NIU Center for Black Studies
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NIU Announces Black Heritage Month
DeKalb — The NIU Center for Black Studies has scheduled a full slate of events for Black Heritage Month, which this year will observe the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Dr. La Vonne I. Neal, dean of NIU’s College of Education, will explore these central events in African American history during the opening ceremony in her presentation “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.” The Black Heritage Month Ancestral Opening will take place on Friday, Feb. 1, in the Carl Sandberg Auditorium, Holmes Student Center, at 5 p.m. In addition to Dr. Neal’s presentation, the opening ceremony will include keynote speaker Erika McCall, NIU alumna and author of the book “Go for Yours;” words of wisdom from Elder Blackmon, and a performance by the Northern Black Choir.
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.
East of Harlem, 7 p.m. in Diversions Lounge (HSC).
For more information, go to www.cbs.niu.edu/blackstudies
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, Chi Alpha Epsilon, John Henrik Clarke, College Parents Group, DeKalb School District 428, Delta Sigma Theta, E.B.O.N.Y. Women, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, M.O.V.E., NAACP, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Beta Sigma, Poetic Asylum, PPMO, PRISM, Sigma Gamma Rho, S.I.S.T.E.R.S., S-PLAN, Talented 10th, TRIO, Zeta Phi Beta
University sponsors: Asian American Center, Black Faculty Association, The College of Education; Diversity and Equity; The Division of Finance and Facilities, Health Enhancement, Latino Resources Center, LGBT Resources Center, The Presidential Commission on Minority Status, Student Support Services, Women’s Resources Center, Women’s Studies,
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