UW-Parkside celebrates Black History Month
February is Black History Month and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside starts its celebration on the first day of the new calendar and continues the throughout the month.
This year, UW-Parkside students share their talents of song, dance, and spoken word around the theme "Living Through Our Voices." The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs collaborated with the Chancellor's Office, Black Student Union, The UW-Parkside Library and the Friends of the UW-Parkside Library along with the College of Arts and Sciences to share the following wonderful events with the university and the public:
Everyone is welcomed and urged to attend all three events!
- Black History Month Kick-Off: Wednesday, Feb. 1, noon, Main Place/Wyllie Hall: "Living Through Our Voices:" UW-Parkside students perform music, dance, and spoken word pertaining to the culture of African-Americans and the significance of Black History Month. Door prizes are offered and free authentic cuisine derived from Africa will be catered by Sodexo.
- Black History Month Read-In: Wednesday, Feb. 8, Library Overlook Lounge, noon: Attendees will read book excerpts from African-American authors as part of the National Read-In. Local artist Nico Moore begins the event with a spoken word performance!
- Black History Month Speak Out: Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities: Actress Marti Gobel from the Kenosha Civil War Museum Outreach Theater Program portrays Ida B. Wells, who was born to slave parents in Mississippi during the Civil War. As a journalist living in Memphis, Tennessee, Wells became committed to ending segregation, lynch mobs, and the destruction of African-American property in the South.