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UGA to celebrate Black History Month

UGA will celebrate Black History Month 2016, “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories,” with a variety of programs and activities across campus, including a keynote address by scholar and journalist Marc Lamont Hill and a gala celebration of the Harlem Renaissance.

The monthlong series of lectures, performances, movies and discussions will celebrate diversity and inclusion on campus, with particular focus given to significant milestones in African-American history and culture.

Hill will speak on “Building Community in an Hour of Chaos: Progress in the Age of Obama” on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Grand Hall. The host of HuffPost Live and BET News, Hill also serves as a political contributor for CNN. He is a Distinguished Professor of African-American Studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta. The lecture is free and open to the entire university community.

UGA’s Black History Month Kick-off is Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Tate Student Center concourse.

On Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. Hate: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Racism will be shown at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. The screening of Nadav Eyal’s film will be followed by a discussion of hatred toward ethnic and minority groups, and how to respond.

On Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m., Patricia Bell-Scott, UGA professor emerita of women’s studies and human development and family science, will discuss her new book, The Firebrand and the First Lady, in the Russell Special Collections Building.

The community service project “Honoring Ancestors” will be held Feb. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Feb. 17 from 2:30-5 p.m. at Brooklyn Cemetery. Volunteers will assist in the cleaning and maintenance of Athens’ historic cemetery.

FaceOff 2016 Step Show will take place Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the UGA Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 in advance at the Tate Student Center cashier window and $25 at the door; group rate tickets are $15 for 15 or more people.

Week of Soul: Harlem Renaissance Celebration will be held Feb. 9 from 6-9 p.m. at the Georgia Museum of Art. It will be an evening of art, music and culture to celebrate the artistic, social and cultural explosion in Harlem, New York, from the end of World War I through the middle of the 1930s. The event is $5, free for students with valid UGACards who pay activity fees on the Athens campus.

On Feb. 9, an Art Showcase will be held at 7 p.m. in Building 1516’s Multipurpose Room. Students will share their talents in dancing, spoken word, poetry, music and visual arts.

The panel discussion “I Decided: HBCU vs. PWI” will be held Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. in the Russell Building. Panelists will talk about how students make the decision to attend a historically black college or university or a predominantly white institution.

As part of the Week of Soul Film series in the Tate Student Center Theatre, To Kill a Mockingbird will be shown Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. and Straight Outta Compton will be shown Feb. 12-14 at 6 and 9 p.m. nightly. Tickets are $3, free for students with valid UGACards who pay activity fees on the Athens campus.

A list of all Black History Month events is at