Black History Month occurs every February and is dedicated to celebrating and recognizing the history, accomplishments and cultures of black Americans. In observance, the University of Oregon hosts several events throughout the month that offer opportunities for attendees to dive into lessons and conversations with experts, academics, and artists about current social justice issues and race in America.
A talk and reception with Sam Bailey, the director and co-creator of HBO’s Emmy-nominated web series, “Brown Girls,” will take place in the EMU 145 Crater Lake South room at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8. The event is sponsored by the Cinema Studies Department.
Also on Thursday, the Labor Education & Research Center is sponsoring Pioneering a Living Legacy: Shaping Our Vision for Diversity and Inclusion in the Labor Movement. The event will be held at UO’s Portland White Stag Building 142/144 at 70 NW Couch Street at 6 p.m. It will include a viewing of the short film, “Sista in the Brotherhood,” followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Roberta Hunte.
On Friday, Feb. 9, the 8th Annual Black History Month Banquet, sponsored by Blacks in Government, will take place at the Valley River Inn in Eugene at 5:30 p.m. If you want to attend you must reserve a table or seat.
The UO Law School is sponsoring the Derrick Bell Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 5:30 p.m. They’re hosting Professor of Law, African American Studies and Ethnic Studies Jonathan A. Powell for the lecture in the Law School room 175. Professor Powell will hold a public reception from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. that day in the UO Law Commons.
The African Studies Lecture Series is sponsoring a lecture by Andre Djiffack called “Teaching and Researching on Mongo Beti.” The lecture will be in the Knight Library Browsing Room at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Ducks After Dark will be showing “Marshall” on Thursday, Feb. 15 in the EMU Redwood Auditorium. Doors open at 8:15 p.m. and the movie starts at 9 p.m. The movie, rated PG-13, is about Thurgood Marshall, who was the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.
The 2018 Freedom Fund Dinner, sponsored by the Eugene/Springfield NAACP, will be at the Valley River Inn in Eugene at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16. Tickets to attend are $80 per seat or $100 for a seat and an NAACP membership. The dinner is the NAACP’s main fundraiser, and this year’s event will be “a reflection of the National NAACP’s initiatives towards climate change, a 21st-century social justice and civil rights issues,” according to the event’s website.
On Saturday, Feb. 17, the Black Student Union is hosting an Excellence Gala in the Ford Alumni Center at 6 p.m.
The Labor & Education Research Center is sponsoring Bill Fletcher’s lecture, “Race & Labor: Building a More Just Economy,” on Tuesday Feb. 20 in Straub 145 at 4 p.m. Fletcher was the Education Director for the national AFL-CIO, the president of TransAfrica Forum and a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, according to the event brochure.
The Department of Art will sponsor Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa’s “Scenes from ‘One Wall a Web’” lecture on Thursday, Feb. 22 in Lawrence 177 at 6 p.m. Wolukau-Wanambwa is a photographer, writer and teacher based in New York City. His lecture will be about the commonalities between pictures and words.
“Talking Black in America,” is a panel discussion, sponsored by the UO Linguistics Department, that will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Straub 156.
Black History Month events will conclude on Friday, Feb. 23, with the “Don’t Touch My Hair,” opening reception exhibit at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.