IU Northwest to celebrate Black History Month

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Free performances, discussions, and movies throughout February!

In recognition of Black History Month, celebrated during February, Indiana University Northwest invites the campus and community to participate in this annual observance through the following free events and opportunities:

Screening of "The Abolitionists"
Wed., Feb. 5, at 6 p.m.
Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium Savannah Center*

A small group of moral reformers in the 1830s launched one of the most ambitious social movements imaginable: the immediate emancipation of millions of African-Americans held in bondage, at a time when slavery was one of the most powerful economic and political forces in the United States.

Wirt/Emerson Concert Choir and Dance Performance
Wed., Feb. 12, at 6 p.m.
Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium Savannah Center*

A musical performance and dance recital based upon the civil rights struggle performed by the Wirt/Emerson Concert Choir and Dance Department from the School of Visual and Performing Arts, located in Gary.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Minority Studies and African-American Studies.

Screening of "Slavery by Another Name"
Wed., Feb. 19, at 6 p.m.
Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium Savannah Center*

Even as slavery ended in the South after the Civil War, new forms of forced labor kept thousands of African-Americans in bondage until the onset of World War II. This film is based on the 2008 Pulitzer-Prize-winning book of the same title by Douglas Blackmon.

Discussion and Q&A with John Amos from "Good Times"
Sat., Feb 22, at 1 p.m.
John W. Anderson Library/Conference Center* Room 105

John Amos is an American actor who played James Evans, Sr. on the 1970s television series "Good Times." His television work includes various roles in other programs such as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," the miniseries "Roots," and a recurring role in "The West Wing."

Amos will be interviewed by Dorothy Ige, Ph.D., IU Northwest Professor of Communications, whereby the discussion will focus on a retrospective of his career with Afrocentric learnings, with questions on his thoughts and portrayals of Kunta Kinte in the film "Roots."

The IU Northwest discussion with John Amos is free.

Following, a 7 p.m. performance at the West Side Theatre Guild will take place in which Amos will perform his one-man production, Halley's Comet. The production is a journey through 76 years of the American experience. Sitting alone in the woods beneath a star-filled sky, Amos takes the audience on a roller coaster ride through one man's life as he looks back into his past, sharing his opinion on everything. From a Mississippi civil rights march that claimed his young daughter's life, to World War II's battle in the Pacific, and Amos' haunting portrayals of his young son, Matthew.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. There is a limited number of free tickets for IU Northwest students. Free tickets can be obtained by contacting the Department of Minority Studies.

West Side Theatre Guild is located at 900 Gerry St. in Gary.

The John Amos events are sponsored the IU Northwest Department of Minority Studies, African American Studies, and the Black Student Union, and co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs.

Screening of "The Freedom Riders"
Wed., Feb. 26, 6 p.m.
Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium Savannah Center*

The Freedom Rides of 1961 were a pivotal moment in the long Civil Rights struggle that redefined America. Based on Raymond Arsenault's recent book, this documentary film offers an inside look at the brave band of activists who challenged segregation in the Deep South.

All movie screenings are funded by a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and are co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Minority Studies and African-American Studies.

*The Savannah Center is located at 33rd Ave. and Broadway in Gary. The John W. Anderson Library/Conference Center is located near 35th Ave. and Broadway. For information about parking at IU Northwest, including a new practice for issuing temporary visitors' permits, please visit www.iun.edu/parking/.

About Indiana University Northwest

As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state's most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping the local northwestern Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality, and affordable education close to home.  IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year MD program. For more information, please visit www.iun.edu.