Black History Month is an annual celebration of accomplishments, triumphs and realizations by black Americans. BYU has several free events and activities this month recognizing the key roles that African Americans played in U.S. history.
Thru April 29; Museum of Art
"Embracing Diverse Voices: A Century of African American Art" is a new exhibition at the Museum of Art. Organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, the exhibition features 60 different pieces of artwork of various mediums from more than 25 important artists. The works demonstrate a wide a range of stylistic approaches and viewpoints. While some works offer a glimpse of an artist’s personal vision, others speak out as bold political and social calls to action.
*Join museum curator Dr. Janalee Emmer as she leads a short, 30-minute tour of the exhibition Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 12:10 p.m.
Th, Feb. 10; 7-10:30p; Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom
BYU Multicultural Student Services’ annual event, Perspectives, is a performance where BYU students can share their African American, African, Afro-Caribbean and Black culture through song, dance, art and spoken word.
M, Feb. 13; 7-9p; Education in Zion Gallery, JFSB
Peruse a gallery highlighting the faith, service and courage of Black Saints in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and learn about four inspiring people: Jane Manning James, Martha Stevens Perkins Howell, Samuel D. Chambers and Mary Frances Sturlaugson.
W, Feb 15 & 22; 12-1p; Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium
Enjoy a lunchtime concert and learn about the different styles and influencers throughout the Jazz genre. The Feb. 15 program titled “Piano Jazz—The Afro-Latin Eclipse” covers the Latin influence in jazz from New Orleans and Jelly Roll Morton to more contemporary interpreters like Horace Silver. The Feb. 22 program titled “Organ Jazz—The Hammond B3” features the use of organ in gospel and jazz music as used by artists like Booker T. Jones.
T, Feb 28; 11:05a; Marriott Center
Dr. Clayborne Carson has devoted his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the movements King inspired. During his undergraduate years at UCLA, Dr. Carson participated in civil rights and antiwar protests, and many of his subsequent writings reflect his experiences by stressing the importance of grassroots political activity within the African American freedom struggle. In 2005 Carson founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute to endow and expand the work of the King Papers Project.