Celebrating Black History Month

The university will host a number of events this month.

February 06, 2013

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.

Feb. 11
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.

Feb. 13
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.

Feb. 17
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.

Feb. 19
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.

Feb. 21
Flea Market
10 a.m, Kogan Plaza
A display of clothes, accessories and other items from local D.C. vendors.

Feb. 24
Soul Revue
7:30 p.m., Jack Morton Auditorium
A re-creation of 20 music videos, including soul, R&B, hip-hop and contemporary urban music.

Feb. 27
Breaking Barriers
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.”

Feb. 28
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.

March 2
“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.