Campus Celebrates Black History Month with Series of Events

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The university will celebrate Black History Month, also known as Black Heritage Month, during February with a series of art performances and activities, lectures, films and more.

Events include:

Film: “Talking Black in America”
Monday, Feb. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Integrative Learning Center, N151
Linguistics scholar Walt Wolfram will be screening “Talking Black in America,” a new documentary from the Language and Life Project at North Carolina State.

Performance: “Hairdressers Are My Heroes” by Artist Sonya Clark
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 5-7 p.m.
University Museum of Contemporary Art
Witness an ancient African hairstyle from a sculpture in the exhibition “Five Takes on African Art / 42 Paintings” by Fred Wilson, recreated by the hands of stylist Kamala Bhagat on the head of artist Sonya Clark.

Film: “Hidden Figures” with Talk by Whitney Battle-Baptiste
Monday, Feb. 19, 12:30 p.m.
Amherst Cinema
Science On The Screen presents the film “Hidden Figures,” followed by a talk by Whitney Battle-Baptiste, department of anthropology.

Lecture: 24th Annual Du Bois Lecture featuring Reiland Rabaka
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 4-6 p.m.
Old Chapel
Reiland Rabaka will deliver the 24th annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture, “W.E.B. Du Bois and the Emergence of the Civil Rights Movement.”

Black Heritage Month Community-Building Dinner
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Campus Center, Amherst Room, 10th Floor
Students, faculty and staff are invited to join CMASS and the Malcolm X Cultural Center for a community dinner that celebrates identities and inspires conversation over a shared meal.

For more events, visit www.umass.edu/events/blackhistorymonth