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DU observes Black History Month

Throughout February, the University will present a series of events in recognition of Black History Month.

Following the theme “Celebrating the Story of a Pioneering Culture,” the events will include lectures, musical activities and discussions, and are open to the University of Denver community.

Black History Month is an offshoot of Negro History Week, first proposed by historian Carter Woodson in 1915 and aimed for the second week in February to pay tribute to the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12 and abolitionist Frederick Douglass on Feb. 14. The week became Black History Month in 1976.

DU activities, free unless otherwise noted, include: 
Feb. 6—“Opening Ceremony” acknowledgement of black faculty and staff members with remarks by English Associate Professor Barbara Wilcots, associate dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Aaron Schwarzberg, student association senate president; and Frederique Chevillot, associate professor of languages and literatures; 3–4 p.m.; Driscoll Student Center Commons. 

Feb. 7—“The Law and Underrepresented Populations” lecture by attorney Rick Jones; 6 p.m.; Sturm College of Law foyer.

Feb. 15—Open–mic artistic presentations presented by Black Student Alliance and Black Law Student Association; 7–10 p.m.; Driscoll Student Center Sidelines Pub.

Feb. 21—Jazz, blues, gospel, reggae, funk and hip-hop music; noon; Sturm College of Law foyer.

Feb. 22—Colorado Multicultural Career and Internship Fair hosted by Daniels College of Business; 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.; Four Points by Sheraton Denver Southeast Hotel, 6363 E. Hampden Ave. at Interstate 25. Free to Colorado students and alumni. For information, go to

Feb. 26 and 27—Soul food fundraiser presented by Black Law Student Association; noon both days; Sturm College of Law foyer. Lunch is $5–$10 depending on plate size.

Feb. 27—Roundtable: Hillel and Black Student Alliance discussion on cross–cultural communication; 1–2 p.m.; Hillel House at 2280 S. Race St.

Feb. 28—Closing Ceremony; 3–4 p.m.; Driscoll Student Center Commons.

For more information about these or other events, call Lamont Sellers at 303–871–7659 or Tony Daniels at 303–871–4532.

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