January 31, 2013
UNC Asheville will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a series of events including film screenings, lectures and a step show.
The following Black History Month events at UNC Asheville are open to the public, and free unless otherwise indicated:
February 4 - Film screening: "The Great Debaters" – Denzel Washington directed and stars in this drama based on a true story from the 1930s, set against the backdrop of Jim Crow and lynchings, of the formation of a debate team at historically black Wiley College. The team's success led to a debate against Harvard. 7 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Highmsith University Union, Alumni Hall.
February 7 – Art opening reception – Valeria Watson-Doost – An exhibition of Watson-Doost's "Affrilachian" works, in celebration of Black History Month, opens at UNC Asheville's Intercultural Center in Highsmith University Union. Light refreshments will be served. 7-9 p.m.
February 8 - Film screening: "40 Years Later - Now We Can Talk?" – This documentary tells the story of the first African Americans to integrate a white Mississippi high school in the late 1960s and features reflections from the students, black and white, 40 years later. The film's researcher and producer, Lee Anne Bell, Barnard College Barbara Silver Horowitz Director of Education, will lead a discussion after the screening. 7 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Highsmith Student Union, Mountain Suites.
February 13 – Film screening: "Ghosts of the South" – This film depicts a dance performance by two Asheville women – Valeria Watson-Doost and Julie Becton Gillium – and recalls the African Americans displaced from Asheville neighborhoods. Watson-Doost will discuss the performance and issues raised in the film following the screening. 7 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union Intercultural Center, Room 114.
February 21 – Alex Kotlowitz: "The Things They Carry: Growing Up Poor in the World's Richest Nation" – Kotlowitz, award-winning journalist and author of the bestselling "There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America," speaks about race and poverty at 12:15 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union Mountain Suites.
February 21 – Film screening: "The Interrupters," followed by Q&A with co-producer Alex Kotlowitz – This documentary about three Chicago neighborhood "violence interrupters" has garnered numerous awards and is a Sundance Festival selection. Kotlowitz, author of the bestselling "There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America," who co-produced the film along with director Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") will discuss the film after the screening, which begins at 7 p.m. at UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall.
February 22 – Homecoming Step Show – Five step teams from around the state will perform as part of UNC Asheville Homecoming at 7 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. Tickets at the door, $8.
The university's Office of Multicultural Student Programs has also organized Black History Month events for students only, including a trip to the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro.
For more information, please contact Lamar Hylton, UNC Asheville Office of Multicultural Student Programs director, at 828.251.6585.