Black History Month 2016
February 1-29, 2016
To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, U.S. presidents proclaim February as National African-American History Month.
The Malcolm X Cultural Center of the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success Center (CMASS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites the campus community and general public to join us in celebrating Black History Month 2016. This year’s events are hosted by the Malcolm X Cultural Center, CMASS, and W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Commonwealth Honors College, and the African Student Association.
Here are the list of events to celebrate this legacy:
I Breathe With You Art Exhibit Reception
Monday l February 1 I 5:00-7:00 pm I Augusta Savage Gallery
Ground Floor, New Africa House
Young at Art: A Black History Month Talent Showcase
Friday I February 5 I 5:00-9:00 PM I Student Union Ballroom
Hosted by Soul TV and MXCC
Book Launch and Reception for Manisha Sinha's The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition
Tuesday l February 9, 2016 l 4:00pm I Bernie Dallas Room I Goodell Building
A book signing and reception sponsored by the Five Colleges will follow a panel discussion on Professor Sinha's book.
Sponsor: Five Colleges, Inc and the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies
Creole Dinner Cuisine
Tuesday I February 9 I 5:00-9:00 pm I All Dining Commons
I Breathe With You: Part 1 Art Exhibit
February 1-March 11 I Mon &Tue 1:00-7:00pm l Wed-Fri 1:00-5:00 pm I Augusta Savage Gallery
New Africa House, Ground Floor
Commonwealth Honors College Annual Black History Event
Monday l February 22 l CHC Events Hall l 5:00-7:00 pm
Featured speaker: Onawumi Jean Moss, Storyteller Extraordinaire, will share excerpts from her work, Seriously, what did you call me?
Co-sponsored by: Commonwealth Honors College, Umass Amherst Residential Life, CHC Faculty in Residence, and CMASS
Happy Birthday Dr. Du Bois
Tuesday l February 23 l 2:00-4:00pm l W. E. B Du Bois Library Lobby
Free & open to the public
Enjoy a slice of birthday cake, take home a button, bookmark, and pencil, and learn more about W.E.B. Du Bois in the lobby of the library named for him.
Creole Identity and Musical Intersections in Creole Cultures: Panel Discussion
Thursday I February 25 I 11:30am-1:00 pm I Malcolm X Cultural Center
Creole! Intersections of Music, Food and Dance in Creole Cultures
Thursday l February 25 l 7:00-9:00 pm l Student Union Ballroom
Featuring Charles Neville and the Afro-Am Jazz Ensemble and Student Groups
22ND Annual Du Bois Lecture featuring Aldon Morris, Author of The Scholar Denied
Friday l February 26 l 4:00-6:00 pm l Student Union Ballroom
Morris’s most recent book corrects the history of Du Bois's role in founding the discipline of Sociology. Morris is Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern.
Sponsor: Randolph and Cecile BromeryEndowment for the Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst Libraries
Globalfest on the Road/Creole Carnival: Jamaica, Haiti and Brazil
Saturday I February 27 I 8:00 pm I Fine Arts Center
For ticket and performance, call 1-800-999-UMAS or 413-545-2511
ASA & SOCA Culture Night: Mr. & Miss Afro-Caribbean
Saturday l February 27 l 7:00pm-1:45am l Student Union Ballroom
Hosted by African Student Association and Students of Caribbean Ancestry