Black History Month events at MU feature alumni, celebrities

Monday, February 3, 2014 | 6:34 p.m. CST; updated 7:20 p.m. CST, Monday, February 3, 2014

COLUMBIA — A weekend screening of the film "Mongolian Bling" and panel discussion of hip-hop music and culture in Mongolia was the first in a rich roster of events for Black History Month in February.

MU's Black Studies Department is teaming up with several campus and community organizations to offer educational events and entertainment throughout the month. The theme this year is "Living Civil Rights: Challenges for the 21st Century."

A complete calendar of events can be found here. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Highlights include:

  • Wednesday: Chuck D, a member of the rap group Public Enemy, will speak on "Race, Rap and Reality," at 7 p.m. in Conservation Auditorium at the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building at MU.
  • Thursday: Panel discussion on "Rediscovering the Civil Rights History of the University of Missouri and Columbia," at 6 p.m. at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St. The event is sponsored by the Association of Black Graduate and Professional Students and the Black Law Student Association.
  • Friday: Free, confidential HIV testing in observance of Black AIDS Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in rooms 2205Aand B in the MU Student Center. Educational information about HIV, AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and sexual health will be available.
  • Feb. 11: Performance by Grammy Award-winning contemporary blues artist Keb'Mo' at 7 p.m. in Jesse Auditorium. Tickets start at $19 for the public, $14 for MU students.
  • Feb. 11: Presentation on the history of early pioneers of Columbia's black community from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in the Friends Room at Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway.
  • Feb. 13: Performance by MU alumna, soul and jazz singer Alicia Olatuja at 7:30 p.m. in Whitmore Auditorium at the Fine Arts Building on Lowry Mall. A question-and-answer session and reception with Olatuja will follow.
  • Feb. 22: Third Annual Social Justice Symposium, "Beyond Words: A Focus on Understanding and Activism," from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Leadership Auditorium, room 2501, in the MU Student Center.
  • Feb 22: Oratory contest featuring spoken word poetry from anyone who wants to enter. The event will go from 1 to 3 p.m. at the MU Student Center and is sponsored by the MU Black History Month Committee and Cave Canem.
  • Feb. 27: MU Deputy Chancellor Michael Middleton will speak on "Living Civil Rights: A Mizzou Challenge," at 7 p.m., at the Leadership Auditorium, room 2501, in the MU Student Center.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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