Brenda Stevenson giving the 2017 African American History Month lecture

Numerous events are scheduled to take place as Carolina honors Black History Month (Feb. 1-28). In addition to Wilson Caldwell Day, which honors an unsung hero of Carolina’s past, and the African American History Month Lecture, the Black Student Movement will host the Celebration of Blackness series, a movie screening, panel discussion and more; Carolina Athletics also has several sporting events, including a half-time step performance, panel discussion. Please see below for details (updated regularly).

Black History Month 2019

Friday, February 1 – BHM Kick-Off

Celebration of Blackness: All Black

Time: 11 am-1 p.m.
Location: The PIT

Performances from BSM subgroups, free cupcakes. Students wear all black and indicate on dry-erase boards why they love their blackness.

Saturday, February 2

Back to Black: Harlem Nights

Time: 7-10 p.m.
Location: The Blue Zone, Kenan Stadium

Wednesday, February 6

Family Feud: BHM Edition

Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: Upendo

How well do you know your culture? Join BSM for a Black History Month edition of Family Feud.

Thursday, February 7

African American Heritage Month Lecture

Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Stone Center

This year’s speaker is author and historian, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, who will speak on “Racist Ideas in America: From Slavery to Black Lives Matter.”

Kendi is one of the nation’s most prolific and accomplished young professors of race, writing for and speaking to both scholarly and general audiences. This lecture builds on Kendi’s firm belief that in order to understand racism in America today, we must confront the history of anti-Black ideas. Kendi traces this history of racist ideas; beginning in 15th century Europe when racist ideas were used to legitimize slave trade, up until modern day America when unarmed human beings were being killed at the hands of law enforcement officials and #BlackLivesMatter was born. In shedding light on the history of racist ideas, he gives his audience the tools to expose them and reason to hope for the future.

Dr. Kendi will sign copies of his National Book Award winner for non-fiction, Stamped from the Beginning, at a reception after the lecture.

Friday, February 8

Black History Trivia

Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: The Pit

Come out to the Pit and spin the wheel of trivia to answer questions related to Black history for a chance to win candy!

Black & Blue Tour with Robert Porter (part one)

Time: 3 p.m.
Location: UNC Visitors Center Lobby (Morehead Planetarium)

This distinctive walking tour provides an African American history of the University, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. The Black and Blue tour contributes to a real understanding of our past as we build a better Carolina and work to create a fuller perspective of Carolina’s history.

Our guide, Robert Porter, has more than 30 years of experience as a lecturer int he department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies and has won numerous teaching awards. he remains passionate about his interests in history, public history and African American history, all of which go back to his grade school days.

Celebration of Blackness

Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: The Pit

EROT Valentine’s Day Show

Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Stone Center Auditorium

Saturday, February 9

MBB vs. Miami MPHC Greek Halftime Step Show Performance

Time: Halftime at Men’s Basketball Game
Location: Dean E. Smith Center

Watch Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. provide an amazing performance in honor of Black History Month.

Panel Discussion

Time: 2:15-3:45 p.m. (approximately – follows Men’s Basketball vs. Miami)
Location:
Carolina Basketball Museum

Join us as Carolina Athletics and other members of the Carolina Community discuss and reflect on their experiences and the importance of Black History Month. RSVP requested.

Wednesday, February 13

Gonna Love Me?

Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Location:
The Pit

Friday, February 15

Celebration of Blackness

Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location:
The Pit

Join BSM every Friday at the Pit as we celebrate our blackness. Make sure to wear the specified attire for our group picture, taking at noon.

Black & Blue Tour with Robert Porter (part two)

Time: 3 p.m.
Location: UNC Visitors Center Lobby (Morehead Planetarium)

This distinctive walking tour provides an African American history of the University, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. The Black and Blue tour contributes to a real understanding of our past as we build a better Carolina and work to create a fuller perspective of Carolina’s history.

Black and Blue tour part two picks up where the Black and Blue tour ends. This tour includes the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery, the School of Government SERVICE mural, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, and more.

Our guide, Robert Porter, has more than 30 years of experience as a lecturer int he department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies and has won numerous teaching awards. he remains passionate about his interests in history, public history and African American history, all of which go back to his grade school days.

Tuesday, February 19

Black History Month Dinner

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location
Chase Dining Hall

Join BSM and special guest Chef Kabui for some delicious Kenyan-inspired cuisine. There will also be a special cake to celebrate 51 years of BSM.

Wednesday, February 20

BSM Carolina Dining

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: Chase Hall

Enjoy a Black Panther-themed meal with Carolina Dining Service.

Thursday, February 21

WBB Black History Month Celebration

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Carmichael Arena

Join Carolina Women’s Basketball as the Tar Heels host their annual Black History Celebration game, in conjunction with the Carolina Black Caucus. Tickets must be purchased for entry into the game.

Friday, February 22

Celebration of Blackness

Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: The Pit

Join BSM every Friday at the Pit as we celebrate our blackness. Make sure to wear the specified attire for our group picture, taking at noon.

Lip Sync Battle

Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Upendo

Come prepared to perform your best lip sync impression of your favorite song for a chance to win an Echo Dot speaker. Group and individual performances are welcome.

Sunday, February 24

Mike Wiley Productions: Fire of Freedom

Time: 3-5 p.m.
Location: The Friday Center for Continuing Education

In celebration of Black History, the Friday Center for Continuing Education proudly presents a theatrical performance presented by acclaimed actor and playwright, Mike Wiley. His one-man play, Fire of Freedom, (based on the book by historian David Celcelski and adapted by playwright Howard L. Craft) offers a glimpse into the life of Abraham H. Galloway (1837-1870). Galloway was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War. Throughout his brief, mercurial life, Galloway fought against slavery and injustice. He risked his life behind enemy lines, recruited black soldiers for the North, and fought racism in the Union army’s ranks. He stood at the forefront of an African-American political movement, even leading a historic delegation of black southerners to the White House to meet with President Lincoln and to demand the full rights of citizenship. He later became one of the first black men elected to the North Carolina legislature.

Long hidden from history, Galloway’s story reveals a war unfamiliar to most of us. This riveting portrait illuminates Galloway’s life and deepens our insight into the Civil War and Reconstruction as experienced by African-Americans in the South. Fire of Freedom offers a powerful lesson of freedom, perseverance, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Admission is free. Advance registration is requested. Call 919-962-3000, or email conferencecenter@unc.edu to register.

Performance at 3 pm. Reception to follow at 4 pm.

Monday, February 25

Podcast Listening

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Upendo

Join BSM as we tackle some questions regarding the gab between Black Americans and African Americans on campus. Food will be provided.

Wednesday, February 27

Celebration of Success

Time: 12-1 p.m.
Location: Loudermilk Upper Club (5th floor)

Bring your lunch and learn more about the historic successes of Carolina Athletics! Bubba Cunningham will join other panelists for a discussion of the accomplishments of African American Athletes and their contributions to Carolina Athletics.

Movie Night

Time: 5-8:30 p.m.
Location: Upendo

Join BSM for a fun movie night, watching a film selected by our own members. Food will be provided.

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