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African-American History Month calendar

A variety of events are scheduled throughout the month in recognition of African American history. The LeMoyne-Owen College celebrates

Feb.10: African American History Challenge for African American History Month starts. Conducted by Hollis F. Price Library staff.

Feb. 10:  2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Hollis Price Library Video Marathon starts. Sponsored by Hollis F. Price Library staff (check Library for schedule).

Feb. 16: 11:10 a.m. Wednesday at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 85th Celebration of African American History Month at LOC, Dr. Susan O’Donovan, speaker. Sponsored by Center for African and African American Studies with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Feb. 23: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Little Theatre – DVD showing & discussion of “A Prince Among Slaves” narrated by rapper Mos Def. The amazing story of Prince Abdul Rhaman, a Muslim slave who ended up in Natchez, Miss., and later was liberated by President John Q. Adams. Rhaman’s descendents still live in Mississippi. Discussion leaders are Dr. Weaver (History) & Dr. Bayakly (Biology).

Feb. 24: LOC President Johnnie B. Watson will be the guest speaker at “I’m Determined To Be Somebody Someday” at West Junior High School in Oakland, Tenn., at 9 a.m.

Feb. 25: 11 a.m. at the Little Theatre – DVD showing & discussion of “Herskovits: At the Heart of Blackness.” In the film intellectuals and historians discuss the vast impact of and heated debate about Herskovits and his effect on the modern perception of cultural identity (Dr. Weaver).

Feb. 26: the Harambee Festival from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Alma Hanson Student Center. This is a celebration of community entrepreneurs, resources, arts & crafts and other products, with free music, poetry & videos. It’s a community service project – by students of Dr. Shaw Hunter and Dr. Femi Ajanaku – to support the Center for African & African American Studies.

Feb. 27: President Watson will be the guest speaker during “From Slavery to Freedom: We’ve Come This Far By Faith,” which begins at 10:45 a.m. at Beulah Baptist Church.

Feb. 28: The winner of the African American History Challenge will be announced at the Hollis Price Library at 11 a.

All events are free and open to the public

Variety of events on tap at U of M

Under the theme “African-Americans and the Civil War: Bruised, Battered, But Not Broken,” the University of Memphis will host a full schedule of programs, theater, music, and lectures during Black History Month. Many of the events are open the public and free of charge. They include:

Friday, Feb. 11, – Talk by Nobel laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel, 4 p.m., University Center Ballroom;

Gospel Explosion featuring Deitrick Haddon, 7 p.m., Rose Theatre;

Monday, Feb. 14 – A Night of Romance featuring Lil Rounds of “American Idol,” 7 p.m., University Center Ballroom;

Thursday, Feb. 17 – Igniting Excitement, 2 p.m., University Center River Room;

Friday, Feb. 18 – “Food Fight: How to Bridge the Food Divide Before Things Get Really Ugly” with Chet W. Sisk, noon, University Center Fountain View Room;

Wednesday, Feb. 23 – “An Evening With Soledad O’Brien,” 7 p.m., Rose Theatre;

Thursday, Feb. 24 – “A-Train Express: When Harlem Was King and the Music Was Swing,” panel discussion 10-11:15 a.m., documentary film screening 1-2:15 p.m., lessons 6:30-7:30 p.m., band 7:30-10:30 p.m.; various locations in the University Center;

“What Does It Take to Go to Law School?,” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., University Center Bluff Room;

Monday, Feb. 28 – Closing ceremony with speaker Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, 1 p.m., University Center River Room.

Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage, adjacent to the University Center.

More information is available online at www.memphis.edu/multiculturalaffairs/events.htm or from the U of M Office of Multicultural Affairs at 901-678-2054.

Rust College to host Watoto De’ Afrika

The Rust College Lyceum Series, in recognition of Black History Month, will present “Love Everybody” a Watoto De’ Afrika (Children of Africa) musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott-King on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the -Doxey Fine Arts Center Morehouse Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Pat Pegues, Lyceum Cultural Committee Chair at 662-252-8000, ext. 4010/4017.

Bluff City Tri-Art Theatre Co., presents two plays

During African American History Month, Bluff City Tri-Art Theatre Company will present “Gathering the Fold” and “The Liberal: Mrs. Price” written by BCTC’s own Ruby O’Gray, with Naomi Williams Moody in the cast of “The Liberal: Mrs. Price.”

The showings will be at TheatreWorks at 2085 Monroe Avenue.

Here is the schedule:

Feb. 25, 7 p.m, $5 admission, Friends & Family Nite (first come, first serve); Feb. 26, 7 p.m. $7; Feb. 27, 3 p.m., $7.

For reservations, call 901-946-6140.

Living History tours this month

The National Civil Rights Museum will provide Living History Tours through Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon, included with museum admission

Immerse yourself into the history that changed American social life for everyday people. The Living History Tours give an inside look into the lives of several unknown characters who are composites of both real and fictitious individuals from the Civil Rights Movement.

For more information, visit www.civilrightsmuseum.org.

