Black History Month Display Case

February 1 – 28

A. Ray Olpin Student Union, Lobby Display Case

Stop by the Union on your way to classes, lunch, or an activity to view the display case created by the Black Student Union that portrays their theme for Black History Month!

Evening in Harlem

February 2, 6:00 PM

Utah Cultural Celebration Center (1355 West 3100 South – West Valley City, UT 84119)

The Utah African-American Chamber of Commerce begins Black History Month celebrating the Harlem Renaissance! Come dressed in your best Harlem Renaissance attire, the styles of the late 20s and 30s, and come party!

Live Band | Casino | Dancing

$25 if pre-registered
$30 at the door

Discount tickets and tables are available for members. For member purchases, contact the chamber.

6:00 PM – Reception
7:00 PM – Dinner & Program
8:00 PM – Casino & Dancing (music provided by DJ)

A Conversation about Hyper-masculinity and the Way it Silences Us

February 5, 5:00 PM

Student Equity & Diversity Meeting Room (across from Union theater)

Free Film Screening: For Colored Girls

February 7, 8:00 PM

Student Equity & Diversity Meeting Room (across from Union theater)

For Colored Girls is a 2010 American tragedy film adapted from Ntozake Shange’s 1975 original choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. Written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry, the film features an ensemble cast which includes Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise and Kerry Washington.

The film depicts the interconnected lives of nine women, exploring their lives and struggles as women of color. It is the first film to be produced by 34th Street Films, an imprint of Tyler Perry Studios, and distributed by Lionsgate Films. It is also the first R-rated film in the Tyler Perry film series. With a budget of $21 million, For Colored Girls was released on November 5, 2010, grossing $20.1 million in its opening weekend.

The film’s lead cast consists of nine African-American women, seven of whom are based on the play’s seven characters, only known by color (e.g. “lady in red,” “lady in brown,” “lady in yellow,”). Like its source material, each character deals with a different personal conflict, such as love, abandonment, rape, infidelity and abortion.

Free Film Screening: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

February 8, 5:00 PM

Student Equity & Diversity Meeting Room (across from Union theater)

Free Pizza will be provided.

Who killed Marsha P. Johnson?

She was one of the icons of the gay rights movement in the 1960s, the self-described “street queen” of NY’s gay ghetto, and founded the Transvestites Action Revolutionaries with fellow luminary Sylvia Rivera. When Johnson’s body was found in the Hudson River in 1992, police called it a suicide and didn’t investigate. In David France’s new documentary, trans activist Victoria Cruz seeks to uncover the truth of her death while celebrating her legacy.

A Conversation about Misogynoir and Why Our Pain Sings Different

February 9, 8:00 PM

Student Equity & Diversity Meeting Room (across from Union theater)

FREE Film Screening: Black Panther

February 16, 7:30 PM

Megaplex Theater at the Gateway Mall

Join BSU for a social at 5PM (Popeyes will be provided) in the Student Equity & Diversity Meeting Room (in Union) and travel together OR meet us at the Gateway theater. The movie starts at 7:30pm.

T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

Concessions provided. Panel discussion to follow the film (on February 22).

Each individual is only allowed one ticket.

Hip Hop Debate: Old School vs. New School

February 21, 3:00 PM

Union Den

Post-Screening Black Panther Panel Discussion

February 22, 12:00 PM

Location: Union Panorama East

Black Violin

February 27, 7:30 PM

Kingsbury Hall

Join BSU for a social at 6:15pm

High-energy, classically trained musicians renowned for their ability to meld highbrow and pop culture into a single genre-busting act, Black Violin mines the synergy among classical, jazz, blues, R&B, and hip-hop. With millions of YouTube followers, virtuoso violinists Kev Marcus and Wil B, plus TK, their masterful accompanying DJ, are redefining the music world, one string at a time. Part maestro, part emcee, this revolutionary group, declared one of the “hottest bands of SXSW,” encourages audiences to look at things from a different perspective, to show what can happen when you color way outside the lines.