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2021 Black History Month Event Schedule

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Welcome to USM's 2021 Black History Month Celebration!

The Office of Intercultural Student Engagement (ISE), in collaboration with the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership (SEAL), wants to extend a humble welcome to you for this years Black History Month Celebration. We have a lot of amazing, celebratory, educational, social, and impactful programming planned for you this month. Please take the time to review our full programming schedule. The majority of our programming will take place in a virtual format. Please add our BHM '21 Programming Calendar to get access to all of the Zoom and event links. For any questions please contact the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement. You can download the full Week 4 programming schedule HERE.

Monday, February 1st

Grab-n-Go: Pan-African Flag Cupcakes (In-person; 11AM - 1 PM)

To kick-off Black History Month come grab a Pan-African decorated cupcake in Brooks Student Center.

Tuesday, February 2nd

Black History Trivia (Via Zoom; 6 PM - 7 PM)

How well do you know Black history? Well let's find out! Join us for a Black history themed virtual trivia night to compete for a prize. Only USM students are eligible to win prizes.

Wednesday, February 3rd

Lecture: The Texas Freedom Colony Project Atlast & Study

Please join us for a FREE lecture about the Freedom Colonies Project and Atlas and a lively Q and A with Dr. Andrea Roberts.

From 2014 to the present, The Texas Freedom Colonies Project founder, Dr. Andrea Roberts has documented Black settlement heritage and grassroots preservation practice among descendants of these historic communities. Freedom colonies (an umbrella term for Black settlements, Black towns, enclaves, or freedmen's towns) are everywhere--hidden behind the pine curtain of the rural countryside and underneath the concrete landscapes of Houston, Dallas, Austin, and Beaumont. Until recently, planners have overlooked unmapped freedom colonies located in rural or unincorporated areas. Inspired by her own familial roots in freedom colonies, social justice, and the book Freedom Colonies by Thad Sitton, planning scholar, Dr. Roberts makes these places visible through her participatory action and ethnographic research. The result: old voices given new purposes, old stories making new maps, old places made visible and relevant.

Presenter: Dr. Andrea Roberts, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and an Associate Director of the Center for Housing & Urban Development at Texas A&M University. She is also the founder of The Texas Freedom Colonies Project.

REGISTER NOW!

Friday, February 5th

Watchmen Series Viewing Party (Episodes 1 & 2; Via Zoom; 1 PM - 3:30 PM)

"Based on the celebrated graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the exciting and dark "Watchmen" takes place in Tulsa, Okla., 34 years after the original story. After a white supremacist attack on the local police department, which leaves only two surviving cops on the beat, laws are passed that allow the cops to hide their identities behind masks. One of these cops, Angela Abar, adopts the identity of Sister Night and fights racists while dealing with the decades-long legacy of the vigilantes."

Monday, February 8th

Black Panther: Disney+ Watch Party (Virtual; 7 PM) - JOIN NOW!

In honor of the late Chadwick Boseman, join us for a viewing of the MCU's Black Panther.

"After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king -- and as Black Panther -- gets tested when he's drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people."

Tuesday, February 9th

One Voice: The Story of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (Via Zoom; 6 PM - 8 PM)

Join us for the One Voice documentary showing followed by a discussion. View the trailer HERE!

"AS A COUNTRY CHALLENGES A CYCLE OF DIVISION AND EXCLUSION, A CHOIR SINGS WITH ONE VOICE, DEFINING DIVERSITY IN PROFOUND WAYS AND USING THE TRADITION OF BLACK GOSPEL MUSIC TO UNIFY."

Wednesday, February 10th

Grab-n-Go: Surprise Giveway (In-person; 12 PM - 2 PM)

Check your emails on the day to see what we have planned for you.

Thursday, February 11th

Game of Accomplishments: Civil Rights Leaders (Hybrid Modality; 6 PM)

How well do you know Black history? Well let's find out! Join us for a Black history themed virtual trivia night to compete for a prize. Only USM students are eligible to win prizes. Please contact Psalms Lovejoy for more information.

Friday, February 12th

Watchmen Series Viewing Party (Episodes 3 & 4; Via Zoom; 1 PM - 3:30 PM)

"Based on the celebrated graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the exciting and dark "Watchmen" takes place in Tulsa, Okla., 34 years after the original story. After a white supremacist attack on the local police department, which leaves only two surviving cops on the beat, laws are passed that allow the cops to hide their identities behind masks. One of these cops, Angela Abar, adopts the identity of Sister Night and fights racists while dealing with the decades-long legacy of the vigilantes."

 

Tuesday, February 16th

BBB: Black-owned Business Bingo (Via Zoom; 7 PM - 8 PM)

Join us for a virtual prize bingo program where all of the prizes are from Black owned businesses. Only USM students are eligible to win prizes.

Wednesday, February 17th

Grab-n-Go: Surprise Giveway (In-person; 12 PM - 2 PM)

Check your emails on the day to see what we have planned for you.

Thursday, February 18th

Slam Poetry & Performer Joan 'Lyric' Leslie (Via Zoom; 7 PM)

Join us for a slam poetry night. Watch your USM colleagues in their performances starting at 7 PM. Then at 8 PM engage in an amazing performance by Joan 'Lyric' Leslie!

"Joan 'Lyric' Leslie is the epitome of what it means to be "more black girl than magic". She has been a member of two national poetry slam teams and is featured on Button Poetry, Write About Now, All Def Poetry and Voyage ATL Magazine. She is a 2019 fellow of The Watering Hole Retreat, a Southern Fried Poetry Slam Finalist and a 2-time back to back Queen of the South Poetry Slam Champion. Lyric is currently touring the college market and slam poetry venues using her stories, poems and comedy to empower youth and communities of color to share their truth."

Friday, February 19th

Watchmen Series Viewing Party (Episodes 5 & 6; Via Zoom; 1 PM - 3:30 PM)

"Based on the celebrated graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the exciting and dark "Watchmen" takes place in Tulsa, Okla., 34 years after the original story. After a white supremacist attack on the local police department, which leaves only two surviving cops on the beat, laws are passed that allow the cops to hide their identities behind masks. One of these cops, Angela Abar, adopts the identity of Sister Night and fights racists while dealing with the decades-long legacy of the vigilantes."

Monday, February 22nd

Influential Black Leaders of Maine Panel Discussion (Via Zoom; 5 PM)

Register HERE!

Tuesday, February 23rd

BHM Trivia: Powerful Black Women (Via Zoom; 7 PM - 8 PM)

How well do you know Black history? Well let's find out! Join us for a Black history themed virtual trivia night to compete for a prize. Only USM students are eligible to win prizes.

Thursday, February 25th

Hate Crimes in the Heartland Documentary (Via Zoom; 6 PM) - Join NOW!

Join us for a showing of the Hate Crimes in the Heartland documentary followed by a discussion, moderated by Dr. Leroy Rowe. View the trailer HERE!

"Hate Crimes in the Heartland is a 2014 American documentary film directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Rachel V. Lyon. The film examines American race relations through the analysis of two events, both of which took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma: the 1921 Tulsa race riot and the 2012 "Good Friday Murders."

Friday, February 26th

Watchmen Series Viewing Party (Episodes 7-9; Via Zoom; 1 PM - 4:30 PM)

"Based on the celebrated graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the exciting and dark "Watchmen" takes place in Tulsa, Okla., 34 years after the original story. After a white supremacist attack on the local police department, which leaves only two surviving cops on the beat, laws are passed that allow the cops to hide their identities behind masks. One of these cops, Angela Abar, adopts the identity of Sister Night and fights racists while dealing with the decades-long legacy of the vigilantes."