February is Black History Month

February Black History Month events

Celebrate Black History MonthBlack History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to United States history. Created in 1926 as a week-long celebration by African American historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson, it expanded to a month-long series of events in 1976. The theme of Black History Month 2015 is "A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture."

St. Paul Public Schools hosts National African American Parent Involvement Day

On Monday, February 9th, National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) is a day for parents to come to their child’s school to support their child’s educational future. The goals of NAAPID are to promote parent involvement in their child’s education, address serious achievement gap facing African American students, promote and provide strategies for parents and students to take full advantage of the educational process at all levels of the educational system.
Monday, February 9, all day

Book Launch Celebration for Blues Vision African American Writing from Minnesota

This event celebrates the release of the book Blues Vision which features poetry by forty three black writers in Minnesota. Published by Minnesota Humanities Center and Minnesota Historical Society Press. The event is free at the Minnesota History Center.
February 5, 6-9 PM

KFAI

KFAI to Celebrate Black History Month with a special day of programming on Tuesday, February 17. The station is looking for programming produced by African Americans that explores a history in America. KFAI Fresh Air Radio 1808 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454.
February 17, all day

St. Paul College events

St. Paul College will celebrate Black History Month 2015 with two documentaries highlighting the history of Civil Rights in America. On February 3 at 1 PM, the documentary The Abolitionists will be screened. On Tuesday, February 10th, Freedom Riders will be shown at 1 PM at the St. Paul College Theater.
February 3, 1 PM
February 10, 1 PM

Macalester to host concert by African Music ensemble

Macalester College will host their midwinter winter concert for Black History month in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts center Feb 14 at 8:00 PM. Free. For information call 651-276-5116.
February 14, 8 PM

Underground Railroad Quilts – Fact or Fiction?

The Bloomington Human Rights Commission and Bloomington Historical Society invite you to attend a free special presentation on the use of quilts by the underground railroad at Bloomington Old Town Hall, 10200 Penn Ave., Bloomington. Presenter Deb Meyer will unravel the mystery behind the use of quilts and the patterns sewn on them to guide slaves along the underground railroad. To register please call 952-563-4944 or email reservations@BloomingtonMN.gov.
February 22, 2 PM


City of Saint Paul and Ramsey County Announce 2015 Black History Month Events

African American Culture and the African Diaspora Experience

This panel event will explore different cultures that comprise the African diaspora in Minnesota.
Speakers: Dr. Josie Johnson, Commissioner Gene Gelgelu, Yusef Mgeni and Mahmoud El-Kati.
Location: Ramsey County Government Center East Building, 160 East Kellogg Blvd, Room 7600, Saint Paul, MN 55101
February 13, 12-1 PM

Implications of the Legal System in Shaping the Black Experience

This panel event will feature three local judges speaking to the role of the justice system in shaping Black life in America over the last century.
Speakers: Judge LaJune Lange, Judge Pamela Alexander, and Judge George Stephenson
Location: The Landmark Center, The Chief Justice Room #430, 75 5th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102
February 20, 12-1 PM

Education and its Impact on Black Progress and Identity

This panel event will feature speakers discussing the role our education system plays in shaping identity and progress within the Black community.
Speakers: Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, Robin Hickman, and LaTanya Daniels
Location: City Hall/Court House, 15 West Kellogg Blvd, Room 40 A&B, Saint Paul, MN 55102
February 27, 12-1 PM (Food is available for cash purchase at 11:30 a.m, program beginning at 12:00 p.m.)

For questions regarding these events, please contact Kathy Henderson, Ramsey County Human Resources, at 651-266-2766.


Events at the University of Minnesota

Young, Black, Educated and Gifted

The Black Student Union of the University of Minnesota will kick off events with the theme "Young, Black, Educated and Gifted." The title of the production is Thinking Back, Moving Forward. This play will be at Coffman Memorial Union Theater from 6 PM to 9 PM.
February 3, 6 PM

Many Rivers to Cross

Screening of the film Many Rivers to Cross by Henry Louis Gates Jr. 815 Social Sciences from 12:30 PM -1:30 PM. aaas@umn.edu or 612-624-9847.
February 4, 12:30 PM

Contentions: Race, Evaluation and Retaliation in the Classroom

Contentions: Race, Evaluation and Retaliation in the Classroom. A public talk by Dr. Shannon Gibney with responses by Catherine Squires and Yuichiro Onishi. Sponsored by GWSS and African American Studies. Walter Library 4th floor conference Room 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
February 11, 11 AM

The Dance Theater of Harlem

The Dance Theater of Harlem will give a performance at 7:30 PM with a free preview at 6:15 PM. Rush price ($10 for U of M students/$20 for U of M faculty and staff) available at 10 AM day of show. For additional Information http://www.northrop.umn.edu
February 17, 7:30 PM (6:15 preview)

Crafting a United Urban Agenda Forum

The African American Leadership Forum will be hosting a forum on Crafting a United Urban Agenda. Keynote speaker will be US congressman Keith Ellison with presentations from Eric Mahmoud, Founder and CEO of the Harvest Network of Schools; Kim Nelson, senior Vice President of External Relations, General Mills Inc.; Bobby Champion Minnesota State Senator; Jeff Hayden, Minnesota State Senator Rena Moran; Minnesota House of Representative Jerry McAfee, Pastor New Salem Baptist Church and Stella Whitney. Entertainment will be provided by the Sounds of Blackness. 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM, Humphrey Auditorium.
February 21, 8:30 AM

Beyond Myth-Making and Appropriation panel discussion

Beyond Myth-Making and Appropriation: African Americans in Theater and Film. This discussion features panelists Sarah Bellamy, Co-Artistic Director of Penumbra Theater; Dominic Taylor, Associate Professor , University of Minnesota, Department of Theater Arts and Dance Maya Washington and Minnesota Actor and filmmaker Harry Waters JR. The Moderator will be Katrice Albert Vice President of Office for Equity and Diversity. 1:30 PM - 3 PM. Sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity and co-sponsored by the University Libraries. This is open to all students, staff, and faculty and community members. Does not require RSVP. Flyer. diversity.umn.edu/criticalconversations
February 27, 1:30 PM

Every Time I Feel the Spirit...A Celebration of African American History

Using music, poetry and “Black Pearls” of wisdom, T. Mychael Rambo and friends invite the audience to celebrate and learn about the brave contributions of African Americans and why February came to be known as Black History Month. Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN.
Fee: $20 adults, $15 children ages 6-17; $5 discount for MNHS members. Reservations: recommended, call 651-259-3015 or register online.
February 28, 2 PM


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  • February: Black History
  • March: Women's History
  • April: Financial Literacy
  • May: Asian-Pacific American Heritage
  • June: GLBT Pride
  • Sept/Oct: Hispanic Heritage
  • Oct: Disability in Employment Awareness
  • Nov: Native American Heritage