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Schedule of events for Black History Month 2012

Elon University will celebrate the achievements of African-Americans in February with a series of campus and community programs.

Members of the Black Cultural Society in 1979 at what was then Elon College.

Black History Month 2012 Events

Wednesday, February 1

Announcement & Unveiling of Black History Month at Elon
Location: College Avenue Banners, electronic displays in Moseley and Johnston halls, Facebook, Twitter, and a special feature in the upcoming edition of The Magazine of Elon.

Enjoy the physical reminders throughout campus of Black History Month events and celebrations of the contributions of Blacks to Elon and to the world!

Debut of select African pieces from Elon’s International Art Collection
Location: Elon University Arts West

Under the direction of Ethan Moore, coordinator of the Elon Art Collection, students curate and present select African pieces from Elon's International Art Collection. A large body of African art was donated to the university by James Lankton. Using elements of Fred Wilson's Mining the Museum Display and Barbara Bloom's use of veils or curtains in her artwork students will create a display focused on masks in the collection - highlighting the need to "unmask" the assumed identity of black Americans (as it relates to display of African art). The exhibit will be on display through February 29.

A Celebration of Black Arts and Letters

Location: Alamance 305
Sponsors: The Department of English, Sigma Tau Delta (the English Honor Society), and AAASE

Check out the display of featured authors and their works as you walk through the third floor hallways of Alamance.

Friday, February 3

Zumba Madness! (Led by Cheri Armour '09)
Location: McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Join Elon alum and Zumba instructor Cheri Armour for an hour of exhilarating, high energy, fun aerobic activity.

Sunday, February 5

Back History Month Belk Library Display
Location: Belk Library
Dates: Feb. 5-12

This week-long celebration highlights the works of Black writers and artists from the United States, Africa and the African diaspora.

Get on the Black Church Bus: First Sunday
Featured Church: Elon First Baptist, Lynn Street in Elon, N.C.
Departure Location: Moseley Center, Boney Fountain
Time: Bus Departs at 10:30 a.m. and returns by noon (Worship Service begins at 10:45 a.m.)

Sundays have been called "the most segregated day in the United States" if one surveys our nation's churches. Have you ever been curious about what happens in a worship service different from your own faith or practice? All students, faculty and staff are invited to get on the bus each Sunday during the month of February to attend a worship service at a church featured during Black History Month, This week's featured church is pastored by Rev. Dr. Eddie Spencer, To reserve your spot on the bus, email Kimberly Edwards at aaase@elon.edu no later than Friday, February 3. All are welcome!

Elon student Mary Carroll became the institution's first African-American crowned Homecoming queen when she won the honor in 1979.

Thursday, February 9

Midnight Poetry Slam/Open Mic Night and Midnight Meals
Location: Irazu
Time: 10:30 p.m.

College Chapel Speaker: Darris Means '04
Location: Whitley Auditorium
Time: 9:40-10:20 a.m.
Sponsor: The Truitt Center for Spiritual and Religious Life

Saturday, February 11

5th annual Diversity Day with Keynote Address by Judge James R. Spencer
Location: Elon University School of Law, 201 North Greene Street in Greensboro, N.C.
Time: 9:30 a.m.

The Honorable James Randolph Spencer will deliver the keynote address at Elon University School of Law’s Diversity Day on Saturday, February 11, 2012. Former United States President Ronald Reagan appointed Judge Spencer to serve as the first African-American judge of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia, serving as chief judge from 2004-2011.

African-American Read-In Day & Book Sale
Location: Koury Business Center, LaRose Digital Theatre
Time: Noon – 5 p.m
Sponsor: African and African-American Studies

This event started by AAASE founding coordinator, the late Professor Wilhelmina Boyd, invites the campus community to come read selections from their favorite authors and works. A wide selection of children's and yound adult books will be on sale for 50 cents each throughout the session. Organizations are invited to purchase books to donate to their various charities. Following the reading and book sale, join us for a reading of the play Valued Voices, which explores the state of education in our country.

A Reading of the play Valued Voices
Location: LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business School
Time: 4-6 p.m.

