Calendar of Events

Black History Month Kick-Off Celebration

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

4:00PM- 5:30PM

The Fulton Chapel

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

The Black History Month Kick-Off 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 Kick-Off Celebration will feature Mr. Kiese Laymon, 2015-2016 Grisham Writer in Residence, as the keynote speaker. With selections from the UM Gospel Choir, remarks from Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter, and the presentation of the Lift Every Voice Awards by Dr. Donald Cole, join us for the 2016 Black History Month Kick-Off Celebration. For more information, contact The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at inclusion@olemiss.edu.

Good or Bad Hair

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

7:00 PM

Bishop 209

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

Through a panel of stylists and university community members as well as clips from Good Hair and School Daze, this event will focus on the history & influence Black hair has had on society. For more information, contact Danielle Sims at drsims@olemiss.edu.

 Continuing the Legacy Walk

Thursday, February 4, 2016

12:15PM-1:00PM

Union Plaza

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 Justavian Tillman at jdtillma@go.olemiss.edu.

Movie Series: Selma

Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:00PM

Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 3:00PM

Turner Center 205

Hosted by the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, the Student Activities Association, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council

A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at inclusion@olemiss.edu.

“Blues, Bebop, and Black History: Poetry and Prose of the Sterling Plumpp Collection”

Friday, February 5, 2016

Noon-1:00PM

Hosted by JD. Williams Library

Faulkner Room, Archives & Special Collections

Dr. Corey Taylor, Associate Professor of English at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, will be speaking about the life and work of Sterling Plumpp, one of the country’s most distinguished blues-jazz poets. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Ford at jwford@olemiss.edu.

Tupac Monologue

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

12:15PM-1:00PM

Union 405

Hosted by Men of Excellence

Join the Men of Excellence for a discussion about the role of Hip Hop culture and its effect on political and cultural change in America. Participants and facilitators will explore the potential and actualized influence of Hip Hop on sociopolitical awareness and activism. The Tupac Monologue will also explore between respectability and hip hop and how they can best interact to combat the sociopolitical problems facing the black community. For more information, contact Justavian Tillman at jdtillma@go.olemiss.edu.

Lecture by Clifton Taulbert

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

5:00PM

Robert C. Khayat Law School, Weems Auditorium

Hosted by The McLean Institute

Pulitzer nominated author, Clifton Taulbert, will speak about his new memoir, “The Invitation.” Time Magazine named him one of America’s most outstanding black entrepreneurs. Taulbert will speak on entrepreneurship, leadership, and community building. For more information, contact the McLean Institute at mclean@olemiss.edu.

Hidden History Tour

Friday, February 12, 2016

1:00PM-2:00PM

Lyceum Circle

Hosted by the UM Chapter of NAACP

The Hidden History Tour will allow the campus community to participate in a walking tour of the campus, highlighting some its lesser known history. Participants will meet at the Confederate Statue in the Lyceum Circle. For more information, contact Buka Okoye at ccokoye1@go.olemiss.edu.

Black Student Union’s 3rd Annual Black History Month Gala

Friday, February 12, 2016

6:00PM

The Inn at Ole Miss

Hosted by The Black Student Union

Join the Black Student Union for the 3rd 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. Tickets will be available beginning Monday, January 25th at the Ole Miss Box Office. The preferred attire for the gala is formal and refreshments will be served. The 3rd annual BSU Gala is co-sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, Center for Student Success and First Year Experience, Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, Ole Miss Alumni Association, Ole Miss Student Union, IMAGE Program, Residential Housing Association, Department of African American Studies, Arch Dalrymple III Department of History, School of Engineering, School of Applied Science, College of Liberal Arts, FASTrack, Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, Department of Campus Recreation, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and E.S.T.E.E.M. For more information, contact the Black Student Union at bsucabinet@gmail.com

Movie Series: Straight Outta Compton

Monday, February 15, 2016

5:00PM

Turner Center 205

Hosted by The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement and National Pan-Hellenic Council

In 1988, a groundbreaking new group revolutionizes music and pop culture, changing and influencing hip-hop forever. N.W.A’s first studio album, “Straight Outta Compton,” stirs controversy with its brutally honest depiction of life in Southern Los Angeles. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at inclusion@olemiss.edu

Soul Food Luncheon

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Noon-1:30PM

Luckyday Residential College Dining Hall

Hosted by The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement and The Luckyday Scholars 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 inclusion@olemiss.edu.

Your Voice, Your Vote

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

7:00PM

Overby Auditorium

Hosted by the Department of Student Housing and Ole Miss Athletics

Your Voice, Your Vote will discuss the voting history and experiences of African Americans and stress the importance of voting in local and nationwide elections. For more information, contact Danielle Sims at drsims@olemiss.edu. For more information, contact Danielle Sims at drsims@olemiss.edu.

