AU to launch celebration of Black History Month Feb. 1

AUBURN – Auburn University will celebrate Black History Month in February with a variety of events including films, speakers, a talent show and a masquerade ball.

All the events are sponsored or co-sponsored by the AU Multicultural Center.

The activities begin at 3 p.m. Thursday in 217 Foy with a discussion and viewing of “February One, ” a documentary examining the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins in Greensboro, N.C., that revitalized the Civil Rights Movement.

Following the film, around 5 p.m., Harold Franklin, who was the first African American student at AU, will present a program co-sponsored by the Black Student Union. An Alabama State University graduate, Franklin enrolled in graduate school at AU in 1964; he later completed his graduate studies at the University of Denver. In 2001, AU presented an honorary doctorate to Franklin.

A talent show, co-sponsored by the Black Student Union, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in the Foy Ballroom.

Events scheduled for next week include the documentary film, “Forgotten Genius,” which will be broadcast on PBS Tuesday, Feb. 6. The film about the life and career of chemist Percy Julian, a native of Montgomery, will be shown at the Chemistry Building and the specific time and place will be announced at a later date. The event is sponsored by the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

Actress Tonea Stewart will give a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Foy Ballroom. Stewart, a tenured professor and the director of Theatre Arts at Alabama State University, is perhaps best known for her role in the television series “In the Heat of the Night.” She was the first African American female to receive a doctorate from Florida State University’s School of Theatre and the first McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Theatre Arts.

The Black Student Union has scheduled an event called Dinners with a Cause on Feb. 12. The time and location of the event will be announced at a later date. The organization will also present Jazz and Poetry Night from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 13 in 217 Foy.

On Feb. 19, the Multicultural Center will show “The Color of Fear” at 6:30 p.m. in the Foy Ballroom. This insightful, groundbreaking film is about the state of race relations in America as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent.

Victor Lewis, an internationally known leader in the field of anti-oppression diversity work, will present “Beyond the Color of Fear: Dismantling Racism” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 20 in 217 Foy. An educator, trainer and activist, Lewis has conducted keynote speeches, seminars and “train the trainer” programs throughout the United States and abroad.

At 7 p.m. Feb. 22, the Black Student Union will cosponsor “Comedy Showcase” in the Foy Ballroom.

The AU Student Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will co-sponsor the Unity Masquerade Ball at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Foy Ballroom.

(Contributed by Katie Wilder.)

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