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Appearances by Spike Lee and Tuskegee Airman help celebrate Black History Month

Thursday, January 31, 2008

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Media Contact: Susan Slupecki

An evening with award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee and a keynote address by one of the Tuskegee Airmen will help highlight the month-long celebration of Black History Month at The University of Texas at Arlington.

The kick off celebration from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, will feature a tabling fair by black and multicultural student organizations in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E. H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St., and will offer free refreshments, door prizes and free giveaways.

Other events include (but are not limited to):

An Evening with Spike Lee
Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Texas Hall, 701 W. Nedderman Drive
Two-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee will discuss his life and career. A reception will follow for $50 ticket holders. Visit for ticket information.

Homecoming Step Show
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.
Texas Hall, 701 W. Nedderman Drive
More than just walking or dancing, “stepping” is based on traditional black song and dance rituals and largely developed in black sororities and fraternities as a way of expressing pride and unity. Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs and the Homecoming Committee.

Flying to Freedom: Untold Stories of the Tuskegee Airmen
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.
Red River Room, E. H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.
They fought a war in Europe and a battle at home. Hear the amazing story of Calvin Spann, one of the famous Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen are an important part of Black History through their bravery as some of the best pilots, mechanics and servicemen in World War II and U.S. history. Be inspired by this first hand tale that reveals the strength, courage and determination that it took to simply do what they loved: fight for their country. Free refreshments and door prizes. Co-hosted by BSA, NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Multicultural Affairs.

African American Alumni Reception
Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
Bluebonnet Ballroom, E. H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.
The 2008 African American Alumni Reception will honor the two 2008 Outstanding African American Alumni: Curvie Hawkins, Jr. '95,'00 and Ellawese Y. Smith, M.D. '78. The event is open to the public. All proceeds benefit the African American Alumni Endowment Fund.

Visit for a complete calendar of events, or call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (817) 272-2099 for more information.


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