Activism 101: Collective Liberation

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

6:00PM

Bryant 209

Hosted by the UM Chapter of NAACP

This event will be part one of the UM NAACP’s Activism 101 Series. The collective liberation workshop is designed to show students the intimate connections between the struggles of marginalized peoples. For more information, contact Buka Okoye at ccokoye1@go.olemiss.edu.

I Know Black People-Trivia Game

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

7:00PM

Residential College South Cafeteria

Hosted by the Department of Student Housing and the Black Student Union

Compete with your residence hall to demonstrate your knowledge of African American history. For more information, contact Danielle Sims at drsims@olemiss.edu.  

Are You Ready Dialogue Series: Let’s Start the Conversation!

Appropriation vs. Appreciation

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Noon-1:00PM

Union Ballroom

Hosted by The Center for Inclusion and Cultural Engagement, E.S.T.E.E.M., and Black Graduate and Professional Students Association

Cultural appropriation is a sociological concept which views the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture as a largely negative phenomenon. This dialogue will encompass themes  surrounding “black” names, “black” faces, “black” hair, hip hop culture, etc. For more information, contact Paige Freeman at pmfreema@go.olemiss.edu or Danielle Sims at drsims@olemiss.edu.

Movie Screening: Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker

Friday, February 19, 2016

1:45PM-3:00PM

Powerhouse Community Arts Center

Hosted by Oxford Film Festival

The film reveals the instrumental role that Ella Baker, a friend and advisor to Martin Luther King, played in shaping the American civil rights movement, the “godmother of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. FUNDI adds an essential understanding of the U.S. civil rights movement. Tickets are $10 for the individual screening. Students can also purchase a discounted day pass for $15. For more information and tickets, visit Oxford Film Festival.  

The Image of Black Love

Friday, February 19, 2016

5:00PM

Barnard Observatory

Hosted by The Black Graduate and Professional Students Association

The panelist will converse about the different topics, images, and foundations of black love. Students, faculty, and staff will become knowledgeable of positive vs. negative images of black love, social acceptance of interracial relationships, and individuals will reflect on the strengths, challenges, and progression of black love. Light refreshments served. For more information, contact Paige Freeman at pmfreema@go.olemiss.edu.

Tribute to a Black Woman

Friday, February 19, 2016

Union Ballroom

7:00PM

Hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council

In appreciation of African American women’s contributions to the University community, NPHC will host Tribute to a Black Woman. There will be special be special performances and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Ann-Marie Herod at aherod@go.olemiss.edu or Ryan Watkins at rwatkins@go.olemiss.edu.   

Independent Black Film Collective Panel

Saturday, February 20, 2016

1:00PM-2:45PM

Malco Oxford Commons

Hosted by Oxford Film Festival

Join Thabi Moyo as she talks about filmmaking with Tanya Wright of Orange is the New Black. Admission is free, but space is limited to 120. For more information, visit Oxford Film Festival.  

Movie Screening: Dixie

Saturday, February 20, 2016

4:45pm-6:45pm

Oxford Conference Center

Hosted by Oxford Film Festival

Written in 1859 by a blackface minstrel, the song “Dixie” became the national anthem for the confederacy during the American Civil War. Modern musicians, both black and white, have reinterpreted the song. Tickets are $10 for the individual screening. Students can also purchase a discounted day pass for $15. Seating is limited to 300. For more information and tickets, visit Oxford Film Festival .   

Reclaiming Our History

Monday, February 22, 2016

7:00PM

Bondurant 204c

Hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council

Panelists will highlight and discuss solutions to a number of issues facing the African American communities, specifically at the University of Mississippi. Participants will be invited to share thoughtful experiences and take advantage of this learning opportunity. For more information, contact Ann-Marie Herod at aherod@go.olemiss.edu or Ryan Watkins at rwatkins@go.olemiss.edu

Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels

 

Monday, February 22, 2016 10:00am -5:00pm

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 9:00am-1:00pm

Union Ballroom

Hosted by the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement and Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

At your convenience, all students, faculty, and staff are invited to stop by the Ole Miss Student Union to explore the Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels. Spanning from the year 1860 to the present, Ms. Angela W. Jennings, historian and curator,  journeys with all spectators exposing the pain, the pride and the depths of the souls of those who came from Africa in shackles and triumphant over the degradation of slavery. Ms. Jennings cleverly displays her unique blend of art collectibles and memorabilia while serving as a griot of sorts in her oral presentations and dramatizations of selected periods and historical figures. Ms. Jennings then offers an oratorical presentation on the powerhouses in African-American history, such as Ida B. Wells, The Negro Baseball League, The Tuskegee Airmen, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to name a few. For more information, contact the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement at inclusion@olemiss.edu.

Black History Month Concert

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

7:30PM-9:30PM

Nutt Auditorium

Hosted by the Department of Music, Office of the Provost/Multicultural Affairs, Center for the Study of Souther Culture, and the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

The annual Black History Month Concert features the Ole Miss African Drum and Dance Ensemble, University of Mississippi Steel Orchestra, UM’s Gospel Choir, Men’s Glee Choir, and Dr. Cynthia Felton, a religious, jazz, blues performer from Los Angeles, California; as well talented music students and faculty. The concert will also feautre a celebration of B.B. King by a team of Ole Miss and Oxford musicians led by Mr. Ricky Burkhead. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. George Dor at gwkdor1@olemiss.edu.

