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Black History Month activities highlighted

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 16 - January 16, 1997

A variety of programs and activities are planned for Virginia Tech's celebration of 1997 Black History Month. These events are designed to display the rich and colorful history of African American people of the past as well as of the present.

The university first began celebrating Black History Month in 1985. Listed below are activities for this year's celebration:

January 20

Martin Luther King Day

Breakfast Discussion: Sponsored by Virginia Tech campus ministers, at the Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires Student Center, 9 a.m.

Lunch Discussion: Sponsored by the Black Caucus, at the Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires, noon.

Worship Service: Sponsored by the Virginia Tech campus ministers, at the War Memorial Chapel, 4:30 p.m.

Once Upon a Time We Were Colored (Film): Sponsored by the Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires, 7 p.m. (No charge)

January 31

2nd Annual Candlelight Vigil: Candlelight program in recognition of Black History Month, sponsored by the Black History Month Committee, Old Dominion Ballroom, 7 p.m.

February 1, 15 & March 1

Harlem Night: Virginia Tech talent will have a chance to perform in front of an audience, sponsored by Third Insight Entertainment, Squires Haymarket Theater, 7 p.m.

February 3

Herstory: Black Women in Politics: A program for acknowledging black women who go unknown, sponsored by the Black Female Coalition, Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires, 7 p.m.

February 4

Learning Strategies for a Successful Career: Rosco Bryd, DVM, Virginia State University, will speak on success in agriculture, sponsored by the Virginia Tech Chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, Hillcrest main area, 7 p.m.

February 6

Skin Deep (Film): After viewing the film, participants will discuss how they feel about how issues of color effect them and those around them, sponsored by the College of Human Resources Diversity Committee, Wallace atrium, 7 p.m. (No charge).

February 7

Understanding Blackness: An opportunity to reflect on what it means to be black and how we may exhibit our race and culture differently, sponsored by Multicultural Programs, Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires, 6 p.m.

February 8

Community Leadership Recognition Reception: Awards for outstanding leaders of organizations, sponsored by the Black Graduate Student Organization, Hillcrest main lounge, 2-5 p.m.

February 9

African American Food Tasting: Healthy Soul Food, sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Alumni Graduate Chapter, Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires, 2-4 p.m.

February 10

Herstory: Black Women in Athletics: A program for acknowledging black women who go unknown, sponsored by the Black Female Coalition, Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires, 6 p.m.

The Gallows to the Gavel: One-man performance by Darryl Van Leer about great legends and leaders, sponsored by the Black Student Alliance Special Events, Squires Haymarket Theater, 8 p.m. (No charge).

February 11

Race Relations in the US: Discussion of practical measures to improve race relations. Presented by: Alma Cardenas and Michael Herndon, Multicultural Center, 140 Squires, 8 p.m.

February 12

Sister to Sister: Stop Calling Me Names: A program which focuses on the lack of respect for African-American women, sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires, 7 p.m.

February 13

Networking with Black Corporate Women: Sponsored by the Black Female Coalition, Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires, 7 p.m.

February 13-March 14

Chicago Memories and Fantasies: Paintings by Robert Henry Graham: Gallery exhibition by prominent local black artist, sponsored by the School of the Arts-Dept. of Art and Art History, Armory Art Gallery, 201 Draper Road, Tuesday and Friday, noon-5 p.m., Saturday, noon-4 p.m.

February 14

Black Panthers: Yesterday and Today: A historical presentation explaining the past and present significance of the Black Panther Party. Excerpts from the film "Panther" will be shown, presented by Hayward Farrar, History Department, Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires, 6 p.m.

February 17

Herstory: Black Women in Business & Law: A program for acknowledging black women who go unknown, sponsored by the Black Female Coalition, Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires, 6 p.m.

Speaking Out: Greek Life--A Celebration of Differences: Informational program about the histories and legacies of Caucasian and black sororities and fraternities, sponsored by Multicultural Awareness Programs (MAPs), Brush Mountain Room A, Squires, 7:30 p.m.

February 18

Learning Strategies for a Successful Career: A successful black farmer speaking on strategies for a success in agriculture. Sponsored by: the Virginia Tech Chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, Hillcrest main area, 7 p.m.

The History of Black Women at Virginia Tech: The history of black women at Virginia Tech will be discussed using slides, pictures, and testimonies, sponsored by the Women's Center, Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires, 8 p.m.

February 19

African American Students Finding their Way: This program will present recent data on problems faced by African American students at a predominantly white university, presented by Cheri Weeks, Andrea Digiorgio, and Mary Parker. Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires, 6-8 p.m.

Double Jeopardy: African Americans Living w/Hidden Identities: The presenters will facilitate discussion on lesbian/gay/bisexual issues within the African American experience, presented by Alma Cardenas and Andy Wilson. Multicultural Center, 140 Squires, 7 p.m.

February 20

Black History Month Quiz-Bowl: The Quiz-Bowl returns for another year of competition as organizations from around the campus compete to determine black history trivia's champs! Sponsored by the Black Graduate Student Organization, Squires Cardinal Room, 6:30 p.m.

February 22

Diversity & Leadership Seminar: A half-day experiential program for students and student leaders on diversity issues, sponsored by Leadership and Student Organization Programs (LSOP), 341/345 Squires, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

February 23

An Evening of Poetry and Jazz: A laid-back evening of live jazz and poetry performed and read by local artists, sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and the Black Cultural Center, Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires, 8 p.m.

February 24

Herstory: Black Women in Education & Social Science: A program for acknowledging black women who go unknown, sponsored by the Black Female Coalition, Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires, 7 p.m.

February 24, 25, 26

Flying West by Pearl Cleage: Theater performance of a black playwright, sponsored by the School of the Arts-Department of Theater Arts, 204 Performing Arts Building, 8 p.m.

February 25

Will Blacks Become 'Roadkill' on the Information Highway? How home-computer use and culture may contribute to the slow movement of blacks into the information highway, sponsored by Women in Communications, 236 Squires, 5 p.m.

February 27

Keynote Speaker: Patricia Russell-McCloud

The closing event for Black History Month will be held at 7 p.m. in Squires Colonial Hall. Russell-McCloud is a graduate of Howard University Law School and former senior managing attorney for the Federal Communications Commission. She is a powerful and dynamic speaker who will bring a motivational message to Tech's celebration. The event is sponsored by EOAA and the Black History Month Committee.