Lectures, Films Among Black History Month Events

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

The University's Black History Month activities feature lectures, films and other special events, including visits from a prominent scholar-journalist and a noted filmmaker.

University Housing will sponsor a viewing and discussion of the Steven Spielberg film "Amistad" tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Walsh Hall Fourth Floor Lounge, and another current popular movie "Soul Food" at 8 p.m. in Gonzaga Hall Lounge.

Columbia University History Professor Manning Marable, who is director of Columbia's Institute for Research in African-American Studies, will present "Toward a New Conversation On Race: The Black Freedom Movement - Yesterday and Today," on Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 4-6 p.m. in Gasson 100. His appearance will be the first of three forums sponsored by the Office of the Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Office of Affirmative Action, History Department and the Black Studies Program.

Marable is serving as a visiting scholar this month through the Grow Your Own Project, conceived by the Affirmative Action Office to offer encouragement to African-American graduate students pursuing academic careers. Among the books he has authored are The Crisis of Color and Democracy and W.E.B. DuBois , and his column "Along the Color Line" appears in over 275 newspapers and is aired by more than 80 radio stations throughout North America and abroad. His visit is sponsored by the Office of Affirmative Action.

In the second and third forums - to be held from 4-6 p.m. in Devlin 101 on Feb. 25 and March 11 - graduate students of African descent will present papers covering educational, social and literary topics. Administrators and faculty members will introduce and moderate the presentations.
Visiting scholar Manning Marable of Columbia University will speak about the black freedom movement on Feb. 18.

On Saturday, Feb. 21, the Asian Caucus will sponsor "Ki-Ache: Stories from the Belly," a dance performance portraying the struggles of Korean and African women, and their American counterparts, at 4 p.m. in Gasson 100.

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Pamela Thomas will show and discuss her film "Midnight Ramble: Oscar Micheaux and the Story of Race Movies" at 7 p.m. in Higgins 304. The historical documentary depicts the independent "race movie" industry which, from the 1910s to World War II, produced some 500 films, made primarily by and for African-Americans.

In addition to the film screenings tonight, University Housing will sponsor numerous Black History Month events. Among these are: a history lecture on, and performance of reggae music on Feb. 17 at 10 p.m. in the Keyes North Hall Lounge; an evening with AHANA Student Programs Director Donald Brown on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Shaw Lounge; and a lecture by Asst. Prof. Mary Bilder (Law) titled "Inside 'Amistad' and the Slave Trade" on Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Modular Unit 36A.

O'Neill Library last week unveiled a special display in its lobby honoring blues musicians, such as Muddy Waters, Bessie Smith and John Lee Hooker. The exhibit includes information on Internet sites, local radio programs and concerts or other venues that feature blues.

Last night, the University held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award banquet, with black Catholic scholar and writer Joseph A. Brown, SJ, as featured speaker. [Due to deadline contraints, coverage of the event will appear in the next issue of Chronicle .] Fr. Brown also spoke at a special reception on Tuesday commemorating the late Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA, the subject of one of his books and namesake of the AHANA Office of Student Programs building.

Other Black History Month events held so far have included a lecture by journalist Allen Hougland on issues surrounding the FBI, the death penalty, and life on death row, as well as a jazz concert and poetry slam.

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