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UW-Eau Claire to host variety of Black History Month events

UW-Eau Claire's celebration of Black History Month ramps up during the final weeks of February with events that reflect the richness of black culture and history, and recognize the many accomplishments and contributions of African Americans.

On Friday, Feb. 16, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will charter a bus for students to see the Marvel superhero movie “Black Panther” at Oakwood Mall in Eau Claire. The bus will depart from Karlgaard Towers at 6 p.m. to arrive in time for the movie at 7 p.m. The bus will take students back to campus following the movie. Students interested in free tickets should email Michael Thomas, Office of Multicultural Affairs, at, or Rachel Steuer, Center for International Education, at before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15.

The EDI Division and Sodexho are collaborating to offer faculty, staff and students "Soul Food Fridays" this month. The menu at Dulany each Friday in February will feature an assortment of traditional dishes available from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The musical influence of black artists will be highlighted daily on Blugold Radio (99.9 FM) and on UW-Eau Claire faculty members Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, Dr. Frank Watkins and Dr. Ryan Jones will present the features daily at 7:45 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. The final week of features will be curated by students in Ducksworth-Lawton’s History 210, “African American History 1865 to the Present” class. The features also will air Saturdays on Blugold Radio.

From Feb. 19-23 a "Black Milestones in Civil Rights" display will be featured on the second floor of Davies Center. The display, created by the Student Affairs office, will highlight notable achievements by black individuals throughout history.

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion professional development session focused on the film “13th.” The film, which focuses on the history of race, incarceration and disempowerment of minority communities in the United States, will be shown in the Woodland Theater, and a group discussion will follow the movie. Faculty and staff are encouraged to register for the session through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning website under the EDI workshops section.

A discussion about the accomplishments and contributions of black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will be the topic of the “Celebrating Black LGBTQ Pioneers” event at noon Monday, Feb. 26. The event will be held in the Office of Multicultural Affairs Resource Center in Room 1108 of Centennial Hall.

The celebration of Black History Month will conclude with music, student recognition and a dinner at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center. The event is sponsored by the EDI Division, Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Black Student Alliance. To register, email Michael Thomas at

Photo caption: Dr. Frank Watkins, assistant professor of music and theatre arts, performs during the university's Jan. 31 on-campus event celebrating the vision and legacy of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.