Columbia always has a few events planned out ahead for Black History Month, and this year is no different. There are film screenings, lectures, exhibitions and symposiums. Here's a list of all the events taking place next month. 

Film screenings 

"42" (2013) 

"42" is a film about the sports icon Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman), a baseball player, and how he was integrated into professional baseball. It is set in the year 1946.

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Where: Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash St.

Organized by: Columbia Parks and Recreation Department.

"The Help" (2011) 

A period film about the friendship amongst black maids in Mississippi and their struggles with white families, set in the foreground of the Civil Rights movement. 

When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12.

Where: Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash St.

"Colors of Heaven" (2018)

A South African film about the life of a teenage movie star, Muntu Ndebele (Wandile Molebatsi), spiraling out of control. 

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 13.

Where: Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union, 518 Hitt St.

Organized by: Africa Hub.

"Barry" (2016)

A film about the younger Barack Obama as he studies at Columbia University. 

When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19.

Where: Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash St.

"Lean on Me" (1989)

A biographical film about the struggle of a teacher, Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman), to improve the test scores of his students.

When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26

Where: Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash St.

Lectures, forums and discussions

State of Constitutional Democracy in Jamaica and the Caribbean 

A lecture by the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Michael Holness.

When: 5 p.m. Thursday.

Where: Bush Auditorium, 201 Cornell Hall, MU.

Organized by: Black Studies at MU.

Columbia's African-American Heritage Trail

Barbra Horrell will talk about the African-American Heritage Trail launched in Columbia last year, consisting of several landmark sites of importance for black history. 

When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12.

Where: Columbia Public Library — Friends Room, 100 W. Broadway.

Researching Your History — Finding African American Military Service Records

Kathleen Brandt, a genealogical researcher, will talk about how to locate military records and trace ancestors. 

When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18.

Where: Columbia Public Library - Friends Room, 100 W. Broadway.

Curator Lecture: U.S. Cartoonists Chronicle the History of African American Voting Rights

Joan Stack, the art curator at State Historical Society of Missouri, will lecture about the editorial cartoons from the twentieth century being displayed at Ellis Library, which focus on the issue of voting rights for African Americans. 

When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19.

Where: Ellis Library, 1020 Lowry St.

History Presentation 

Teresa Gorman, a staff member, will talk about the historical figure of Willie Lynch.

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 25.

Where: Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash St.

Voyage into the matrix of race and the truly determined

A lecture by Rodney D. Coates.

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 25.

Where: 114A Ellis Library, 1020 Lowry St.

Organized by: MU Libraries.

Panel: Am I Black Enough? 

Kick off Black History Month with the Black Programming Committee discussion on navigating blackness within the MU community and in everyday life.

When: 6 p.m. Monday.

Where: The Shack, MU Student Center.

Organized by: Stuff to Do at Mizzou.

Student Forum: Democracy, Youth Leadership & the Future of Our World 

Join the prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, in the 2020 Black History Month Student Forum.

When: noon Wednesday.

Where: Monsanto Auditorium,1201 Rollins St. 

Organized by: International Center.

2020 Black Migrations Symposium 

A one-day symposium examining black migrations and relocations within and beyond the United States.

When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 20.

Where: Ellis Library, Room 114A.

Organized by: MU Black Studies

World Religions Series: African Indigenous Religions

George Frissel, teacher of comparative religions, will discuss the different beliefs and practices of African indigenous religions.

When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 20.

Where: Columbia Public Library — Friends Room, 100 W. Broadway.

Organized by: Daniel Boone Regional Library and Columbia Public Schools Social Studies Department.

Black Expo  

Columbia College's celebration of minority owned businesses. 

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 29

Where: Columbia College Southwell Complex, 1001 Rogers St.

Organized by: Columbia College.

Exhibition

African American History Exhibit

A display of African American history in American and Columbia. 

When: Through Feb. 28, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Armory Sports Center.

Organized by: City of Columbia.

U.S. Cartoonists Chronicle the History of African American Voting Rights

A selection of editorial cartoons that focuses on the issue of African American voting rights.

When: Saturday through May 17.

Where: Elis Library, 1020 Lowry St. 

Trivia

CAPB Trivia: Black History Month Edition 

Put your knowledge of black history to the test at this trivia night. 

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Where: The Shack, MU Student Center.

Black History and Culture Night  

Expect a night full of fun and questions about music, local and world history, sports, art, literature and more.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Feb 28.

Where: Columbia Public Library — Friends Room, 100 W. Broadway.

Music and dance 

Gospel Explosion and Soul Food Dinner

This event will showcase artists and groups from the Central Missouri area and is followed by a soul food feast.

When: 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23.

Where: St. Luke United Methodist Church, 204 E. Ash St. 

Organized by: Columbia Parks and Recreation.

God's Trombones, a dramatic production 

This musical event will highlight the writings of James Weldon Johnson.

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 16.

Where: Second Missionary Baptist Church, 407 E. Broadway.

Africa Fest: 2020: The New African Magic

A market featuring locally created goods and foods by African immigrants will precede the Gala. 

When: 5 p.m. Feb. 21 to midnight Feb. 22.

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