UNT commemorates Black History Month with speakers, banquet

Monday, February 4, 2008

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- An assistant professor of Africana studies at Brandeis University and a UNT alumnus who has worked with artists such as Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons will speak at the University of North Texas as part of events to mark February as Black History Month. All activities take place in the UNT University Union, located one block west of Welch and West Prairie Streets.

Peniel Joseph, who is a leading scholar of African American history, will discuss his book "Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: The History of Black Power in America" at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 13 (Wednesday) in the University Union, Silver Eagle Suite A. Joseph's book reviews the Black Power movement of the 1960s and the leadership of activist Stokely Carmichael during an era of civil rights change. The event is free and is cosponsored by UNT's Department of History.

UNT alumnus Eric Baker is a Radio One (owners of Dallas radio stations KSOC-FM and KBFB-FM) account executive who graduated in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in business entrepreneurship. He will be the keynote speaker Feb. 26 (Tuesday) at the 18th Annual African Heritage Banquet in the University Union, Silver Eagle Suite A. The deadline for reservations is Feb. 13 (Wednesday). Tickets are $20 per person or $150 for a table of eight.

"I think our campus has an amazing lineup for University of North Texas students, faculty and staff," says Cheylon Brown, director of the Multicultural Center. "We always look for opportunities to work with respected individuals in academia and business."

Two other free events are also scheduled for Black History Month. On Feb. 6 (Wednesday), author, lecturer and consultant Murray Fortner will hold a discussion with students titled "Hip-Hop and Its Culture." It will be held at 7 p.m. in the University Union, Multicultural Center, Room 216.

Finally, the movie "Pride" will be screened as part of the "Each One Teach One Film Series." The film tells the story of the nation's first African-American swim team and stars Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac. A discussion will follow the film, which will be shown at 5 p.m. Feb 13 (Wednesday) in the University Union, Multicultural Center, Room 216. The screening is cosponsored by UNT's Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

For tickets or reservations to the 18th Annual African Heritage Banquet, call (940) 565-3424.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108