Black History Month Continues with Lectures, Events

Posted: February 6, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Effgen and Colleen Kearney Rich

George Mason celebrates Black History Month with a series of more than 30 events at the Fairfax Campus. “Brown v. Board of Education–A Jubilee Commemoration,” the theme of this year’s celebration, recognizes the 50th anniversary of the 1954 Supreme Court decision.

  • On Sunday, Feb. 8, the 20th Annual Black History Forum will be presented in Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall at 1 p.m. This year’s topic is “Capture the Pride: Past, Present, and Future,” and panelists include Belle Wheelan, Virginia secretary of education, and Elliot Francis, coanchor of WJLA’s Good Morning Washington.

  • On Tuesday, Feb. 10, another panel will discuss the consequences of the court decision in “Brown v. Board of Education Decision: Its Impact on American Social, Cultural, and Educational Values.” The discussion takes place in the Johnson Center Cinema at 1:30 p.m.

  • On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Professor Andrew Ryan will present “How Brown v. Board of Education Spawned the Birth of Hip-Hop,” at 6 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room F.

  • Mark Anthony Neal will present the annual W.E.B. DuBois Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 1:30 p.m. in Harris Theatre. Neal is associate professor of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • On Saturday, Feb. 21, five of the nation’s most accomplished African American magicians will present a show in Harris Theatre that celebrates the diverse styles of magic throughout history. The program will be performed at 1 and 6 p.m. (tickets required).

The celebration concludes on Sunday, Feb. 29, with a performance of “Jar the Floor,” a dramatic comedy detailing four generations of strong-willed women in an African American family. The play will be performed in Harris Theatre at 2 and 8 p.m. (tickets required) and will serve as a transition to Women’s History Month, which will be celebrated at George Mason throughout March.

Additional activities include an internship fair, an open mike poetry session, and several movie showings. For a complete listing of events, see the events calendar.

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