Full Slate of Events Scheduled for UC Riverside Black History Month Celebrations

Speakers, music and art highlight the schedule

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African Student Programs at UC Riverside is promoting a variety of events throughout the month of February in celebration of Black History Month

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — A variety of speakers, including author Jamaica Kincaid, i.d.e.a.l. magazine founder Zarifa Robinson, and Civil War expert Hari Jones, as well as unique films, concerts and art presentations highlight the University of California, Riverside celebration of  Black History Month.

“This year marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, as well as the 50th anniversary of Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama,” said Ken Simons, director of African Student Programs at UC Riverside. “These are two important anniversaries in the history of the African-American experience. We are excited to be partnering with a variety of organizations, both on- and off-campus, to present a wide variety of interesting and entertaining events.”

Highlights of the month-long celebration include:

  • The 11th Annual Apollo Night will rock University Theatre on Friday, Feb. 8 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for UCR students and $12 for non-UCR students.
  • On Thursday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m, William Sturkey, Ph.D. will “Raising Consciousness: The 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools and the Power of Curriculum in Social Justice and Social Change,” which will address the contribution of children and young people during 1964’s Children’s Crusade.
  • “Footsteps to You,” an exhibit of art and artifacts dating from original African tribes and traditions will be on display from Wednesday, Feb. 20 through March 16. A reception and lecture featuring Hari Jones, the director and curator of the African American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museum will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22. (more information here)

A PDF containing highlights of the months events can be downloaded here. The full month’s schedule follows:

February 6

Bob Marley Celebration featuring Daniel Bambaata Marley
The Barn, 7 p.m.

February 7

Film Screening: Endgame: AIDS in Black America
HUB 355, 2 p.m.

Jamaica Kincaid, Award-winning author
A visit and talk from the award-winning author of Annie John, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, and My Brother.

February 8

11th Annual Apollo Night
($10 UCR students, $12 non-UCR students)
A talent show that features UCR’s own student body, along with performances by special guests.

February 10

Field Trip to the Pan African Film Fest – Los Angeles
Screening: Slavery by Another Name
The story of the victims and perpetrators of forced labor after chattel slavery ended in 1865. Email rhiannon.little@ucr.edu for times and information.

February 12

Journey Home with Isaiah Washington
Screen Actors Guild Awards Winner Isaiah Washington tells the story of his journey of self-discovery.

February 13

Black History Month Nooner featuring Lakin
The regular Wednesday nooner at the Bell Tower features singer/songwriter Lakin from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Black Graduation BBQ sale will be held between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Professional Speaker Series: Psychinfo
HUB 379 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Learn about psychology, grad school and future career options from LaMisha Hill of the UCR Counseling Center

February 14

William Sturkey, Ph.D. – “Raising Consciousness: The 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools and the Power of Curriculum in Social Justice and Social Change”
Postdoctoral Fellow, Africana Research Center, Pennsylvania State University
From 4 – 5:15 p.m. in INTS 1113.

February 20

Footsteps to You: African Art Exhibit at Rivera Library
A collection of African-American art and artifacts. See more information. Runs through March 16

Black History Month Nooner
From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bell Tower featuring UCR student organizations

February 21

Perfect Impression – Speaker Zarifa Roberson and Body Image Fair
Learn how to explore your body image in relation to identity, embrace your uniqueness and dare to feel comfortable in your skin. The Body Image Fair will be held from 3 – 5 p.m. at the UCR Bell Tower, and Zarifa Robinson, founder/CEO of i.d.e.a.l. Magazine, at 5:30 p.m. at HUB 302.

February 22

Footsteps to You: Reception and Lecture featuring Hari Jones
Hari Jones, the assistant director and curator of the Washington D.C.-based African American Civil War Freedom Foundation will speak.

Curtis Wright – Master Banjo Player and Historian
Wright will explore the historical roots of the instrument and other African-derived elements in bluegrass music in a special performance at 12 noon in room 240 of the Orbach Science Library.

February 27

Black History Month Nooner
From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bell Tower the NSA dancers

Professional Speaker Series: So you want to be a Lawyer?
INTS 1134, 6:10 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Find out more information about the field of law, what it takes to become a lawyer, grad school and more! Featuring guest speakers from the Richard T. Fields Bar Association

February 28

The Underground Vol. 1, Artists Unleashed featuring Ultrasound
From 7 to 10 p.m. at the Barn, a variety of artists, poets, singers, painters, rappers and others. Ultrasound will perform from 7 to 8 p.m. and artist performances begin at 8 p.m.

Media Contact


Tel: (951) 827-5893
E-mail: ross.french@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Ken Simons, director of African Student Programs
Tel: (951) 827-4576
E-mail: ken.simons@ucr.edu

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