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U.Va. Black History Month Focuses on Film, Fun and Games

From a showing of Spike Lee’s classic 1989 movie, “Do the Right Thing,” to the current Oscar contender, “12 Years a Slave,” Black History Month at the University of Virginia will feature a free film series, among several other events, co-sponsored by student organizations and U.Va.’s Office of African-American Affairs.

The Black History Bowl – a “Jeopardy!”-style trivia game – will take place Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. in the Newcomb South Meeting Room. U.Va. students, faculty and staff will engage in friendly competition for prizes against their peers on topics pertaining to African and African-American Studies.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Kappa Rho Chapter will provide a feast for the annual Soul Food Night on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in Nau Hall, room 211. The night’s activities will include playing cards and games.

The films scheduled for the month:

  • Feb. 11, “Do the Right Thing,” 6 p.m., Newcomb Hall Art Gallery
  • Feb. 18, “Betty and Coretta,” 6 p.m., Newcomb Hall Art Gallery
  • Feb. 21, “Fruitvale Station,” 7 p.m., Newcomb Theater
  • Feb. 22, “12 Years a Slave,” 6 p.m., Newcomb Theater

After beginning the month’s events on Wednesday with U.Va. Library research archivist Ervin L. Jordan Jr. giving a talk about African-American history at Thomas Jefferson’s University, Black History Month events will close with the seventh annual Image Awards, with the theme “Leaders as Servants: Guiding the Next Generation.” Modeled after the NAACP’s annual awards program, the ceremony honors U.Va. students and others who have served the black community on Grounds, and will be held Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in Newcomb Hall Ballroom. George Martin, the first African-American rector of U.Va.’s Board of Visitors, will give the keynote address.  

Awards will recognize student leaders, outstanding first-year and fourth-year students and individuals who’ve provided supportive mentoring or quiet inspiration.

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