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Black History Month at U of M Will Celebrate Golden Jubilee of Civil Rights Act

For release: January 28, 2014
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

With the theme “The Golden Jubilee of the Civil Rights Act: What’s Important Now – The Movement,” the University of Memphis will host a full schedule of programs, music and lectures during Black History Month.

Many of the events are open to the public and free of charge. The schedule includes:

Friday, January 31: Opening ceremony and presentation of Authur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. James L. Netters, 7 p.m., Michael D. Rose Theatre;

Thursday, Feb. 6: African-American Museum on Wheels, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rose Theatre;

Friday, Feb. 7: Gospel Explosion featuring VaShawn Mitchell, 7 p.m., Rose Theatre;

Tuesday, Feb. 11: Talk by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, 7 p.m., Rose Theatre;

Tuesday, Feb. 18: “Race and Labor in Memphis, 1968-Present” panel discussion, 1 p.m., University Center Bluff Room;

Tuesday, Feb. 18: Professor Daniel Kiel discusses his documentary, The Memphis 13. Also, exhibition opening of "The Civil Rights Act of 1964: How Far Have We Come?," reception 5:30 p.m., lecture 6 p.m., McWherter Library;

Wednesday, Feb. 19: Complexity of Complexion, 7 p.m., University Center Theatre;

Thursday, Feb. 20: “Race-Girl: How an Artist Tackled a Touchy Subject and How It Tackled Her,” reception 5:30 p.m., lecture 6 p.m., University Center Theatre;

 Friday, Feb. 21: Freedom Ball and Mahogany Awards, 7 p.m., University Center Ballroom;

Saturday, Feb. 22: "Celebrating Black History Month in the Heritage of Southwest Memphis," 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa, 1987 Indian Village Dr.

Tuesday, Feb. 25: An Evening with actor Louis Gossett Jr., 7 p.m., University Center Theatre;

Wednesday, Feb. 26: Civil Rights in Memphis luncheon and panel discussion, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., University Center Bluff Room

Igniting Excitement, 3 p.m., University Center River Room;

Friday, Feb. 28: Closing Ceremony featuring Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks, 1 p.m., University Center River Room; and

SAC movie, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, 7 p.m., University Center Theatre

Parking for events in the Rose Theatre and University Center is available in the Zach Curlin garage.

More information, including the complete Black History Month calendar, is available online at or from the U of M Office of Multicultural Affairs at 901-678-2054. 

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