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WIU Celebrates Black History Month 2016

January 28, 2016

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MACOMB, IL - Western Illinois University will join in the celebration of February as Black History Month. This year's theme is "Rebirth: Journey to Umoja," celebrating a new beginning and the spirit of unity in the African American community.

Sponsors of WIU's Black History Month commemoration include the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, Black Student Association, WIU Department of African American Studies, the Expanding Cultural Diversity Project and the Latino American Student Organization.

During the 2016 celebration, several WIU departments and student organizations have planned educational programming and events. This year's schedule includes:

Monday, Feb. 1 – 7:30 p.m.
Kick-Off Showcase, University Union Heritage Room

Friday, Feb. 5 – 4:30 p.m.
Culture C.R.U. Kick-Off, Multicultural Center

Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 8-10 – 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
NAACP Bear Sale, University Union

Thursday, Feb. 11 – 4:30 p.m.
NAACP Founder's Day Celebration, University Union Sandburg Lounge

Monday, Feb. 15 – 7:30 p.m.
National Society of Black Engineers Informational Meeting, Multicultural Center

Wednesday, Feb. 17 – 7:30 p.m.
B.S.A. Fashion Show, University Union Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $3 in advance/$5 at the door

Thursday, Feb. 18 – 7 p.m.
Why I Love Black Women, University Union Sandburg Theater

Thursday, Feb. 18 – 6 p.m.
The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, Morgan Hall, 109
Sponsored by the Expanding Cultural Diversity Project

Friday, Feb. 19 – 8 p.m.
Cultural Expressions Open Mic, Multicultural Center

Friday, Feb. 19 – 6:30 p.m.
A Night of True Worship, University Baptist Church
Sponsored by UVOWIS and Redeemed Fellowship

Tuesday, Feb. 23 – 5 p.m.
The Afro Latino Connection, University Union Lincoln Room
Sponsored by the Latin American Student Organization

Tuesday, Feb. 23 – 6:30 p.m.
The Legacy of Thomas A. Dorsey, "Father of Gospel Music"
Malpass Library Garden Lounge
Sponsored by the African American Studies Department

Wednesday, Feb. 24 – 7:30 p.m.
Soulfood Series: Taking Back the Black, Multicultural Center

Thursday, Feb. 25 – 6 p.m.
Emmett Till and the Intimate Story, presented by Chris Benson
Morgan Hall, room 109
Sponsored by the Expanding Cultural Diversity Project

Saturday, Feb. 27 – 9 p.m.
Black Excellence Ball, Union Lamoine Room

Sunday, Feb. 28 – 1 p.m.
Soulfood Sunday, Wesley United Methodist Church, 1212 W. Calhoun St.

Sunday, Feb. 28 – 6 p.m.
Culture C.R.U. Study Night, Multicultural Center

Monday, Feb. 29 – Noon-1:30 p.m.
Conscious Conversations, Multicultural Center

For more information about any of the events, contact the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center at (309) 298-2220.

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