Black History Month events begin Feb. 9


By Andrew Dinsmoor, Senior Staff Writer

UNO’s annual Black History Month celebrations commence Wednesday, Feb. 9. The kick-off event, 7 to 10 p.m. in (CPACS) College of Public Affairs and Community Service, begins with a showing of Chris Rock’s film “Good Hair” followed by a discussion and free food.

The month’s activities will continue Feb. 15 at 2 p.m when he MBSC Nebraska Room hosts a Black History Month “Jeopardy!” style quiz where UNO students can compete to win a trophy and prizes supplied by local businesses.

On Feb. 23, in the Nebraska Room, MBSC is hosting Marilyn Johnson Farr. Farr will speak on the cultural and racial prejudices experienced by African American women in the workplace.

On March 1, from 12 to 1 p.m., CPACS will host  an event examining the significance and implications of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, preaching racial equality and the ceasing of prejudices.

The grand finale will be Friday, March 4 from 7 to 10 p.m with a gospel explosion concert at MBSC. This will be the concert’s second run in the past two years.  It will feature performers from UNO students as well as performers from the Omaha community. 

The events of UNO’s Black History Month are supported by many student organizations. All of these events are fun, free and educational. 

“I remember last year’s events,” said sophomore Ashley Anderson.  “There was a lot of energy and cool people around, and I grew a better appreciation for what the month stands for.”

This is the idea of the events: to get people involved and educate them on the month’s importance. For more information on these events, call Valerie Thompson at 554-2711.