Black History Month (Feb. 2015)
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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. 

  • Standards of Beauty Discussion with Tara Bynum
    Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 | noon - 1 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Elm Ballroom B
    Learn more about the cultural significance of skin color, hair texture and body shape during this interactive discussion.
  • Afro-Caribbean Dance Fitness
    Tuesday, Feb.  3, 2015  | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 349
    Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015  | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 349
    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.
  • African Ancestry
    Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2015
    5:30 - 6:30 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!