Niagara University Celebrates Black History Month

February 1, 2013  |  by Michael Freedman

Saxophonist Vernon James

Saxophonist Vernon James headlines a Black History Month event on Feb. 20.

Throughout February, Niagara University will celebrate Black History Month, an annual tradition that recognizes the achievements and contributions of African-Americans.

Below are the scheduled events:

The N-Word: There’s No “N: in Hip Hop

Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Gallagher Center Multi-purpose Room

A panel discussion will take place, discussing the use of the N-word in mass media, as well as its historical impact and present day meaning.

Karaoke Night: Classics in Black Music

Feb. 8, 10 p.m., Kiernan Center

Participants will choose to belt out their favorites from more than 1,000 hits by legendary and current black musicians. The event is hosted in collaboration with the Campus Programming Board for Late Nite Niagara.

The Historical & Political Implications of Interracial Relationships

Feb. 13, 2:30 p.m., Gallagher Center Multi-purpose Room

Dr. Chris Lee, assistant professor of comparative politics, will explore a historical case study that exposes the political implications of love.

Soul Food Dinner (Plus Music & Moments in Black History By Saxophonist Vernon James)

Feb. 20, 4:30 p.m., Clet Dining Hall

Traditional soul food favorites will be served while attendees will be treated to music by saxophonist Vernon James.

MLK & Malcolm X: Two Sides of a Coin?

Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Gallagher Center Multi-purpose Room

This forum will compare and contrast the views on non-violence between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students will share their research with faculty members and area historians.

For more information, please contact Niagara University’s Office of Multicultural & International Students Affairs at 716.286.8510 or ude.aragainnull@bed.