Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Unique Contributions of African Americans in the 21st Century

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—“The Unique Contributions of African Americans in the 21st Century” is the theme for the 2012 celebration of Black History Month at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). The celebration is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) and the Indiana–Purdue Student Government Association (IPSGA).

The following events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, February 7

CTE/STEM STEPS TO SUCCESS WORKSHOP: “African-Americans in STEM Related Career Fields,” Walb Union, Rooms 114–116, Noon to 1:15 p.m.

Friday, February 10

Students with Families: “Gardening for Busy, Stressed-Out, Space-Challenged People,” presented by Ricky Kemery, Allen County Extension Office and “Stories From the African-American Tradition,” presented by storyteller Chief Condra Ridley, Walb Union Ballroom and Walb Union, Room 114–116, 6 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, February 14

“Ain’t I a Woman,” featuring The Core Ensemble (Chamber Music Theatre),Rhinehart Recital Hall in the Rhinehart Music Center. Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. This event is cosponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Malcolm X

Malcolm X
Friday, February 17

Multicultural Campus Visit Day, Walb Student Union Ballroom, from 8 1 p.m. For more information, please contact Admissions at 260-481-6855.

Saturday, February 18

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin; panel discussion will follow the showing of the film, Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, 2 to 5 p.m. This event is cosponsored by The Society of Friends.

Monday, February 20

98th Omnibus Lecture featuring journalist and author Michele Norris and her presentation “The Grace of Silence and the Power of Words,” 7:30 p.m. in the Auer Performance Hall of the Rhinehart Music Center.

Free tickets are required; please note that the box office location has changed. Pick up tickets at the Marilyn and Jim Larson ticket office at the Gates Sports Center, Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available starting January 30. The Rhinehart Music Center will be open one hour before each lecture.

Tuesday, February 21
Rhyme and Reason Reunion, a talent expo, on the 47th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X. The featured poet is Brandon “Xplicit Poet” Thornton; Walb Union Ballroom, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 25
“Redefined 2012: African-American Male Summit,” Walb Union Ballroom, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for non-IPFW college students is $25; $15 for high school students; and free for IPFW students. For more information, contact ODMA at 260-481-6604.

Sunday, February 26
8th Annual Gospel Fest, Walb Union Ballroom, 6 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, February 28

“Voices from the Motherland: Personal Narratives of Refuge and Migration,” Walb Union, Room 114–116, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Tuesday, February 28
Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America; this free movie will be shown at the Allen County Public Library, meeting room A, 900 Library Plaza, at 6 p.m. For more information on this event, contact Sally Williams, Urban Life Matters, at 317-748-6269 or

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at 260-481-6608 or, or go to Downloadable photos are available.

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