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Celebrating Black History Month, February 2014

OIED's Department of Multicultural Student Affairs and African American Cultural Center are proud to partner with many NC State student groups and organizations to co-sponsor the following rich lineup of events for Black History Month 2014. For complete details for each of these events, please see There is also a printable calendar. We hope to see you at many of these events!

CHASS Diversity Lecture: “Who’s on First? Sports, Philosophy and the Concept of 'African American Firsts,'” February 5, 12:30PM-1:30PM, Caldwell Lounge

INROADS Information Session & Candidate Preparation Session, February 5, 4:30PM-5:30PM, 6:00PM-8:00PM, Nelson 3210

African American Read-In Lunch & Learn: Ms. Harriet Washington, February 6, 12PM-1:30PM, Witherspoon Student Center

Annual Clark Lecture Featuring Ms. Harriet Washington - “Health and Medicine: A Social Issue,” February 6, 6:00PM- 7:30PM, Witherspoon Student Center

Harambee Community Fest, February 8, 11:00AM-6:00PM, The Ezra Conference Center, 3670 Bastion Center, Raleigh NC, 27610

“It’s A Hair Affair!” Natural Hair Fair, Campus Curls and Kinks, February 8, 11:00AM-5:00PM, Witherspoon Student Center

NAACP Moral March on Raleigh, February 8, beginning at 9:30 AM, Gather at Shaw University on South Street between Wilmington and Blount Streets

Black History Month West African Dance Series, Monday, February 10, 17, and 24, 9:00PM-10:00PM, Carmichael Recreation Center - Studio A, see the article below and the flyer

February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four Lunch & Learn Film Showing, February 12, 12:00PM - 1:00PM, College of Textiles, Room 2309

Theater of Belief: Afro-Atlantic Costuming and Masking in Large-Format Color Photographs by Phyllis Galembo, February 12, 7:00PM, Johnson Hall, Meredith College

Panel Discussion with Phyllis Galembo and Other Photographers and Scholars, Moderated by Dr. Shelia Smith McKoy, February 13, 6PM, Witherspoon Student Center, Rm 356

The 16th Annual African-American Celebration, February 16, 3:00PM, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue Cary, NC 27511

“Unwritten Rules: Being Black in Corporate America,” February 19, 6:00PM, Witherspoon Student Center

“Colorism and Its Impact on Student Achievement” Video Viewing & Panel Discussion, February 20, 6:00PM-7:30PM, Park Shops, Rm 201

28th Annual African American History Quiz Bowl, February 22, 3:30PM, Witherspoon Student Center

Live Blacks in Wax Museum, February 22, 10:00AM- 2:00PM, Witherspoon Student Center

Open Rehearsal for Operation Breadbasket Panoramic Dance Project, February 22, 10:00AM to 12:00PM, Carmichael Gymnasium Dance Studio A

From Root to Tip: A Video and Panel Discussion About African American Hair and Oppression, February 26, 7:30PM, Park Shops 200, see also the flyer

“Brother Outsider” – A Featured Black History Month Lunch & Learn, February 27, 12:00PM-1:30PM, Harrelson Hall, Rm 330, GLBT Center

“Their Eyes Were Watching God” Film Viewing & Discussion, February 28, 7:20PM-10:00PM, Location TBD

Lunch & Learn: College Student Success with Dr. Michael Cuyjet
On Friday, February 7, 2014, the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) will host the 19th Annual Freshman Honors Convocation recognizing first year African American, Hispanic, Native American, and other interested first-year students who achieved a fall 2013 semester grade point average of 3.0 or higher in their first semester at NC State.

As a part of the Convocation event, special guest Dr. Michael Cuyjet, Professor, College Student Personnel Program, University of Louisville, a scholar, author, and pillar of the Student Affairs profession, will engage our campus community through a lunch presentation/Q&A session with an emphasis on college student success from 12:00-1:30PM on Friday, February 7, 2014 at McKimmon Center. You and your guests are invited to the lunch and presentation. Please RSVP as soon as possible to confirm your attendance.
Unfamiliar with West African Dance, But Interested in Learning More? 
The Department of Multicultural Student Affairs is partnering with University Recreation to provide an opportunity for the NC State Community to engage in learning through movement. This dance series offers an active way for individuals to learn more about the history and traditions associated with this aspect of West African culture and also, to experience another way that fitness can be incorporated into daily life.

Natasha Bannister, founder of Katandi West African Rhythmic Movement, is the featured instructor for the series. Natasha is a professional West African dancer and certified ACE fitness instructor, having studied under several notable masters of the dance and performed with three dance companies. Her classes focus on connecting with the rhythms of the djembe drums while learning fundamental and traditional movements derived from Guinea, Mali, and Senegal. Natasha will be joined by renowned drummer Michele Casey, who will play a variety of drums and allow the class an opportunity to learn more about the art of percussion.

The West African Rhythmic Movement Series will be held Mondays, February 10, 17 & 24 from 9:00-10:00 PM in Studio A at the Carmichael Recreation Center. The class is open to all Carmichael members and will be capped at capacity, so please arrive early. It is not required that individuals come to all classes; feel free to check out one, two, or all three! See the flyer.