The University of Georgia will celebrate Black History Month 2017-“Black Joy: Celebration as a form of activism, highlighting the existence, resilience and resistance of black culture”—with a variety of programs and activities across campus.
Throughout the month of February, dozens of student organizations and campus departments will host events ranging from lectures and days of service to film screenings and social events.
Zoe M. Johnson, director of multicultural services and programs, explains that this year’s events will “highlight laughter, love and joy as vital components of black culture.”
“While the challenges we face in the quest for racial justice are complex, it is wonderful to center joy as a form of activism,” Johnson said.
University events associated with Black History Month include:
• Feb. 6: Black History Jeopardy Party, Russell Hall Lobby. Hosted by University Housing.
• Feb. 6: Living History, 7 p.m., Tate Student Center, fourth floor. Hosted by University Union.
• Feb. 6: Stories of Everyday Black History Series, 6 p.m., The Intersection.
• Feb. 9: Moonlight screening and discussion, 7 p.m., Tate Theatre and The Intersection. Hosted by University Union.
• Feb. 10-12: Loving, 6 p.m.; Moonlight, 9 p.m., Tate Theatre. Hosted by University Union.
• Feb. 13: Stories of Everyday Black History Series, 6 p.m., The Intersection.
• Feb. 13-17: NAACP Week.
• Feb. 15: Black Women, Eurocentrism and the Media, 6 p.m., The Intersection. Hosted by Counseling and Psychiatric Services, the Student Government Association and Multicultural Services and Programs
• Feb. 15: Tsotsi (Cinema Politique Series), 7 p.m., Miller Learning Center. Hosted by the School of Public and International Affairs and the Brown Media Archives.
• Feb. 17: International Coffee Hour, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Memorial Hall Ballroom. Hosted by Caribsa and International Student Life.
• Feb. 19: Belles of Liberty, 2 p.m., Catholic Center at UGA. Hosted by the Catholic Student Association.
• Feb. 20: Stories of Everyday Black History Series, 6 p.m., The Intersection.
• Feb. 20: Hidden Figures of Journalism, 6 p.m. Hosted by the National Association of Black Journalists UGA chapter.
• Feb. 21: 13th Documentary Screening and Discussion, 6 p.m., The Intersection. Hosted by the Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights, NCNW, ABSW, NAACP, the Center for Leadership and Service and the Institute for African American Studies.
• Feb. 23-24: Georgia Daze. Hosted by the Office of Institutional Diversity.
• Feb. 24-25: Africa Night, 7 p.m., Fine Arts Theatre. Hosted by the African Student Union.
• Feb. 25: Speak Out, Leave Forward, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tate Student Center.
The Division of Student Affairs comprises 18 campus departments that enhance the learning environment for students at the University of Georgia by stimulating the learning process, integrating the in-class and out-of-class experiences, promoting an environment conducive to growth and discovery and facilitating intellectual, spiritual, social, occupational, physical, cultural and emotional development. For more information, see studentaffairs.uga.edu.