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Black History Month 2017

Black History Month 2017 Events

Join the Office of Student Life as we celebrate Black History Month. This year's theme is "Respecting the past, motivating the present, creating the future."  

Black History Month Lunch & Learn Series

February 2, 9, 16 & 9
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Sansbury CLC Quiet Room

Faculty/Staff Admission (Without Meal Plan): $5.50
Student Admission (Without Meal Plan): $8.59

Thursday, February 2  
“Hidden…Fences? Diversity Behind the Camera”
by Dr. LaTracey McDowell

Thursday, February 9  
“Staying Hopeful: African American Females Living with HIV”
by Dr. Toshua Kennedy

Thursday, February 16  
“Decoding the Wu Tang Clan”
by Dr. Michael Blum

Thursday, February 23  
“Followers Not Leaders, The Black Political Image in the White Mind”
by Dr. Carmen Harris 

Can Anyone Say the N-Word?

Thursday, February 9 
5:00 p.m.
CASB 101

Organization: The Underground

Movie: Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls

Thursday, February 9
6:00 p.m.
Tukey Theater

Ntozake Shange’s award-winning play about the struggle of black women makes its way to film with this ensemble drama starring Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Michael Ealy, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg and Kerry Washington.

Movie: Anita Speaking Truth to Power

Wednesday, February 15
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Tukey Theater

Anita challenged Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the US Supreme Court in 1991 and exposed the problem of sexual harassment to the world. Panel discussion to follow.

Black History Month Speaker: Ntozake Shange

Thursday, February 16

Reading and Lecture 4:00 p.m.
Health Education Complex 2039

Performance with Jazz Ensemble 8:00 p.m.
HPAC Theatre

Ntozke Shange is the playwright of For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf.

Organization: Department of African American Studies


Tuesday, February 21 & Wednesday, February 22
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Sansbury CLC Ballroom

Join the Office of Student Life - Multicultural Programs, Speaking Down Barriers and #AGEOLD in a two-day cultural festival featuring spoken-word poets, public speakers, artistic performances and fashion from right here in the Sparkle City!

The Shoestring Players Present: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Thursday, February 23 - Saturday, February 25
8:00 p.m.
HPAC Theater

Sunday, February 26
3:00 p.m.
HPAC Theater

General Admission - $8, Faculty/Staff/Student - $4 (must show I.D.), CASH/CHECK ONLY, (Small bills appreciated). For reservations, please contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at boxoffice@uscupstate.edu or call (864) 503-5695.

Black History Month - A Sign of the Times Performance
(City of Spartanburg)

Saturday, February 2
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. & 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Chapman Cultural Center

Led by Composer/Director, Tyrone Jefferson, A Sign of the Times’ ensembles perform music from the African Diaspora, including Latin, Jazz, Classic Rhythm & Blues and Funk! Their range swings and transports listeners to the days of Dizzy, Bird, Miles and Sassy as well as Earth, Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye, the Stylistics, Etta James and James Brown. Each musical story is told with authenticity and reverence to the great ones that came before us. For more information about tickets, please visit the Chapman Cultural Center website at www.chapmanculturalcenter.org.

For accommodations, contact Disability Services at (864) 503-5199. For more information, contact Doug Peters at (864) 503-7454 or via email at dpeters@uscupstate.edu.

Contact Us

Student Life
Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center, Room 210
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303          
(864) 503-5122