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.

Contributors include:

  • African American Student Academic Services
  • African Student Association
  • Africology Now
  • Black Cultural Center
  • Black Student Union
  • Campus Activities Board
  • Cultures and Communities Program
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Department of Africology
  • Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
  • Department of French, Italian and Comparative Literature
  • Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Division of Student Affairs
  • Global Inclusion and Engagement
  • Inclusive Excellence Center
  • Islamic Society of Milwaukee
  • Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies Program
  • LGBT Resource Center
  • Manfred Olson Planetarium
  • Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Student Involvement
  • Student Association
  • Studio Arts & Craft Centre
  • Transforming Justice
  • Union Art Gallery
  • Union Cinema
  • Union Sociocultural Programming
  • Women’s Resource Center

 

UWM Celebrates Black History Month 2017

* All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. *

Stars Under African Skies (I)
1 Wednesday | Presentation
12:15-12:45pm | UWM Planetarium (Physics 139)

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life to appreciate the stars! The first of a series of talks showing the beauty of the night sky from different parts of Africa, a continent that spans from 30 N to 30 S.

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

Check out the event on Facebook, here.

A Celebration of African Culture
1 Wednesday | Cultural Celebration & Stargazing
7pm | UWM Planetarium (Physics 139)

Groove to the beat of African drums as we explore African culture. This lively event will combine a variety of elements such as music, song, dance as well as indoor stargazing.

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

Check out the event on Facebook, here.

12th annual African American Film Series presents “The Land”
2 Thursday | Film & Discussion
7pm | Union Cinema
(2016, 104 minutes, rated R)

Followed by a post-film discussion.

Executive producer Nas presents this vivid inner-city saga set amidst Cleveland’s hip-hop underground. Teenage buddies Cisco, Junior, Boobie and Patty Cake shrug off school to practice skateboarding, which they hope will be their ticket to a better life. In the meantime, they steal cars to finance their dream. But when they get mixed up in a drug deal and cross a ruthless crime queen-pin, they put their friendship – and lives – on the line.

For more information, contact Union Sociocultural Programming: 414.229.3894 / sociocul@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Union Sociocultural Programming and the Union Cinema.

Check out the event on Facebook, here.

Taking It To the Streets: A Tour of Black Activism in Milwaukee
Friday, February 3, 2017 | 12-5pm
Free and open to UWM students only. Refreshments provided!
Registration REQUIRED: http://bit.ly/2jVBrq6
Check-in begins at 12pm in the Union Concourse.
Tour departs at 12:30pm sharp.

In honor of Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee’s fair housing marches, let’s get off campus to explore the rich history and promising future of Black activism here in our city! We’ll hear from local leaders at the iconic Coffee Makes You Black, meet this year’s class of AmeriCorps Public Allies, enjoy nutritious samples at the Juice Kitchen while hearing about Walnut Way Conservation Corp., and finally, cruise through historic Bronzeville and make art together!

Check out the event on Facebook, here.

Blacademics: How To Be A College Student
6 Monday | Presentation & Workshop
11:30am-1:30pm | Bolton 196

Free and open to UWM students

The purpose of this event is to talk about those ‘out of the classroom’ topics that often affect the persistence of Black-identified students.

For more information, contact Gary Cooper-Sperber, African American Student Academic Services: 414-229-6001 / gccooper@uwm.edu. Sponsored by African American Student Academic Services, the Black Cultural Center, Norris Health Center and Career Planning & Resource Center.

Binded by Black Love

7 Tuesday | Workshop
12-1:30pm | Studio Arts & Craft Centre

Students will create their own hand-binded journal. Students will have a safe space to jot their ideas and experiences down for meaningful, reflective practices of self-care. Although targeted for Black-identified individuals, this space is open to all.

For more information, contact Jeanette Martin, LGBT Resource Center: 414-229-4116 / martinj@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the UWM LGBT Resource Center, African American Student Academic Services, and the Black Cultural Center.

Advising and Mentoring Black Students Panel
7 Tuesday | Panel
5:30-7pm| Union Fireside Lounge

The panel focuses on the relationship between black student and faculty and how it can be strengthened to improve the academic experiences of black students on campus.

Black Radical Imagination
7 Tuesday | Film Screening
7pm | Union Cinema

Black Radical Imagination is a touring program of shorts that delve into the worlds of new media, video art, and experimental narrative that engage with the aesthetics of Afro-futurism, Afro-surrealism, and the magnificent. Focusing on new stories within the diaspora, each artist contributes their own vision about post-modern society through the state of current black culture. Curated by Amir George and Erin Christovale.

For more information, contact Lori Felker, UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres: 414-229-6015 / felker@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres and the UWM Union Cinema.

Check out the event on Facebook, here.

Stars Under African Skies (II)
8 Wednesday | Presentation
12:15-12:45pm | UWM Planetarium (Physics 139)

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life to appreciate the stars! The second of a series of talks showing the beauty of the night sky from different parts of Africa, a continent that spans from 30 N to 30 S.

