February 02, 2012

Events at West campus celebrate Black History Month

Posted: February 02, 2012
Warren H. Stewart, Sr.
Warren H. Stewart, Sr. is the 2012 Pioneer Award recipient. Stewart will be honored Feb. 26 at the Pioneer Award Dinner on the West campus.

Film screenings, soul food tastings, a visit by a renowned feminist social activist, and a celebration of an Arizonan who has devoted his life to serving others are on the schedule as Arizona State University’s West campus commemorates Black History Month during February.

The schedule is:

Opening Celebration
noon, Feb. 2, Fletcher Library Courtyard

Black History Month begins with an opening event that includes libation, music, refreshments and a Black History Month Trivia Contest with prizes.

Film Series
3:30 p.m., Thursdays, Kiva Lecture Hall

The schedule of Black History Month films includes:
• “School Daze,” Feb. 2
• “The Help,” Feb. 9
•“Waiting to Exhale,” Feb. 16

The film series is sponsored by Omayra Ortega’s Intermediate Probability (STP 326) class. Ortega is a faculty member in ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, the core college on the West campus.

Gumbo Challenge
6 p.m., Feb. 11

Faculty, staff, students and friends are invited to an evening of gumbo, soul food, fun and celebration. Do you have a family gumbo recipe you want to enter into the challenge? Enter the contest or just come to eat and enjoy.

R.S.V.P. for details regarding this event’s off-campus location to LaKina Curry, (602) 543-5300.

A Conversation with bell hooks
3 p.m., Feb. 14, University Center Building, La Sala Ballroom

Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pen name bell hooks, is an American author, feminist, and social activist. Her writing has focused on the interconnectivity of race, class, and gender and what she describes as their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and domination. She will discuss “The Help,” the book and the movie. This event is presented in collaboration with the ThinK (Tuesdays Here in Kiva) series sponsored by ASU’s New College.

Tenth Anniversary Pioneer Award Dinner
4 p.m., Feb. 26, University Center Building, La Sala Ballroom

Warren H. Stewart, Sr. is the recipient of this year’s Pioneer Award. He is the Senior Pastor of the First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix, having served there since 1977. Stewart has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations from churches, colleges, civic and community organizations, locally, statewide and nationally. He received the 2003 Calvin C. Goode Lifetime Achievement Award during the City of Phoenix/MLK, Jr. Celebration. Stewart served as the first General Chairperson for Arizonans for a Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday and also organized and led Victory Together, Inc., a broad-based coalition that campaigned for a Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day in Arizona. He is recognized as “a man of conscience, commitment and dedication to the cause of moral leadership, human rights and a soldier of justice and equality.”

For information about Black History Month at ASU’s West campus, contact westevents@asu.edu or (602) 543-5300.

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Public Affairs at the West campus