Black History Month Begins Today with MLK Discussion

Posted: February 1, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason commemorates Black History Month in February with a series of lectures, films, performances, and special events. The month’s events surround the theme “Creating and Defining the African American Community: Family, Church, Politics, and Cultures.”

The university kicks off festivities today with a panel discussion of “King’s Legacy in a New Political Era” in the Johnson Center Multipurpose Room at 1:30 p.m. The program, presented by the African American Studies Program, features speakers Vickey Wilcher, executive director of the D.C. Republican Committee; Nelson Diaz, former general counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Toni-Michelle Travis, associate professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason; and Ron Walter, a professor from the University of Maryland at College Park. Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, moderates the discussion. A candlelight vigil for Martin Luther King Jr. is held tonight in front of SUB II at 6:30 p.m.

New to the Black History Month schedule this year is a poetry slam sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha in the Bistro at 8:06 p.m. on Feb. 8. The fraternity is also sponsoring a lecture by adjunct professor Andrew Ryan (Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.) and an African market (Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at a Johnson Center Atrium kiosk where vendors will offer Greek paraphernalia, jewelry, gifts, and books.

Other activities during the month include the Gospel Extravaganza featuring university singers and local choirs on Feb.18, the second annual Student Recognition Gala on Feb. 16, and the NAACP Black History Month Trivia Bowl on Feb. 13. For a full listing of events, contact the Office of Diversity Programs and Services at x32700.

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