Black History Month Wraps Up at SSU with Major Events

black_history.jpegMajor events serve to wrap up the final days of Black History Month on the SSU campus.

They include:

Ongoing Library Display: Black History Month
Curated as a "dialogue" with the Women's History Month display nearby, this installation celebrates Black History Month (February) and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women. (located on the 3rd floor, near the Administrative Office; on view through mid-March 2013).

Alvin Ailey Legacy Residency . Lectures, Feb. 24 - 26.
In celebration of Black History Month, teachers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre will offer Dance Technique Classes and a lecture highlighting the work and life of Alvin Ailey, the visionary African-American dance artist. Sylvia Waters, who danced with the iconic Alvin Ailey Dance Company, will be giving a talk on Monday, February 25 at noon in Weill Hall and is open to the campus community. Reserve free seats for the lecture, at Waters is a former principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and founding Artistic Director of Ailey II. She will be speaking of her experience dancing with Alvin Ailey and showing video clips of some of Ailey's legendary dances. The lecture will take a definitive look into the history of the legacy created by Alvin Ailey - a celebration of the African-American heritage and the modern dance tradition.

The residency will also include free Master dance classes in 2 levels of Horton Technique with Ana Marie Forsythe, an internationally-recongnized teacher of the Horton technique. They will be held in PE1 on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 24 and 25. Waters gives a second lecture on Alvin Ailey on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. in PE 1. Enrollment in these is limited. In order to reserve a place visit: This event is co-sponsored by Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, the HUB, ASP and the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance.

ZUMA ZUMA! Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., Evert B. Person Theater.
Associated Students Productions is hosting a performance, in support of Black History Month, by the "African-style Cirque du Soleil," Zuma Zuma! They are the only truly 100 percent African show on the road. Currently based in Las Vegas, they are a fantastic group of acrobats fueled by pure adrenaline. The members came together to form a troupe incorporating gymnastics, jumping, juggling, balancing and contortionism. Tickets are available at the Student Union Box office. There is no charge for SSU faculty, staff, and students. General admission is $10. To purchase tickets online, please visit, For more information about this and other events visit

Madeleine Lim ~ Telling Our Own Stories ~ Film: "The Gift of Family" Thursday, Feb. 28, noon, Stevenson 1002
Madeleine Lim is an internationally acclaimed award-winning filmmaker with more than 20 years of experience. Her films have screened at sold-out theaters at international film festivals around the world and have been broadcast on PBS. The film, "The Gift of Family," is an intimate look at the joys and challenges of queer Black women raising children. Sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Department.

Black Scholars United Closing Ceremony, Thurs., Feb. 28, 5:30-7 pm, Commons
A celebration of the end of Black History Month with an array of cultural performances including poetry, dancing, and singing.

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