Black History Month at UH HIlo
Black History Month (BHM) was established in the month of February to recognize and celebrate the contributions of African Americans. It provides the opportunity to remember profound African American leaders who have left behind a legacy that has inspired many Americans. The purpose of Black History Month is for everyone to reflect upon the history, the legacies, and culture of people of African Heritage, but most of all this is a time of remembrance and appreciation of what African Americans have done for all people.
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 UH Hilo Black History Month (BHM) Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, students, and community members are planning several events. Please share this information with your students. The co-sponsors include the UH Hilo Diversity Committee, Art & History Departments., Student Health and Wellness Program, Minority Access and Achievement Program, the Performing Arts Center and Student Activities Council. The following free events will be featured throughout the month of February.
Download a flyer of all Black History Month events at http://hilo.hawaii.edu/go/B
Friday, February 5th: 5:00-7:30 pm @ University Classroom Building 100
free film event: Freedom Riders (Q & A to follow)
A documentary film that chronicles the inspirational story of a courageous group of civil rights activists in the 60’s called the Freedom Riders, who challenged racial discrimination of the public transportation system in America.
Tuesday, February 9th: 7:30pm @ Performing Arts Center
Dance Performance: Opposing Forces
Concept, Direction and Choreography by Amy O’Neal
Using breakdancing, live beats, hip hop, and gender roles, as a lens to explore feminine perceptions in our culture. A cast of 5 world class B Boys examine the value systems of race and gender within the environments of battling, commercial dance, contemporary performance and cyphering.
Thursday, February 18th, 2:00 - 4:00pm @ Student Services Building 201
Keynote Speaker: Dr. John L. Turner, M.D.
Meet and Greet Reception to Follow
As a keynote speaker for Black History Month, Dr. John Turner will discuss his journey from being the first Neurosurgeon in Hilo to his current approach to medicine that utilizes a combination of biomedical and metaphysical healing techniques.
Friday, February 26th, 5:00 - 7:00pm @ Student Services Building 201
Soul Food for Thought Café
Performance and Open-mic invitation to poets, spoken word artists, musicians, all forms of entertainment . Share your talent and bring your favorite soul food dish.
Also, for the entire month, Rights & Responsibilities: an exhibit honoring Black History in Hawai‘i, will be located at the Mookini Library. The exhibit explores the sacrifices, challenges, and contributions of the Black community to our global, U.S., and Hawai‘i histories. Find the display, created by the UH Hilo History Department, near the front entrance for the month of February.