U.Va. Office of African-American Affairs Presents:
African-American Heritage Month February 2003 Calendar Of Events
February 3, 2003--
Black History Tour of the University
The Lawn, in front of the Rotunda, 3 p.m.
Sponsored by University Guide Services.
The University Guide Services will sponsor special Black History
tours of the University Grounds each Saturday in February (Feb.
1, 8, 15 and 22). The tours will begin at 3 p.m. in front of the
Rotunda on the Lawn. Each tour will last approximately 70 minutes.
Connecting Communities: A Look at Current Race Relations through
the Lens of Black History at U.Va.
Ermias Abebe and Justin Steele
Gilmer Hall 130, 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the OAAA Peer Advisor Program Behind Closed Doors Committee.
Third -year students Abebe and Steele will assess race relations
at U.Va. with a PowerPoint presentation that explores the experiences
of African-Americans throughout the history of the University of
The Paradox of Loyalty:
Domestic Terrorism and the Tulsa Race Riot, War and Massacre of
Clark Hall 108, 5 p.m.
Sponsored by the University Library Multicultural Issues Committee
and the OAAA.
Ellis will give a presentation on the destruction of the African-American
Greenwood community, "Black Wall-Street," in Tulsa, Okla.,
and its relevance to September 11th and the war on terrorism. Ellis
also will discuss the idea of double consciousness conceived by
W.E.B. DuBois and how it creates a "paradox of loyalty"
Claiborne & Co.
Observatory Hill Dining Hall, 5-7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by University Dining Services and the OAAA.
Celebrate Black History Month with the soulful sounds of Claiborne
and Co., featuring the sultry Richelle Claiborne. The band will
take the audience on a journey through Black music from spirituals
to blues, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Music is free; meals are covered
for those on the meal plan and extra for those who are not.
Black Love Day
Newcomb Hall, South Meeting Room, 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the OAAA.
Black Love Day is a commemorative holiday of atonement, reconciliation
and demonstration of love within and for the Black community. Love
is shown for the Creator, for the self, for the family, for the
community, and for the race. Join us for a community celebration.
Express love through poetry, song, dance or art!
Black History 101
Gilmer Hall 130, 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers and the OAAA.
Back by popular demand, Carl Mack, a mechanical engineer and former
vice president of the NAACP in Seattle, will give another dynamic
presentation on critical themes in Black history.
The Souls of Black Folk: Centennial Reflections
The Rotunda, Dome Room, 7 p.m.
Sponsored the Carter G. Woodson Institute and the OAAA.
This symposium will honor the memory of one of America's greatest
scholars and activists, W.E.B. DuBois. University faculty will reflect
on DuBois' work, "The Souls of Black Folk," and its impact
on the 21st century, addressing a number of themes including the
color line, the concept of the talented tenth, and gender conflicts.
Blackface Minstrelsy: Past and Present
Wilson Hall 301, 6 p.m.
Sponsored by the OAAA.
In the 19th century, blackface minstrelsy took the entertainment
industry by storm, degrading and mocking African-Americans and Black
culture. Lott will discuss the origins of minstrelsy and how it
maintains a place in contemporary American popular culture.
"Lest We Forget": An Exhibit of Slavery Artifacts and
Jim Crow Memorabilia
Gwendolyn and J. Justin Ragsdale
Runk Dining Hall, 6 p.m.
"Lest We Forget" is a compelling, private collection of
historical objects that includes authentic slave chains, whips,
and branding irons. Additional items from the Jim Crow era illustrate
the ways in which the fires of bigotry were fanned well after slavery
ended. The collection offers a look into a tragic period of American
history, while providing a healthy appreciation of the enduring
strength and spirit of the African-American people. The Ragsdales
will present this aspect of Black history in a thoughtful and sensitive
manner, followed by a question-and-answer period. Suitable for all
ages and groups.
For more information,
call the Office of African-American Affairs at (434) 924-7923, or
visit the OAAA Web site at: www.virginia.edu/oaaa.
Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858