Black History Month Events Planned

Posted: February 1, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Call

In February, George Mason observes Black History Month with a number of events reflecting the spirit of the theme “Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Institutions.”

The theme encourages participants to consciously address how black fraternal, social and civic institutions have affected African American life and community, as well as the United States.

  • On Friday, Feb. 3, Trey Songz and Three 6 Mafia will perform during the Homecoming Kick-off concert at 8:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts. Cost is $10 for students and $20 for the general public.
  • On Friday, Feb. 10, Good Guy Productions in collaboration with the Program Board Homecoming Committee will host Club JC, the official Homecoming party. The party begins at 10 p.m. in the Johnson Center Atrium.
  • On Monday, Feb. 13, in Room A of the Johnson Center, the Black Student Alliance will sponsor a forum titled “Am I Still Black If…?” that will allow participants to confront myths and stereotypes about the black community. Discussion begins at 7:30 p.m. The forum is sponsored by the Black Student Alliance.
    Elijah Anderson
    Elijah Anderson
  • On Tuesday, Feb. 14, Elijah Anderson, the Charles and William Day Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, will give the annual W.E.B. DuBois Lecture. His talk, “Poor, Young, Black and Male: The Case for National Action,” begins at 10:30 a.m. in Room 240A of the Johnson Center. The presentation is sponsored by African American Studies.
  • On Monday, Feb. 20, Sandra Shannon, professor of English at Howard University, will deliver the first in a series of three lectures/workshops on “The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson.” The next two will occur on March 27 and April 24. The lecture series is sponsored by the African American Studies Program.
  • On Monday, Feb. 27, Jeff Johnson (Cousin Jeff), the Leadership Development Series Speaker, will begin his workshop at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema. This workshop is designed to assist student organizations with motivation, recruitment, civic activism and group dynamics. Jeff Johnson is BET’s producer of “The Cousin Jeff Chronicles,” as well as a trainer and motivational speaker in building an effective campus organization.

In addition to the above, participants can attend several film screenings, a talent and improvisation show, discussion forums, a soul food lunch and more. For additional information about this month’s events and their sponsors, please visit the Office of Diversity Programs and Services web site.

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