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CSU-Pueblo hosts activities for African American History Month

Release Date: January 29, 2015

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

(719) 549-2810

PUEBLO - Numerous events will be held at Colorado State University-Pueblo throughout February to commemorate important people and events in African-American history. Included in the month-long celebration will be a spirituality fair, gospel explosion, potluck, a documentary, discussions about music healing racial ties, and interactive events like a literacy test and brown eye, blue eye experiment. Events are sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion in association with the CSU-Pueblo Music Department, CSU-Pueblo Alumni Association, the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, Black Student Organization, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

What we now call Black History Month was originated in 1926 by Carter Godwin Woodson as Negro History Week. The month of February was selected in deference to Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, who both were born in that month. In 1976, Negro History Week turned into Black History Month, which we celebrate today.

February 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Occhiato University Center (OUC) Great Hall

1960's Voting Literacy Test
Experience the trials and tribulations African Americans had to endure to vote in a political election.

Monday, February 3, 5 p.m., OUC 031

Black History Month Kickoff Soul Food Potluck
Games and soul food to kick of Black History Month.

Wednesday, February 4 , Noon, OUC Great Hall

Prominent Alumni: Sherrea Elliot
Alumnus Sherrea Elliot discussed how her degree has helped her succeed since graduation.

Wednesday, February 11, 6 p.m., LARC 109

Brown Eye, Blue Eye Experiment
Come discover what the angry eye truly means.

Thursday, February 12, 5 p.m., OUC031

Light/Dark Documentary Screening and Discussion
Come discuss the views of skin tone within the African American Community.

Wednesday, February 18, Noon, LARC 109

Re-Thinking Diversity. David Volk Do You Hear What I Hear: From ragtime and jazz to rock-and-roll and Motown, American music was frequently at the forefront of bridging racial divides. Evolving technology - sheet music, the phonograph, radio, the 45 record, movies and television - sounded the music of all Americans around the world and brought black and white America closer together. This presentation looks at key moments in American music history and the impact of music on racial understanding.

Thursday, February 19, 6 p.m., Hoag Recital Hall

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company
Come watch the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company perform pieces in honor of Black History Month.

Friday, February 20, 3-5 p.m., OUC Ballroom

Spirituality Fair
Come learn about various religions throughout Southern Colorado.

Friday, February 20, 6 p.m., OUC Ballroom

Gospel Explosion
Enjoy a night of gospel music with choirs from around Southern Colorado. This spectacular event will include a choir from CSU-Pueblo and praise dancing.

Saturday, February 21, 5:30 p.m., Pueblo Rescue Mission, 728 West 4th St.

Day of Service
Give back and have fun by participating in a day of service at Pueblo Rescue Mission. This will be an opportunity for you to give back and have fun with your peers. The day of service will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Register at

Wednesday, February 25, 6 p.m., Belmont Residence Hall

Movie Night
Come enjoy a movie and popcorn with the DRC Staff.

Thursday, February 26, 5 p.m. , Belmont Residence Hall

Lunch Counter Training
Come partake in a reenactment of a lunch counter in the south during segregation. We will have a discussion on race and the effects of racism.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.

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