Events planned to celebrate Black History Month

Events planned to celebrate Black History Month

From Multicultural Student Services

By Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Heritage month commemorations are one way to celebrate the rich cultural heritage that is America. February is Black History Month, and we invite the university community to celebrate the many contributions and sacrifices Africans and African-Americans have made, and continue to make, to advance the common good in our society. Let’s challenge ourselves to celebrate such contributions throughout the year!

Here is a calendar of Black History Month events at UST:

Wednesday, Feb. 8

  • Black History Month Film Series, Part II: “At the River I Stand,” documents two eventful months during the Civil Rights Movement in 1968 and demonstrates the connection between the struggle for civic and economic rights.” Showing from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Scooter’s.
  • Movie showing of “Hotel Rwanda” and lecture have been canceled.

Wednesday, Feb. 15:

  • Mixed Blood Theatre production of “Jackie Robinson” at 4:45 p.m. in the auditorium, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center. Enjoy this free show about the first African-American player in major league baseball whose influence reached far beyond the baseball diamond. (You can download a Mixed Blood Theatre Resource Guide for more information about Robinson.) Sponsored by Multicultural Student Services and the University Lectures Committee. 

Saturday, Feb. 18:

  • Black History Month Game Show – prizes and interesting information at 7 p.m. in the auditorium, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center. Sponsored by STAR; free.
  • Free Ebony Mic at 8 p.m. in Scooter’s. All are welcome to enjoy an evening featuring the talents of poets, musicians and other performers as they share different views with the audience in a variety of ways. Sponsored by BESA (Black Empowerment Student Alliance).

Tuesday, Feb. 21:

  • Free Step Show at 7 p.m. in Scooter’s. The Kappas and the Alphas, two fraternities from the University of Minnesota, will perform a dynamic Step Show that includes a series of clapping and stomping to create a rhythm.  This show is a traditional ritual for these two fraternities. Sponsored by STAR.

Thursday, Feb. 23:

  • Notes at Noon in Scooter’s (please note this new location), sponsored by Multicultural Student Services and STAR.  Relax while you enjoy a performance by Galen, a flute player, as he plays jazz music.

Contact: Multicultural Student Services, (651) 962-6460, Mail 5006.