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Black History Month

Black History Month was created to celebrate and honor the many achievements and contributions made by African-Americans to the economic, cultural, spiritual and political development of the U.S.

Beginning in 1926, events were held the second week of February because of their proximity to the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two individuals who dramatically affected the lives black Americans.

Black History Month Events

6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, International Ballroom, Pitman Center

Join the MLK/Black History Month Planning Committee as we welcome Reginald Reeves, recipient of our nation’s highest award for volunteerism, the Outstanding Public Service Award, as he examines the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans/blacks on the American law system and shares his experience with his own charitable endeavors.

Reeves is an alumnus of the University of Idaho College of Law and a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. He has distinguished himself through public service devoted to local, national and international humanitarian activities.

6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, Clearwater Room

The Event Coordination workshop is a workshop directed toward student groups at the University of Idaho. The goal is to learn about identifying what different organizations are lacking and helping find solutions to help make their events more successful.

5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, International Ballroom, Pitman Center

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Black Student Union for the 14th Annual Shades of Black Show. Shades of Black Show explores and celebrates the different textures and dimensions of the multicultural experience through the performing arts. This year's theme is “Chronicles” and focuses on illuminating the present by chronicling our past and celebrating the icons that impacted our world. Using dance, poetry and song as vehicles for self-expression and social commentary, students and members of the community will take to the stage and deliver unique, engaging and thought-provoking performances. Admission is free. As an advisory, some performances may contain strong language or sensitive content.

For more information, please email the Office of Multicultural Affairs at or call 208-885-7716. To learn more about the show visit

7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, Crest Room, Idaho Commons

Audre Lorde was an African-American writer, feminist, lesbian and civil rights activist. Join the LGBTQA Office and the Office of Multicultural Affairs as we reflect on her extraordinary life.

6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, TLC 023

BSU will be playing "Southside with You." The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when future president of the United States Barack Obama wooed his future first lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago's South Side. Popcorn, and snacks will be provided.

11 a.m. to noon and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Panorama Room, Idaho Commons 

The hair workshop will provide you with information on the following topics: Basic overview on curly hair, which most black/brown people have; learn how to manage hair which are different lengths; demonstrations on different styles for different occasions (e.g quick and easy to professional looks); understanding of tools which can be used when styling; information on local stylists and beauticians.

Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre
Feb. 17 - 8 p.m.
Feb. 18 - 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Feb. 19 - 3:45 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Feb. 20 - 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions.

Feb. 23-25, 2017

Since the 1960s, the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is one of the largest and oldest educational jazz festivals in the world. With over 400 student performances, a dozen world-class jazz artists and nearly 100 workshops, clinics and special exhibits, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival honors the music, dance and history of jazz music and one of its most honored artists, Lionel Hampton.

6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Vandal Ballroom, Pitman Center

Sen. Buckner-Webb will be addressing Dr. King’s Dream, civic engagement, and the steps needed to create a united America.

In a difficult economic climate, Cherie Buckner-Webb chose to effect change in a new arena by running for public office. Elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2010 and the Idaho Senate in 2012 and 2014 by a wide margin, Buckner-Webb’s message in the Statehouse reflects the same collaborative and visionary goals she emphasizes in her life and work. She is the founder and principal of Sojourner Coaching, “supporting highly motivated women and men to navigate the waters of their lives with purpose.” As a respected speaker, she uses her voice to raise awareness about diversity, justice, inclusion and human rights topics. Buckner-Webb’s credo, “leave a legacy,” underscores her work in every area of activity and to that end she donates countless hours to a variety of community organizations.

Events sponsored by: Diversity & Human Rights, College of Law, and the MLK Planning Committee

MLK Planning Committee is comprised of the Black Student Union, Center for Volunteerism and Social Action, College of Law, Dean of Students, Department of Student Involvement, Equity and Diversity Unit, Latah County Human Rights Task Force, LGBTQA Office, National Society of Black Engineers, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Women’s Center.

For more information please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 208-885-7716 or

Keynote Speaker: Reginald Reeves

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