Upcoming Black History Month Events

Click the poster to see all Black History Month events at WSU Pullman this month

Many Black History Month Events have already taken place, but we wanted to remind you about some upcoming events in the Inland Northwest. This month the Diversity and Cultural Celebrations Calendar compiled by Washington State University, Spokane, reminded us:

Prior to 1925, little information could be found in the U.S. about African American history.  A widely held belief existed that African Americans had made little contribution to U.S. society. In 1926, Carter G. Woodson spearheaded the first Negro History Week to raise awareness.  Fifty years later, the week was expanded to a month.  February was selected because of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, two individuals who dramatically affected the lives of African Americans. The 2012 African American History Month theme is “Black Women in American Culture and History”, visit this website for more information http://www.asalh.org.

Upcoming musical performances, lectures, and films include (see our events page for all our listings):

Friday, February 10, 2012Gospel Explosion in Celebration of Black History Month. 7:00 p.m., Seeley Mudd Chapel, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA. Join Whitworth University students and choirs from all over Spokane for this annual campus celebration of Black History Month. Free and open to the public.


Saturday, February 11, 2012: 9th Annual Shades of Black Show.  Doors at 5:00 p.m., SUB Ballroom, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. Free and open to the public. Shades of Black captivates the audience with an entertaining, energetic, insightful, and unique spin on black culture through mediums of expression such as Dance, Spoken Word, Stepping, and Song. The Shades of Black Show is a celebration of the different textures and dimensions of the black experience through the Performing Arts. Created in 2003 at the University of Idaho by Kwapi Vengesayi and making its debut in January of 2004, Shades of Black has become a cultural phenomenon. Featuring individuals and students from Washington State University, Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, the University of Idaho, Boise State University and other campuses across the region, Shades of Black has established itself as one of the most anticipated and entertaining cultural showcases in the pacific northwest.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012: HBO Premier of “The Loving Story.” This documentary tells the dramatic story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1950s, and their landmark Supreme Court Case, Loving v. Virginia, that changed history. See local TV listings for air time.


Thursday, February 16, 2012: 

• Presentation: “From Civil Rights to Cultural Competence: What Have we Learned?” 5:00 to 7:00pm in the Agricultural Sciences Building, Room 106, University of Idaho Commons, Moscow, ID. The guest speaker will be Jeff Guillory, Director of the Diversity Education Program at Washington State University. Guillory will share his experience growing up in the segregated South. He will explain the evolution of diversity education from “awareness “ to a “requirement” in today’s labor market. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome. For more information contact the U of I Office of Multicultural Affairs: 208-885-7716 or visit www.uidaho.edu/oma.

• Singing for Justice: Songs of the American Civil Rights Movement, 8:00pm in Bryan Hall, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. A new cantata by Washington State University graduate student Marc Robinson and Dean Luethi, WSU assistant professor of music, will be performed in a free, public concert by the WSU University Singers as part of WSU’s observance of February as national Black History Month. In the American civil rights movement, singing helped spread a message difficult for many to hear otherwise. It inspired and empowered those advocating and participating in nonviolent protest. Through song and narration, the cantata will guide the audience from Rosa Parks’ historic bus ride through the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Music will include “Wade in the Water,” “A Change is Gonna Come,” “I’m On My Way to Freedom Land” and more. Joining the University Singers will be gospel recording artist Marilyn Keller, pianist Brian Ward, bassist Dave Snyder, percussionist David Jarvis and narrator Bernadette Buchanan. For more information contact: Dean Leuthi, dean.leuthi@wsu.edu, 509-335-7186, or Sandra Albers, sandra_albers@wsu.edu, 509-335-4148.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012: Lecture: The Black Power Movement on Campus: Student Activism and Black Studies, 7:00pm in the Weyerhaeuser Hall Robinson Teaching Theatre, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA. Presented by Marc Robinson, Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at WSU. Robinson ws born and raised in Seattle, Washington. In 2004, he graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in history. From 2008 to the present, he has taught undergraduate courses in Comparative Ethnic Studies on race and gender, black studies, and popular culture. His research interests include the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements. Contact: Barbara Brodrick, 509.777.3270, bbrodrick@whitworth.edu.


Wednesday-Saturday, February 22-25, 2012, University of Idaho, Moscow: Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Thursday, February 23: Free Workshop by the Blind Boys of Alabama. 10:30am, Student Union Building Auditorium, 709 Deakin Street, Moscow, ID. The Blind Boys of Alabama formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939. The group toiled for almost 40 years almost exclusively on the black gospel circuit, playing in churches, auditoriums, and even stadiums across the country.  In the 1960′s, they joined the Civil Rights movement, performing at benefits for Dr. Martin Luther King. In recent years the Blind Boys have gained more popular recognition, winning five Grammy Awards. The workshop will emphasize their experiences working in the Civil Rights movement, as well as their music.

Friday, February 24: The Blind Boys of Alabama. 8:30pm in the Kibbie Dome. The Blind Boys of Alabama will perform in the “Soul Explosion” concert, along with the Ike Stubblefield Jazz Trio and special guests Jeff Clayton, Wycliff Gordon, James Morrison and Rickey Woodard. Visit the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival website for ticket information: http://sitecore.uidaho.edu/jazzfest/Tickets.


These schools have posted event calendars specifically for Black History Month events:

Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

Washington State University, Pullman, WA

If we’ve overlooked your event or calendar that is devoted specifically to Black History Month, email Kristin at kristinc@uidaho.edu


About nwchr

The Northwest Coalition for Human Rights (NWCHR) exists to facilitate connections and communication among organizations and individuals who are engaged in human rights and social justice work in the Northwest region of the United States, with special focus on the Inland Northwest. The coalition, inspired by Bill Wassmuth's former Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment, will give strength to those working at the local level by allowing them to share resources, information, and ideas, as well as making them part of a larger support system. The University of Idaho Office of Human Rights, Access, and Inclusion (HRAI) in Moscow serves as the administrative home for the NWCHR, and the Coalition strives to build strong membership from throughout Idaho and eastern Washington, as well as from other parts of the Northwest region. All are welcome to join NWCHR and give their input.
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