African-American Heritage Month
The line-up of programming for this years
African-American Heritage Month is impressive and wide-ranging.
It features internationally acclaimed singer Bobby McFerrin; a
film saluting the life of Malcolm X; a talk by the mother of Amadou
Diallo, a recent New York City victim of a police shooting; and
a performance by the Marian Anderson String Quartet, a classical
group that will play 20th-century music written by African-American
composers, to name a few.
events, planned by various U.Va. sponsors, particularly the Office
of African-American Affairs, begin Jan. 31 and run through
March 3. They are open to the public, and most events are free.
more information, contact La TaSha Levy, interim assistant dean
of OAAA and director of the Luther
P. Jackson Cultural Center, at 924-7923, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Jan. 31-March 3
Why We Need the Nguzo Saba: An African Agenda
for the 21st Century
Tony Browder, author of From the Browder File and Exploding the
Myths: Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization, will discuss
the Nguzo Saba Seven Guiding Principles.
Sponsored by OAAA. n Jan. 31, Minor Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Jan. 31-Feb. 2 (See Dont
Worry, Be Happy)
History 101: Topics include Reparations, the Confederate Flag,
and Finally the Nigga in me is Dead!!!
Carl Mack, vice president of NAACP in Seattle, will give a presentation
on the legacy of Carter G. Woodson, African-American ownership
vs. visitorship, and the internalized self-hate of
Sponsored by the Cultural Programming Board, OAAA, and the National
Society of Black Engineers. n Feb. 4, Clark Hall Auditorium, 7
Screen Video Series, Part I: Sankofa
Directed by Haile Gerima, Sankofa tells the story
of a contemporary model who travels into the past to experience
the horrors of enslavement.
Sponsored by OAAA. n Feb. 5, Cabell Hall, room 311, 7 p.m.
Jeffersons Children: In Black & White
Featuring Shannon Lanier and Jane Feldman, co-authors of Jeffersons
Children: The Story of One American Family. Lanier, the sixth
great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, and Feldman,
an accomplished photographer, will explore together issues of
history, family and race.
Sponsored by OAAA and the Womens Center. n Feb. 11, Clark
Hall, room 147, 7 p.m.
Screen Video Series, Part II: Quilumbo
Directed by Carlos Diegues, Quilumbo, offers a portrayal
of resistance and self-determination in a community of escaped
black slaves in Brazil, circa 1641.
Sponsored by OAAA. n Feb. 12, Cabell Hall, room 311, 7 p.m.
The Legacy of Amadou Diallo
Kadiatou Diallo humanizes the tragedy of racial profiling through
a description of her frustrating experience with the system that
exonerated the police officers who killed her son, Amadou Diallo,
Sponsored by University Programs Council. n Feb. 13, Newcomb Hall
Ballroom, 8 p.m.
Screen Video Series, Part III: Daughters of the Dust
Directed by Julie Dash, this film tells the story of an African-American
family of Gullah ancestry that struggles to preserve its traditions
as it prepares to move north.
Sponsored by OAAA. n Feb. 18, New Cabell Hall, room 311, 7 p.m.
Dr. Patricia Newton, an author, behavioral medicine specialist
and divisional chief of the Agogo (Ashanti), will explore the
long-term effects of chattel on Africans throughout the diaspora.
Sponsored by OAAA. n Feb. 19, Clark Hall, room 147, 7 p.m.
Tuskegee Airmen Experience: Segregation in the Military during
Col. Charles McGee, a decorated Air Force fighter pilot who flew
with the Tuskegee Airmen in WWII, and Bill Holton, national historian
for the Tuskegee Airmen, will share the history of the veteran
flyers and the racial segregation they experienced in the U.S.
military during WWII.
Sponsored by Library Multi-Cultural Issues Committee and OAAA.
n Feb. 21, Maury Hall, room 209, 3-5 p.m.
Malik Shabazz: A Salute to the Life of Malcolm X
Malik Shabazz appears in The Real Malcolm X, a video
that traces the life and times of one of the most charismatic
leaders of the civil rights movement. Discussion will follow the
Sponsored by OAAA. n Feb. 25, New Cabell Hall, room 317, 7 p.m.
Case for Black Reparations: Part I
View the C-Span video recording of the TransAfrica Forum
on Black Reparations. Panelists include John Conyers, Randall
Robinson, Ali Mazrui and Dorothy Height.
Sponsored by the Griot Society and OAAA. n Feb. 27, Clark Hall,
room 147, 7 p.m.
The Case for Black Reparations: Part II
A panel discussion on black reparations: pros, cons, obstacles
Sponsored by the Griot Society and OAAA. n Feb. 28, Clark 147,
room 147, 7 p.m.
Marian Anderson String Quartet
Performance of works spanning the history of this classical string
Quartet with emphasis on 20th-century music written by African-American
Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and OAAA. n March
3, Newcomb Hall Ballroom, 3 p.m.