USA Celebrates Black History Month

Posted on February 5, 2015
Joy Washington

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The University of South Alabama will honor African-American history with events throughout February in recognition of Black History Month. All events are free and open to the public.

This year’s major events hosted by the USA Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will include an interactive diversity program, “Culture Shock,” to be held Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the USA Student Center Ballroom. The program will be facilitated by Darnell Head, Patrick Wilson and Chuck King with Cultural Competence, which is located in Chicago, Ill. The goal of Cultural Competence is to help individuals gain a social and historical understanding of racial, gender, and cultural stereotypes. For more information, visit

On Monday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. a screening of the recently released movie “Selma” will be held in the Student Center Ballroom. “Selma” is the story of the historic struggle led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to secure voting rights for all people, which was a dangerous campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., and led to President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. For more details about the movie, please view the trailer at

On Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m., there will be a performance by MADDRAMA, a performance troupe from Jackson State University in the Student Center Ballroom. This year’s theme is “Back to the Future: We Can Never Go Forward Until We Go Back.” This theatrical journey will cover the diversity of the African-American culture and end with a futuristic exploration of where the culture is headed.

Black History Month was started in 1926 as Negro History Week by Historian Carter G. Woodson. In 1976, this celebration was expanded to include the entire month of February. Currently, other countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom dedicate a month to celebrate black history. Below is a list of USA Black History Month events:

Feb. 4 - OMSA Night USA Basketball Game vs. Texas State

              7:05 p.m. | Mitchell Center Arena

Feb. 5-  Culture Shock | Jaguar Productions and OMSA

              7 p.m.-9 p.m. | Student Center Ballroom

Feb. 6 - Jags After Dark | Jaguar Productions

             7 p.m.-11 p.m. | Student Center

Feb. 9 - Women of Excellence Inductions

              7 p.m. | Student Center Terrace

Feb. 11 - Courageous Conversation: Let's Talk About Sex & HIV

              6:30 p.m. | Student Center Ballroom

Feb. 12 - University Hospital Healthcare: Partnering with the Community

               4 p.m. | Speaker: Dr. Lisa Walton | College of Nursing Auditorium

Feb. 18 - Abeneefoo Kuo Honor Society Inductions

               6:30 p.m. | Student Center Ballroom

Feb. 20 - Battle of the DJs | Collegiate 100 and Women of Excellence

           7 p.m. | Jag Gym

Feb. 23 - Movie Night: Selma | Jaguar Productions | OMSA | NAACP

               7 p.m. | Student Center Ballroom

Feb. 24 - AASA Talent Show

               7:30 p.m. | Student Center Ballroom | $2 AASA Members, $3 Non-AASA Members

Feb. 25 - MADDRAMA Presentation

               6:30 p.m. | Student Center Ballroom    

Feb.26 - Think Teen Program

              6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Student Center Terrace


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