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

Check out the event on Facebook, here.

LACUSL Speaker Series: “Theorems of Liberation: Culture and National Development in Haiti”
8 Wednesday | Presentation
3-4:30pm | American Geographical Society Library

Lyrical Sanctuary presents Miles Hodges
8 Wednesday | Spoken Word Poetry
7-7:45pm | Writing Workshop | Inclusive Excellence Center (Union 119)
8-10pm | Open Mic & Feature | Union Fireside Lounge

Lyrical Sanctuary is celebrating fifteen years! As one of the longest running open mic programs in the city, Lyrical Sanctuary brings students and community members together to share their passion for poetry, music, art, and creative self-expression.

Miles Hodges is a 25-year-old artist from New York City by way of Teaneck, NJ. His performance history includes appearances at The Apollo Theater, Kennedy Center Washington DC, The Smithsonian Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe.  A former Youth Slam Poet Champion, Miles was profiled in the 2008 Russell Simmons HBO Documentary “Brave New Voices.”

Miles continues to share his art at colleges and universities across the globe and has performed in Delhi, India as a poet in residence for the American Embassy School and assisted with the relief effort on the ground in Haiti.

He plans to keep creating best he can, and that for whatever his future might hold he just hopes it includes a good cup of coffee and some James Baldwin.

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12th annual African American Film Series presents “Southside With You”
9 Thursday | Film & Discussion
7pm | Union Cinema
(2016, 84 minutes, rated PG-13)

Followed by a post-film discussion.

Young Chicago lawyers Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama spend a sweltering summer afternoon in 1989 visiting the art museum, eating lunch together, watching Do The Right Thing, getting some ice cream and sharing a first kiss in this dramatization of the President and First Lady’s fateful first date across Chicago’s South Side.

For more information, contact Union Sociocultural Programming: 414.229.3894 / sociocul@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Union Sociocultural Programming and the Union Cinema.

Check out the event on Facebook, here.

Sneak Peek – An Art Collectors Panel
10 Friday | Panel
6pm | Union Art Gallery

Local collectors will talk about how they’ve developed collections of original artwork. Some collections focus on diverse artists or objects; some local collectors have focused on African American artists; one teenager has been gifted art for a number of years and has a unique collection. Collecting original artwork doesn’t have to be expensive or precious, but can support artists and reflect what’s important to you. Come hear all the different ways this group has collected art.

For more information, contact Savannah Hill, Union Art Gallery: 414-229-830 / hill72@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the Union Art Gallery.

Building Ummah: Transcending Racial and Ethnic Divisions in the Muslim Community
13 Monday | Panel
7-8:30pm | Union Fireside Lounge

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2017 Panther Pride Donor Drive, A Tribute To Black Heritage Month
14 Tuesday | Activity
10am-4pm | Union Ballroom

UWM Panther Pride Saves Lives Blood Drive.

For more information, contact H. Victoria Pryor, Black Cultural Center: 414-229-5566 / pryor@uwm.edu. Sponsored by UWM African American Student Academic Services and Black Cultural Center.

Stars Under African Skies (III)
15 Wednesday | Presentation
12:15-12:45pm | UWM Planetarium (Physics 139)

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life to appreciate the stars! The third of a series of talks showing the beauty of the night sky from different parts of Africa, a continent that spans from 30 N to 30 S.

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

Check out the event on Facebook, here.

Remembering Muhammad Ali with Neelain Muhammad
15 Wednesday | Lecture
6-8pm | Union Fireside Lounge

Brother Neelain Muhammad, a former bodyguard of Muhammad Ali will be speaking about the life and legacy of the greatest of all time Muhammad Ali and their journey to Islam as African American Muslim converts. Followed by a moderated Q&A.

For more information, contact Amal Hussein Ali, Muslim Student Association: amalhali@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Muslim Student Association.

 Check out the event on Facebook, here.
12th annual African American Film Series presents “Loving”
16 Thursday | Film & Discussion
7pm | Union Cinema
(2016, 123 minutes, rated PG-13)

Followed by a post-film discussion.

Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.

For more information, contact Union Sociocultural Programming: 414.229.3894 / sociocul@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Union Sociocultural Programming and the Union Cinema.

Check out the event on Facebook, here.

UWM Annual Drag Show
18 Saturday | Performance
7-10:30pm | Milwaukee Theatre (500 W. Kilbourn Ave.)

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 Jack Feria, UWM LGBT Resource Center: 414-229-2116 / uwm-dragshow@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the UWM LGBT Resource Center and Student Association.

Check out the event on Facebook, here.

Post-Racial America: The Historical and Societal Impact of Our First Black President
20 Monday | Presentation
6-8pm | Union Fireside Lounge

Though the past eight years have proven that “Yes, we can”… what happens now? What exactly does it mean to be in “post-racial” America, and how do we continue to make progress, if we have made any? Join us for an evening of history and celebration as we discuss the events that led up to the election of November 8th, 2008 and how the world was impacted by the first black president of the United States. Reggie Jackson from America’s Black Holocaust Museum will be leading the discussion.

