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From an exhibition highlighting early African-American staff at UNCG to a discussion of the persona and speechmaking of Michelle Obama, UNCG is marking Black History Month with a variety of unique events on campus.

Below is a list of key events, programming and exhibitions taking place during the month of February. All events, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public.

  • Feb. 1-29, Exhibition: “African-American Staff at State Normal, 1892-1919” will be on display throughout the month of February in the Elliot University Center (EUC) connector exhibition case in Jackson Library. The University Archives exhibition will feature photographs of early African-American staff who worked on the State Normal (now UNCG) campus during its earliest years.
  • Feb. 1-29, Event series: Throughout the month of February, UNCG Housing & Residence Life will host “Breaking Barriers,” a series of social justice-based programming. The series includes a wide range of discussions and events, including a celebration of World Day of Social Justice on Saturday, Feb. 20. Click here to view a full list of events.
  • Feb. 1 – March 31, Art exhibition: “We the People: History of Social Movements, 1950-2016” will be on display throughout February and March in UNCG’s Office of Intercultural Engagement (EUC 062).
  • Feb. 6, Student-only event: Step Africa!, an internationally-known step company, will perform at 7 p.m. at Aycock Auditorium. Students must reserve a ticket (free) and bring their student ID to be admitted to the show. This event is co-sponsored by the Campus Activities Board and Fraternity & Sorority Life. Tickets can be reserved at uncgstepafrika.eventbrite.com.
  • Feb. 9, Book discussion: UNCG faculty authors Dr. Jody Natalle and Dr. Jenni Simon will discuss their new book, “Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor,” at 4 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library. Click here for more information.
  • Feb. 16, Book discussion: UNCG’s Dr. Brian McGowan will lead a discussion on his new book, “Black Men in the Academy: Narratives of Resiliency, Achievement and Success” from 3 to 4 p.m. in EUC 062. McGowan, who co-edited the book, will share stories of successful black men in academia, including Ph.D. students, professors and mid- to senior-level administrators.
  • Feb. 22, Book discussion: Friends of the UNCG Libraries will host a discussion of “Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House” by Elizabeth Keckley. Led by Dr. Karen Weyler of the Department of English, the event will take place in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library. Click here for more information.
  • Feb. 22, Forum: “A Woman’s Body,” hosted by UNCG’s NAACP chapter, is an educational forum on how black female bodies are viewed. The event will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Alexander Room in the EUC.
  • Feb. 23, Discussion: UNCG’s NAACP chapter will host “Protect Your Fro,” a natural hair discussion and hair care product swap, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Alexander Room in the EUC. A stylist from the community will share healthy hair routines and demonstrate how to braid, cornrow and twist.
  • Feb. 24, Discussion and panel: At “Power of Hip Hop Part 2,” participants will explore the different meanings behind hip-hop song lyrics. The event, hosted by UNCG’s NAACP chapter, is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the School of Education Building. The room number will be announced at a later date.
  • Feb. 25, Discussion: UNCG’s Queer Student Union will host a discussion on queer people of color at 7:30 p.m. in EUC 062.


Photography provided by University Archives 

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