During the month of February, Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) is celebrating Black History Month with an array of events – lectures, dance, films, poetry, exhibits, musical performances and dramatic presentations.
Organized by SUNO’s Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) in collaboration with several units on campus and the community, the celebration provides an opportunity to reflect on a crucial part of America’s history, culture and heritage. The National Theme is “Civil Rights in America.”
All the Black History Month programs are free and open to the public.
A schedule of events follows:
Tuesday, February 4: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.: AFRICANA FILM SERIES—Promised Land — Though apartheid ended in South Africa in 1994, the film follows two black communities as they struggle to reclaim land from white owners. Running Time: 60 min.
Wednesday, February 5: Collge of Business & Public Administration-Room 100, Lake Campus 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: “What Does Testing of the DNA of Ramasses III and Other New Kingdoms Reveal?” This presentation will examine several pieces of evidence on the ethnicity/race of Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Presented by: Dr. Frank Martin, Chair, College of Business & Public Administration.
Thursday, February 6: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus 11:30 a.m. —1:30 p.m.: AFRICANA FILM SERIES —HERMAN’S HOUSE. This film captures the remarkable creative journey and friendship of Herman Wallace, one of the Angola 3, and artist Jackie Sumell. Running Time: 90 min.
Friday, February 7, 2014: SUNO-GYMNASIUM, Park Campus 1 p.m.—2 p.m.: Jazzin At Lunch” – Sullivan Dabney’s Musik Jazz Band-Featuring Michael Pierce, Asst. Professor of Music at SUNO, will explore some of the “Greats of Jazz” and performance techniques of their music. Sponsored by Jazz Foundation of America.
Friday, February 7-9, 2014: LOUISIANA RECONSTRUCTION CONFERENCE
February. 7: Opening Reception -The McKenna Museum of African Art, 2003 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, 6 p.m.—10 p.m. The Louisiana Public History Forum (LPHF) is an alliance of organizations and individuals that engage the public in discussions about the history of Slavery, Freedom, and Resistance. Sponsored by The Louisiana Public History Forum and CAAAS.
Saturday, February 8: SUNO College of Business & Public Administration, Auditorium: 9 a.m.—6 p.m.: The Louisiana Reconstruction Conference. Sponsored by The Louisiana Public History Forum (LPHF) and CAAAS.
Sunday, February 9: SUNO College of Business & Public Administration, Auditorium: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: The Louisiana Reconstruction Conference, BUS TOUR TO River Road African American Museum, Donaldsonville, Louisiana. Sponsored by The Louisiana Public History Forum and CAAAS.
Monday, February 10: Business Building Lecture Hall—Room 100, Lake Campus 9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m.: The Last Days of President Kennedy and Dr. King. This multimedia presentation will focus on events occurring just prior to the assassinations of President Kennedy and Dr. King. Presented by: Dr. Jill E. Murray, School of Social Work.
Tuesday, February 11: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: OF CIVIL WRONGS AND RIGHTS-The Fred Korematsu Story—In 1942, Fred Korematsu was an average Californian working as a shipyard welder. But when he refused to obey Executive Order 9006, he became something extraordinary, a civil rights champion. Running Time: 60 min.
Wednesday, February 12: The Leonard S. Washington Library, SUNO, Park Campus, Multi-Purpose Building, Room 176, Screening of MALCOLM X, 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. Sponsored by Leonard S. Washington Library, Circulation Librarian, Angelique Carson. Running Time: 3 hrs. 20 min.
Thursday, February 13: SUNO College of Business & Public Administration, Room 100, Lake Campus 2 p.m.: “A Snapshot of Income and Wealth Patterns Among African-American Families” This presentation is an attempt to highlight some of the key statistics that reflect the wide income and wealth accumulation gaps between African-American families and the rest of the population. Presented by: Dr. Igwe Udeh, Dean, Professor of Business, College of Business Administration.
Friday, February 14: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.: AFRICANA FILM SERIES/PANEL DISCUSSION: “The Loving Story”— An interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, fell in love and married at a critical time in American history, the turbulent Civil Rights era. Sponsored by Essence Edwards, Museum Attendant, New Orleans African American Museum. Running Time: 77 min.
Monday, February 17: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.: Lecture/Presentation: “Comparative Strategy of Struggle between Dr. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.” Presented by Mr. Wes. Johnson, “Our Story”, Producer.
Tuesday, February 18: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.: AFRICANA FILM SERIES-American Promise – A Rare and Compelling Exploration of Race, Class and Opportunity in America. Middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, New York, document their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private school in the country, The Dalton School. Running Time: 2 hrs. 32 min. NOTE: This documentary will be shown in two parts.
Wednesday, February 19: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.: AFRICANA FILM SERIES-American Promise– PART II
Friday, February 21: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus Noon-1:30 p.m.: LECTURE: Who are the Moors: Civil Rights & Human Rights. This lecture will focus on the Post-Reconstruction Era to how the Black Race became a nation within a nation. Sponsored by Moorish Science Temple No. 34, Represented by Bro. Zachary Gremillion-El.
Friday, February 21: LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Reception: “Towards Advancing Civil Rights Through the Reshaping of Our Criminal Justice System: Revisiting the Past, Rescuing the Present, Reclaiming the Future.” A retrospective and prospective view of civil rights in American, the face of the “New Jim Crow of Mass Incarceration of African Americans. Sponsored by Dr. John Penny, Chair, SUNO-Department of Social Sciences.
Saturday, February 22: LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Symposium: “Towards Advancing Civil Rights Through the Reshaping of Our Criminal Justice System: Revisiting the Past, Rescuing the Present, Reclaiming the Future.” Sponsored by Dr. John Penny, Chair, SUNO-Department of Social Sciences.
Monday, February 24: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.: AFRICANA FILM SERIES — HOMEGOINGS—Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Running Time: 60 min.
Wednesday, February 26, 201: SUNO-GYMNAISUM, Park Campus; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Black History Month Closing Program Celebration. Performances by Voices of SUNO; and Luther Gray/Bamboula 2000. KEYNOTE: “There IS Hope for Black Males” Brother Willie Muhammad. Special Guest: Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed Program Sponsors
- Center for African and African-American Studies
- Title III Programs
- SUNO-College of Arts & Sciences
- SUNO-College of Business Administration
- SUNO-School of Social Work
- SUNO-Leonard S. Washington Library
- Jazz Foundation of Louisiana
- The Louisiana Public History Forum
- New Orleans African American Museum
Black History Month Planning Committee
Dr. Romanus Ejiaga, Chair
Linda Hill, Curator/Archivist, Center for African and African American Studies
Darlene Holmes, Administrative Assistant, CAAAS
Dr. George Amedee, Professor of Political Science
About the Center for African and African American Studies at SUNO
The Center was formally established in 1989 as a unit within the Office of the Chancellor as a Title III grant program. In 2003, the Center was transferred to the College of Arts and Social Sciences to enhance its academic capabilities. As part of the Southern University at New Orleans continuing and growing commitment to the international and cultural studies, the Center seeks to provide innovative African and African American Studies programs in teaching, research and public service. The Center brings together a wealth of undergraduate course offerings, cultural and intellectual programming, archival and library resources, and numerous public events to create a strong foundation in African and African American Studies. For information, please visit the University’s Web site at www.suno.edu.