Dr. Joy Coates
NIU Center for Black Studies
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NIU Announces Black Heritage Month Events Schedule
DeKalb — NIU’s Center for Black Studies has scheduled a full slate of events for Black Heritage Month. The theme for this year is Reclaiming Our Roots, Renewing Our Commitment and will honor Nelson Mandela’s life, work and legacy. Monday, February 3, History Professor, Dr. Ismael Montana, will lead a discussion of the film, Mandela: From Prison to President, in the Holmes Student Center - Carl Sandburg Auditorium 2-4 pm. The Black Heritage Month Ancestral Opening Ceremony, honoring the late Nelson Mandela will take place in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium at 7 p.m.
The Ancestral Opening Ceremony is a collaboration of Black student organizations and the Center for Black Studies, and will be hosted by John Henrik Clarke Honor Society, The Huskie Service Scholars, and S-Plan. It will feature spoken word, a skit, one of Mandela’s speeches, clips of Mandela, a tribute to Winnie Mandela, a praise dance, and a performance by the NIU choir. There will also be an opportunity for the NIU Community to participate in the ceremony by reflecting on Mandela’s contributions. R.S.V.P. to Ms. Regina Curry if your department would like to participate: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The themes of culture, unity and responsibility inspire all Black Heritage Month activities, including a month-long recognition of American Heart Month and the American Heart Association. The color red will be worn on Feb. 1 to symbolize the blood of our ancestors and to focus attention on heart disease, one of the leading causes of death among African Americans. Events are free and open to the public.
Survive?” Detroit, Michigan, Convention Center. Contact information http://www.noi.org/saviours-day/.
Black Heritage Month sponsors: Alpha Phi Alpha, Black Graduate Students Association, Black Male Initiative, Black Student Union, B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S., Black Theater Workshop, John Henrik Clarke Honor Society, Delta Sigma Theta, E.B.O.N.Y. Women, The Huskie Service Scholars, L.O.V.E., M.O.V.E., Poetic Asylum, PPMO, PRISM, Sigma Gamma Rho, S.I.S.T.E.R.S., S-PLAN, TRIO, Zeta Phi Beta
University sponsors: Asian American Center, Black Faculty Association, The College of Education, Diversity and Equity, Graduate Colloquium, Health Enhancement, Latino Resources Center, LGBT Resources Center, Student Support Services, Women’s Resources Center, Women’s Studies