George Mason Celebrates Black History Month

Posted: February 3, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

George Mason celebrates Black History Month throughout February with a series of lectures, films, performances, and special events at the Fairfax Campus. “The Souls of Black Folk: Centennial Reflections” is the theme of this year’s celebration.

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, “The Tunnel of Oppression: From Hate to Hope” is held in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall from 3 to 7 p.m. The program is a multisensory experience designed to increase awareness and sensitivity of different types of oppression and to create an understanding of the effect and organization of oppression.

The annual W.E.B. Dubois Lecture also begins at 3 p.m. in the SUB II Ballroom. Frank Kirkland, professor and chair of the philosophy department at Hunter College in New York, presents “The Problem of the Color Line: Evolving or Nonevolving.”

The celebration concludes Thursday, Feb. 27, with the roundtable discussion “Black as You Wanna Be.” Participants discuss a number of topics, including issues that are current and topical in the black community, and give their interpretation of what it is like to be black in America. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Assembly Room G.

Other activities include a Black History Month musical tribute, a read-in and roundtable book discussion, a step show and several movie showings. For a full listing of events, click here.

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