Colorado State University’s Black/African American Cultural Center has a full month of programs scheduled to celebrate Black History this year. From the kickoff event at noon on Feb. 2 to the Ailey II dance performance on March 2, lectures, discussions, films and networking will provide the on-campus community an opportunity to explore and reflect on a unique culture.
The theme for this year’s month-long celebration is “A Pledge to Our Youth,” serving as a reminder to the next generation that they will not be forgotten. Featured speakers and appearances include Marc Lamont Hill, Sybrina Fulton and Ailey II.
Events throughout the month will look at the black and African American experience from a range of perspectives:
Black History Month kickoff
Noon, Feb. 2, LSC 322
Join the Black/African American Cultural Center and other friends in starting the celebration with singing, dancing and spoken word.
REAL Talk: Being Black & Poor/Rich
4 p.m. Feb. 3, LSC 335
This student-facilitated discussion focuses on how socio-economics affect the black community.
Keynote speaker: Simon Tsike-Sossah
6:30 p.m. Feb. 5, LSC 382
Tsike, a youth activist and peace builder from West Africa, will share how he empowers young people to make changes.
Old School Funk Jam Session
6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 6 LSC Theatre
Enjoy funky tunes from the ’70s, ‘80s and ’90s and a best-dressed contest.
REAL Talk: Being Black & Religion
4 p.m. Feb. 10, LSC 335
This student-facilitated discussion focuses on how religion influences the black community.
Keynote speaker: Marc Lamont Hill
7 p.m. Feb. 10, LSC Grand Ballroom
Hill, a nationally known social justice activist, will address the dangers of believing we live in a post-racial society.
Sex for Chocolate
5-6 p.m. Feb. 11, LSC 322
Session focuses on educating and protecting oneself.
Noon Feb. 13, LSC 335
Stop in and cheer on Africans United, United Women of Color, Black Student Alliance and United Men of Color in a game of Black History Jeopardy.
REAL Talk: Being Black & GLBTQ
4 p.m. Feb. 17, LSC 335
This student-facilitated discussion focuses on understanding the challenges of being black and part of the GLBTQ community.
Diverse Reverse Fair
4 p.m. Feb. 17, North Ballroom
The Diverse Reverse Fair, which has students behind the booths, is designed to develop and foster relationships with employers and discuss the impact their organization has had on their life while attending CSU.
Open Mic Night
6:30 p.m. Feb. 18, TBA
Express yourself at open mic. Sign up by Feb. 11 in LSC 335 or call (970) 491-5781.
Keynote speaker: Sybrina Fulton
7 p.m. Feb. 19, LSC Grand Ballroom
Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, speaks about how she has dedicated her life to transforming a family tragedy into social change. Get tickets.
6 p.m. Feb. 22, LSC Theatre
Come watch hair designers showcase various African American hairstyles, as models rock the runway.
REAL Talk: Being Black & Multiracial
4 p.m. Feb. 25, LSC 335
This student-facilitated discussion focuses on two questions: Am I black enough? Does the one-drop rule still exist?
9 p.m. Feb. 25, LSC 335
Zane’s book, Addicted, will be discussed.
Lunch at the Aspen Grille
11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27
The Aspen Grille, in conjunction with the Black/African American Cultural Center, will feature a special menu of traditional Southern cuisine in recognition of Black History Month. Reservations encouraged at (970) 491-7006.
Movie: Dear White People
6 p.m. Feb. 26, LSC Theatre
Written and directed by Justin Simien, “Dear White People” is a 2014 American satirical drama film that focuses on African American students attending an Ivy League college. Discussion to follow.
7:30 p.m. March 2, Fort Collins Lincoln Center
Ailey II, an internationally-known dance troupe based out of New York City, will merged spirit and energy with talent, passion and creativity. Tickets are free for students and $30 for the general public. Students can pick their tickets up at the LSC Campus Box Office; general public tickets can be purchased at the Lincoln Center.