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WIU Black History Month schedule released

MACOMB — The Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center (GBCC) at Western Illinois University has released the schedule for this year’s Black History Month Celebration, which will be held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the GBCC.

According to a press release from WIU, this year’s Black History Month schedule includes:

  • Thursday, Jan. 31 – 6 p.m. in the Multicultural Center
    Program Title: Black Family Feud
    Presenter: Black Student Summit
  • Saturday, Feb. 2 – 2 p.m. College of Fine Arts and Communication and the Multicultural Center
    Program Title: Taste of Africa
    Presenter: African Student Association
  • Sunday, Feb. 3 – 2 p.m. Western Illinois Museum, 201 S. Lafayette St., Macomb
    Title: Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center
    Abstract: Poetry reading and historical overview of the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center with guests reflecting on the founding and its impact
    Presenter: Western Illinois University Museum
  • Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 – 6:30 p.m., University Union Heritage Room
    Program Title: Black History Keynote
    Presenter: Che “Rhymefest” Smith
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5 – 5 p.m., Stipes Hall, room 112
    Program Title: Chicago Race Riot of 1919: Then and Now
    Abstract: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 was a monumental event that is largely forgotten. When a black boy was killed for swimming in a “white” part of Lake Michigan, it set off five days of violence that left 38 dead and 500 wounded. This event significantly contributed to a massive increase in residential segregation that still plagues Chicago. Cole’s presentation will discuss this history and an effort to commemorate the centennial via a site-specific public art project.
    Presenter: History Professor Peter Cole
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5 – 6 p.m., GBCC Lounge
    Program Title: Salon Talks
    Presenter: NACWC
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6 – 6 p.m., Stipes Hall, room 112
    Program Title: The Black Arts Movement and the Black Panther Party in American Visual Culture
    Abstract: This is a book talk based on a chapter in a recently published book by Liberal Arts and Sciences Professor Jo-Ann Morgan titled, “The Black Arts Movement and the Black Panther Party in American Visual Culture,” (Routledge, 2019). The presentation will look at the artwork in an exhibition at the Oakland Museum in 1968, called “New Perspectives in Black Art,” to find important themes relevant to changing political and social consciousness with African Americans in the late 1960s.
    Presenter: Liberal Arts and Sciences Professor Jo-Ann Morgan
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6 – 7-9 p.m., Garwood Hall
    Program Title: First Wednesday
    Presenter: WIU Art Department
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12 – 10 a.m., Cultural Expressions, 61 W. Superior St., Chicago
    Program Title: Chicago Poetry Foundation
    Abstract: The first space in Chicago dedicated solely to the art of poetry, the Poetry Foundation building realizes Harriet Monroe’s dream, set out in her very first editorial, that the magazine would help poets pursue their art, increase public interest in poetry, and raise poetry’s profile in our culture. It also is poetry’s first permanent home in its 100-year history.
    Presenter: Cultural Expressions
  • Thursday, Feb. 14 – Noon, Multicultural Center
    Program Title: HIV/AIDS Awareness
    Abstract: Chris Wade is part of a nonprofit in Illinois that does free HIV/STD testing for universities, while also raising awareness for HIV/AIDS. He will speak to students from noon-1 p.m., while free testing will occur from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Presenter: Black Student Summit
  • Monday, Feb. 18 – 6 p.m., Multicultural Center
    Program Title: Souls of Black Girls
    Abstract: Black women have made tremendous contributions to various activist movements, including the feminist movement and the fight for women’s rights. Yet, time and again, their work is overshadowed by men and white women who often make strides for their causes due to the hard work of Black women. The event will teach about the important significance of Black women in activist movements.
    Presenter: The Women’s Center
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20 – 6:30 p.m., University Union Heritage Room
    Program: Why I Love Black Women
    Presenter: B.M.A.N
  • Friday, Feb. 22 – 6 p.m., Horrabin Hall gymnasium
    Program: Bring It!
    Presenter: GBCC Dance Troupe and Friends
  • Saturday, Feb. 23 – 9 a.m., Multicultural Center
    Program Title: Black Student Summit
    Presenter: Black Student Summit
  • Monday, Feb. 25 – 4:30 p.m., Multicultural Center
    Program Title: African Roots Panel
    Abstract: The purpose of the program is to combat the stereotype threat theory and dispel the single stories people have about countries in Africa and Africans in the United States.
    Presenter: Joey Franseca
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27 – 7 p.m., Multicultural Center
    Program Title: La Vida es un Carnaval
    Presenter: Casa Latina and the GBCC
  • Thursday, Feb. 28 – 5 p.m., Multicultural Center
    Program Title: Diversity Viewpoints in Peace Corps
    Abstract: The goals of the Peace Corps aim to provide assistance to interested countries, teach host countries about American cultures and educate Americans about cultures from different countries. Volunteers of color, older volunteers, LGBT*QA and other diverse volunteers play a tremendous role in teaching other countries about diversity in the United States.
    In honor of Peace Corps Week 2019, a partnership between Casa Latina, the Women’s Center and the GBCC will present “Diversity Viewpoints with Peace Corps” at the Multicultural Center. The event will showcase video clips that reflect the experiences of Peace Corps volunteers through the unique lens of their diverse identities (e.g. African Americans, Latinx, LGBT*QA, Asian and Pacific Islander, and 50+ American), followed by a facilitated conversation with panelists and audience members.
    Presenter: Joey Franseca
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