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MEDIA CONTACT: Megaan Schraeder
561-297-3020, mediarelations@fau.edu

FAU to Host Events in Honor of Black History Month

BOCA RATON, FL (February 1, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University will commemorate Black History Month with a series of events throughout the month of February at its Boca Raton, Broward, Jupiter and Treasure Coast campuses. The events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

            The following events will take place at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road:
Black History Month Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, February 1, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Traditions Plaza

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will launch the month-long schedule of activities to celebrate Black History Month with an Opening Ceremony. The event will feature “soul food” and festivities designed to teach participants about African American history. For more information, call 561-297-3959.

 


 
“The Meeting”
Wednesday, February 1, at 7 p.m.
Grand Palm Room, Student Union

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will present a play titled, “The Meeting,” which centers on a fictional meeting between two great leaders of the time: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.  For more information, call 561-297-3959.

 


 
Black Identity in the 21st Century
Monday, February 6, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Majestic Palm Room, Student Union

Multicultural Programming will host a discussion regarding what it means to be black in today’s society. For more information, contact Jeanie Dumas at mdumas4@fau.edu.

 


 
Wonderful World: A Salute to Louis Armstrong
Wednesday, February 8; Friday, February 10; Saturday, February 11, at 8 p.m.
Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium

The Palm Beach Pops, including guest artists Longineu Parsons (trumpet) and Lillias White (singer), will perform a tribute to Louis Armstrong in celebration of his legacy and Black History Month. For tickets and additional information, call 561-832-7677 or visit www.palmbeachpops.org.

 


 
Haitian Cultural Celebration
Wednesday, February 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Traditions Plaza

Multicultural Programming will sponsor a celebration during Black History Month which will feature the Haitian culture through music and dance. For more information, contact Jeanie Dumas at jdumas4@fau.edu.

 


 
Breaking the Silence: LGBTQA People of Color
Tuesday, February 21, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Majestic Palm Room, Student Union

The LGBTQA Resource Center, Lambda United and Multicultural Programming will sponsor a panel discussion with faculty, staff and students that will address the unique experience of people of color, including African Americans, and their story of discovering sexual identity. For more information, contact Lauren Walleser at 561-297-0434.

 


 
Quilting Our Diversity: “The Patchwork Path”
Wednesday, February 22, at 7 p.m.
Glade Park Towers, Room 110

The Department of Housing and Residential Life will sponsor a presentation inspired by Bettye Stroud’s book, “The Patchwork Plan.” This historical book details fugitive slaves in America and their journey to freedom with the help of sympathetic whites and communicated warnings displayed via quilt patterns hung on their clotheslines. The event will include discussions about embracing diversity, the future of the African American community as well as what symbols, such as quilt patterns, were used during the slavery era in America. For more information, contact Donald Van Pelt, Jr. at 561-297-5346 or dvanpelt@fau.edu.

 


 
Heartbreak Hotel
Wednesday, February 29, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Coyote Jacks, Student Union

Multicultural Programming and the Black Student Union will host a night of spoken word, poetry and song. For more information, contact Jeanie Dumas at jdumas4@fau.edu.

 


 

The following events will take place at FAU’s Broward campuses:
Black History Month Celebration
Wednesday, February 8, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Second Avenue Studio, Fort Lauderdale campus, 220 SE Second Ave.
**Media attendance only**

The Broward Program Board will sponsor an afternoon of celebration for the FAU community with food and a live jazz band in honor of Black History Month.

 


 
Black History Month Celebration
Wednesday, February 15, from 12:15 to 1 p.m.
Patio, Dania SeaTech campus, 101 North Beach Road
**Media attendance only**

The Broward Program Board will sponsor a celebration open to the FAU community to enjoy food and festivities in honor of Black History Month.

 


 
Black History Month Celebration
Thursday, February 16, from 12:30 to 1:30pm
Plaza, Davie campus, 3200 College Avenue
**Media attendance only**

The Broward Program Board will sponsor a celebration in honor of Black History Month with food and festivities including a Black History trivia game with prizes and other giveaways.

 


 

The following events will take place at FAU’s MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter:
Celebrating African American Art & Artists: New Visions 2012
Wednesday, February 1 through Wednesday, February 29
SR Atrium

Diversity Student Services will offer viewings of sculptures, paintings and other forms of art from South Florida artists representing diverse viewpoints of African American Culture and Society. For more information, contact Farley Leiriao at 561-799-8010.

 


 
“Meet the Artist” Reception
Thursday, February 16, from 4 to 6 p.m.
SR Atrium
A reception will be held to meet and converse with the artists that created the works displayed in the SR Atrium. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Farley Leiriao at 561-799-8010.

 


 
Tim Wise's Lecture on White Privilege
Tuesday, February 21, from 7 to 9 p.m.
SR 108

The Feminist Student Alliance will hold a movie and discussion on Tim Wise's lecture, "White Privilege," facilitated by Dr. Wairimu Njambi.

 


 
Civil Liberties Movie Night
Monday, February 27, at 7 p.m.
SR 270

A documentary will be presented that offers a new view of the Civil Rights movement which changed the United States the way it impacts our society today. For more information, contact Farley Leiriao at 561-799-8010.

 


 

The following events will take place at FAU’s Treasure Coast campus, 500 NW California Blvd., Port St. Lucie:
African American History Event
Wednesday, February 8, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Student Lounge
**Media attendance only**

The Treasure Coast Program Board invites the community to “live, learn and have some fun honoring the past while shaping the future” of this year’s Black History Month. For more information, call 772-873-3364.

 



Civil Liberties Movie Night
Tuesday, February 28, at 6 p.m.
SR 269

A documentary will be presented that offers a new view of the Civil Rights movement which changed the United States the way it impacts our society today. For more information, contact Farley Leiriao at 561-799-8010.

 


 

For more information, contact Ingrid Jones at 561-297-3959 or ijones@fau.edu, or visit www.fau.edu/explore/blackhistory.

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