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2005.01.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO to Celebrate Black History Month Jan. 31-Feb. 23

OMAHA - Every year, Americans are invited to take part in the festivals and events that honor the legacy of Black Americans, past and present, during Black History Month.

A variety of activities will be held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Jan. 31-Feb. 23 in celebration of the event. The public is invited to join the campus community for guest speakers, entertainers and a variety of educational showcases.

"Although there is an international aspect to Black History Month, it is mainly an American holiday," said Sharif Liwaru, cultural awareness programs adviser at the UNO.  "In 1926, Carter Godwin Woodson, along with other African American and white scholars, launched "Negro History Week" so Americans could reflect on the history and contributions of African Americans.  In the 1970s, the celebration of African American history was expanded to include the entire month of February."

Event sponsors include the UNO Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, Cultural Awareness Programs, the Department of Black Studies, the Student Programming Organization and the African American Organization.

"This is a time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Americans who, throughout history, have done so much to make America the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation we know today," Liwaru said.  "It is also an opportunity for Americans to learn about the experiences of Black Americans in our society and the vital role this community has played throughout our shared history."

For more information, contact Liwaru at (402) 554-2711.  For special needs or accommodations, call (402) 554-2711 or TTY (402) 554-3799.

The complete schedule of Black History Month activities is listed below. All events, which are free and open to the public, will take place on campus.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Monday, Jan. 31

Black History Documentary Video
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Fireplace Lounge, first floor

Monday, Jan. 31, and Tuesday, Feb. 1

Gallery of Underrepresented
African Americans in History
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room

Wednesday, Feb. 2

Lecture on Orangeburg Massacre, Cleveland Sellers, director of African American Studies at the University of South Carolina
1 a.m.
MBSC Ballroom

"Roots of Islam in America", Umar Faruq Abd-Allah, chairman of the board and Scholar-in-Residence at the Nawawi Foundation in Chicago, Ill.
Noon
MBSC Dodge Room

SNCC 60s — Panel Discussion with historian Clayborne Carson
1 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom

Thursday, Feb. 3

Poetry with Jayne Cortez
11 a.m.
MBSC Ballroom, second floor

SNCC 60s - Panel Discussion with novelist Michael Thelwell
1 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom

Poetry Jam, Jayne Cortez, Brenda Evans and Zedeka Poindexter
6 p.m.
Weber Fine Fine Arts Building, Black Box Theater

Monday, Feb. 7

African American Read-In
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
MBSC Fireplace Lounge

Thursday, Feb. 10

Montgomery Bus Boycott Play, featuring actor Awele
10 a.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room

Wednesday, Feb. 16

Comedian Retta
Noon
MBSC Ballroom

Tuesday, Feb. 22

Art and Culture Display
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom

Black Fashion and It's History, hosted by Merira Kwesi
11:30 a.m.
MBSC Ballroom

Wednesday, Feb. 23

Speaker Preacher Moss
Noon
MBSC Nebraska Room

Editor's Note: In conjunction with Black History Month festivities the UNO Department of Black Studies, the Malcolm X Festival Planning Committee and the Nebraska Arts Council will host the Fourth Annual Malcolm X Festival Feb. 2-3. For details, visit the Web at http://www.enotes.unomaha.edu/2004january24.html#12, or call (402) 554-2412.

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