Nashville Area 2014 Black History Month Celebrated

February 7
TSU Pep Band Performance
Friday 9 a.m. Admission: Free
Contact: Dr. Robert Elliott, (615) 963-5341
Location: J.T. Moore Middle School

February 7
MTSU
Students will maintain an information table from 11 am to 2 pm, Friday, Feb. 7, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, on the first floor of the Student Union. Free HIV/AIDS testing will be available then and throughout the month.

February 11
MTSU
• Michael McDonald, MTSU’s first African American student government president, will be the keynote speaker for the annual Unity Luncheon at 11 am, Tuesday in the Student Union ballroom. The event will pay tribute to community leaders James L. Butler, Pearlie Mae Martin and Phyllis Hickerson-Washington.
Tickets for the luncheon are $20 for adults and $10 for students and may be purchased by contacting Hinsey at 615-898-5797 or jonell.hinsey@mtsu.edu

February 11
TSU
An Historical Examination of African-American
Performers: Michael Jackson
“Michael Jackson: Bad – Live at the Wembley London,” 1998 (NR)
Tuesday 7 p.m.
Admission: Free & Open to the Public
Contact: Dr. Mark Crawford, (615) 963-5210
Location: Performing Arts Center,
Recital Hall, Room 174

February 12
Vanderbilt University
The 2014 Black Atlantic Lecture featuring Richard Rabinowitz
Richard Rabinowitz , President of the American History Workshop, will present the Warren Center’s annual Black Atlantic History Lecture on Wednesday, February 12 at 4:10 p.m. Professor Rabinowitz’s talk, “Curating the Common Wind: Representing the Revolutionary Discourse of the Black Atlantic in a Museum Exhibition,” is hosted by the 2012-2013 Warren Center Sawyer Seminar, the Warren Center’s Circum-Atlantic Studies Group, and the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center in honor of Black History Month. His talk will take place in the Black Cultural Center, followed by a reception at the Warren Center.

February12
Vanderbilt University
ILens: Pork Chop Hill
7:30 p.m. Open to the Public Location: Sarratt Cinema (Google map of this location ) ILens: Woody Strode: Extraordinary American Film Actor: Pork Chop Hill Presented by Frank E. Dobson Jr., Director, Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center USA (1959) Dir. Lewis Milestone. A Korean War war film based upon the book by military historian Brigadier General S. L. A. Marshall, an eyewitness, depicting the bitterly fierce first Battle of Pork Chop Hill between the U.S. Army’s 7th Infantry Division, and Chinese and Korean Communist forces at the end of the Korean War in April 1953. English. 98 mins. DVD.

February 13
TSU Pep Band Performance
Thursday 10 a.m. Admission: Free
Contact: Dr. Robert Elliott, (615) 963-5341
Location: Veteran’s Hospital – Murfreesboro, TN

February 14
33rd Annual African-American History and Culture Conference
Co-sponsored by the TSU College of
Liberal Arts and the Metropolitan Historical Commission
Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $20 per person
Contact: Tara Mielnik, (615) 862-7970
Location: Avon Williams Campus

TSU Jazz Collegians Performance
33rd Annual African-American History and Culture Conference
Friday 11:30 a.m.
Admission: $20 per person
Contact: Tara Mielnik, (615) 862-7970
Location: Avon Williams Campus

February17
Vanderbilt University
Circum-Atlantic Studies Seminar with David Wheat at  4:00 p.m.
David Wheat, Department of History, Michigan State University “The Rivers of Guinea in the Sixteenth-Century Spanish Caribbean” This talk is co-sponsored by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.

February17
MTSU
Dr. Cleveland Sellers, president of Voorhees College in Denmark, S.C., will deliver an address titled ‘A Voice from the Movement’ at 6 pm, Monday, Feb. 17, in Room 116 of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors College Building.
An advocate for nonviolent social change, Sellers was the only person arrested at the ‘Orangeburg Massacre,’ a violent clash between students and state police on the campus of South Carolina State University on Feb. 8, 1968. Three young men were killed and 27 other people were wounded.
Sellers spent seven months behind bars on rioting charges while the White officers involved in the shooting were acquitted. He received an official pardon 25 years after his release.

February 18
Tennessee Board of Regents’ Day on the Hill featuring Tennessee State University
A Conversation with the Education
Committee
Tuesday Noon
Admission: Open to the Public
Contact: Kelli Sharpe, (615) 963-7451
Location: Legislative Plaza, Room 16
An Historical Examination of
African-American Performers:
Michael Jackson
“Making a Thriller: A Short Film by John Landis,” 2001 (NR)
Tuesday 7 p.m.
Admission: Free & Open to the Public
Contact: Dr. Mark Crawford, (615) 963-5210
Location: Performing Arts Center,
Recital Hall, Room 174

February 19
MTSU
A presentation based on some of the ‘Myths of the Movement’ is slated for 4 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building. This event focuses on how some written and oral history skews the truth about the civil rights movement.

February 19 
Vanderbilt University
7:30 p.m. -ILens: Brother Outsider
Open to the Public Location: Sarratt Cinema (Google map of this location ) Presented by Frank Dobson, Director, Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center; and Petey Peterson, Program Coordinator, Office of LGBTQI Life USA (2002) Dir. Nancy D. Kates. Brother Outsider relies on archival film footage and interviews to offer an incisive portrait of political activist Bayard Rustin. Although his name lacks the familiarity of other major Civil Rights leaders, the film shows that he nonetheless played a central role in the movement’s seminal events during the 1950s and 60s. … Rustin’s political liabilities… often kept him out of the spotlight… problematic… was Rustin’s homosexuality. Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi. English. 89 mins. DVD.  Read More…

February 20
MTSU
Walks through the ‘Tunnel of Oppression’ are scheduled from 1-8 pm, Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Tom Jackson Building. It is designed to introduce participants to current-day concepts of oppression, privilege and power. This event coincides with the World Day of Social Justice as declared by the United Nations.

February 22
TSU
8th Annual Student Conference on the Death Penalty
Sponsored by TSU Department of Criminal Justice
Saturday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Admission: Free & Open to the Public
Contact: Michael Montgomery,
(615) 963-5588
Location: Walter S. Davis Humanities Building

February 23
MTSU
The Scholars Academy, in conjunction with the Intercultural and Diversity Affairs Center, will host ‘Sista and Brotha, You Rock!,’ a celebration set for 6-7 pm, Sunday in the Student Union ballroom. MTSU students of color will receive awards honoring them for their contributions to the community.

February 25
TSU
An Historical Examination of African-American Performers:
Michael Jackson
“Michael Jackson’s This Is It: His Final Performance,” 2009 (NR)
Tuesday 7 p.m.
Admission: Free & Open to the Public
Contact: Dr. Mark Crawford,
(615) 963-5210
Location: Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall, Room 174

February 26
TSU
A Forum on COLORISM
Co-sponsored by the TSU Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, the Office of Student Activities and the National Pan-Hellenic Council Wednesday 6 p.m.
Admission: Free & Open to the Public
Contact: Tiffany Cox, (615) 963-7494
Location: Floyd-Payne Campus Center

February 27
TSU Minority Caucus Anniversary Reception “Building on the Dream”
Thursday 5:00 p.m.
Admission: By invitation only
Contact: Kelli Sharpe, (615) 963-7451 or Roseanne Hayes, (615) 880-3350
Location: Farrell-Westbrook Building
(“The Barn”)
African-American Composers Concert – Wind Ensemble
Thursday 7 p.m.
Admission: Free & Open to the Public
Contact: Dr. Robert Elliott, (615) 963-5341 Location: Performing Arts Center, Cox-Lewis Theater