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UNG hosts Black History Month events

Speakers, dancers and community members will explore black history at events this month at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus.

The university Black Student Union has events planned noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays in February, which is Black History Month, in the Robinson Ballroom. 

UNG Black History Month events

When: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays in February

Where: University of North Georgia’s Robinson Ballroom, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Topics

Feb. 7: “Black Ice: An Historical Analysis of Black Male Perceptions in American Society” from professor Douglas Ealey

Feb. 14: Black Student Union presents information about lesser-known African-Americans with significant historical achievements

Feb. 21: Actress Jasmine Burke speaks
Feb. 28: Uhuru Dancers performance

On Feb. 7, Douglas Ealey, a professor in the department of sociology and human services, will speak about the relationship between law enforcement and African-American men in a presentation titled “Black Ice: An Historical Analysis of Black Male Perceptions in American Society.” 

“I use the term Black Ice as a metaphor to describe how black males historically have been portrayed in a negative light and why the most recent police shootings are just an extension of these negative stereotypes,” Ealey said.

Ealey said his main goal is for the audience to become more aware of the culture itself. 

“The presentation to this community is to create an environment that promotes cultural awareness and competence that dispels negative stereotypes while embracing inclusivity,” Ealey said. 

Members of the Black Student Union will share information Feb. 14 about African-Americans with significant historical achievements but who have often been overlooked. 

“A lot of people think Black History Month is about athletes and inventors; it’s more than that,” Brittney Yancy, president of the BSU, said in a news release. 

On Feb. 21, actress, filmmaker and author Jasmine Burke will speak. Yancy said the BSU asked Burke to come after Yancy heard her speak at another event.

Burke stars in Bounce TV’s original series “Saints & Sinners.”

“She said there is beauty in patience, because it ultimately gets you to where you want to be,” Yancy said in the news release. “And she said it’s important to have a foundation and community around you, because you can get discouraged without it.”

Manga African Dance Inc. will perform Feb. 28. The nonprofit organization teaches indigenous African cultural arts through dance, drums and songs.

“I would like the students to come to the events and to the meetings and see the culture and see what we are doing,” Yancy said. “It will be refreshing and educational.”

The university also has several events planned at its Dahlonega campus.

Professor Robert Robinson will guide a “crossfire discussion” on race relations in America at noon Feb. 7 in the Hoag building’s ABC rooms.

Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Clark will speak Feb. 13 about women of color in leadership roles in the military. An exact time and location have not been set.

A step show will be presented at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Hoag Auditorium and will feature National Pan-Hellenic Council groups from North Georgia. The Uhuru Dancers will also perform at the Dahlonega campus during the last week of February, though a time, date and location has not yet been set. 

High school intern Andrea Corona contributed to this report.

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