Gail Hairston

Attend a Black History Month Collaborative Event

Published: Feb 7, 2013


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2013) — Although a few days into Black History Month activities at the University of Kentucky, many events remain that will enhance the experience for one and all.


Two events are scheduled for Friday evening. First, a BGPSA mixer/social at 5-8 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Student Center Cats Den. Sponsored by the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, the evening features a spades/dominoes tournament with a prize of a $20 gift card per partner. For more information, contact S. Alex Marshall at


Also, students interested in going to see the highly anticipated movie “Django” with the CATalyst Coalition on Friday, Feb. 8, must register online with UK CATalyst. The movie and dinner are completely free, but all participamts must attend the discussion the following Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6:30-8 p.m. in 231 Student Center. Students will discuss how "Django Unchained" influenced people differently. Why is the film so controversial? CATalyst would like to know your own perspective on the film. Participants are invited to share their views as the discussion will be facilitated by CATalyst peer educators. To accompany the group, register at


UK will observe NAACP Week (Feb. 11-15) with movies, informative programming, a mini Mardi Gras celebration and other events. For more information, contact Keahna Akins at For details see below.


Daily films are set Feb. 11-15 in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Diversity Education during the Black Movie Festival. Daily movies will be shown at 11 a.m. with an evening premiere Thursday at 6 p.m. This is an opportunity for the campus community to embrace people of color in films and to examine “the cost.” What is the price paid to be in the media? Is it comedy, is it cool, or is it exploitation? Let your voice be heard!


NAACP Founder’s Day will be observed 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Diversity Education. The campus is invited to help the NAACP celebrate its Founder’s Day by learning more about the programs that the organization has scheduled throughout the week.


At 6 p.m. that same day the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Diversity Education will celebrate Mardi Gras by sharing the rich history of New Orleans. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday.


One of UK’s most recently honored Great Teachers, associate professor of history Gerald Smith, will discuss "Blacks in Kentucky" at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Diversity Education. The event is sponsored by the NAACP UK Chapter. Smith will share significant contributions of blacks in Kentucky’s history.


King Café is a long standing program for the MLK Center. It is a unique opportunity created for the campus community to showcase their talents. All poets, singers, and dancers are encouraged to participate. Performers may register in the center and various other locations across campus. The King Café is slated for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Diversity Education in the Student Center.


A Black History Jeopardy Game, sponsored by the CATalyst Coalition, is scheduled 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in 363 Student Center. To participate in this game, individuals must create a team of no more than three people. The team must register and pick up study guides for the game in advance in the CATalyst office, 106 Student Center. For more information, contact Annalisa Abell at


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Diversity Education has created Dream Daze with Amir Windom, a series to encourage students to dream big and to be prepared to achieve even more. The center will use real world examples of success to reaffirm that a student’s professional aspirations are indeed possible. Nationally acclaimed experts and UK alumni, representing a variety of disciplines and professions, will share their journeys and challenges while striving to reach their professional goals. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the center hosts a dialogue with Amir Windom to share his personal philosophy of aiming to be significant vs. successful. The event will be in the William T. Young Library Auditorium at 6 p.m. with a reception immediately following.


Amir Windom is one of the nation’s rising young leaders. In just a few years, Windom has emerged as a leader by asserting his skills in the music industry. Possessing the ability to think outside of the box and having a keen eye for new talent and innovative ideas, he's highly regarded as one of the top music executives of his generation.


At noon Wednesday, Feb 20, in the UK Law Building Elizabeth Jones will lecture on the continuation of the civil rights movement in the "Color Blind Era." The event is hosted by the Black Law Student Association.


The Black Student Union will host a black faculty and student mixer at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Diversity Education. This is an opportunity for students to network and build relationships with African-American faculty and staff from all over campus.


Kentuckians for the Commonwealth presents “The Role of Race in Lexington” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Diversity Education. The discussion will focus on what the phrase “post-racial society” means to today’s young people. Refreshments provided.


Black History Month events will conclude with a progressive dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Participants should meet in the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) located on the first floor of the Student Center. The Black Student Union invites the campus to enjoy its third annual progressive dinner. Progress through time, sit back and reflect on history. This year's theme will focus on the civil rights movement, black inventors, and black government. For more information, contact Amber Horn at


A full calendar of events is available at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Diversity Education website.

Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
College of Pharmacy Open House
Iron Pour
UK Women's Choir 20th Anniversary Concert
Adventure Hiking & Rappelling @ Red River Gorge
Pickin' Time Mountain Music and Harvest Day
Purposeful Retirement: Planning Your Next Stage of Life
Diwali Dhoom 2014
UK Percussion Ensemble
Day Hike
Curator Tour: Take My Word For It
Industry Career Week: Resumes and Cover Letters
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Morehead State
Industry Career Week: How to Impress Your Boss in 90 Days
Rock Star Professionalism Series
UK Lab Band
Industry Career Week: Networking and Job Search
Social Enterprise and Innovation / Certified Nonprofit Professional Program Informational Meeting
Dana Harper Gallery Reception
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Zona Sur
LNFS Presents: The Grand Budapest Hotel
UK Jazz Ensemble
Abstract Workshop
Lauren Potter
LNFS Presents: V for Vendetta
Last Day to Withdraw or Reduce Course Load
R.C. May Photography Lecture Series: Marvin Heiferman
Men's Soccer vs. Charlotte
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Georgia
Free Friday Evening Swing Dance
Kentucky Football vs. Georgia
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
The Power of Poetry
The Lexington Lowdown and Free Lindy Hop Workshop
Swing Dance Featuring Live music by"The Metrognomes Orchestra"
UK Combos Concert
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Missouri
UK Sax Ensembles
Job Club - Interviewing Strategies
Undergraduate Research Information Session
Jose Abisambra Presentation on Current Alzheimer's Research
Women of the World: Judy Smith
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Reservoir Dogs
Refugee Life in America
Leadership Assessment
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Iron Man 3
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Campus Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics KY
LNFS Presents: La Demora
LNFS Presents: Pretty in Pink
LNFS Presents: Mean Girls
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Florida
Greek Cinematography: Critical Approach and Discussion
"Storied Streets" Documentary Showing about Experiences of Homelessness
UK Rep Bands Concert
Stories of Homelessness: Panel Discussion
A Positive Approach to Caregiving Conference
CatWatch Party
LNFS Presents: The Princess and the Frog
Pinterest Party
Caregiver Support Group
OXFAM Social Issues Banquet
Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You
LNFS Presents: The Big Lebowski
Bollywood Night
Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: Water For Elephants
4th Annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging & Dementia
Freedom from Fear: On Black Childhood and Other Dangers
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
Much Ado About Nothing
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Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
UK Symphony Band and UK Concert Band
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Job Club - What is your money habitude?
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Arkansas

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