Tuesday, January 15, 2008
African American History Celebration begins Jan. 21
By Sarah Malczynski, student writer
In honor of African American History month and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a celebration will commence on Monday, Jan. 21 and run until Feb. 21. The month-long celebration gives students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community an opportunity to learn about African-American history and celebrate the culture. This year’s theme is “Reflecting Truth through the Understanding of Our Historical Inspirations.”
Kicking off the events on Jan. 21 is a march at 9 a.m. in honor of King. A candlelight vigil will be held in the evening at 8 p.m.
The annual Keeper of the Dream awards ceremony will also take place on Monday in the Oakland Center. Students who have demonstrated strong citizenship, scholarship and leadership in breaking down cultural stereotypes and promoting racial understanding will be awarded with scholarships at the ceremony. The keynote speaker for the event is Harry Belafonte, human rights activist and entertainer.
In addition to the events on Monday, students will have the chance to celebrate African-American culture throughout the month by enjoying food, films and art shows. Presentations and lectures will also be available for students to learn more about the history and current events within the African-American culture.
African-American Celebration Schedule
Monday, Jan. 21
- Classes not in session in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day March 9 a.m.
- Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration with Harry Belafonte, 11:30 a.m., Oakland Center Banquet Rooms
- MLK Day of Service “Nathan's Blankets,” 2 - 6 p.m., Oakland Center Oakland Room and Heritage Room
- MLK Day Candlelight Vigil, 8 - 11 p.m., Hamlin Circle/Vandenberg Lounge
Thursday, Jan. 24
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority presents “Our Pillars,” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Oakland Center Fireside Lounge
Wednesday, Jan. 30
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Movie Night: “The Hurricane,” 6:30 p.m., Oakland Center Rooms 128-130
Friday, Feb. 1
- “The Birth of a New Nation” Art Gallery, 6 - 9 p.m., Oakland Center Oakland Room
Monday, Feb. 4
- What Is Our Purpose? Circle Discussion, 7 - 9 p.m., Oakland Center Gold Room C
Tuesday, Feb. 5
- HIV/AIDS Devastating the African American Community, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Oakland Center Rooms 126-127
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Mock Wedding, 6:30 p.m., Oakland Center Oakland Room and Heritage Room
Wednesday, Feb. 6
- Dancing with the OU Stars. 7 - 9 p.m.. Oakland Center Gold Rooms
Thursday, Feb. 7
- "Mentorship: Imparting Knowledge and Insight through Experience and Inspiration" with WDET News Director Jerome Vaughn, 12 - 1 p.m., Kresge Library
- "Race and Rust: The Transformation of Detroit," 7 p.m., Oakland Center Lake Superior Room A
Friday, Feb. 8
- Taste of Africa Gala, 4 - 7 p.m,. Oakland Center Banquet Rooms
Tuesday, Feb 12
- Get Your Money Straight, 5 - 6:30 p.m., Oakland Center Rooms 129-130
Friday, Feb. 15
- Xpressive B.T.Z. Performance, 7 - 9 p.m., Varner Recital Hall
Saturday, Feb. 16
- Our World Today Student Development Conference, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Oakland Center
Sunday, Feb. 17
- ABS Presents The Hollywood Fashion Show: A Red Carpet Affair, 7 p.m., Varner Recital Hall
Monday Feb. 18
- Debate: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson vs. Reverend Marcia Dyson, 7 p.m., Oakland Center Banquet Rooms
Thursday, Feb. 21
- Closing Ceremony and Tribute to Neo-Soul, 7 - 10 p.m., Oakland Center Gold Rooms
For more information on African-American Celebration events, contact the Center for Student Activities at (248) 370-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Center for Multicultural Initiatives at (248) 370-4404.