IPFW Kicks-Off Black History Month

By Rachel Martin

January 31, 2013 Updated Jan 31, 2013 at 7:31 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – February is a month that symbolizes many things, and one of those things is the celebration of Black history and heritage.

Black History Month started as "Negro History Week" in 1926, and in 1970 it was expanded a month long celebration.

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at IPFW kicked-off the month of February, otherwise known as African American Heritage Month, by hosting a luncheon catered by Slim's Barbeque.

DJ Rello played music from all different eras and genres, and community organizations set up booths trying to entice people to get involved in the community.

This year’s theme is "Black History: Why It's Important for You to Know.” Christopher Riley, Assistant Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at IPFW, says it's because Black history is part of American history.

“One of our goals in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is to educate the campus community and the community at large regarding cultural awareness. And Black History Month, African American Heritage Month, is definitely a part of that culture, part of the many cultures represented here in Fort Wayne. African Americans have contributed quite a bit to American History,” said Riley.

Here is a full listing of events:

● February 5, Noon-1:15 p.m. Meet 'n' Greek, Walb Student Union, Rooms 222-266

● February 8, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Detroit, Mich., Charles H. Wright/Motown Museum

● February 9, 7-10 p.m. Acoustic Spoken Word, TRIAAC Headquarters, 501 East Breckenridge

● February 15, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Multicultural Visit Day

● February 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. BHM Expo 2013, African/African American Historical Museum, 436
East Douglas Avenue

● February 16, 2-4 p.m. African/African American Historical Museum "Movie Screening," History Center, 302 East Berry Street

● February 21, 7:30 p.m. Omnibus Lecture Series: Naomi Tutu, "Hard Conversations: Talking About Race and Racism," Rhinehart Music Center, Auer Performance Hall (Free Tickets Required)

● February 21, 4-7 p.m. Annual Black History Month Bowl, Jennings Center, 1330 McCulloch St.

● February 23, 7-10 p.m. Acoustic Spoken Word, TRIAAC Headquarters, 501 East Breckenridge

● February 24, 6-8 p.m. 9th Annual Gospel Fest, Walb Student Union Ballroom

● February 27, Noon-1:15 p.m. "Black History Month: Why It's Important for You to Know," Walb Student Union Rooms 222-266

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