The George Washington University will host a range of events to celebrate Black History Month.
The university’s “Black Heritage Celebration” began yesterday with a keynote address featuring Jeff Johnson, an award-winning journalist, activist and motivational speaker. Over the next four weeks, the university will hold events, from a dance night and business expo to a discussion about issues dividing the black community.
This year’s events include:
Candid Conversations: Whose Language Is it Anyway?
7 p.m., Multicultural Student Services Center, Room 104
A conversation on the roots of black language and how it relates to how the community currently communicates.
Afro-Latino Dance Night
3 p.m., Lerner Health and Wellness Center, Multipurpose Room
An afternoon of dance and culture from across the world.
George Washington Williams House Presents: “Black Acts”
7 p.m., West Hall Blackbox Theater, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW
A night commemorating historical pieces of African American live theater.
Kings & Queens: Protecting our Crown
6:30 p.m., Marvin Center, Rooms 413-14
A discussion of relationships, perceptions of gender roles and interracial dating.
Fostering, Connecting and Expanding Black Businesses
1 p.m., Marvin Center, Room 309
An exposition of black-owned businesses in D.C., with product features, performances and an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship.
Taking Back Our Crown
7 p.m., Marvin Center, Room 309
A panel and open discussion addressing self-esteem, unity among college women and how to create more positive images of black women.
10 a.m, Kogan Plaza
A display of clothes, accessories and other items from local D.C. vendors.
7:30 p.m., Jack Morton Auditorium
A re-creation of 20 music videos, including soul, R&B, hip-hop and contemporary urban music.
7 p.m., Marvin Center, Room 311
A discussion of current issues dividing the black community on campus—with a focus on Caribbean, African and African American relations—and clips from the documentary “The Motherland.”
Intricate Identities: Celebrating Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation as a College President
7 p.m., Marvin Center Amphitheater
Montgomery College President DeRionne P. Pollard discusses her personal and professional stories as an openly lesbian, African American president.
“Watch the Throne” Finale Event
Time and location to be announced
Dinner and dancing brings the Black Heritage Celebration to a close. Tickets are on sale at the Multicultural Student Services Center.
For more information, visit the Multicultural Student Services Center.