A play by Associate Professor Jean Rattigan-Rohr, directed by acclaimed actor and director Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter followed by a discussion of African Americans and America’s Failing Educational System.

Film screening of Tyler Perry's production of For Colored Girls
Location: Irazu Cafe
Time: 8 p.m.
Sponsors: Student Union Board (SUB) and the BHMSC

From Tyler Perry comes a colorful film of great magnitude, where different women find common ground. Like a rainbow, each woman provides a different hue and perspective. Faced with the greater spectrum, they are gifted hope and inspiration.The film lasts 2 hours and 14 minutes, and is adapted from Ntozake Shange's 1975 experimental play. This is a play for every woman!

Sunday, February 12

Get on the Black Church Bus: Second Sunday
Featured Church: Ebenezer United Church of Christ in Burlington, N.C.
Departure Location: Moseley Center, Boney Fountain
Time: Bus departs at 10:30 a.m. and returns by 1:30 p.m. (worship service begins at 11 a.m.)

Sundays have been called "the most segregated day in the United States" if one surveys our nation's churches. Have you ever been curious about what happens in a worship service different from your own faith or practice? All students, faculty and staff are invited to get on the bus each Sunday during the month of February to attend a worship service at a church featured during Black History Month, This week's featured church is pastored by Rev. Dr. Larry E. Covington. To reserve your spot on the bus, email Kimberly Edwards at aaase@elon.edu no later than Friday, February 10. All are welcome!

Thursday, February 16

College Chapel Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus from Eastern University, author and pastor
Location: Whitley Auditorium
Time: 9:40-10:20 a.m.
Sponsor: The Truitt Center for Spiritual and Religious Life

Friday, February 17

SUB Live Presents Comedian D'Sean Ross
Location: Irazu Cafe
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: SUB Live

Saturday, February 18

Faculty, Staff and Alumni Mixer and Wall of Famers Reception
Location: Johnston Hall
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Sponsor: Elon's Black Alumni Network (EBAN)

Sunday, February 19

Get on the Black Church Bus: Third Sunday
Featured Church: Union Baptist Church in Winston Salem, N.C.
Departure Location: Moseley Center, Boney Fountain
Time: Bus departs at 9:30 a.m. and returns by 2 p.m. (worship service begins at 11 a.m.)

Sundays have been called "the most segregated day in the United States" if one surveys our nation's churches. Have you ever been curious about what happens in a worship service different from your own faith or practice? All students, faculty and staff are invited to get on the bus each Sunday during the month of February to attend a worship service at a church featured during Black History Month, This week's featured church is pastored by Elon alumnus Rev. Dr. Sir Walter Mack, Jr. '89, To reserve your spot on the bus, email Kimberly Edwards at aaase@elon.edu no later than Friday, February 17. All are welcome!

Tuesday, February 21

College Coffee
Location: McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center
Time: 9:40-10:20 a.m.

Remember to bring your own mugs and be environmentally friendly as you peruse the displays of Black Student Organizations and Interest groups, including: Invisible Children, STAND (Students Take Action Now: Darfur), BCS (Black Cultural Society), Gospel Choir, NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council), and the Elon African Society.

Thursday, February 23

College Chapel
Location: Whitley Auditorium
Time: 9:40-10:20 a.m.
Sponsor: The Truitt Center for Spiritual and Religious Life

Belk Librarian Dianne Ford discusses her "Change Maker," Wangari Maathai.

Saturday, February 25

International Law Conference
Location: Elon University School of Law, Greensboro, NC
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sponsors: Elon Law, Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa and The Fund for Excellence, International Studies, the Department of History and Geography, Department of Political Science, Prelaw and AAASE
Contact: Professor David Crowe, Department of History and Geography (crowed@elon.edu)

Tuesday, February 28

College Coffee
Location: McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center
Time: 9:40-10:20 a.m.

Bring your own mug and join National Pan-Hellenic Council groups as they "Stomp the Quad," for a special step show performance.

Eric Townsend,
Staff
1/31/2012 3:52 PM