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The U.Va. Office of African-American Affairs Presents:
African-American Heritage Month February 2003 Calendar Of Events

February 3, 2003-- Feb. 1-22
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.

Feb. 4
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 Virginia.

Feb. 10
The Paradox of Loyalty:
Domestic Terrorism and the Tulsa Race Riot, War and Massacre of 1921

Kim Ellis
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" for African-Americans.

Feb. 12
Soul Expressions

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.

Feb. 13
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!

Feb. 17
Black History 101

Carl Mack
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.

Feb. 19
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.

Feb. 20
Blackface Minstrelsy: Past and Present

Eric Lott
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.

Feb. 25
"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:

Contact: Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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