Black History Month at UWM

Black History Month at UWM is coordinated by a committee of campus stakeholders who plan a variety of programs throughout February in order to recognize and celebrate the history, culture and contributions of people of African descent in the United States.

This publication is sponsored by UWM Union Sociocultural Programming. Contributors include:

  • African Student Association
  • Black Cultural Center
  • Black Student Union
  • Black Pre-Med Society
  • Campus Activities Board
  • Career Planning and Resource Center
  • Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research
  • Department of Africology
  • Department of French, Italian and Comparative Literature
  • Department of Music
  • Inclusive Excellence Center
  • LGBT Resource Center
  • Manfred Olson Planetarium
  • Multicultural Offices
  • Panther Activities Committee
  • Peck School of the Arts
  • Sociocultural Programming
  • Student Involvement
  • Union Art Gallery
  • Union Cinema
  • Union Sociocultural Programming
  • Women’s Resource Center

 

 

Taste of Africa
1 Thursday | Celebration & Performance
12-1:30pm | Union Wisconsin Room

Kick off Black History Month with a taste of African history and culture. The event will focus on the culture of people of African descent, including traditional music and dance.

For more information, contact Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, Africology: (414) 229-4155 / mitchelg@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Africology, Black Student Union.

 

13th annual African American Film Series presents Girls Trip
1 Thursday | Film
6pm | Union Cinema

Best friends Ryan, Sasha, Lisa and Dina are in for the adventure of a lifetime when they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Along the way, they rekindle their sisterhood and rediscover their wild side by doing enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

(2017, Rated R, 122 minutes)

For more information, contact Michaela Murry, Sociocultural Programming: (414) 229-3894 / sociocul@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming and the Union Cinema.

 

Black History Month “Ebony Ball”
2 Friday | Celebration
5pm-12am | Union Ballroom
Free for UWM students; $10 for all others

This event is designed to promote black activism and black history in the city of Milwaukee.

For more information, contact Elijah Nicks, Black Pre-Med Society: (414) 841-6729 / emnicks@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Black Student Union.

 

Stars Under African Skies I
7 Wednesday | Presentation
12:15-12:45pm | UWM Planetarium

See the beauty of the night sky from different parts of Africa, a continent that spans from 30N to 30S. Each week, a different UWM student will give a guided tour of their native country.

For more information, contact Jean Creighton, Physics: (414) 229-4961 / jcreight@uwm.edu. Sponsored by UWM Planetarium and African Student Association.

 

Stars, Stories, and Rhythms of Africa
7 Wednesday | Presentation & Stargazing
7-8pm | UWM Planetarium

Join us for Black History Month with a cosmic twist: we will see constellations from across the African continent. This lively event will combine a variety of elements such as storytelling, music, dance, as well as indoor stargazing and refreshments.

For more information, contact Jean Creighton, Physics: (414) 229-4961 / jcreight@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the UWM Planetarium, Sociocultural Programming and the Department of Africology.

 

13th annual African American Film Series presents Marshall
8 Thursday | Film
6pm | Union Cinema

This film, starring Black Panther‘s Chadwick Boseman, follows the life of young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases. Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing accuses black chauffeur Joseph Spell of sexual assault and attempted murder. He soon teams up with Sam Friedman, a local Jewish lawyer who’s never handled a criminal case. Together, the two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty. (2017, Rated PG-13, 118 minutes)

For more information, contact Michaela MurrySociocultural Programming(414) 229-3894 / sociocul@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming and the Union Cinema. 

 

Mardi Gras
13 Tuesday | Celebration
11am-3pm | Union Ballroom

Let the good times roll as UWM celebrates a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras with music, food, art work, mask making, and more.

For more information, contact Linda Corbin-Pardee, Student Involvement: (414) 229-3111 / lcpardee@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Student Involvement and Sociocultural Programming.

 

Stars Under African Skies II
14 Wednesday | Presentation
12:15-12:45pm | UWM Planetarium

See the beauty of the night sky from different parts of Africa, a continent that spans from 30N to 30S. Each week, a different UWM student will give a guided tour of their native country.

For more information, contact Jean Creighton, Physics: (414) 229-4961 / jcreight@uwm.edu. Sponsored by UWM Planetarium and African Student Association.

 

Lyrical Sanctuary presents Bobby Drake
14 Wednesday | Workshop, Open Mic & Performance

7-7:45pm | Writing Workshop | Inclusive Excellence Center (Union 119)
8-10pm | Open Mic & Performance | Union Fireside Lounge

In honor of Black History Month, we have invited local spoken word artist and performer Bobby Drake to kick off this semester’s Lyrical! Bobby Drake has spent the past 12 years as a poet and music producer based in the city of Milwaukee, Wi. He has performed all over the United States for colleges and universities, basement parties, public forums in front of celebrities, and in classrooms. He is known for his captivating and engaging performance style, which is demonstrated through his ability to both vulnerable and honest with his subject manner.

For more information, contact Michaela Murry, Sociocultural Programming: (414) 229-3894 / sociocul@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming.

 

Premiere of BLACK PANTHER
15 Thursday | Film Field Trip
5:15pm Registration | Departing from the Northwest Quad
Free and open to UWM students with ID

Students must ride the UWM-sponsored buses to attend

Come see the eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Marvel’s first black superhero. Featuring Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, and including Micheal B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker and others.

