Mason Celebrates Black History Month

Posted: February 1, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

February marks Black History Month, and this year the theme focuses on Carter G. Woodson and the origins of multiculturalism.

Black History Month was established in 1976 by Afro-Americans for the Study of Afro-American Life and History. The month-long celebration was an expansion of Negro History Week, which was established in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, director of what was then known as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Woodson selected the week in February that embraced the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

The Black History Month celebration at Mason will feature music, speakers, panel discussions, entertainment, health screenings and more. More than 20 events are planned, as well as a film festival. Some highlights follow.

  • On Friday, Feb. 1, Black History Month kicks off with “Roots, Rhythms and Soul,” a celebration of culture through music and dance. It will take place in the Johnson Center Atrium and Bistro from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Mason Jazz Ensemble will perform from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Randall’s Café on the Prince William Campus.
  • On Friday, Feb. 15, the Diversified Student Leadership Association is holding a “Shake Your Money Maker Part II” fund raiser dance party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Johnson Center Bistro.
  • On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Mason’s NAACP chapter is sponsoring the Hip Hop Summit: “Don’t Shoot the Messenger,” from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Student Union Building II Ballroom.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the Black History Month web site.

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