Athens, Ga. – Groups from the University of Georgia and Athens-Clark County are celebrating Black History Month, with programs and events throughout Feb.
This year’s theme, “From Slavery to Freedom,” is utilized nationwide and UGA organizations use it as a way to show unity, which is an important aspect of the month, said LaRetha Spain-Shuler, associate director of the African American Cultural Center.
“First and foremost, this is a way to recognize and celebrate the contributions African Americans have made,” she said. “It’s also to educate everyone, especially those who are not of African descent and may not know the history, about contributions that African Americans are still making today.”
Former Atlanta Mayor and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Awards on Feb. 24.
Feb. 3: Face Off 2007, a fundraiser for leadership, scholarship and service sponsorship. 7 p.m., Athens Classic Center. $17 ($15 in advance). 706/542-4612.
Feb. 7: Apero Africana Brown Bag lecture, “Focus on Morocco,” presented by Ken Honerkamp. 12:20 -1:10 p.m., African American Cultural Center, fourth floor of Memorial Hall.
Feb. 7: Program. “Call To Consciousness-Black HIV AIDS Day.” 7 p.m., Tate Center Reception Hall.
Feb. 8: Black Theatrical Ensemble presents Love Jones. 7 p.m. Tate Center Reception Hall. Free
Feb. 9: International Student Life Coffee Hour. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Memorial Hall Ballroom.
Feb. 9: Lecture. “Womanism: On Its Own: The First Quarter Century of Womanist Thought,” Layli Phillips. 12:20 -1:10 p.m., Adinkra Hall.
Feb. 13: Film. A Girl Like Me. 12:30 p.m., Adinkra Hall.
Feb. 14: Apero Africana Brown Bag lecture, “Freedom on Film: New Directions in Civil Rights Research and Pedagogy,” presented by Barbara McCaskill, Courtney Thomas, Lauren Chambers and Aggie Ebrahimi. 12:20 -1:10 p.m., African American Cultural Center, fourth floor of Memorial Hall.
Feb. 16: Lecture. “Glenda Dickerson: Transforming through Performing,” presented Freda Scott-Giles. 12:20 -1:10 p.m., Adinkra Hall.
Feb. 16-17: Black Theatrical Ensemble Spring Production, From Slavery to Freedom, 7 p.m., Fine Arts Building. $3 ($2 students).
Feb. 18: Abeneefoo Kuo Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 4:30 p.m., Tate Center Reception Hall. $10 for meal. 706/542-8468.
Feb. 18: Sweet Honey in the Rock. 3 p.m., Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall. $23/$28 ($11.50/$14 students). 706/542-4400.
Feb. 21: Apero Africana Brown Bag lecture, “The Sociolinguistics of Love Songs: A Contrast of Cultures,” presented by Rose Uptor. 12:20 -1:10 p.m., African American Cultural Center, fourth floor of Memorial Hall.
Feb. 21: Continuing the Legacy with keynote by Maurice Daniels. 7 p.m., Georgia Hall.
Feb. 24: NAACP Image Awards with guest speaker Andrew Young. 7 p.m., location to be announced. $25 ($10 students). 706/542-8468.
Feb. 24: India Nite. 7 p.m., Athens Classic Center. $14 ($12 advance – can be purchased at www.classiccenter.com)
Feb. 28: Apero Africana Brown Bag lecture, “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the present,” presented by Harriet Washington. 12:20 -1:10 p.m., African American Cultural Center, fourth floor of Memorial Hall.