Black History Month at UH Hilo, February packed with events

With the 2018 theme, “Know the Past. Shape the Future,” UH Hilo is hosting films, workshops, guest artists, lectures, and a poetry slam to provide the campus community with cultural perspectives about the achievements of African Americans.

Still from the film of a group of young black women.
The film 4 Little Girls will be shown at UH Hilo on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6:00 p.m., UCB 100. The film uses dance as its primary expressive element to depict the tragic story and aftermath of the 16th Street Baptist church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. Click photo above to see trailer.
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The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo will be hosting several events during the month of February as part of Black History Month. With the 2018 theme, “Know the Past. Shape the Future,” the scheduled events are designed to provide the campus community with cultural perspectives about the achievements of African Americans and the impact they have made on society.

Event schedule

The following events to be held throughout the month of February are free and open to the campus community and general public (campus map).

Global Metaphysics of Abstract Painters and Performers

Nanette Carter
Nanette Carter
  • Featuring Nanette Carter, a woman of power who specializes in creating art and landscapes that capture the drama of human nature.
  • Thursday, February 1; 6:00 PM; University Classroom Building, room 100.

Film: Moonlight

  • A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
  • Wednesday, February 7; 6 pm; UCB 100.
Georgina Dodge
Georgina Dodge

Workshop: Building Cultural Inclusion

  • With Georgina Dodge, Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Bucknell University.
  • Tuesday, February 13; 2 pm; Campus Center 301.

Presentation: “I ka wā ma mua, ka wā ma hope” The Future Lies in the Past – Who We Were, Who We Are, Who We Want to Be

    • Speaker: Val Kalei Kanuha, Senior Lecturer, Office of Field Education
      Assistant Dean for Field Education, School of Social Work, University of Washington.
Val Kalei Kanuha
Val Kalei Kanuha
  • Friday, February 23; 3 pm; UCB 100.

Soul Food for Thought Café

  • Poets, Spoken Word Artists, and Musicians are invited to perform featuring African American genre.
  • Friday, February 23; 11-1 pm; Campus Center Dining Room.
  • Those interested in participating contact palsuhh@hawaii.edu.

Film: 4 Little Girls

  • The film uses dance as its primary expressive element to depict the tragic story and aftermath of the 16th Street Baptist church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.
  • Wednesday, February 28; 6 pm; UCB 100.

Related activities will be held in the residence halls in collaboration with University Housing.

The UH Hilo history department will feature an exhibit at the Edwin H. Mookini Library.

Black History Month

Black History Month was established to recognize and celebrate the contributions of African Americans, and to remember profound African American leaders who have left behind a legacy that has inspired many. It also provides an opportunity to reflect upon the history and culture of people of African Heritage.

The civil rights movement, which benefited all under-represented minority groups, evolved from the aspirations of African Americans and the need for this population to be recognized and included as vital members of society. In spite of this, the future that was envisioned by civil rights leaders and their communities has not materialized or reached a level of equity among these groups which is reflected in the ongoing institutionalized racism and discrimination that occurs in society.

Sponsors

The UH Hilo Black History Month Planning Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students from UH Hilo. The co-sponsors include the UH Hilo department of art, history, sociology, and gender and women’s studies; the LBGQT+ Center, the Minority Access and Achievement Program, Office of Equal Opportunity, the Women’s Center, University Housing, and University Dining Services.

Contact

Ginger Hamilton or the offices of the Minority Access and Achievement Program.

For accommodations, call Disability Services.