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Editor's Note: As a service to the community, Qcitymetro has compiled this list of Black History Month events. Our list will grow as new events are submitted to editor@qcitymetro.com, so check back for updates.
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Sunday, Feb. 2

“Slavery By Another Name”
Even as slavery ended in the South, new forms of forced labor kept thousands of African Americans in bondage until the onset of World War II. Based off the book by Douglas Blackmon, this award-winning PBS documentary explores the hidden history of peonage, chain gangs and prison labor camps that existed throughout the region trapping thousands in a system of fear, extortion and indifference.
Place: Levine Museum of the New South
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Tuesday, Feb. 4

“A Queen and Her Crown” reception
This event will mark the official opening of an art exhibit that displays photographs of African American women from the UNC-Charlotte community embracing the beauty of natural hair.
Place: UNC-Charlotte, Student Union, Room 210
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Wednesday, Feb. 5

“Let’s Talk About It: Oppression.”
This discussion will focus on the current struggle to overcome oppression in the United States. Seating is limited.
Place: UNC Charlotte Student Union, Room 263
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Monday, Feb. 10

“The New Black”
This documentary investigates the intersections of Christianity in the African American church and sexuality. A discussion will follow the screening.
Place: UNC-Charlotte, Student Union Movie Theater
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Politics of Business: How to Prepare for the Corporate World
A panel discussion with community members who will share their experiences as business professionals. Panelists include
Rickey Hart, vice president and co-founder of NDR Energy Group; Joe Drew-Hundley, co-founder and senior vice president of the non-profit organization GivenGo; Pansy Steele, director of Kiddie Academy of Arrowood and JCSU alumna.
Place: JCSU, McCrorey Hall, Room 208
Time: 4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Thursday, Feb. 13

JCSU Black History Month Keynote Address
Keith Jennings, regional director of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) will discuss “African Americans and the Struggle for Human Rights in the 21st Century:
Place: JCSU, Mary Taylor Crisp Student Union
Time: 4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Friday, Feb. 14

“The Loving Story”
The heart has few boundaries, even as the law tried to dictate otherwise. In this moving account of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested in1958 for violating Virginia's ban on interracial marriage, HBO Films uses rare footage, still photography and interviews to document one couple’s determination to be together. Forced for a time to leave their home state, the Lovings took their case to court, culminating in a landmark Supreme Court decision.
Place: Levine Museum of the New South
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Cost:

Saturday, Feb 15

2nd Annual Charlotte African American Festival
Celebrate the rich heritage and accomplishments of the African-American community. The festival will include gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, hip- hop artist, art, literature, food, dancers, drummers, a marching band competition, speakers, vendors, special awards and recognitions and much more.
Place: Grady Cole Center
Time: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: www.charlotteafricanamericanfestival.com

Monday, Feb. 17

“Negros with Guns: Robert Williams and Black Power”
When Robert Williams, a former JCSU student and civil rights activist, urged black Americans to draw their guns on violent racists, he became the most feared man in America. Join in a screening of this documentary, followed by a lecture by Timothy Tyson, visiting professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture at Duke University and author of “Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power.”
Place: JCSU, Mary Taylor Crisp Student Union
Time: 4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Soledad O'Brien: Black In America Town Hall Tour
Critically acclaimed journalist, educator and mentor Soledad O'Brien will host a discussion and panel that will focus on uncovering and sharing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often-divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity. This event is sponsored by the Harvey B. Gantt Center.
Place: Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts (430 South Tryon Street)
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $20
More info: Visit the Gantt Center website

“Women of Color Conversation Series”
This event is designed to create opportunities for women students of color to build and strengthen connections with one another.
Place: UNC-Charlotte, Student Union, Room 267
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Wednesday, Feb. 19

“Blood Done Sign My Name”
UNC Charlotte alumni and local civil rights activist Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. will participate in the screening of this important film. Following the film, there will be a discussion with Chavis about his acts to fight for civil rights.
Place: UNC-Charlotte, Student Union Movie Theater
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

“Let’s Talk About It: Micro-aggressions.”
This discussion will address the concept of micro-aggression in relation to diversity on campus. Seating is limited
Place: UNC-Charlotte, Student Union, Room 263
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Thursday, Feb. 20

Reception for Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.
The UNC-Charlotte alumnus and civil rights activist returns to campus for two days in February as part of the Alumni Association’s Celebrating African American Legacies slate of events. A reception has been scheduled in his honor.
Place: UNC Charlotte Center City
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person
Register at: http://alumni.uncc.edu/events/celebrating-african-american-legacies-reception

Sunday, Feb. 23

The C.N. Jenkins Congregational Black History Museum
Immediately following the 11 a.m. worship service, members of C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church will showcase their family histories through stories, realia and collections that also relate to American History in general and African Americans in particular. In addition to church members and friends, these exhibits will be viewed by varous groups of invited guests and anyone else who wishes to drop by.

The youth of the church will be featured as museum guides/docents, hym choirs and actors in short stage performances of old negro songs and characters. They will appear on stage at various intervals while the museum is open. Visitors will be invited to sample foods associated with "po' fokes" meals that were often eaten by the slaves as well as in post-slavery eras, and even now, when some families had little to cook
Place: C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church fellowship hall
Time: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Tuesday, Feb. 25

“Bayard Rustin Center and Southerners on New Ground”
Part of the N.C. Activist Series, this event will introduce the work of queer people of color in North Carolina to UNC-Charlotte.
Place: UNC-Charlotte, Student Union, Room 340
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Ongoing Events

“A Queen and Her Crown: A Celebration of Natural Hair”
This exhibit in the UNC-Charlotte Student Union second-floor rotunda will display photographs of African American women from the UNC-Charlotte community embracing the beauty of natural hair. It will be on display from Feb. 3 – Feb. 28.



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