University of Utah Office for Equity and Diversity

Black Awareness Month


List of Events

Tuesday, February 26

Film Screening and Discussion
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Union Theater, University of Utah
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rose Park Community Center, SLC, UT

Both locations will include a screening of the documentary SWINGMAN, a story of a Fort Worth firefighter who, against all odds, overcomes a paralyzing injury. The Q&A following the Union Theater showing will be conducted by the Black Student Union. Capt. Allen and Officer Talaya Allen-Carswell will attend the Pose Park showing.

Wednesday, February 27, 2012

Professional & Student Panel and Book signing
with Capt. Marshall E. Allen and Officer Allen-Carswell
4:30 – 6:00 PM
University of Utah Guesthouse, Ballroom

Students will speak to their experience of challenges they face and surmount daily due to their individual differences. Professionals in various fields i.e., mental health, health care, education, and others, will address issues related to the intersections of race, gender, mental health, education and the call from many health professions to the lifelong task of developing "cultural competence."

Copies of his book, SWINGMAN: What a Difference a Decade Makes will be available for purchase. Capt. Allen will be available for signing.

The Kickback II: Black Cultural/Social Event
6:00 – 8:00PM
University of Utah Guesthouse, Ballroom

Come and enjoy the diverse sounds of Black music while making old and new acquaintances with students, staff, and faculty and community members who make up Utah’s Black community! You will enjoy the rhythms of Black American, African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latino music. Light refreshments will be served. Visit with Captain Allen and Officer Allen-Carswell. Come, kick back and relax.

Thursday, February 28, 2012

Keynote: Captain Marshall E. Allen
"Moving Forward: Shoot for the Moon and You’ll Land Among the Stars!"
2:00 – 3:00PM
Health Sciences Education Building, Auditorium

Captain Marshall E. Allen, Ogden Utah’s native son and firefighter for the Fort Worth Fire Department, is recorded as being Utah’s first Black Firefighter in the late 1970’s. He and his daughter Officer Talaya Allen-Carswell, born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT, tell compelling stories of a freak bicycle accident, a letter, and finding each other, all changing their lives forever.

Captain Allen will engage you visually, inspirationally, and indisputably with his single-minded focus of setting and reaching beyond your objectives. His view of failure is not falling short of a goal, but not setting one. He chalks his determination to "move forward" despite the obstacles encountered both before and after an injury that left him with quadriplegic mobility to his "gift of tenacity" stating "I don’t have sense enough to quit!" Come and be inspired!

The keynote will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing. Copies of his book, SWINGMAN: What a Difference a Decade Makes are available for purchase.