FAU to Host Events in Honor of Black/African American History Month
These Images Don’t Represent Us: A New Civil Rights History of Anti-blackface •
Friday, Feb. 5 from 3 to 4:15 p.m. • Focusing on nationwide anti-blackface campaigns waged between World War II and 1970, this session will present a new history of the American Civil Rights Movement’s fight for racial representation. Allied organizations coordinated anti-blackface protests, legal cases that became decisive battlegrounds where Black Americans fought to destroy white supremacy in public schools and the fight to ban blackface from America’s curriculum will be explored.
Dr. Kitty Oliver Presents: Race and Change Across Cultures and Generations - A Multimedia and Musical Presentation • Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. • An insightful, entertaining multimedia presentation of often unheard voices on race from a variety of racial and ethnic perspectives and ages with author, oral historian, and performer Dr. Kitty Oliver. This presentation will be followed by a live Q&A.This Chautauqua South event is sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System.
Registration for this virtual Zoom event opens 1/15: https://lnkd.in/eQR_e7N
Tiny Desk • Thursday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. • Live Oak Patio, Boca Raton Campus • This Black History Month poetry slam will encompass spoken word that will incorporate the experiences of African Americans through articulate expression. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be observed.
Buzz in with Black History • Thursday, Feb. 11, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. • Liberal Arts Breezeway, Davie campus • Join in a fun game of Jeopardy and learn about Black culture, community, and history.
Kayaking • Friday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park • Celebrate Black History Month with campus recreation and Broward campus life during this off-campus excursion to Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, a local South Florida park with a rich history in Civil Rights. Enjoy a few hours on the water and explore the park by kayak or paddle board.
The Intersection of Blackness and Latinx Identity • Thursday, Feb. 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. • Intersections on Blackness and Latinx Identity re-centers Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America in global history. This critical conversation will assist attendees in understanding how Black and Latinx identity is shaped, will explore the diversity within the African and Latinx Diasporas, and examine how these diverse peoples impact their worlds.
History of Black Music • Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. • Black people have contributed tremendously to the art of music, and this general body meeting will explain the history of Black music. We will be discussing the importance of music during slavery, the music that Black people have invited, and so much more.
Owl Vision: African Mask Project • Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. • Poolside, Dania Beach campus • An event to highlight the historic tradition of African masks, which were used in religious and social events to represent the spirits of ancestors or to control the good and evil forces in the community. Come paint your own mask on canvas and visualize yourself as your favorite ancestor.
America Runs on STEM • Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 4 to 5 p.m. • Join an interactive panel discussion where students and educators will discuss the importance of being a part of the S.T.E.M field and the obstacles faced by being a person of color. • Meeting ID: 857 5393 1690 Passcode: ?8QqBv
Shifting in the Midst of the Storm: Racial Literacy as a Grounding Force for Today’s Educator • Thursday, Feb. 18 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. • A keynote address by Yolanda Sealey Ruiz, Ph.D., associate professor, Teachers College, Columbia University. In this talk, Sealey-Ruiz will share her racial literacy development model and discuss how its components can be a grounding force as we teach in trying times.
Owl Vision: African Mask Project • Thursday, Feb. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • Fort Lauderdale campus • An event to highlight the historic tradition of African masks, which were used in religious and social events to represent the spirits of ancestors or to control the good and evil forces in the community. Come paint your own mask on canvas and visualize yourself as your favorite ancestor.
The Case for Malcolm X Day • Friday, Feb. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. • A selected group of activist, academics and leaders will discuss the legacy of Malcolm X and hold discourse around making the case of why there should be a nationally designated day to observe his legacy.
Black Museum • Monday, Feb. 22, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. • Grand Palm Room, Boca Raton Campus • Attendees will be able to take observation of a display of historical artifacts that teach the true essence of Black history via a traveling museum with the mission of preserving and educating the masses about Black culture. This is a fun, interactive Black-tie event. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be observed.
Queer-ligious • Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 4 to 5 p.m. • Queer Coffee is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to explore and discuss topics related to identity and inclusion, as well as resources available to serve the LGBTQ+ community. This Queer Coffee will center around the intersections of LGBTQ+ identities and religion.
The Challenges of Identifying as “Mixed Race” • Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 7 p.m. • This event will focus on the identity challenges of individuals that identify as mixed race with Black/African American being one of the racialized identities.
African Mask Project•Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. • Jupiter Recreation Field • An event to highlight the historic tradition of African masks, which were used in religious and social events to represent the spirits of ancestors or to control the good and evil forces in the community. Come paint your own mask on canvas and visualize yourself as your favorite ancestor.
The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity • Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. • The Black family has been a topic of study in many disciplines such as history, literature, the visual arts and film studies, sociology, anthropology, and social policy. Join us for an aesthetic dialogue with associate professor Melanie Acosta and family grounded in the centrality of what the Black family means culturally, historically, politically, socially and spiritually.
Black History Month Keynote Address • Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. • The Black History Keynote Address featuring Jamila Lyiscott, a social justice education scholar, nationally renowned speaker, spoken word artist, and educational consultant.
The Hate You Give LGBTQ+ Individuals • Thursday, Feb. 25 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
• Meeting ID: 882 9352 5899 Passcode: LssL8y • A panel discussion to discuss the challenges BIPOC LGBTQ+ members have faced and the importance of unity in these communities. Students will engage with wave makers that can change their peers’ and family members’ perspectives. This event will honor pioneers of Black transgender activism such as Marsha P. Johnson.
We are family: Black student, faculty, and staff mixer • Friday, Feb. 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. • A virtual mixer/meet ‘n greet as we close out Black History Month with an introduction of the new Office of Black Student Success and Initiatives and a conversation exploring initiatives designed to create and sustain cultural, social, and emotional prosperity.
Night of Spoken Word and “FreeQuency” Poetry Workshop • Friday, Feb. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. • North Recreation Field, Jupiter campus • An evening of spoken word followed by a poetry workshop with Kenyan immigrant storyteller Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa. FreeQuency’s work interrogates and occupies the in between spaces of gender and geography while exploring the mundane nuances and stark contradictions of everyday existence as a Black migrant non-binary humanoid.