2014 Archives

SMU celebrates Black History Month

Feb. 10 discussion focuses on 'Black' American or 'African' American?

February 10, 2014

Black History Month CollageDALLAS (SMU)— The theme for SMU’s Black History Month 2014 is “Reflecting On Our Past. Embracing Our Future.”  Organized by the Association of Black Students, the month is featuring an educational game night, a discussion on identity, a gospel concert and a gala.

Remaining public events include:

What’s in the name? “Black” American or “African” American?

6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10
Hughes Trigg Student Center Forum

Is lumping everyone together as African Americans the best way to describe a community? Is using “black” fraught with other kinds of pitfalls? What’s your take? Join the discussion and discover if labels matter.

Gospel Music in America: History in Song

7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23
Hughes Trigg Student Center Varsity

The program will provide a history of gospel music in America. The choir will sing songs that are emblematic of the gospel music genre, ranging from slavery to current gospel movements.

Progression of the Black Woman

6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27
Hughes Trigg Student Center Forum

This program examines the evolution of black women from slavery through the 21st century.

Third Annual Black Excellence Ball, History Makers & Scholarship Reception

6 p.m. Saturday, March 1
Hughes Trigg Student Center Ballroom

Attire: Black tie optional

The reception will honor the Black Alumni of SMU’s 2014 History Makers and celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans. The program includes Pastor Richie Butler of SMU Board of Trustees, jazz music, gospel melodies and an awards presentation. Student RSVP. Alumni and guests RSVP.

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