UM Celebrates Black Awareness Month

Activities will range from lectures and discussions to a scholarship pageant and gospel concert.

From UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 30, 2014) — The University of Miami celebrates Black Awareness Month 2014 this semester with a series of events ranging from lectures and discussions to an oratorical competition and scholarship pageant. Sponsored by United Black Students and other UM organizations, Black Awareness Month activities run February 1 through March 3.

This year’s theme: “Ubuntu: I Am Who I Am Because of Who We Are.” An Nguni Bantu term most prominent in the Southern African region, “Ubuntu” means literally “human-ness” and is often translated as “humanity towards others.”

“It embodies the essence of interdependence for mutual benefit—an ideal that all communities of the black Diaspora strive for and strongly adhere to,” says UBS President Suzette Ikejiani. “As a primary goal of the month-long celebration, we hope to emphasize the interconnectedness of the global community and the many ways in which our own identities are shaped by those that surround us. We invite students, faculty, staff, and community members from all walks of life to join us in paying respects to the past and looking forward toward a bright future.”

All events, with the exception of the Royal Heritage Ball on March 1, are free and open to the public.

Day of Service
Sponsored by Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development, Multicultural Student Affairs, and United Black Students
Date: February 1
Time: 9 a.m.
Registration: Student Activities Center

Opening Ceremonies
Sponsored by Miami Speaks and United Black Students
Date: February 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wesley Art Gallery

Black State of the U
Sponsored by Tau Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Date: February 6
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Student Activities Center (Senate Room)

House of Black Culture
Sponsored by African Student Union, Africana Studies Program, Caribbean Students Association, Organization for Jamaican Unity, Planet Kreyol, and United Black Students
Date: February 10
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: UC Patio

What Does the Camera Capture: A Look at Black America Through the Media’s Lens
Sponsored by Future Black Communication Professionals
Date: February 11
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Shoma Hall (School of Communication)

Career Symposium
Sponsored by Toppel Career Center
Date: February 12
Time: noon
Location: Student Activities Center (East Ballroom)

Gospel Explosion
Sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the Department of Religious Studies, and United Black Students
Date: February 13
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: UC Patio

Black Beauty Fair
Sponsored by United Black Students
Date: February 17
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Student Activities Center Ballrooms

UM Professor of History Donald Spivey Presents: “If Only You Were White”
Sponsored by Office of Alumni Relations and UM Black Alumni Society
Date: February 19
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Newman Alumni Center Library

The Art of Words Oratorical Competition
Sponsored by Tau Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Date: February 19
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Student Activities Center (Activities South)

Greek Philanthropy Showcase
Sponsored by National Pan-Hellenic Council
Date: February 21
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: UC Patio

Ms. UM Caribbean 2014 Pageant
Sponsored by Caribbean Students Association
Date: February 22
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Gusman Concert Hall

UNLearn: Fruits From the Same Tree
Sponsored by United Black Students
Date: February 24
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: UC International Lounge

Brother’s Appreciation Dinner
Sponsored by Mu Nu Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
Date: February 27
Time: 7:20 p.m.
Location: School of Communication Courtyard

Royal Heritage Ball
Sponsored by Division of Student Affairs, Graduate School, Pier 21, Student Government, UM Black Alumni Society, and United Black Students
Date: March 1
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Student Activities Center Ballrooms

Ms. Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant
Sponsored by Eta Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Date: March 3
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Student Activities Center (Ballroom East)

For more information, please contact Multicultural Student Affairs at 305-284-2855.


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