January 31, 2013 at 17:36 PM EST
Black History month events offer education, culture and history
Honor February as Black History Month by attending one of several events University of Houston-Clear Lake will hold to celebrate the educational, cultural and historical contributions of black Americans. This year’s national theme is “The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.”  
 
“For us, the purpose of Black History Month events is to honor and celebrate the Black/African-American culture at UH-Clear Lake,” says Intercultural and International Assistant Director Susana Hernandez. “We are also joining the rest of the country and universities in celebrating the accomplishments of the African-American community and acknowledging the struggles this community has faced throughout history.”
 
The monthlong Black History Month Book Display kicks off the event roster with African-American literature featured from Feb. 1 – 28, all day, in the university’s Bayou Building, Alfred Neumann Library, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, 77058.
 
Also on display all month is a Panel Exhibit honoring the national theme of “The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington” will run Feb. 1 – 28, all day, in the Bayou Building’s Atrium I.
 
The City of Houston Health Department will provide free HIV screenings and contraceptives at the Know Your Status: Free HIV Testing & Health Awareness event Feb. 11, all day, in the university’s Neumann Library. This event is sponsored by the university’s Black Student Association.
 
The community is invited to attend the free lecture, “Where Are We Now?... America in the Obama Era” presented by Rev. Andrew Walker Berry II Feb. 12, 3:30 – 5 p.m., in the Bayou Building Garden Room. Sponsored by the university’s the Black Student Association, this lecture will discuss the second inauguration of the 44th President and asks the question, “Have we really overcome?.” 
 
Buy a hot lunch and support a good cause at the Potato Bar Fundraiser Feb. 19, from noon – 2 p.m. in Atrium I. Baked spuds with all the fixings will be sold for $6 without meat, and $7 with meat. Proceeds support the Black Student Association.
 
Scheduled for Feb. 20, 5 – 6:30 p.m. is the lecture “Overcoming Our Fate: Breaking the Bonds of Educational Oppression” by Rev. Michael Haywood. Held in the university’s Bayou Building, Garden Room, Maywood’s lecture will address the educational disparity among African-American youth and minorities and ways to overcome it.
 
Experience the Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts Dance: Capoeria Angola, Feb. 24, 3 – 4 p.m., in the university’s Bayou Building Atrium I. This energetic dance style combines dance movements, acrobatics, fighting, music, history and philosophy. Free dance lessons will be provided by UH-Clear Lake graduate student, Gabriel Bata.
 
Get creative at the “Make Your Own Quilt” event Feb. 27, 4 – 5:30 p.m., in the Student Services and Classroom Building, Student Lounge, and learn the basics of traditional quilt making as well as the meaning behind African-American quilts. This event is sponsored by the university’s Office of Intercultural and International Student Services.
 
Finally, join author Shawn McCann for “Asleep at Work” Feb. 28, 4 – 6:30 p.m., in the Bayou Building, Garden Room, as he shares his profound and thought-provoking book that teaches people how to transform their lives in spite of setbacks, institutional denial, politics and other workplace challenges.  A book signing will follow this event that is sponsored by the university’s Black Student Association.
 
For more information about these events, contact Office of Intercultural and International Students Assistant Director Susana Hernandez at hernandezsu@uhcl.edu or call the IISS office at 281-283-2575.
 
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University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.
 
 
 
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