Black History Month (BHM)
The Multicultural Mavericks are proud to present our Black History Month celebration in February 2014. The entire campus community is invited to participate and increase their awareness of the positive impact that the African American and Black community have made on society. Featured events include cultural performances, social and educational events with UT Arlington professors and the annual Black Leadership Institute (BLI).
BHM 2011-2012 Events
Monday, February 4
UC Gallery, 12:00 P.M.
The Black History Month celebration begins with Living our Legacy, our kickoff celebration! In addition to cultural performances, this event will feature the writings of unsung Black/African American heroes, past and present. Admission is free and open to the public. Hosted by the Multicultural Mavericks.
A LEGACY WORTH LIVING
February 4 - 15
UC Gallery, Open Daily 8 A.M. - 8 P.M.
Join the Multicultural Mavericks for a special gallery exhibit on the same day that we kick off Black History Month! The gallery will be open during the first two weeks of Black History Month and will feature the artwork and images of famous Black/African Americans. We will also have a wall designated for you to write your own legacy. Hosted by the Multicultural Mavericks.
ONE DROP: FACT, FICTION, OR FATE
Featuring Dr. Yaba Blay, Assistant Teaching Professor of Africana Studies, Drexel University
Tuesday, February 12
UC Red River/Concho, 7:00 P.M.
Join the Multicultural Mavericks as we explore what blackness is and what blackness looks like with Dr. Yaba Blay’s One Drop project. On the whole, the project seeks to raise social awareness and spark community dialogue about the complexities of blackness as both an identity and a lived reality. One Drop literally explores the “other” faces of blackness—those who may not immediately be recognized, accepted or embraced as “Black” in our visually racialized society. Admission is free and open to the public. Hosted by the Multicultural Mavericks.
YOUR JOURNEY, OUR LEGACY
A Tunnel of History and Forum Discussion
Wednesday, February 20
UC Bluebonnet, 7:00 P.M.
Journey through the different paths of famous Africans and African Americans and learn how they defined success. Then, stay for an open discussion facilitated by Dr. Schnavia Hatcher, director of the Center for African American Studies. During the open discussion we will discuss the different paths that we traveled down and the differences and similarities of each path. Admission is free and open to the public. Hosted by the Multicultural Mavericks.
Remarks by Director Ya'Ke Smith, UT Arlington Assistant Professor
Tuesday, February 26
UT Arlington Planetarium, 7:00 P.M.
Join the Multicultural Mavericks and the Art and Art History department as we host a special film screening of Wolf with writer and director Ya’Ke Smith, UT Arlington Assistant Professor of Film, Video, and Screenwriting. Wolf tells the powerful story of how a family is shaken to the core when they discover their son has been molested by someone who he loves deeply. As they struggle to deal with the betrayal, their son heads towards a total mental collapse, while his abuser attempts to exorcise his own past demons. After the premiere enjoy remarks from Ya’Ke Smith and cast members.
Ya’Ke Smith has received over 30 awards at film festivals, including the Cannes International Film Festival, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival, and the American Black Film Festival. Admission is free and open to the public. Part of Black History Month.
EXPLORING OUR LEGACY
Featuring Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble
Wednesday, February 27
UC Rosebud Theatre, 7:30 P.M.
Join the Multicultural Mavericks as we explore the African Diaspora through the medium of dance, music and specialized presentations with Bandan Koro African Drum & Dance Ensemble. As we conclude Black History Month, this event is sure to foster a greater awareness and understanding for African and African Diaspora-related arts. Admission is free and open to the public. Hosted by the Multicultural Mavericks.
DID YOU KNOW?
Our annual Black History Month celebration has traditionally included the participation of many of the African/African American student organizations on campus including the Black Student Association, NAACP Student Chapter, the African Student Organization, and the National Association of Black Journalists.
A POWERFUL PARTNERSHIP
Students on the BHM planning committee have often received the strong support of the African American Faculty & Staff Association at UT Arlington. The Association have collaborated with us on hosting events, serving as mentors, and sharing their academic expertise as presenters and mentors.