Black History Month Opening Celebration

Wednesday, February 1

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Fulton Chapel

Hosted by the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement & the Black History Month Planning Committee

The Black History Month Opening Celebration is a traditional ceremony to commemorate the University of Mississippi’s official recognition of Black History Month. As a part of the celebration of culture and diversity, the opening celebration will feature Dr. Judith Meredith, Professor, Broadcast Journalist, and wife of James Meredith, as keynote speaker. The opening celebration will also include selections from the UM Gospel Choir, remarks from Katrina Caldwell, vice chancellor for diversity & community engagement, and the presentation of the Lift Every Voice Awards by Donald Cole. For more information, contact the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at 662-915-1689.

Black Student Union’s 4th Annual Black History Month Gala

Friday, February 3

6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Hosted by the Black Student Union

Join the Black Student Union for the 4th annual celebration of African American achievement at the University of Mississippi. The keynote address and awards presentation will be followed by an evening of fellowship, music, and dancing. Admission is free for University of Mississippi students, faculty and staff. The gala is co-sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement, Office of the Vice Chancellor for University Relations, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs, Department of Campus Recreation, Office of the Dean of Students/Leadership & Advocacy, Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement, Ole Miss Student Union, Center for Student Success & First-Year Experience, Ole Miss Alumni Association, School of Applied Sciences, and School of Education.

Tickets are available at the Ole Miss Box Office beginning Monday, January 23rd. For more information, contact the Black Student Union at umissbsu@gmail.com.

The Black National Anthem: Lift Every Voice & Sing Lecture by Dr. Timothy Askew

Monday, February 6

5:30 PM

Paris-Yates Chapel

Hosted by  the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement & UM Gospel Choir

Lift Every Voice & Sing, an impactful work of art, has been a staple in the Black community and in America at large. Join us as Dr. Timothy Askew, Associate Professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, discusses its historical and cultural significance. For more information, please contact the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at 662-915-1689.

Of Ebony Embers

Monday, February 6

3:30 PM and 7:30 PM

Nutt Auditorium

Hosted by the School of Education

This is a musical performance that retells the story of the Harlem Renaissance through song. For more information, contact Nichelle C. Robinsons at ncboyd@olemiss.edu.

What is Black Health?

Tuesday, February 7

6:00 PM

Bryant 209

Hosted by UM Chapter of NAACP

This program focuses on black health in its totality. The discussion will be centered on mental illness in the Black community, how it manifested within the community, and what we can do to manage our health. For more information, contact Tysianna Marino at tymjmarino@gmail.com.

Digital Activism: How to Leverage Social Media for #BlackLivesMatter

Wednesday, February 8

6:00 PM

Meek School of Journalism, Room 202

Hosted by Meek School of Journalism

#BlackLivesMatter is a social movement that began as a phenomenon on Twitter. In this interactive discussion, dive into how social media has been used to create change and learn how to leverage these same tools to be part of the movement. For more information, contact Jennifer Sadler at jsadler@olemiss.edu.

Race Movie Screening

Thursday, February 9

5:00 PM

 FedEx Auditorium

Hosted by The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, Ole Miss Athletics, and The Student Activities Association

Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him into the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. “Race” is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend. The viewing will be followed by a discussion by Dr. Charles Ross. Free pizza will be available. For more information, contact The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at 662-915-1689.

When the South Still Got Something to Say: A Conversation about Hip-Hop in the South

Friday, February 10

2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Barnard Observatory

Hosted by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture & Men of Excellence

A conversation on the South and hip-hop with scholar Regina N. Bradley and writer Kiese Laymon. For more information, contact Becca Walton at rwalton@olemiss.edu.

 University of Mississippi Black History Month Keynote featuring

Eunique Jones Gibson

Because of Them, We Can™

Monday, February 13

6:00 PM

Fulton Chapel

Hosted by the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement and Black History Month Planning Committee

Co-Sponsored by University Lecture Series, Office of  the Provost/Multicultural Affairs, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Community Engagement, Department of Student Housing, Ole Miss Athletics, School of Education, Office of Global Engagement, Arch Dalrymple III Department of History, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Office of Global Engagement, William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, and Black Student Union.

