Office of Multicultural Student Services

Black History Month February 2014

February 3, Student Union, 5pm
Opening Ceremony - “Encourage, Empower and Engage”.

Lewis University kicks off Black History Month 2014. Celebrate the rich history of African Americans with music, entertainment, food and a special dedication to Nelson Mandela, South African activist and former president. Featuring student groups and reflections, we will come together and celebrate the positive and powerful impact African Americans have made all over the world.

February 10, Student Union, 6pm
Get in Line!
Line Dancing Instruction Class

Line dancing has evolved into an extremely modern, urban dance style that is popular across the globe. Come and learn the latest line dances right here on campus! Line Dancing instructor Beylnda Head of “Lines in Motion” Line Dancing group and Bolingbrook club Coop’s Den will be here at Lewis University to teach some popular line dances.

February 12, Student Union, 6pm
Dark Girls documentary screening and discussion

Dark Girls, a fascinating and controversial documentary film, explores the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. Watch as one African American woman recounts the moment that her mother both affirmed her beauty and made her self-conscious of her skin tone. After the film, and audience discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Tennille Allen of Sociology and the Director of African American Studies Program.

February 13, 2014, De La Salle 233, 2pm
Black and Latino Historical Crossings

This presentation addresses the unique perspectives of individuals who identify as both Black and Latino and how that identity (among others) can impact the educational experience. The presentation is to be both validating and empowering to the Afro Latinos in the room, and informative to others who hope to be better allies in the success of our Afro-Latinos on campus. In addition, we will be conversing about history of Africa in Latino communities. Presented by Dr. Gabriel Cortez, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Development, Northeastern Illinois University.

February 20, Student Union, 6pm
The Great Debaters Film Screening

Is education the key to defeating poverty, racism and sexism? Based on a true story, this Denzel Washington/Oprah Winfrey film examines the challenges that young African American men and women faced in the 1930s. Discussion afterward with Dr. Mark Schultz of the History Department and Dr. Tennille Allen of Sociology and the Director of African American Studies Program.

February 21, University Dining Room/Faculty Dining Room, 7pm
Black Student Union Annual Heritage Ball

The Black Student Union will host the annual "Black Heritage Ball" as a part of the 2014 Black History Month celebration. The evening will include a special dinner, recognition of the BSU executive board, entertainment and dancing! Join the Black Student Union as they celebrate the rich history of African Americans. Please contact Kimberly J. Brayboy, Associate Director of Multicultural Student Services at (815)836-5331 for ticket information.

February 27, Student Union, 4pm
The Heart and Soul Food Experience

Soul food has always been a dominate part of the African American culture. Its flavor and presence in celebrations and Sunday Dinners has always been traditional! Yet, the way soul food is prepared has often been linked as contributing to high blood pressure and heart disease. There are healthier ways to enjoy this food! Come and enjoy the same great tasting soul food, prepared in a very healthy way! Bring your appetite! Live music!