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

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Sisters Like Me
21 Tuesday | Panel
6-8 pm | Union Fireside Lounge

Sisters Like Me is a reception and panel discussion for women-identified students of African descent. Connect with each other and listen the stories of amazing women! Meet UWM women faculty, staff and alumni of African descent!

For more information, contact Gwen Sekhon, UWM Women’s Resource Center: 414-229-2852 / gksekhon@uwm.edu. Sponsored by UWM Women’s Resource Center and the Black Cultural Center.

Stars Under African Skies (IV)
22 Wednesday | Presentation
12:15-12:45pm | UWM Planetarium (Physics 139)

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life to appreciate the stars! The last of a series of talks showing the beauty of the night sky from different parts of Africa, a continent that spans from 30 N to 30 S.

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

Check out the event on Facebook, here.

A Prince Among Slaves
22 Wednesday | Film
6:-8:00pm |Union Fireside Lounge

A showing of the film “Prince Among Slaves.” This film follows the story of Abdul Rahman, an African prince who was sold and captured into slavery. Followed by a discussion and refreshments.

For more information, contact Amal Hussein Ali, Muslim Student Association: amalhali@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Muslim Student Association.

Son Jarocho: A Musical Workshop of Black and Brown Resistance
22 Wednesday | Workshop
6:30-8pm | Union 191

This workshop, led by Milwaz Talleres, will give context to Son Jarocho, traditional strings music from southern Veracruz highlighting its ties to African, Indigenous and Spanish heritage. An interactive, movement-based workshop providing basic knowledge on how to dance, sing, and play this traditional art form.

Cosponsored by the Major in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S Latin@ Studies (LACUSL), Roberto Hernandez Center, Sociocultural Programming, Cultures and Communities, and Inclusive Excellence Center.

For more information, contact Alida Cardós Whaley, LACUSL: 414-229- 4703 / alida@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S Latin@ Studies.

International Coffee Hour presents Muslim Student Association
23 Thursday | Social
2:30-3:30pm | Inclusive Excellence Center (Union 119)

Join globally-minded UWM students, faculty and staff for coffee (or tea!) once a month to socialize and learn about folks with different experiences from around the world.

Join the Muslim Student Association as they talk about the very diverse nature of the world’s Muslim populations. Enjoy traditional coffee, teas, and snacks as you meet fellow domestic and international Muslim students.

For more information, contact Michaela Murry, Sociocultural Programming: 414-229-3894 / sociocul@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming, the Inclusive Excellence Center, and Muslim Student Association.

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Transforming Justice: Youth-led Analysis of Mass Criminalization in Milwaukee
23 Thursday | Lecture
4-6pm | Library 4th Floor Conference Center

Transforming Justice is a collaborative effort to create a grassroots history of mass criminalization and incarceration in Milwaukee. Collectively, UW-Milwaukee scholars, filmmakers, and community members are working to re-frame conventional narratives about crime, health, safety, and justice. This project is not only documenting and “giving voice” to these issues, but helping to develop strategies for re-defining security and health from the perspectives of individuals and communities directly affected by these forces on the ground.

For more information, visit https://uwm.edu/transformingjustice/about/ or contact Robert Smith, Department of History: 704-562-6970 / smithrs@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Transforming Justice.

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Black History Month Ball
24 Friday | Celebration
7-10pm | Union Ballroom

For more information, contact Anita Mogaka, Black Student Union: abmogaka@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Black Student Union.

Hey Blerd! Netflix and Chill? Luke Cage Screening
27 Monday-3 Friday| Film and Discussion Series
Various Times | Inclusive Excellence Center (Union 119)

For more information, contact Warren Scherer, Inclusive Excellence Center: iecenter@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Inclusive Excellence Center.

12th annual African American Film Series presents “Moonlight”*
27 Monday | Film & Discussion7pm | Union Cinema
(2016, 111 minutes, rated R)

Followed by a post-film discussion.

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery that chronicles the life of a young black man as he struggles to find his place in the world. In the first segment, Chiron is a ten-year-old nicknamed “Little” who is taken in by a kindhearted drug dealer and his girlfriend. In the middle installment, a teenage Chiron explores his sexuality as he falls in love with a close friend. The final chapter follows Chiron in his twenties as he reconnects with faces from his past.

For more information, contact Union Sociocultural Programming: 414.229.3894 / sociocul@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Union Sociocultural Programming and the Union Cinema.

*Due to its recent Golden Globe win and Oscar nomination, “Moonlight” is a tentative film. More information to come.

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Department of Africology Presents Black Studies Matter
28 Tuesday | Panel
7-8:30pm | Wisconsin Room Lounge

This panel will allow Black students and faculty an opportunity to discuss advising and mentoring.

For more information, contact Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, Africology: 414-229-5084 / mitchelg@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the Department of Africology and Africology Now.