University of Idaho Hosts Many Black History Month Events

By Nicole Hindberg on January 29, 2019

Black History Month is next month. The University of Idaho has many events that will celebrate the African-American students on campus. All events are hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

On February 4, at 7 p.m., the LGBTQA office will have a Black History Month celebration panel that will highlight the lives of the black members of the LGBTQA community. This event will be located in the TLC in Room 122.


On February 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the College of Law courtroom, a panel of faculty members will discuss the book “The Underground Railroad” and its relationship to law, history, literature and American society. Faculty members include Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of the Minor in Africana Studies Kristin Haltinner; Dale Graden, a history professor; Jan Johnson, a clinical assistant professor of English; and Aman McLeod, an assistant professor of political science along with various faculty members in the College of Law. This event is sponsored by: The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Runstad Lecture Series, the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the School of Journalism and Mass Media, the departments of English, History and Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, and the Latah County Human Rights Task Force.

On February 8, at 7 p.m., in the International Ballroom in the Pitman Center, there will be a performance by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company. This is a group that’s based in Denver with the goal in mind to honor the dances in African-American Heritage. This event is sponsored by the Office of Equity and Diversity, The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Festival Dance and Performing Arts Program.

On February 10, at 5 p.m. in the International Ballroom in the Pitman Center, the 14th annual Shades of Black show will be held. This show celebrates the different dimensions of the multicultural experience through performance art. The theme of this year is “Chronicles” specifically the chronicles of the past and how certain icons have impacted our world. Various performers include dance, poetry and song. Admission is free to the show. They warn possible audience members that performances may have strong language or sensitive content.

On February 12, at 7 p.m. in the International Ballroom in the Pitman Center, Colson Whitehead will deliver the keynote address for the U of I’s Black History Month. Author of “The Underground Railroad,” Whitehead is a Pulitzer Prize winner and is also the recipient of many other awards such as the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal for Fiction and was a number one New York Times bestseller. The lecture is sponsored by the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

On February 23 and 24, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival will celebrate its 51st year. This festival is one of the oldest and largest educational jazz festivals in the world. With over 400 student performances, a dozen world-class jazz artists and nearly 100 workshops clinics and special exhibits the festival will honor music, dance and the history of jazz music. The festival is also meant to celebrate one of the most honored jazz artists, Lionel Hampton.

Nicole Hindberg is studying Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Idaho. She has been writing for Uloop News since September 2018. She also writes for her school's newspaper called the Argonaut. She is also featured in weekly News shows on her university's radio station KUOI 89.3 FM Moscow.

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