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2012.01.30 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Celebrates Black History Month With Educational, Entertaining Events

Omaha - February is Black History Month and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is celebrating with three events being held on campus throughout the month. All of the events will take place at UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) in the Nebraska Room.

Black History Month began in 1976 when President Gerald R. Ford expanded Negro History Week, which was created in 1925 by Carter G. Woodson, a historian from Harvard University.

The first of the three events is a public forum discussion called “The Beauty of Blackness,” which looks at the overlaps and divisions between the concepts of female beauty and blackness.

The forum will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free food will be provided.

The second event, “Gospel Explosion: The Concert Showcase,” will feature a collection of performances consisting of dance, music, rap and more that represent the tradition of gospel performance. An RSVP is required for the gospel showcase, which is on Friday, Feb. 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Those interested should contact Helen Kang, at (402) 554.2711 or by email at helenkang@unomaha.edu, by Feb. 14.

The final event for Black History Month at UNO is called “Power of Storytelling: Hidden Truths of Changing Omaha,” which features personal accounts, from students and community members, of how Omaha has changed over the years.

The storytelling event runs from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Free food will be provided.

The month-long series of events is sponsored by nearly a dozen UNO organizations including the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, the National Council of Negro Women and Women’s Resource Center.

All events are free and open to the general public, including UNO students, faculty and staff.

For more information on all three events, please contact Helen Kang at the email or phone number listed above.

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