Black History Month (Feb. 2014)
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Black History Month is an observance of the history of the African Diaspora in a number of countries outside of Africa. It began as Negro History Week by historian Carter G. Wood son in 1926 in order to educate the American people about African-American history, focusing on African Americans' cultural backgrounds and reputable achievements. Since 1976, it is observed annually in the United States and Canada in February. 

  • Afro-Caribbean Dance Fitness
    Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014  | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 349 >> Register here
    Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 349 >> Register here
    Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 349 >> Register here
    Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 349 >> Register here
    Afro-Caribbean dance fitness is the celebration and fusion of modified West African and Brazilian dance movements and cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise. The class is designed to help elevate your heart rate, build endurance, and tone the muscles while dancing to the beat of Afro-Caribbean and world music. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to participate in this unique dance fitness experience. The dance movements are broken down and modified to ensure everyone experiences a safe but exhilarating dance fitness cardio workout.
  • Beyond Black & White with Courtney J. Jones
    Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 | 5 - 6:30 p.m. | SMC CC, 203 >>Register here
    Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 | 12 - 1:30 p.m. | SMC CC, 351 >>register here
    As society becomes more culturally and ethnically diverse, discussions on race need to reflect this change and shift from the focus of Black and White issues.  This seminar will use historical examples, Census transformation and personal experiences to examine the complex concept of race in America.
  • Spotlight Musician: N-CHAT
    Friday, Feb. 7, 2014
    Noon - 2 p.m. | SMC CC, 1st Floor Fireplace Lounge
    In honor of Black History Month, we are proud to present N-CHAT as our spotlight musicians. Whether taking a break from studying or simply passing through, take a moment to watch and participate in traditional West African dance with a focus on African culture, emotional release and physical fitness.
    >> Register here
  • African Ancestry
    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
    5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | SMC CC, First Floor Stage
    Come together with members of our campus community as we learn more about the science of African Ancestry in tracing maternal and paternal lineages of African descent.  Most companies can only tell you what continent you originated from, but not what country. With the industry’s largest and most comprehensive database of over 30,000 indigenous African samples, African Ancestry determines specific countries and—more often than not—specific ethnic groups of origin with an unrivaled level of detail, accuracy and confidence. Four (4) UMB students and their families will have their ancestor's country of origin revealed during this session!

    >> Register here

  • The Natural Hair Discussion with Tara Bynum
    Feb. 24, 2014
    5 - 6:30 p.m. | SMC CC, Elm Room B
    Learn more about the cultural significance of maintaining and taking pride in having natural hair during this interactive discussion.
    >> Register here
  • Spotlight Artist: Ernest Shaw & Dallin Smith
    Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
    5 - 6:30 p.m. | SMC CC, 1st & 2nd Floors
    We are honored to exhibit the works of Ernest Shaw in honor of Black History Month. Meet the artist whose is on display all month long.
    >> Register here
  • For Colored Girls
    Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
    7 - 9 p.m.
    Follow the journeys of seven women, portrayed by UMB students and staff, as they reflect upon their lives and struggles that are as diverse as the colors of the rainbow.
    >> Register here