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UW-Eau Claire Black History Month events announced

January 30, 2012
EAU CLAIRE — Events to celebrate Black History Month are scheduled at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire throughout February and concluding March 1.

A Jan. 31 performance by Jabali Afrika will kick off Black History Month events. The performance, sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Jabali Afrika is a multifaceted group from East Africa's Kenya, with its own blend of fusion and African rhythms. (See previous news release for details.)

Additional events are as follows:

  • Feb. 1 — Ghana Women's Collective fundraiser, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Badger Room, Davies Center. Progressive organizations on campus will promote a fundraiser for a women's collective in Ekumfi Atakwa, Ghana. The money will go directly to the women to purchase ingredients and an oven to start their business. This event is an informational kickoff to a semesterlong fundraiser.
  • Feb. 1 — African American History Month reception, 3:30-5 p.m., Tamarack Room, Davies Center. Attendees will enjoy good company and conversation over food with students, faculty and staff who are dedicated to the promotion of African American culture.
  • Feb. 6 —World Roots, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., East Lobby, Davies Center. Participants can mark their roots on a large world map, with individuals placing stickers on their origin locations and becoming a part of the community's bigger picture.
  • Feb. 6 — African American history student panel, noon-1 p.m., Presidents Room, Davies Center. Members of the Black Student Association will discuss perceptions of treatment on campus and by fellow students.
  • Feb. 8 — Presentation on the history of Negro League Baseball, noon, Davies Theatre. Dennis "Bose" Biddle will speak about his unique experience in baseball's Negro League during the 1950s. Biddle was known as "the man who beat the man who beat the man" because Gerald "Lefty" McKinnis, one of the few pitchers to beat Satchel Paige, was outpitched by the 17-year-old Biddle. See related news release.
  • Feb. 9 — Civil Rights Pilgrimage promotion, 3-4 p.m., Wisconsin Room, Davies Center. The Civil Rights Pilgrimage is a 10-day immersion experience through the deep South during which students uncover America's civil rights history. Past trip participants will discuss their involvement with the journey and answer questions.
  • Feb. 14 — Interracial dating panel, 1-2 p.m., Presidents Room, Davies Center. Students will discuss their personal experiences and feelings toward interracial dating. Topics will include relationship status, family expectations and societal feedback.
  • Feb. 15 — African American read-in, 10:15-11:30 a.m., McIntyre Library breezeway. Adults from the community will read to young children to promote reading and using one's voice for good causes.
  • Feb. 17 — Poetry open mike, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wisconsin Room, Davies Center. UW-Eau Claire multicultural students will share favorite poems and motivational dreams through the spoken word.
  • Feb. 21 — LGBTQA discussion panel, 1-2 p.m., Arrowhead Room, Davies Center. Interactions in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer and ally environment will be discussed among UW-Eau Claire students, staff and faculty.
  • Feb. 22 — I Am Not My Hair panel, 2-3 p.m., Presidents Room, Davies Center. Students of color are often approached with curiosity about their hair. Students will discuss care for ethnic hair, appropriate behavior and responses, and openly answer any inquiries that the community might have.
  • Feb. 29 — Fishbowl Q&A, 2-3 p.m., Wisconsin Room, Davies Center. Apanel of multicultural students will explain their experiences living in a homogeneous community. Guests will anonymously submit on note cards questions they have for the panel members, who will then answer the "fishbowl" questions.
  • March 1 — Tone Poem, 7 p.m., Schofield Auditorium. This event has been canceled.

For more information, contact Shantee Scheel at shantee@gmail.com, Cheri Snobl at 715-836-3367 or snoblc@uwec.edu, or Selika Ducksworth-Lawton at 715-828-2019 or duckswsm@uwec.edu.

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