Colorado State University - Pueblo hosts activities for African American History Month


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 library displays, book discussions, poetry night, movie, and presentations on famous African Americans like baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

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.

On Feb. 2, CSU-Pueblo will host the Pueblo African American Concern Organization annual scholarship fundraiser, beginning with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:45 p.m. in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom. PAACO provides scholarships, mentoring, and tutoring to minority students in the community of Pueblo who have these needs. Five CSU-Pueblo students will be recognized as PAACO scholarship recipients: Natalie Cordova, Pueblo; Alissia Gonzalez, Pueblo West; Miano Maina, Aurora; James Matherson, Pueblo, and Gerald Salazar, Pueblo.

The University Library will host an opening reception and displays for Black History/African American History Month from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 4 on the first floor of the library, which will mark the official opening of an exhibit of the works of Ivy Carter throughout the month of February. University archivist Jay Trask will make a presentation about African Americans at the CF&I steel mill.

At 10 a.m. on Feb. 6, World War II veterans, the Tuskegee Air Men will discuss their experiences as African-American airmen in the OUC Cottonwood Room.

The First-Year Center, on the second floor of the library, will sponsor numerous activities throughout the month, beginning with a Latino/a Literary Discussion Group led by Fawn-Amber Montoya from 5-6 p.m. on Feb. 7. Participants will read a collection of short stories, Drown, by Junot Diaz, a Dominican-American author. A limited number of complimentary copies are available to students through the Office of Student Life or Fawn-Amber Montoya, fawnamber.montoya@colostate-pueblo.edu. The First-Year Center also will lead a field trip to the MLK, Jr. Center from 3-4 p.m. on Feb. 12. At noon on Feb. 13, Shaun Boulier will make a presentation on baseball legend Jackie Robinson, followed on Feb. 14 at noon by a brown bag lunch by Dr. Jackie Stroud on the contributions of Afro-Latinos to the art world. Women’s Studies Coordinator Becki Scola will host a panel discussion on hate speech with representatives from the ACLU and the NAACP from noon-1 p.m. on Feb. 21. Individuals interested in any of these First-Year Center events may call Gina Lopez-Ferguson for more details, 549-2009.

The Office of Student Activities will host a movie, poetry night, and dinner featuring a Spoken-Out poetry and dance troupe during the month. Students are invited to participate in poetry readings on Feb. 6 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Underground in the OUC lower level. The film, Glory Road, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Life Sciences Auditorium on Feb. 20. OSA also will host a dinner featuring Indianapolis musician/poet Tasha Jones and the CSU-Pueblo Soul Steppers Group at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the OUC Ballroom. For more information on the OSA events, contact Interim Director of Student Activities Nicky Damania at 549-2975.

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