In 2013, Eunique launched the Because of Them, We Can™ campaign during Black History Month with a mission to empower the next generation to honor the legacy of their ancestors through their own individual pursuit of greatness. The campaign featured photographs of adorable children channeling leaders, activists, and celebrities, past and present. Because of Them, We Can™ quickly went viral and grew into something bigger than the twenty-eight day tribute she originally planned. It is now considered one of the most prolific and virally successful Black History campaigns of all time. It has been featured on the websites of The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, RollingOut, The Washington Post, and Essence.com, among many other print and Internet publications. In order to continue her efforts to contemporize Black History Month, Eunique left her job as an online marketing and social media manager to dedicate herself to the Because of Them, We Can™ movement on a full-time basis. Seating is limited to the first 750 attendees. Tickets are available NOW at the Ole Miss Box Office for UM students, faculty, and staff! Beginning Monday, February 6th, remaining tickets will be available for the general public. Admission is free. For more information, please contact the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at 662-915-1689.

Continuing the Legacy Walk: James Meredith

Tuesday, February 14

12:15 PM-1:00 PM

Lyceum Steps

Hosted by Men of Excellence

The Continuing the Legacy Walk will lead students to various locations that served as relevant sites in relation to the admission of Mr. James Meredith, the first African American student to enroll at the University of Mississippi. At each stop, there will be 62 seconds of moment of silence to represent the year of his enrollment, 1962. For more information, contact Terrence Johnson at tjjohns2@go.olemiss.edu.

What is Black History?

Wednesday, February 15

6:00 PM

Bishop 209

Hosted by UM Chapter of NAACP, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Black Student Union

The start of this event will feature a short keynote speaker, followed by a conventional style black history month program and coupled with a wax museum. For more information, contact Tysianna Marino at tymjmarino@gmail.com or Terrye Davis at tsdavis1@go.olemiss.edu.

What is Black Love?

Thursday, February 16

6:00 PM

Bryant 209

Hosted by UM Chapter of NAACP

This panel discussion will explore the relationship between Black men and women. For more information, contact Tysianna Marino at tymjmarino@gmail.com.

I Am Not Your Negro Movie Screening

Friday, February 17

7:00 PM

Malco Oxford Commons

Hosted by Oxford Film Festival

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, “Remember This House.” This Oscar-nominated documentary is also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at www.oxfordfilmfest.com or at the door. Discounted tickets ($5.00) are available for students (Use Code: “iamastudent”). For more information, contact Melanie Addington at melanieaddington@oxfordfilmfest.com.

Langston Hughes – Poetry in Song

Saturday, February 18

7:30 PM

Nutt Auditorium

Hosted by the Department of Music

The cycle is based on the poetry of Langston Hughes (1902-1967).  The texts reflect the poet’s sincere love of life, the African-American people and their cultural heritage.  Hughes was influenced by music, especially jazz, blues and gospel.  All of these musical styles are reflected in the song cycle, combined with traditional classical forms. Admission is free. For more information, contact Adam Estes at ajestes@olemiss.edu.

 Soul Food Luncheon

Tuesday, February 21

11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Luckyday Residential College Dining Hall

Hosted by The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement and The Luckyday Program

With soul food’s significant history in the African American culture the Luckyday Residential Dining Hall will host a luncheon featuring soul food cuisine. Attendees will be able to use meal plans or purchase the meal at the regular rate. Free meal tickets will be available at select Black History Month events. For more information, contact The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at 662-915-1689.

Women of the Blues: A Tribute to Memphis Minnie and Beverly “Guitar” Watkins

Tuesday, February 21

2:00 PM

Department of Archives & Special Collections, 3rd floor of the JD Williams Library

Hosted by Department of Archives & Special Collections and JD Williams Library

UM graduate student, Alicia Marie Venchuk, gives a musical tribute and lecture on revolutionary blues guitarists Memphis Minnie and Beverly “Guitar” White, whose powerful playing paved the way for future female guitarists For more information, contact Greg Johnson at gj1@olemiss.edu.

Mr. Bill Bynum: Poverty and Mobility in Mississippi

Tuesday, February 21

5:00 PM

Robert Khayat Law School Room 1115

Hosted by The McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement

This is an opportunity to engage with Mr. Bill Bynum. As chairman of the Treasury Department’s Community Development Advisory Board from 2002 to 2012, he advised Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama on community development matters. For more information, contact Rebecca Bramlett at rbramle1@go.olemiss.edu.

Black Women Matter

Tuesday, February 21

7:00 PM

Lamar 327

Hosted by E.S.T.E.E.M.

Panel discussion with various questions related to black women. The panel will have both men and women. We will discuss perceptions, misconceptions, and the importance of black women in today’s society. For more information, contact Asia Frison at asfrison@go.olemiss.edu.

