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Black History Month 2017: Black Women Breaking Boundaries

Black History Month (BHM) 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 our society.
The events that have been planned at the UH Hilo will provide a cultural perspective and opportunity for the institution, faculty, staff and students to learn about the achievements of African Americans and the impact they have made in our lives. The Planning Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students from UH Hilo. The co-sponsors include the UH Hilo Diversity Committee, African American Organization, Art Dept., History Dept., LBGQT+ Center, Minority Access and Achievement Program, Performing Arts Center, Physics and Astronomy Dept., Women’s Center, and University Dining Services.

The theme for 2017 is “Black Women Breaking Boundaries” and the following events will be featured throughout the month of February, including a Historical exhibit at the Mo`okini Library created by students, under the direction of Kerri Inglis, Associate Professor of History.

Events for February, 2017:

Saturday, February 4th; check in by 6:00 p.m.
Prince Kuhio Cinemas
Film: Hidden Figures - (free private screening)
Limited Seating; Sign Up Required at SSC room 213
Based on a true story, this film features a team of African-American women who provided NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's FIRST successful space missions. Introduction by Marianne Takamiya, Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy.

Thursday, February 9th; 6:00 p.m.
Wentworth Room 1
Film: What Happened, Miss Simone?
This 2015 film tells the story of the legendary singer, pianist, and activist, Nina Simone, also known as the "High Priestess of Soul.” It includes rare archival footage and captures her public successes and private struggles.

Thursday, February 16th; 6 p.m.
Wentworth Room 1
Film: Maya Angelou: and Still I Rise
This is a documentary about the incomparable Maya Angelou. It is a moving
tribute of her prolific life; as a singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, professor, poet and writer. The story includes her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her friendship with James Baldwin and work with Malcolm X in Ghana.

Wednesday, February 22nd; 7:30-9:30 p.m.
UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

Performance: Dobet Gnahoré
$12 Students/$30 General/ $25 Discount
Ivory Coast vocalist and dancer, Gnahoré has garnered a reputation as one of the most vibrant performers in world music. In 2010, she shared an award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance with India Arie at the 52nd Grammys For tickets call 932-7490 or order online at

Friday, February 24th; 11:30-1:30 PM
Soul Food For Thought Café
UH Hilo Campus Center Dining Hall
Performance and open-mic invitation to poets, spoken word artists, musicians, and all forms of entertainment. Sign Up by emailing
Soul food will be featured on the cafeteria menu

Tuesday, February 28th; 12:30-1:45 PM
Student Services Center W-201
Speaker: J. Phoenix Smith
Phoenix received her MSW from Howard University. She is a clinical therapist & ecotherapist with over 20 years of experience working in public health, social justice movements, African indigenous healing practices, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and teaching Mindfulness-Based therapies

For more information, please call (808)932-7461. For accommodations, contact the Disability Services Office: (808)932-7623 (V) or 932-7002 (TTY).

For more information, contact: (808) 932-7461

Tags: Black History Month BHM Diversity Women Film MAAP Minority Access and Achievement Program LGBTQ+ Women's Center University Dining Services African American Organization Physics and Astronomy

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