Black History Month Gets Collegiate

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Though most people relate February to hearts and roses, it's also  Black History Month. As we all know, it’s a time to celebrate the achievements of African-Americans throughout history. But there’s more to this celebration than long lectures and boring homages. Check out how some schools are planning on celebrating this special month:

Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.
Villanova University: Black History Trivia Night 
When was the last time you read about Rosa Parks or Harriet Tubman? Unless you’re taking history or women’s studies courses, it might have been a while. This trivia game challenges Villanova students to test their knowledge about all things black history. Bragging rights and a prize will be up for grabs.


Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.
University of Miami: Bob Marley Day
Whether for his music, religious beliefs or outlook on life, you’ve got to admit that Bob Marley was a pretty cool dude. UM’s Organization for Jamaican Unity seems to agree and is hosting a night in his honor. Though three days before his birthday, it’s as good a time as any to celebrate the Jamaican singer-songwriter. Attendees can expect live music and a relaxed environment. 


Feb. 6 at 10 a.m.
Maricopa Community College: Featured Speaker Ambassador Attalah Shabazz
Even though Maricopa Community College might seem remote to you (it’s located in Arizona), the school caught the attention of Malcolm X’s daughter, Ambassador Shabazz. She will be speaking on “Nationality, Nature and Nuance.” The lecture promises to be anything but boring, providing students with a bit of black history from the rebellious leader’s relative.


Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
Fordham University: Black Transgression of Comedy Trilogy
Students looking for comic relief from exams can attend the first of three film screenings highlighting the work of prominent black comedians. Richard Pryor (Feb. 6), Eddie Murphy (Feb. 13) and Kevin Hart (Feb. 27) will be spotlighted.


Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m.
Northwestern University: Barbershop Talks
College events are known for free food, goodies and haircuts…wait, what? You read correctly. NU’s department of African American Student Affairs will be bringing the barbershop to campus. Students will be able to grab lunch, talk with fellow attendees and leave with a new hairdo right in time for Valentine’s Day.


Feb.16 – 19
Yale University: The 17th Annual Black Solidarity Conference
This event is the ultimate cocktail of education, advocacy and entertainment. The conference’s theme, “Stigmas and Stereotypes: An Exploration of Black Sexuality,” provides a serious tone for intellectual discussion. In addition to enlightening conversations, attendees can enjoy a performance by Travis Porter on Feb. 17. The show is free-of-charge for those attending the conference and $50 otherwise.  


Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.
University of Florida: Florida Invitational Step Show
FISS is the largest student run invitational step show on the East Coast and worthy of a spot on our list. Nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities will battle it out center stage. Attendees will be able to witness multiple rounds of powerful stepping, dance and music rooted in African-American history.



Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech: An Evening of Music and Discussion with John Legend
For its last BHM event, Virginia Tech is going all out by hosting an event with nine-time Grammy Award winner John Legend. Students and nonstudents are welcome to attend a thoughtful discussion and soulful performance. The artist will be honored for his accomplishments and contributions to the music industry. If you’re anywhere near the university, we suggest you make the trip. It’s only $20 for general admission.


Feb. 24 at 9 p.m.
Columbia University: Black is the New Black
Forget pink, orange or white, Columbia stands by black. Young designers, alternative visions of fashion and various formats of fusion will be emphasized in this fashion/culture show. Attendees will be able to see black culture within every aspect of the show, especially in the clothes and overall ambiance. It will be nothing short of avant-garde.


Mar. 3 at noon
Louisiana State University: College Reunion
BHM spills into March with this outdoor extravaganza that serves as the culminating event of the monthlong celebration. LSU’s goal is to unite the African-American campus community and other state colleges and universities. The event embraces black culture through music, dance and spoken word. With hundreds of people attending, attendees can expect competitive games and contests. You could end the month with a prize.

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