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BYU plans activities celebrating Black History Month

During Black History Month at Brigham Young University, students will focus on “Becoming the Change” through a series of programs and activities celebrating African American heritage. The event in sponsored by Multicultural Student Services.

The symposium series will feature:

  • Thursday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. in 3228 Wilkinson Student Center, Ahmad Corbitt, director of the New York Office of Public and International Affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will discuss the Church and black issues.
  • Thursday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m. in 3228 WSC, Winston Wilkinson, national director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, will share his experience as a modern-day black pioneer in Washington, D.C.
  • Thursday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. in B002 Joseph F. Smith Building, Dr. Linda Malone-Colón, chair of the Department of Psychology at Hampton University and owner of Malon-Colón Consulting, will review the state of marriage and family among African Americans.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. in 3380 WSC, a multicultural panel of BYU students will discuss ways to foster unity, understanding and cultural appreciation on campus under the theme “Unified by Our Diversity.”

Other events include:

  • Friday, Feb. 8 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the WSC Ballroom, Music Night and Poetry Jam will be presented by the BYU Jazz Band and ensembles, portraying through music and poetry historically significant times and emotions in African American history. The cost is $3 with BYU ID and $4 without. Refreshments will be served.
  • Friday, Feb. 15 from 8 to 11:30 p.m. in the WSC Ballroom, the Black Student Union Dance will be hosted. The cost is $3 with BYU ID and $4 without.
  • Saturday, Feb. 23 from noon to 5 p.m. in the WSC Ballroom, a Children’s Fair will be held, providing black children with an opportunity to learn more about their heritage and culture. The event is free and includes several activities and light snacks.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28 in the Varsity Theatre WSC, the movie “Amazing Grace,” a true story of a man’s long crusade to end the slave trade in England, will be shown at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $1.50 at the WSC Info Desk.

For more information, call (801) 422-3065 or visit multicultural.byu.edu.

Writer: David Luker

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Photo by Brent Bateman and Benjamin Hillyard

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