and receive support as they work toward success at UMass Dartmouth. 

The 14th Annual Frederick Douglass Community Read-a-thon takes place the following day, Sunday, February 9, at 2pm, at the First Unitarian Church in New Bedford (71 8th Street, New Bedford). The New Bedford Historical Society is hosting the community read-a-thon of the first autobiography of Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. The event celebrates the historical connection between the people of New Bedford and the young Frederick Douglass. Douglass found his way to New Bedford through the Underground Railroad as a 20 year old freedom seeker in the fall of 1838. 

UMass Dartmouth Black History Month Calendar of Events, February 8-16: 

February 8 
Share the Dream Banquet 
Annual College Now celebration honoring students 
Whites of Westport, 4-7pm 
$30 public admission 

February 9 
14th Annual Frederick Douglass Community Read-a-thon 
First Unitarian Church, New Bedford, 2-6pm 
Sponsored by the New Bedford Historical Society 

February 10 
Black-Owned Business Day 
Stop by to support black-owned businesses offering art, jewelry, and other cultural items 
Campus Center, 10am-3pm 

February 12 
African-American Read-In 
Participants share poetry and readings from their favorite African-American authors 
LARTS Atrium, 10am-3pm 
Light refreshments will be served 

UMass Dartmouth has announced a schedule of events to reflect, remember, and celebrate 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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