February is filled with Black History Month events

Black-History-Month---Graphic---26720912_853477_ver1.0_1280_720Western Carolina University will continue its monthlong celebration of Black History Month events on Wednesday, Feb. 8, when the Department of Intercultural Affairs hosts “Tunnel of Oppression.”

The event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the A.K. Hinds University Center’s Grandroom, is a 20-minute interactive tour featuring scenes depicting oppression and discrimination of marginalized groups. It is free and open to the public.

Also that day, the Latino Appreciation Student Organization will host Salsa lessons from 3 to 5 p.m. at the ICA office. Salsa lessons will also be held Feb. 15, 17 and 22.

Students can also participate in WCU’s Diversity Dialogues by visiting go.wcu.edu/diversity.

Other events taking place in February include:

  • “Every Kiss Begins With K: A Valentine’s Day Ball,” sponsored by the Kappa Alpha chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. It will be at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at UC Illusions. Tickets are $5 for the public and $4 for fraternity and sorority members. All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.
  • The Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity Education program will hold a dialogue entitled “Social Justice: Not Just A Trend, But A Call to Action.” It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 16 in the UC Raleigh Room.
  • On Feb. 22, the Latino Appreciation Student Organization will hold “Back To The Roots: Understanding Latin America’s African Journey.” The discussion is centered on how LatinX people have a long history of African heritage within their lineage that is often ignored. It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the ICA office.
  • Also on Feb. 22, a Black History Month art exhibit will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the UC Lawn.
  • Message Theater will present Jeff Stetson’s one-act play, “The Meeting,” at 6 p.m. on Feb. 22, sponsored by ICA and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs. The setting for this fictitious conversation between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X is a hotel room the night after the bombing of Malcolm X’s house and a week before his fatal speech at the famed Audubon ballroom. It will take place in the UC theater.
  • At 7 p.m. on Feb. 28, the Nu Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will present the “N Word Series 2” in the UC Multipurpose Room.