Events at Rowan to mark Black History Month

Events at Rowan to mark Black History Month

A host of events are planned to mark Black History Month at Rowan University.
A host of events are planned to mark Black History Month at Rowan University.

The following events are planned:

Feb. 1, 8-10 p.m.: "Black History Month Opening Ceremonies," Pit of the Chamberlain Student Center

The evening's festivities will feature the spectacular and world-renowned Universal African Dance and Drum ensemble. This annual event is sponsored by a student organization, the Black Cultural League. Contact: Olanrewaju Odunlami,

Feb. 1, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.: "Reflections in Black Museums Inc.: Black NFL Coaches," Chamberlain Student Center

The exhibit displays the contributions of black head coaches to the history and legacy of the National Football League. From Fritz Pollard to Tony Dungy, who was the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl, this exhibit will give attendees information about the NFL and its black coaches. This a free event sponsored by the Office of Student Activities. Contact: Constantine Alexakos,

 Feb. 2, 8 -10 p.m.: "Greek 101," Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center

Speakers will share their personal stories and knowledge of the Greek lettered experience. Contact: Kelvin Rodriguez,

Feb. 2, 8-10 p.m.: "They Slice the Air: A Reflection on African American Narratives, Spirituals, Poetry and Dance," Boyd Recital Hall (Wilson Hall)
The concert will be presented as part of Rowan University's Fine And Performing Arts Division Faculty Spotlight Series. Lourin Plant (Baritone), Paule Turner (Dance) and Alexander Timofeev (Piano) will perform. The evening's meditation will include spirituals (arranged by Johnson, Burleigh, and Bonds), reflective dance, and the recitation of historic slave narratives and poetry. Guest Artists include James Osby and David Bollar (readers). Admission is free. Contact: Lourin Plant,

Feb.  13, 7-8:30 p.m.:
 "Video Vixens, Hip-Hop Honeys and Hoes: Representations of Women of Color," Chamberlain Student Center Room 221

Dr. Cynthia Glover, sociology professor at Brookdale Community College, will present the representations of women of color in Hip-Hop culture. Admission is free. 
Contact: Chanelle Rose,

Feb. 15, 16, 17, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.: "Rowan's 42nd Annual Jazz Festival," Pfleeger Concert Hall, Wilson Hall

"Jazz Goes to Broadway" is the theme of the festival. There will be an 8 p.m. concert ($15) on Friday. Call 856-256-4545 or visit for tickets.

Contact: Denis DiBlasio, 856-256-3528.

Feb. 15, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.: "The Harlem Renaissance," Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center

A blend of performances celebrating the 1920s. Vendors will offer memorabilia depicting this era. Sponsored by the Council for Africana Studies. Contact: Olanrewaju Odunlami,

Feb. 15 6-8 p.m.: "A Presumed Alliance," Chamberlain Student Center 221  

This event will discuss the unspoken conflict between Black and Latino Americans in this country. The discussion is intended to inform and examine the contemporary social issues that plague both communities. Contact: J.T. Mills,

Feb. 16, 3:15-4:30 p.m.: "Women and AIDS: A Global Context," Chamberlain Student Center Room 221  

Amadou Diagne, associate director of medical sciences at Gilead Sciences Inc., will discuss the issue of AIDS and the new medicines. He will highlight the growing concern of international agencies, African governments, and AIDS activists all over the world. 
Contact: Denise Williams,

Feb. 16-19, 8 p.m.: "Flyin West," Tohill Theatre in Bunce Hall 

A play about a small group of African-American women whose lives changed when the West opened up for people willing to settle in a harsh and untested region. Free for students with a valid ID; $10 for general admission; $5 for seniors and university staff. 
Contact: J.T. Mills,

Feb. 21 3-6 p.m.: "Willie Cole; Deep Impressions," Westby Hall

The exhibit features the work of one of the tri-state's most accomplished African-American artists. Rowan University's Art Gallery is the first and only venue in the South Jersey region that will be hosting his work. The event is sponsored in part by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Africana Studies program. 
Contact: Mary Salvante,

Feb. 23, 8 -11 p.m.: "NAACP Image Awards Ball," Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center

The Image Awards will be presented to faculty members who have consistently demonstrated student advocacy and to undergraduates who have shown academic excellence and community service in their collegiate career at Rowan University. Contact: Miracle Pygum,

Feb. 26, 4 -5:15 p.m.: "Painting Black History Month Through the Eyes of African-American Women," Rowan Camden Campus, 200 North Broadway, fifth floor lounge.

Two of Rowan University's aspiring African-American female artists­-- Beatrice Carey and Erin Lomax-- will feature their work. Carey's work expresses her passion through depictions of today's urban culture. Lomax illustrates the many facets of the human expression with finger-blended pencil designs on canvas. 
Contact: Julie Peterson,

Feb. 29, 10:50 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: "Seventh Annual Rosa Parks Luncheon," Eynon Ballroom of Chamberlain Student Center

University of Delaware professor Erik McDuffie will be the guest speaker. Lunch is $15 for students, $30 for adults. Contact: Christine DiBlasi, 856-256- 5490,