Black Heritage Month Events Announced

Posted: February 2, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: February 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Nearly every day of February will see a special Black Heritage Month event at Mason. For more information, see the Office of Diversity Programs and Services (ODPS) web site or call 703-993-2700.

The schedule follows.

Tues. Feb. 2

7 p.m., “Platanos and Collard Greens”
Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall
A thought-provoking, funny romantic play about stereotypes, prejudices and urban myths that exist between African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans. Sponsored by Rotaract Club, Hispanic Student Association and Akoma Circle.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

7 p.m., Film Screening: “Love Jones”
Johnson Center, Room F
The Dimensions of LOVE Film Series presents: “Love Jones.” Sponsored by the Peer Empowerment Program.

Thursday, Feb. 4

1:30 p.m., Annual W.E.B. DuBois Lecture
Research I, Room 163
“Black and Queer in America,” presented by Patrick Ian-Polk and Marlon Ross. Followed by a film screening from 4 to 6 p.m. Sponsored by African and African-American Studies.

7:30 p.m., Scholars Bowl
Johnson Center, Bistro
A weekly competition on black history and trivia. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Saturday, Feb. 6

11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Black Male Summit
Johnson Center and Mason Hall
A half-day conference for Mason’s black male population to discuss issues of self-empowerment and education. Sponsored by ODPS and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Sunday, Feb. 7

9 a.m. to noon, Helping the Homeless
DC Central Kitchen, Washington, D.C.
Serving D.C.’s homeless population at the Central Kitchen. Sponsored by the Rotoract  Club.

3 to 6 p.m., First Sunday Celebration
Johnson Center, Bistro
A Christian gospel service celebrating black history. Sponsored by the IMPACT Movement.

Monday, Feb. 8

3 to 5 p.m., Film Screening: “Trouble the Water”
Johnson Center, Cinema
Nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary, this film goes inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen. Keynote speakers Kimberly and Scott Roberts are at the center of this American tale. Sponsored by the Program Board Speakers Committee.

7:08 p.m., AKAcise African Dance
Johnson Center, Bistro
Join the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha to learn traditional African dances to promote culture and raise awareness about the many health issues affecting black communities around the world.

Tuesday, Feb. 9

6 to 8 p.m., Film Screening: “Trouble the Water”
(See Feb. 8 entry)

7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Love Jones
Johnson Center, Bistro
Students from all across campus sing, dance and perform their art at this annual event. Sponsored by Akoma Circle and Peer Empowerment Program.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

4 to 6 p.m., Film Screening: “Something the Lord Made”
Johnson Center, Room F
The Dimensions of LOVE Film Series presents: “Something the Lord Made.” Sponsored by the Peer Empowerment Program.

8 to 10 p.m., Film Screening: Trouble the Water
(See Feb. 8 entry)

Thursday, Feb. 11

6 p.m., Black Heritage Month Keynote Address: Kimberly and Scott Roberts
Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall
Kimberly and Scott Roberts, stars of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Trouble the Water” address the campus community and discuss their experiences and institutionalized racism as we approach the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

7:30 p.m., Scholars Bowl
Johnson Center, Bistro
A weekly competition on black history and trivia. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Friday, Feb. 12

5 to 8 p.m., Helping the Homeless
(See Feb. 7 entry)

Sunday, Feb. 14

3 p.m., NAACP 101 Year Anniversary Celebration
Johnson Center, Bistro
Sponsored by the NAACP.

Monday, Feb. 15

7:30 p.m., Bridged – The Connection Between Black and Brown
Johnson Center, Room F
A discussion on the shared history of African Americans and Hispanic Americans. Sponsored by NAACP and Hispanic Students Association.2 to 4 p.m., The Origins and Separation of Black Hair

Tuesday,  Feb. 16

2 to 4 p.m., The Origins and Separation of Black Hair
Student Union Building I, Patriot’s Lounge
This discussion will explore the historical context of black hair, and the struggles minority women go through to achieve “good hair.” Sponsored by Love Her Fiercely and ODPS.

6 to 8 p.m., Hair Care Workshop: From the Kitchen to the Roots
Student Union Building I, Patriot’s Lounge
Love Her Fiercely hosts a workshop on hair that will explore how to take care of different textures and display a variety of different products, with an end-of-event free basket giveaway.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

6 p.m., Film Screening and Discussion: “Bronx Princess”
Johnson Center, Room F
This unique film takes a look into the experience of African women growing up in America.

Thursday, Feb. 18

6 to 8:30 p.m., Film Screening: “The Great Debaters”
Johnson Center, Room G
The Dimensions of LOVE Film Series presents: “The Great Debaters.” Sponsored by the Peer Empowerment Program.

Friday, Feb. 19

7:30 p.m., Black Family Feud
Johnson Center, Room B
Based on the popular television show, compete against your friends to see who knows the most about black pop culture and history. Sponsored by Black Student Alliance.

Saturday, Feb. 20

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grillin’ with the Youth
Student Union Building I, Patriot’s Lounge
Giving back to the community with a day of mentoring to local high school students. Sponsored by the Rotoract Club and ODPS.

7:30 p.m., Mr. and Mrs. Black Mason Pageant
Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall North
Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.,  Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., the Rotoract Club and ODPS.

Monday, Feb. 22

7 to 9 p.m., Quiz Bowl: O I Love R&B
Johnson Center, Room F
A pop culture quiz bowl on R&B music. Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

6 p.m., The State of Black Marriage
Johnson Center, Room F
From Shaking Up to I Do: The State of Black Marriage. A panel discussion about love, marriage and everything in between. Sponsored by Love Her Fiercely.

7:30 p.m., Scholars Bowl
Student Union Building II, Rooms 5-7
A weekly competition on black history and trivia. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

4 to 6 p.m., Film Screening: “Men of Honor”
Peer Empowerment Office, Student Union Building I, Room 221
The Dimensions of LOVE Film Series presents: “Men of Honor.” Sponsored by the Peer Empowerment Program.

7 p.m., Black Health Story
Johnson Center, Room F
An in-depth look at recurring health issues for black people in America. Sponsored by the Caribbean Student Association.

Thursday, Feb. 25

7 p.m.,  Souleoke
Johnson Center, Bistro
Karaoke with a twist of soul. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta.

Friday, Feb. 26

8 p.m., ‘70s Skate Night
Skate N Fun Zone, Manassas, Va.
Get your grooviest friends together and the most psychedelic outfit you can find for this night of fun. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Akoma Circle, Rotoract Club, Weekend Initiatives and ODPS.

Saturday, Feb. 27

8 to 10 p.m., Closing Ceremony
Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall
Semiformal night of dinner, dancing and rededication as we reflect on this year’s celebration. Sponsored by ODPS and African and African-American Studies.

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