Ain’t I a Woman?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

7:00PM

Nutt Auditorium

Hosted by School of Education, Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, and Ole Miss Student Union

Ain’t I a Woman! celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women: renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter, and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age, and contemporary concert music by African Americans. Ain’t I a Woman! is a joyful exploration of the trials and triumphs of  four passionate and accomplished women. For more information, contact The School of Education at soe@olemiss.edu.

Throwback Thursday: Celebration of Black Entertainment

Thursday, February 25, 2016

12:15pm-1:00pm

Union Ballroom

Hosted by The Black Graduate and Professional Students Association

Students will be educated about the history of Black entertainment and pay homage to those who broke stardom between the 1920s-1990s. Black entertainers broke the color barriers and the essence of entertainment with flavor and soul. This celebration will allow us to remember those entertainers and also reclaim genres of music, fashion, and entertainment that many aren’t familiar with or have forgotten. For more information, contact Paige Freeman at pmfreema@go.olemiss.edu.

Hidden History Tour

Friday, February 26, 2016

1:00PM-2:00PM

Lyceum Circle

Hosted by the UM Chapter of NAACP

The Hidden History Tour will allow the campus community to participate in a walking tour of the campus, highlighting some its lesser known history. Participants will meet at the Confederate Statue in the Lyceum Circle. For more information, contact Buka Okoye at ccokoye1@go.olemiss.edu.

Sister2Sister Leadership Retreat

Friday, February 26, 2016

3:00pm-9:00pm

Union Ballroom

Hosted by The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

In partnership with various departments and student organizations, the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement will host the inaugural Sister2Sister Leadership Retreat will address issues that impact African American woman on campus and in the local community while also highlighting the benefits and challenges associated with attending an institution of higher education. This year’s theme is Embracing each Other, Uplifting our Spirits. The mission is to provide a forum for engaging and interactive discussions regarding personal, social, and academic responsibility while attending the University of Mississippi. Pre-registration Participants should register February 1st-February 19th at inclusion.olemiss.edu. Pre-registration is required.  Admission is free and open to all UM students, faculty, and staff. For more information, contact The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at inclusion@olemiss.edu.

University of Mississippi Black History Month Keynote Address  featuring

Alicia Garza

Monday, February 29, 2016

6:00PM

Fulton Chapel

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

As the final event of Black History Month 2016, the keynote address will feature Alicia Garza. Garza is a social activist & co-creator of the viral Twitter hashtag and movement, #BlackLivesMatter. Outraged by the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Garza took to social media to express her anguish and love for the black community. Ending her message with Our Lives Matter/We Matter/Black Lives Matter, Garza—together with Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors—turned those powerful last words into a Twitter hashtag. Immediately prompting activism nationwide, #BlackLivesMatter has evolved into the banner under which this generation’s civil rights movement marches. An established social activist committed to challenging society to recognize and celebrate the contributions of all individuals, specifically black people and queer communities, Garza’s activism is rooted in organizational strategies to connect individuals and emerging social movements. She is also a prominent advocate for the preservation of an open internet to provide a space for these movements to emerge.

The Black History Month Keynote Address is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost/Multicultural Affairs, University Lecture Series, School of Education, Arch Dalrymple III Department of History, Department of African American Studies, Office of Global Engagement, University & Public Events, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Department of  Student Housing, Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies, and Black Student Union.

Tickets are available for students, faculty, and staff at the Ole Miss Box Office beginning Monday, February 1st. Seating is limited to 700 attendees. On the evening of the event, seats that are not filled by 5:45PM, will be released to other interested students, faculty, and staff. For more information, contact the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement at inclusion@olemiss.edu.

Women’s Empowerment Awards & Reception

Making Your Own Different World

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

6:00PM

Fulton Chapel

Hosted by E.S.T.E.E.M., Department of Student Housing, and the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

In recognition of both Black History Month and Women’s History Month, this event will feature a keynote speaker as well as presentation of the Student Affairs Core Values Awards. For more information, contact the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at inclusion@olemiss.edu.

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

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The Office of the Chancellor

The Office of the Provost/Multicultural Affairs

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

University Lecture Series

School of Education

Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

Department of African American Studies

Office of Global Engagement

University & Public Events

Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Department of Student Housing

The Ole Miss Student Union

Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies

William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

Ole Miss Athletics

Career Center

The LuckyDay Scholars Program

Black Student Union

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

Student Activities Association

Men of Excellence

Black Graduate and Professional Student Association

National Pan-Hellenic Council

UM Chapter of NAACP

The McLean Institute

Oxford Film Festival

Department of Music

J.D. Williams Library