For more information, contact Maria Glorioso, Campus Activities Board: (414) 229-5780 / gloriosm@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board, Panther Activities Committee, and the Union Cinema.

 

Festival of Films in French: I Am Not Your Negro 
19 Monday | Film
7-10:30pm | Union Cinema

Once again, Raoul Peck’s acclaimed documentary on James Baldwin, “I Am Not Your Negro,” is coming to campus, this time with its French soundtrack, as part of the UWM Festival of Films in French. (Two back-to-back showings, first with French soundtrack, second with English soundtrack.)

For more information, contact Anita Alkhas, FICL: (414) 229-4382 / alkhas@uwm.edu. Sponsored by French Program, UWM Student Involvement, College of Letters & Science.

 

Diversity Career Fair
21 Wednesday | Career Fair
10am-2pm | Union Wisconsin Room
Free and open to UWM students & alumni

Explore internship and employment opportunities with companies that embrace a diverse workforce.

For more information, contact H. Victoria Pryor, Black Cultural Center: (414) 229-3704 / pryor@uwm.edu or Olivia Cross, Career Planning & Resource Center: (414) 229-4486 / careerplan@uwm.edu. Sponsored by UWM Black Cultural Center, Career Planning & Resource Center & Multicultural Offices.

 

Stars Under African Skies III
21 Wednesday | Presentation
12:15-12:45pm | UWM Planetarium

See the beauty of the night sky from different parts of Africa, a continent that spans from 30N to 30S. Each week, a different UWM student will give a guided tour of their native country.

For more information, contact Jean Creighton, Physics: (414) 229-4961 / jcreight@uwm.edu. Sponsored by UWM Planetarium and African Student Association.

 

Sisters Like Me
21 Wednesday | Reception
6-8pm | Union Fireside Lounge

Sisters Like Me is a reception to celebrate and connect Black womxn students at UWM. The event includes refreshments and mingling as well as a panel featuring Black womxn from campus and the community.

For more information, contact Maya Neal, Student Life-Women’s Resource Center: (414) 229-2852 / mccar235@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Women’s Resource Center.

 

International Coffee Hour presents Haiti
22 Thursday | Social
2:30-3:30pm | Inclusive Excellence Center (Union 119)

International Coffee Hour is an event designed for students to not only network and meet new people, but to ask questions and gain global knowledge through the experiences of others.

This month, in honor of Black History Month, Sociocultural Programming and the Inclusive Excellence Center are partnering with the Africology Department to present Haiti! Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, remains a strong, encaptivating part of the Carribean. From the moutaintop fortress Citadelle la Ferrière to one of the world’s largest collection of Haitian art here in our city, come discover how Haiti thrives across the Atlantic and around the globe.

For more information, contact Michaela Murry, Sociocultural Programming: (414) 229-3894 / sociocul@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming, the Inclusive Excellence Center, and the Department of Africology.

 

Ball & Chain
22 Thursday | Play
7pm | Union Wisconsin Room

Ball & Chain is a story that explores the socialization of different forms of blackness and masculinity through the narrative of a boy named Deandre Washington. Deandre is a basketball phenom who is riddled with decisions on his career as a player and a student, and whether true love is more important than what is expected of him. While listening to the different voices that keep telling him where to move, he is forced to find his real team in a sea of spectators. When tragedy strikes, Deandre must endure the age-old question: How do you stay alive or free in a society that doesn’t want you to exist? You learn to play the game.

For more information, contact Michaela Murry, Sociocultural Programming: (414) 229-3894 / sociocul@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming and Black Student Union.

 

UWM Annual Drag Show 2018
24 Saturday | Celebration, Performance
7-10pm | Miller High Life Theatre (500 W Kilbourn Ave)
Open to the public; donations appreciated  

The UWM Annual Drag Show has been a campus tradition for over 15 years. The show has continually ranked as one of the largest drag performances in the Midwest and as one of the largest on-campus events at UWM.

For more information, contact Jeanette Martín, LGBT Resource Center: (414) 229-4116 / martinj@uwm.edu. Sponsored by LGBT Resource Center.

 

UWM Sorkin Chamber Music Institute Celebrates Black History Month
25 Sunday | Chamber Music Concert
3pm | PSOA Recital Hall (2400 E Kenwood Blvd)

Chamber music concert performed by advance level graduate students in celebration of Black History Month.

For more information contact Bernard Zinck, UWM Music Department: bzinck@uwm.edu. Co-sponsored by Peck School of the Arts and the UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research.

 

Stars Under African Skies IV
28 Wednesday | Presentation
12:15-12:45pm | UWM Planetarium

See the beauty of the night sky from different parts of Africa, a continent that spans from 30N to 30S. Each week, a different UWM student will give a guided tour of their native country.

For more information, contact Jean Creighton, Physics: (414) 229-4961 / jcreight@uwm.edu. Sponsored by UWM Planetarium and African Student Association.

 

13th annual African American Film Series presents Whose Streets?
28 Wednesday | Film
6pm | Union Cinema

This documentary, the first by director Sabaah Folayan, is an account of the Ferguson uprising as told by the people who lived it. The filmmakers look at how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement. This film, one of few to hold a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, was nominated for several prizes, including the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival. (2017, Rated R, 103 minutes)

For more information, contact Michaela Murry, Sociocultural Programming: (414) 229-3894 / sociocul@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming and the Union Cinema.