WKNO highlights local Documentaries about civil rights struggle

In recognition of African-American History Month, WKNO has scheduled these award-winning documentaries – produced by local filmmakers – about the civil rights movement in the Mid-South:

“I AM A MAN: From Memphis, A Lesson In Life” (Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10; repeating on WKNO2 Saturday, Feb. 12 at 9:30 p.m.) More than 40 years after participating in the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike, Elmore Nickelberry is still on the job. The film looks back on that turbulent moment in Memphis history, as well as what it means to be a man today. Its four Emmy Awards include one for Executive Producer Deanie Parker, who co-wrote an original song for the soundtrack.

“In Remembrance There Is Life: A Night of Storytelling” (Thursday, Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10; repeating on WKNO2 Friday, Feb. 11 at 9 p.m.) Gathering in Memphis on the 40th anniversary of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., veterans of the Civil Rights Movement shared their personal stories and memories of Dr. King. Speakers include Dr. Benjamin Hooks; Rev. Jesse Jackson; Myrlie Evers, and more. This Emmy-winning production, which has since aired on PBS stations around the country, was produced by WKNO in cooperation with the National Civil Rights Museum.

“Freedom’s Front Line” (Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10; repeating on WKNO2 Saturday, Feb. 19 at 9:30 p.m.) the struggle, courage and persistence of a number of black Fayette County sharecroppers who participated in the voter’s registration drive in 1959-1960 that resulted in eviction. This documentary was created by a team consisting of Robert Hamburger (Producer), Mark Lipman and David Vallert (Directors), Daphene R. McFerren (Production Consultant), New Jersey City University and the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at The University of Memphis.

In addition to these locally-produced films, WKNO will also be airing an encore presentation of the American Experience film, Roads to Memphis (Tuesday, February 22 at 9:00 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10; repeating on WKNO2 Wednesday, February 23 at 9:00 p.m.), which draws from a book by Memphis native Hampton Sides. The tells the wildly disparate yet fatefully entwined stories of an assassin, James Earl Ray, and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., against the backdrop of the seething and turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis.

Encore showing by WKNO

An encore of American Masters “Sam Cooke: Crossing Over” (Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 9 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10; repeating on WKNO2 Thursday, Feb. 24 at 9 p.m.). Before Otis Redding, before Motown, before Aretha Franklin became the Queen of Soul, Sam Cooke put the spirit of the black church into popular music, creating a new American sound. He had a silky voice and good looks; he was charming and brazen. Doors opened for him, bringing his unique gospel – “Good News,” “Wonderful World,” “You Send Me,” “Change Is Gonna Come” and more. Danny Glover narrates.

For more information: wkno.org.

UT-Martin observes 10th Annual Civil Rights Conference

African American History Month events at the University of Tennessee Martin will be anchored by the 10th Annual Civil Rights Conference.

Here is the schedule:

Entire month of February: Weekly book discussion meetings on the Civil Rights Conference 2010 book, “Short Stories of the Civil Rights Movement: An Anthology,” Margaret Early Whitt, editor

Feb. 20: Ken-Tenn Homecoming and Reunion Association and Community Forum: African American History Month Activities, Tennessee Room, McCombs Holland, 10 a.m-5 p.m. For more info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Feb. 21: Ken-Tenn Homecoming and Reunion Association and Community Forum: African American History Month Activities, Harvey Vick Center, South Fulton, Tenn., 3-5 p.m.

Feb. 21: Civil Rights Movie: “Amistad,” Steven Spielberg’s classic account of an 1839 slave-ship rebellion.  Watkins Auditorium, 6 and 9 p.m.  Sponsored by the UTM Student Activities Council.

Feb. 22: Noon, Student rally for Social Justice, Boling University Center and Paul Meek Library Plaza.

Feb. 22: 7 p.m., Black History Quiz Bowl, Sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Feb. 23: 1-3 p.m.  “How the Lies of History Have Tarnished Our Moral Values,” Watkins Auditorium, Dr. Henry Parker, Karen Adams and student participants.

Feb. 23: Native American Civil Rights Day, Bill Miller, Watkins Auditorium, 6:30 pm. (Bill Miller, Three-time Grammy Award winning musician. For more info, see: http://www.billmiller.net/)

Feb. 24: 12:15-12:50 p.m, Roundtable on Black Writers, Hortense Parrish Writing Center, 209 Humanities Bldg. Sponsored by Hortense Parrish Writing Center. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Feb. 24: 1-3 p.m., Brooke Haycock, one-woman performance on contemporary issues of education and civil rights, Watkins Auditorium.

Feb. 25: (All events in Watkins Auditorium) 9:30-10:45 a.m.: “Civil Rights in the Age of Obama,” Dr. Cynthia Griggs Fleming, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: “White Privilege and White Activism in the Struggle for Black Freedom,” Chude Allen and Karen Trusty; 1-2:15 p.m.: “Racial Disparities in Health Care,” Dr. Vivian Carter, Tuskegee University; 2:30-3:45 p.m.: “Local Civil Rights History: Fulton, and South Fulton,” Joyce Washington, T.D. Morris, and Pete Algee; 7 p.m.: Dr. Bob Moses (for biography, see: http://www.answers.com/topic/robert-parris-moses )

Feb. 26: Documentary Film Showing: “UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Watkins Auditorium, 7 p.m.

(For more information, contact Conference Coordinator David Barber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Past Conference Coordinator Alice-Catherine Carls, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

NOTE: If you have an item for the African American History Month Calendar, which will run throughout the month, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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