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A lively schedule of events celebrates Black History Month

Illustration with the words Black History Month
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DePaul University will observe Black History Month throughout February with many events that reflect on and highlight the contributions of African Americans to America's national story.

The schedule begins on Wednesday, Feb. 1, with:

  • A kickoff celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Black Cultural Center, Room 300 of the O'Connell Building;
  • The opening of a new online display, "Voices of the Diaspora Collection," organized by University Libraries. This highlights library resources from creators who come from Africa and the African diaspora communities.

Other events scheduled for February include:

  • Feb. 6, 6:30-8 p.m., Black Student Union Presents: Black History Month: A special meeting for members of this affinity group. Arts & Letters Hall, Room 101
  • Feb. 7, 7-8 p.m., Sounds of Sheffield: T-Ray the Violinist: A live musical performance. Lincoln Park Student Center Atrium
  • Feb. 9, 4-5:30 p.m., Body Positivity Within the Black Community: A discussion moderated by the Black Cultural Center and the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness. Black Cultural Center, O'Connell Building, Room 300
  • Feb. 13, 3-5 p.m., Howard O. Lindsey Black History Month Lecture: This annual event sponsored by the DePaul History Department features Matthew Delmont, who will discuss his book "Half American: The Epic Story of Black Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Aboard." Arts and Letters Hall, Room 103
  • Feb. 13, 6-7:30 p.m., Intersectionality in the Black Diaspora: A conversation sponsored by the Black Student Union. Arts & Letters Hall, Room 101
  • Feb. 15, 5:30-8 p.m., Black DePaul History: A reception, panel discussion and display of archival material, sponsored by Sankofa, the Black Student Formation program. Lincoln Park Student Center, Rooms 120A/B.
  • Feb. 16, 6-7:15 p.m., Vogue Dance Workshop: A dance class led by Dhee Lacy, sponsored by the LGBTQIA Resource Center. The Ray, Studio
  • Feb. 16, 5-6:30 p.m., "Who Yo' People": Filmmaker Lindsay Gary will lead a conversation about her documentary film, which explores the African heritage of Louisiana and the connection between Western African culture to that of the Deep South. Levan Center, Room 100, and online.
  • Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m., Black History Trivia Night: The DePaul Activities Board is providing prizes and food for this fun evening event. Location TBD.
  • Feb. 24, 7-9 p.m., Black Student Union's 55th-Anniversary Gala: This party will feature a DJ, food and interactive fun. Lincoln Park Student Center, Rooms 120A/B

Please note that many events are student-centered. Keep an eye on Newsline's Today's Featured Events section as more programming will come forward in the weeks ahead.

Scott Butterworth is an editor of News​line.