Events at West campus celebrate Black History Month
Film screenings, performances by African Americans in Broadway musicals, and a celebration of an Arizonan who assists young women in reaching their goals are on the schedule as ASU’s West campus commemorates Black History Month during February. This year’s celebration features the theme of Kuumba (Creativity).
Unless otherwise noted, events are free of charge. (Visitor parking on campus costs $2 per hour.) The schedule is:
Black History Month kicks off with an opening event that includes libation, music, refreshments and a Black History Month Trivia Contest with prizes. Monday, Feb. 4, 11:50 a.m., Verde Mall.
The schedule of Black History Month films includes:
• “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” 11:30 a.m., Feb. 7, Verde Dining Pavilion Multipurpose Room
• “The Great Debaters," 7 p.m., Feb. 11, Fletcher Lawn (presented in collaboration with the Programming & Activities Board on the West campus)
• “Mardi Gras: Made in China,” 4 p.m., Feb. 12, Kiva Lecture Hall (presented in collaboration with New College’s ThinK series)
• “Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues,” focusing on the great female blues performers of the 1920s, 11:30 a.m., Feb. 19, Verde Dining Pavilion Multipurpose Room
• “Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance,” 11:30 a.m., Feb. 19, Verde Dining Pavilion Multipurpose Room
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. 6:00 p.m., Feb. 9, R.S.V.P. for details regarding this event’s off-campus location to LaKina Curry, (602) 543-5300.
Musical Revue: “Soul of Broadway”
This performance showcases seven talented Valley singers and celebrates songs performed by African-American characters in Broadway musicals, beginning with classics from “Porgy and Bess” to showstoppers from “Dreamgirls” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” to the most recent hits from shows like “The Color Purple” and “The Scottsboro Boys.” 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14-15, Second Stage West. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students.
“Juliet Must Die” by Fatimah Halim
Storyteller, writer and 2013 Pioneer Award recipient Fatimah Halim sees women as complex and fascinating beings; juggling personal beliefs of what is expected of them with who they truly want to be in the world. This juggling sometimes pushes them over the edge, forcing them to create personas that help them cope with what life throws their way. This conflict is at the crux of the one-woman show “Juliet Must Die,” which focuses on a woman who lives in her own archetypal world. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 21-22, Second Stage West.
12th Annual Pioneer Award Dinner
The 2013 honoree is Fatimah Halim, who began her professional life in New York City as back-up singer for Laura Nyro and recorded with Jimi Hendrix as a member of Ghettofighters. Today, Halim takes great joy in the meaningful work she performs through the project that has driven her passion for the past fifteen years: the Rites of Passage Programs for Phoenix-area youth. Her dedication to promoting the development of women and girls is evident in her latest book, “You Grow Girl;” through her Sistah Circles; and through her latest project Blueprint for Womanhood. Halim has co-hosted several local radio and cable television shows. 6 p.m., Feb. 23, La Sala Ballroom.
Lecture by visiting professor Tyrone Hayes
The Committee for Campus Inclusion, STEMetrics and the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences present the lecture “From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men.” Tyrone Hayes will share his personal experience of conflicts with agricultural companies because of his research. 3 p.m., Feb. 28, Kiva Lecture Hall.
For information about Black History Month at ASU’s West campus, contact email@example.com or (602) 543-5300.