‘History in the Making’: Mason Celebrates Black Heritage Month

Posted: February 9, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

Mason is celebrating Black Heritage Month (BHM) throughout the month of February. A number of events and activities are planned to reflect on, rejoice in and remember the contributions people of black or African heritage have made to American history.

Dominique Dawes, the first African-American female Olympic gymnast and medalist, will be the keynote speaker on Tuesday, Feb. 10. She will speak at the Prince William Campus Verizon Auditorium at 12:30 p.m. and later at the Fairfax Campus Harris Theater at 6 p.m.

Other events still to come are a forum on race and humor, “Does Racism Still Exist?”; E. Patrick Johnson’s performance, “Sweet Tea”; “Minorities Makin’ Moves: A Panel of Successful Black Women”; Mr. and Mrs. Black GMU Pageant; a weekly movies series; a freestyle battle; and much more.

The BHM Passport serves as a guide to each event in this year’s celebration. The passport can be picked up every Monday and Tuesday in February from BHM kiosks in the Johnson Center. By picking up the passport, you also get the opportunity to win a $100 gift card.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit the BHM web site.

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