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Black History Month Commemorated at WIU

February 2, 2015

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MACOMB, IL โ€“ Western Illinois University will celebrate Black History Month 2015 with an extensive calendar of events, lectures and entertainment offerings.

This year's theme is "A Century of Black Life, History and Culture." This year's schedule includes:

Feb. 1-28: Civil Rights photography display, Malpass Library

Tuesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24: Movie Series, 7 p.m., Morgan Hall 101B

- Feb. 3: "Cracking the Codes"

- Feb. 10: "Dark Girls"

- Feb. 17: "Brother Outsider"

- Feb. 24: "Freedom Riders"

Wednesdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25: Lecture Series, noon, Malpass Library 180

- Feb. 4: African American Studies Professor Alphonso Simpson, Jr.:
"How I got over: Thomas A. Dorsey and the Rise of Gospel Music in America"

- Feb. 11: Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Algerian Hart: "Scholar-Baller: African Americans and Collegiate Athletics"

- Feb. 18: Foreign Languages and Literatures Assistant Professor Edmund Asare: "Horses of Speech: Reflections on Proverbs in the African and African American Contexts"

- Feb. 25: History Associate Professor Timothy Roberts: "Public Memory of Race Laws and Resistance in Illinois History"

Wednesday, Feb. 4:
7 p.m. - Black Student Association Jeopardy Night, Sandburg Theatre

Friday, Feb. 6:
6:30 p.m. - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Step Show, Heritage Room

Saturday, Feb. 7:
8 p.m. - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Black and Gold Pageant, Grand Ballroom

Wednesday, Feb. 11:
5 p.m. - Picture Perfect Modeling Troupe Photo Shoot, Multicultural Center

Friday, Feb. 13:
Noon - Black History Month Readings, Multicultural Center

7 p.m. - NAACP Masquerade Ball, Bayliss/Henninger Underground

Wednesday, Feb. 18:
7 p.m. - Expanding Cultural Diversity Project's Difficult Conversations (DifCons), "Continuing the Conversation: All Lives Matter," University Union Lamoine Room

Thursday, Feb. 19:
Noon - Brothers in Bow Ties photo shoot, Sherman Hall steps

Noon - Sisters in Hats photo shoot, Sherman Hall steps

Friday, Feb. 20:
9 p.m. - Cultural Expressions Open Mic Night, Multicultural Center

Saturday, Feb. 21:
1 p.m. - Sacred Circle, Center for the Study of Masculinities and Men's Development, "After the March: Symbol or Substance," Multicultural Center

Monday, Feb. 23:
Noon - Public Book Reading and Discussion, "The Negro Problem," a series of writings by African American Intellectuals, Malpass Library Garden Lounge. The book is available at

Thursday, Feb. 26:
6 p.m. - Public Book Reading and Discussion, "The Negro Problem," a series of writings by African American Intellectuals. Macomb City Hall, Community Room. The book is available as a .pdf via

7 p.m. - Black History Month Lecture, African American Studies and Art Professor Jo Ann Morgan, "Huey P. Newton: Iconic Images of Black Power"
Figge Museum, Davenport, IA

All programs are free, unless noted, and open to the public. For more information on any of the events, contact the Department of African American Studies at (309) 298-1181.

The Black History Month calendar of events is co-sponsored by the WIU Department of African American Studies and the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center.

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