 BLSA presents Activism as An Attorney

Wednesday, February 22

6:00 PM

Weems Auditorium at the Law School

Hosted by Black Law Students Association

This event will discuss BLSA objectives and guest speaker, Attorney Carlos Moore, will discuss his current legal suit involving Mississippi’s state flag. A reception will follow. For more information, contact Robin Brown at rlbrown3@go.olemiss.edu.

Black History Month Concert

Thursday, February 23

7:30PM

Nutt Auditorium

Hosted by The Department of Music

Appreciation of the phenomenal contributions/legacy of African Americans and other people of Black descent to the world of music. Admission is free. For more information, contact George Dor at gwkdor1@olemiss.edu or (662) 915-7269.

Brown Bag Lecture: Slavery and Public History

Monday, February 27

12:00 PM

Barnard Observatory

Hosted by The McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement

In this presentation, Dr. Mary Battle describes challenges and opportunities for promoting public awareness of the history of slavery and its race and class legacies in Charleston, South Carolina. For more information, contact Rebecca Bramlett at rbramle1@go.olemiss.edu.

From the Mountaintop: Dr. King’s Quiet Legacy of Resistance

Monday, February 27

4:00 PM

Farley Hall – Overby Auditorium

Hosted by the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement

When we discuss Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power Movement, and other flashpoints of black resistance, we typically use adjectives like “bold,” “courageous,” “powerful,”– maybe “violent” and “disruptive.” Borrowing from a growing tradition in cultural studies, Professor Brian Foster complicates conventional narratives about the ongoing movement for black freedom rights. For more information, please contact the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at 662-915-1689.

Pressed by Perceptions: Natural Hair Care and Cultural Expression on a College Campus (Part I)

Tuesday, February 28

6:00 PM

Robert Khayat Law Center Weem Auditorium

Hosted by The UM Women of Color Network

This two-part event series will educate and empower faculty, staff, and students with knowledge about Black cultural expression on a college campus with special emphasis given to natural hair. Within Part I, attendees will acquire foundational knowledge about how to nourish and style natural hair. There will be panel discussions in which women from our campus community describe their natural hair challenges and successes. Local stylist AJ Lester will provide a live hair tutorial of a basic hairstyle that is a MUST for every naturalista. Attendees can expect to leave with free product samples and the confidence to uncover and appreciate natural hair irrespective of resources or perceptions. Then, everyone is invited to return on March 2nd for Part II comprised of conversations with professionals about their perspectives on cultural expression in the workplace. For more information, contact LaTanya Dixon at lldixon1@olemiss.edu or 662-915-2006.

What is Black Culture?

Tuesday, February 28

7:30 PM

Lamar 130

Hosted by UM Chapter of NAACP

In an effort to truly embody what it means to be Black in America, the event highlights the resilience, diversity in culture, and diversity in art of Black people. For more information, contact Tysianna Marino at tymjmarino@gmail.com.

Camille A. Brown Performance

Thursday, March 2

7:30 PM

The Gertrude Ford Center for Performing Arts

Hosted by The Ford Center, The Ole Miss Student Union, & The Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement

Camille A. Brown (originally from Queens, New York) is a prolific choreographer who has achieved multiple accolades and awards for her daring works. She is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, four-time Princess Grace Award winner, 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, 2015 USA Jay Franke & David Herro Fellow, 2015 TED Fellow, and 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient. She creates choreography that utilizes musical composition as storytelling in order to investigate the silent space within the measure. Informed by her background as a clarinetist, she makes a claim on history through the lens of a modern Black female perspective and leads her dancers through excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional. She develops and teaches community-based dance and social justice activities that engage the Black community and Black allies. Visit http://www.camilleabrown.org/ to learn more about Camille A. Brown. For tickets or more information, contact the Ford Center at fordcent@olemiss.edu or 662-915-2787.

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The Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement extends special thanks to all Black History Month Sponsors:

The Office of the Chancellor

The Office of the Provost

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Community Engagement

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

The University Lecture Series

The School of Education

Ole Miss Athletics

Department of Student Housing

Department of African American Studies

Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

Office of Global Engagement

University & Public Events

Department of Sociology & Anthropology

The Ole Miss Student Union

Department of Philosophy & Religion

The McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement

Department of Music

J.D. Williams Library

Center for the Study of Southern Culture

William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

Oxford Film Festival

Fraternity & Sorority Life

The LuckyDay Scholars Program

The Black Student Union

UM Chapter of NAACP

E.S.T.E.E.M.

Student Activities Association

Men of Excellence

National Pan-Hellenic Council