University of Utah Office for Equity and Diversity

Black Awareness Month

2015


Theme: "Because of Them, We Can: A Celebration of the Black Experience"

Monday, February 9

Keynote Address: Dr. Janelle Scott
“School Choice as a Civil Right? Implications for Democracy in the Post-Brown Era”
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Sorenson Arts & Education Complex, Art Works for Kids Auditorium
1721 E. Campus Center Drive

During the civil rights movement, school choice became a controversial and popular tool for policy makers who wished to defy the Brown v. Board of Education mandate to desegregate public schools. During the last several decades, advocates have reframed school choice as the sole remaining civil rights issue. Janelle Scott, associate professor of education and African-American studies at the University of California, Berkeley, will explore the policy developments of school choice and their implications on the future of public education and civil rights. She will provide a better understanding of how educational options, such as charter schools and privatized public schools can impact equity within the country’s school system.

Wednesday, February 11

Lunch and Learn Lecture:
“12 Moods of Jazz”- Langston Hughes Project
1:00 – 2:30 PM
Olpin Student Union Building, Parlor A
200 Central Campus Drive

Join Ron McCurdy, professor of music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and past president of the International Association for Jazz Education, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner, actor, director and musician, best known for his role as Theo Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” for a discussion about the inspiration and development behind this sassy, scholarly and humorous multimedia performance of Langston Hughes’ epic poem, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.”

Thursday, February 19

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: “Sarabah”
4:00 – 7:00PM
Olpin Student Union Building, Saltair Room
200 Central Campus Drive

A screening of “Sarabah,” a documentary on hip-hop artist Sister Fa fights to stop the practice of female genital cutting in her home country of Senegal. From her early days as an unpolished music phenom through a career-reinvention in Berlin, Sister Fa has continually smashed barriers in the male-dominated hip-hop world. But as this intimate film reveals, her strength of character was forged in a journey of hardship and transformation. Now, with the support of her husband and child, Sister Fa is ready to speak out about her own experience as a survivor of female genital cutting. Sister Fa will lead a discussion about the documentary after the screening.

Saturday, February 28

Black Affairs Legacy Celebration Banquet
2:00 – 5:00PM
Olpin Student Union Building, Crimson View (4th floor)
200 Central Campus Drive

The month concludes with a banquet hosted by the University of Utah’s Black Student Union. The event celebrates those doing amazing things to support our African, African-American, and black students and communities. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by contacting Amir Law, director of student services for the Office for Student Equity and Diversity


EVENTS CURRENTLY BEING RESCHEDULED

Film Screening and Critique: “Dark Girls”
Time: TBA
Olpin Student Union Building, Union Theatre
200 Central Campus Drive

“Dark Girls” is a 2012 documentary that explores the idea of colorism based on skin tone among African-Americans, a subject still considered taboo by many black Americans. The film reports on a new version of the 1940s black doll experiment, which proved that black children had internalized racism. Children were asked to select a white or a black doll based on questions asked, and they typically chose white dolls. In the updated version, black children favored light-skinned dolls over dark-skinned dolls. There will be a discussion and critique shortly after the screening.