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CSU observes Black History Month with untold truths

February 7, 2014

Colorado State University kicked off its celebration of Black History Month Feb. 1, a month of remembrance and observance of African American culture, with appearances by influential guest speakers and wide-ranging activities.

Colorado State’s Black/African American Cultural Center plans to provide a full slate of programs and lectures to uncover a few untold truths about African Americans and provide an understanding of the culture in the past, present and future.

“This is one month of the year where all Americans can honor the past of a people who were brought to this country in political bondage,” said Bridgette Johnson, director of CSU’s Black/African American Cultural Center. “This month provides an opportunity for us all to celebrate the rich traditions of the African American heritage while celebrating those aspects of their own individual culture and around their own positive contributions to society.”

This is a month that she hopes CSU students will gain a sense of empowerment to succeed,  a sense of pride, and an opportunity to learn about the many contributions and accomplishments of African Americans that many are unaware of or have taken for granted, Johnson said.

List of events

The theme for this year is “Untold Truths: A Great Mighty Walk,” and features programs that empower and inspire the community throughout the month.

Feb. 6
  • “Hoodwinked”: Misconceptions of the Black Man, 6 p.m., LSC 228
Feb. 11
  • Real Talk: “Affirmative Action Truths and Myths,” 4 p.m., BAACC Office
  • Shade Ashani, 7-9 p.m., LSC North Ballroom
Feb. 12
  • Sex For Chocolate, 5:15 p.m., Clark C 142
Feb. 18
  • Real Talk: “Slave Mentality: Are we in a new state of slavery?,” 4 p.m., BAACC Office
Feb. 20
  • Dare You to Move with LZ Granderson, 6-9 p.m., LSC Theatre
Feb. 23
  • Hair Show, 6 p.m., Lory Student Center Theatre
Feb. 25
  • Real Talk: “Did the assassination of our Black Leaders of the 50s & 60s affect our current and future black leaders?,” 4 p.m., BAACC Office
  • Soul Food Junkies, 5 p.m., Lory Student Center Cherokee Park Room
Feb. 26
  • Terry McMillan, 7-9 p.m., LSC North Ballroom
  • Pillow Talk, 9 p.m., BAACC Office
Feb. 27
  • Express Yourself, 6:30 p.m., Parmelee Hall on campus

The Black/African American Studies Scholars: A Colloquium Featuring CSU Researchers runs several dates throughout the month from noon- 1 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 10 and 24, and 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 4 and 18, in the Morgan Library Event Hall on campus.  

Events sponsored by: Africans United; ASAP; ASCSU; Aspen Grille; Black Definition; Black Student Alliance; Black/African American Cultural Center; Colorado State University Libraries; CSU Athletics; Hospitality Management Program; RHA; United Men of Color; United Women of Color; GLBTQQA Resource Center; Coke Grant.