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Black History Month at U of M Offers Variety of Events University News
For release: February 1, 2010

For press information, contact Linda Hall

Under the theme “Black Economic Empowerment: Redefining the American Dream,” the University of Memphis will host a full schedule of programs, theater, music and lectures during Black History Month. Many of the events are open the public and free of charge.

The calendar includes:

  February 2
Opening ceremony and presentation of Authur S. Holman Lifetime Achievement Award to Fred Jones Jr., 7 p.m., Michael D. Rose Theatre
  February 4
The World is My Home: The Life of Paul Roberson
7 p.m., Rose Theatre
  February 9
Business Expo
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Rose Theatre
  February 10
Talk and book signing for New Chicago and Beyond autobiography of Dr. Odie H. Tolbert Jr.
Noon, Ned McWherter Library, Room 226
  February 11
Blacks, Jews, Civil Rights: Conflict and Communion, lecture by UCLA Professor Eric Sundquist
7 p.m., Rose Theatre Entertainment Lobby
  February 12
Gospel Explosion Featuring “Twinkie Clark”
7 p.m., Rose Theatre
  February 16
Play: God’s Trombone,a play performed by the Hattiloo Theatre
7 p.m., Rose Theatre
  February 17
Black Economic Empowerment in Memphis and the American Dream
A black economic empowerment panel discussion with some of Memphis’ premiere entrepreneurs. Sponsored by the University Libraries and Minority Affairs, U of M with the support of the Black Business Association of Memphis and the Friends of the University Libraries.
12 noon, Ned McWherter Library

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change presents Overcoming the Hidden History of Katrina’s Fury and of Our Future
7 p.m., Rose Theatre
  February 18
An Evening Conversation with “Rev. Run,” star of the MTV show Run’s House
7 p.m., Rose Theatre
  February 19
Freedom Ball
7 p.m., U of M Holiday Inn

Annual Hohenberg Lecture featuring Mikelle Smith Omari: Global/Local: Contemporary Art in Africa and Its Diasporas
7 p.m., U of M Fogelman Executive Center

  February 24
Igniting Excitement
3 p.m., Rose Theatre Entertainment Lobby
  February 26
Closing Ceremony with speaker Judge George Brown
1 p.m., Rose Theatre Entertainment Lobby

All events are co-sponsored by Student Event Allocation. More information is available by calling the U of M Office of Minority Affairs at 901-678-2054 or online at

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