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Black History Month 2015: “Our Story”

The Multicultural Mavericks are proud to present our Black History Month celebration in February. 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 2015 Schedule of Events

Monday, February 2
“Our Story” Black History Month Kick Off
Noon- 1 p.m., UC Palo Duro Lounge

The Multicultural Mavericks invite you to the kickoff event for Black History Month in the UC Palo Duro Lounge. Come learn about the people that have influence the rich Black history as we will have trivia tables that will cover various topics from civil rights to famous athletes. Admission is free and open to the UTA community.

Saturday, February 15th
7th Annual Black Leadership Institute
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.,
UC Rio Grande


Join the Multicultural Mavericks for our annual Black Leadership Institute! At this 1-day conference, BLI participants will be invited to a series of workshops    designed to enhance leadership skills, educate on the African culture from a historical framework, and motivate students to be successful inside and outside the classroom. Admission is free and open to UT Arlington students but pre-registration is required. Deadline to register online is February 1st.

Tuesday, February 17th
Art as a Weapon for Social Change: The Films of Ya’ke
7 - 9 p.m., MAC Lone Star Auditorium


The Multicultural Mavericks proudly presents award-winning filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith, UTA Assistant Professor of Film & Video. Utilizing clips from his nationally   acclaimed films Dawn, Katrina’s Son, Wolf, Brave amongst other short films, Ya’Ke will lead a discussion on using art as a way of bringing social justice issues to light and being able to actively process the emotions that come along with them. Admission is free and open to the public. No tickets necessary. Hosted by Multicultural Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs.

Monday, February 23rd to - Friday, February 27th
Gallery Exhibit: “Our Story”
Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., UC Gallery

Join the Multicultural Mavericks as we display the achievements of African Americans and their achievements through history. Admission is free and open to the public.

Friday, February 27th
Featured Performance:
Jazz Night Featuring Music by Jai Malano
6 - 9 p.m., UC Carlisle Suite
* Also held as UTA Diversity Week official kick off


The Multicultural Mavericks is excited to host our very first Jazz Night for Black History Month. Come and enjoy mocktails, photo booth, poker and black jack tables, a live music and performance from our special guest Jai Malano, international jazz artist and B.A, Political Science, Class of 2010. Admission is free and open to the public.



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.



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.

African American Faculty and Staff Association