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DU celebrates Black History Month with a slate of activities

To celebrate Black History Month, the DU chapter of the Black Student Alliance (BSA) has organized a variety of programs throughout February.

The theme for the programming is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African-American Memories,” which, says DU BSA president Rory Moore, complements programming across the nation that will honor the many sites — from archaeological digs to the birthplaces of civil rights leaders and artists — associated with the African-American experience.

DU’s programming kicked off Feb. 4 with a “We Speak” talent show in Lindsay Auditorium in Sturm Hall.

Subsequent events encompass everything from theatrical stagings to spoken word performances:

  • Feb. 11: A performance by the Black Actors Guild, ‪6:30–7:30 p.m., Lindsay Auditorium, Sturm Hall
  • Feb. 18: Spokentainment by SlamNuba, ‪7–8:30 p.m., Craig Hall
  • Feb. 25: “Straight Outta Compton” film screening, in collaboration with the DUPB, time to be announced, Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall
  • Feb. 25–27: Representatives of the BSA attend the Big 12 Council on Black Student Government in Lawrence, Kan.

According to History.com, Black History Month is “an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.”

 

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