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Black History Month Events 2016

ILLUSTRATION BY KURT STRAZDINS

 

Step Afrika!

Jan 30, 7pm Sat. First professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Performance includes tap, modern, hip-hop plus other styles of dance. $15-30 adults, $5 students. stepafrika.org. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, 424-6318.

Candle Light Vigil
Feb 1, 10:30-11:30am Mon. Candle Light Vigil honors the lives of those who lost their lives at the hands of another person. Free. uis.edu/diversitycenter. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

African-American History Month Kickoff
Feb 1, 12-1pm Mon. Featuring LLCC alum Kenneth Humble with the Kenny Humble Trio. A. Lincoln Commons, Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.

A Taste of Jazz, Rhythm and Blues
Feb 3, 11am-1pm Wed. Chahrm the Band with Ada Lou Presents A Taste of Jazz, Rhythm and Blues; featuring Crisp, Rogers with Ada Lou. A. Lincoln Commons, Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.

Transformative Social Justice through Radical Science Fiction
Feb 3, 6pm Wed. ECCE Speaker Series presentation by activist, writer, strategist, organizer Adrienne Maree Brown. Free. uis.edu/speakerseries. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, Springfield, 206-6073.

Beneath the Surface – Film and Discussion
Feb 3, 8pm Wed. Film explores what it means to be a minority in higher education. Discussion, social to follow. Free. uis.edu/diversitycenter. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

Voter Registration Day
Feb 8, 11am-1pm Mon. Sponsored by the LLCC Black Student Union. A. Lincoln Commons, Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.

What’s Wrong with White Talk?

Feb 9, 6pm Tue. Speaker Dr. Alison Bailey, director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Illinois State University. Free. uis.edu/speakerseries. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

Soup & Stories: NAACP – Walk from the Past to the Present
Feb 10, 11:45am-1pm Wed. Presenter Teresa Haley, elected president of Illinois NAACP Chapter, discusses the history of the NAACP. Free to students with ID, $3 non. Robert H. Stephens Room, Menard Hall, Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.

Stepshow
Feb 12, 7pm Fri. A showcase of student talent. Learn the role Greek organizations play in society and higher education. Free. uis.edu/diversitycenter. 206-6333. Student Life Building, University of Illinois at Springfield, 206-6073.

A Showcase Symposium: Black Lives Matter
Feb 15, 6-8pm Mon. UIS students connect the Black Lives Matter movement to ECCE themes. Creative presentations include rap, lecture, slam poetry, slides, more. Free. uis.edu/diversitycenter. 206-6333. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

4-H and the Union Baptist Church Youth Mime Unspoken Ministry
Feb 15, 12-1pm Mon. A. Lincoln Commons, Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.

Know Your Heritage Bowl
Feb 18, 9-11pm Thu. UIS students team up and compete in trivia game to learn about important people, inventions, legislation that impact the way we see society today. Free. uis.edu/diversitycenter. 206-6333. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

African-American Read-In
Feb 20, 1pm Sat. Celebration of authors, words and works by or about African-Americans and blacks. Supported by the James Weldon Johnson Study Guild and Book Club. 217-528-6847. Zion Baptist Church, 1601 E. Laurel St., 528-6113.

HIV/AIDS Awareness Testing
Mon Feb 22, 11am-2pm. Sponsored by the LLCC Black Student Union. A. Lincoln Commons, Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.

African-American Food and Vendor Day

Feb 24, 10am-2pm Wed. Free samples of food, displays exhibiting the wares of African-American entrepreneurs, “Saxophone and African-American Poetry Improvisations” by LLCC retired business law professor and jazz musician Virgil Rhodes, J.D., more.  A. Lincoln Commons, Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.

Afro-Latinos: Status and Struggle
Feb 25, 4pm Fri. An examination of race, culture and country through an excerpt of the PBS documentary film “Mirrors of the Heart.” Featuring Dr. Hinda Seif and Dexter Burns. Free. uis.edu/diversitycenter. 206-6333. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

Analyzing and Understanding Systemic Racism Workshop
Mar 3-5, 6-9pm Thu, 8:30-6pm Fri, 8:30-4:30pm Sat. Examine the historical development of racism in the US and how it still manifests itself and is perpetuated in institutions today, affecting both people of color and whites. Facilitated by Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training. $230-275. Registration, jrecord29@gmail.com or 414-1772 by Feb 29. Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., 787-0481.
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