Black History Month at UNCG

Sarah Purnell
Staff Writer

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The Office of Intercultural Engagement (OIE), Campus Activities & Programs (CAP) and The African American and African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) created a schedule to celebrate Black History Month at UNCG throughout the month of February.

“I am so thankful to celebrate Black History Month and attend the different events we will be having this month,” stated UNCG Student Body President Holly Shields. “I encourage all students to take time to attend at least one of these events and to engage in the richness of Black History.”

The celebrations include a variety of events around campus from conferences, performances and guest speakers. To begin the celebration, a three hour kick-off event was held in EUC Maple on Jan. 31.

“It is important for UNCG to celebrate Black History Month because not only does it validate this campus’ mission to be diverse and inclusive, but it also tells students and faculty that educating others on the history and culture of black people is just as important as our everyday curriculum,” said Cameron Cooper, UNCG student.

Some key events include the Tunnel of Oppression, an interactive event that highlights specific issues related to power, privilege and oppression, as well as the sixth annual UNCG and NC A&T joint celebration to honor Martin Luther King Jr. The event’s guest speaker is Payton Head, a community leader and activist. Head will also host a master class on student activism at UNCG.

An up-close look at this week’s events:

  •    Feb. 6 @ 5:30 PM in EUC 062 – Am I Black Enough?

This community dialogue is held monthly and strives to give students the opportunity to learn and build relationships across differences. This week’s topic focuses on the various ways individuals experience Black identity.


  • Feb. 7 @ 11 AM – 2 PM in EUC Cone Ballroom – Scoop with the Scopes


Get the scoop on social justice issues with the students of the Kaleidoscope program, a student group trained to facilitate diversity and social justice education workshops around campus. They will have treats!


  • Feb 10 @ 10 AM in EUC Cone Ballroom – Black Fountain: The Summit (Conference)


  •  Feb 10 @ 5 PM in UNCG Auditorium – Black Fountain The Summit (Evening Performance)

More celebratory events taking place this month include:

  • Feb 12 @ 11 AM in Curry 231 – Get Ready for CACE Workshop
  • Feb 12 @ 7 PM in Harrison Auditorium (NCA&TSU) – MLK Celebration: Payton Head
  • Feb 13 @ 2 PM in MacDonald Room – Get Ready for CACE Workshop
  • Feb 14 @ 7 PM in EUC Alexander – Conversation with the Community: Dr. Duane Cyrus
  • Feb 15 @ 6 PM in MacDonald Room (Curry) – Radical Writing Workshop
  • Feb 15 @ 7 PM in Weatherspoon Art Museum – Dr. Woods’ Novel: Henry Ossawa Tanner Celebration
  •  Feb 16 @ 1:30 PM in EUC 062 – Community Dialogue: Black and Biracial
  • Feb 20 @ 3:30 PM in UNCG Faculty Center – CACE 2018: Conference Speaker, Diamond Holloman
  •  Feb 21 @ 7 PM in EUC – CACE Conference 2018: Keynote Performance
  •  Feb 22 @ 5:30 PM in Spartan Village 2 Haywood Clubhouse – Reel Talk: Dinner and Dialogue Film Series
  • Feb 26 @ 1 PM – 7:30 PM in EUC Cone Ballroom – Tunnel of Oppression
  • Feb 28 @ 7 PM in EUC Auditorium – Lyrical Sanctuary Open Mic Night

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