From a Toni Morrison documentary screening to the annual FAMU Harambee Festival to the Black History Month Townhall, FAMU’s celebration of Black History is full of events for students, faculty/staff, alumni and the surrounding communities.
Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.
Minorities in America: This Is Us
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion in collaboration with the Beta Psi Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc. and the Upsilon Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. present Minorities in America: This is Us; a dialogue navigating people of color in today’s geo-political climate.
Thursday, Feb. 13 at 9:30 a.m.
Black History Month Townhall
Lee Hall Auditorium
This year’s Black History Month Town Hall will feature Tiffany Loftin, NAACP National Director, Youth and College Division; City of Tallahassee Commissioner Curtis Richardson and history professors Kimberly Brown Pellum, Ph.D., John Warford, Ph.D., and Darius Young, Ph.D. The event will be moderated by Carmen Cummings Martin, AVP University Engagement/Alumni Affairs.
This year’s theme is African Americans and the Vote.
Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m.
Remembering Virgil Hawkins
FAMU College of Law Room 249
The program will feature discussion and video about the life of Virgil Hawkins and how he was instrumental in the creation of the FAMU College of Law. Online exhibits from the Law Library institutional repository, Scholarly Commons at http://commons.law.famu.edu, will be featured; including an online exhibit about the life of Virgil Hawkins, with examples from the books in the original FAMU Law Library when it was located in Tallahassee.
Students RSVP at the Library TWEN page. Faculty and Staff send email to Yolanda.Jones@FAMU.edu to RSVP.
Saturday, Feb. 22; 2 to 10 p.m.
Harambee Festival Cascades Park
Get ready! It’s time for the FAMU Harambee Festival. Mapy, also known as The Violin Queen, headlines the entertainment. Alumnus and saxophonist BK Jackson, just off of his performance with Trombone Shorty during the Grammy Awards show, will also perform. Come and enjoy the food and vendors from across the region and much more as we continue to “Inspire Unity in The Community” at the festival. Make your plans to attend. For more information, call (850) 599-3413.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Noon
Celebration of Black History Month
Al Lawson Multipurpose Center
Speaker: Hon. Andrew L. Dixon, III
Sponsored by: FAMU College of Education, Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation; College of Agriculture and Food Sciences; Department of History and Political Science; ADA-USA and the Office of International Education and Development.
Please contact Maria Okeke, Ph.D. at (850) 561-2773 for additional information.
Thursday, Feb. 27 at 9:30 a.m.
Toni Morrison: The Culture Bearer as Foundation
Efferson Multipurpose Center B&C
12th Annual Spring Literary Forum Series hosted by the Department of English and Modern Languages.
9:30 a.m. – Student Panel
11 a.m. – Faculty Panel (FAMU & FSU)
12:30 p.m. – Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Documentary)
Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
A Night at Birdland
Foster-Tanner Band Rehearsal Hall
The event will feature the FAMU Jazz Ensemble performing instrumental and vocal music from great artists such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Count Basie among others, who performed at the Birdland Jazz Club. The Band Rehearsal Hall will be transformed into a likeness of Birdland and performances will include a special guest MC, monologues, poetry, fashion show and dancers in addition to the music played by the Jazz Ensemble. This event is a collaboration between the Department of Music and the Theatre Department. Audience members are encouraged to dress in 1940’s attire in order to create an authentic atmosphere. The event will be recorded by FAMU TV 20 for future broadcast. Purchase tickets at: https://my.famu.edu/event/birdland.