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Feb. 4: Carnegie Mellon Hosts Black History Month Events


Abby Houck                       

Carnegie Mellon Hosts Black History Month Events

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a variety of on-campus lectures, performances and art exhibits. Carnegie Mellon's Student Development Office coordinates all Black History Month events, which are open to the public.

Activities began Friday, Feb. 1 with a Black Caucus Reception featuring Evan Frazier, a 1997 graduate of Carnegie Mellon's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. Frazier is president and CEO of the Hill House Association, an organization that has provided care and support to more than 500,000 children, adults and seniors living in urban environments over the past four decades.

Contact M. Shernell Smith at 412-268-9510 or for more information on the following Black History Month events.

University Libraries Black History Month Display
Ongoing throughout February
Hunt Library

A History of Islam in the African-American Community
Lecture by Arif Jamal, University of Pittsburgh Library System
6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5
McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, University Center
Hosted by the Muslim Student Association and Student Development

Jamal oversees the African American (Africana Studies) Collection and Buhl Social Work Collection in the University of Pittsburgh's Hillman Library. He also was a subject contributor in the area of Islam and African Americans for the seven-volume set titled "Resources for College Libraries" published in 2006.

Serving the Cause of Humanity Without Hurting the Advance of Global Capitalism - Reflections on the Ending of the Atlantic Slave Trade

Lecture by Joseph E. Inikori, Professor of History, University of Rochester
4:30-6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8
Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall A53
Hosted by Carnegie Mellon's Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE)

Before joining the University of Rochester's faculty, Inikori was head of the Department of History at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He is the author of "Africans and the Industrial Revolution in England: A Study in International Trade and Economic Development," which won the 2003 American Historical Association's Leo Gershoy Award for the most outstanding work in English on any aspect of the field of 17th- and 18th-century western European history. He also received the 2003 African Studies Association's Herskovits Award. Before leaving Nigeria for the United States, he chaired a presidential panel charged with the task of proposing solutions to the problem of inter-group relations in Nigeria.
The Renaissance: A Night of Expression Through the Arts
UC Late Night event
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9
Kirr Commons, University Center
Hosted by BGSO   

Gospel Concert: "Redefined"

5-7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10
Rangos Ballroom, University Center
Hosted by College Christians' Alternative Ministries and Student Development
For more information, e-mail Olusheun Ogunsunlade at

Opening and Dessert Reception: Black History Month Gallery Show
Noon, Monday, Feb. 11
Art Gallery, University Center

The show runs Feb. 11-16 and features the video "Decades in Black: A Look at the History of the Black Student at Carnegie Mellon University."

Open Forum: Cultural Relations and the Carnegie Mellon Community
4:30-6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13
Danforth Lounge, University Center
Hosted by SPIRIT

The Willie Lynch Letter and its Effects on Modern Society
6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20
Doherty Hall 1112
Hosted by SPIRIT

Opening Night: "The Piano Lesson" by August Wilson
8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21
Philip Chosky Theater, Purnell Center for the Arts
College of Fine Arts, School of Drama
For tickets: Visit or call the box office at 412-268-2407.

"The Piano Lesson" will run Feb. 21-March 1. Performance times are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday.

Soul Food Sampler
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25
Connan Room, University Center

Speak Your Mind: Campus Culture

4-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26
Connan Room, University Center

From Auction Block to Hip-Hop
Presented by Between the Lines Productions
7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb.  27
McConomy Auditorium, University Center
Hosted by SPIRIT, BGSO, CAUSE, Student Development, Student Senate and the History Department