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Black History Month 2017

Mission: Black History Month, at The University of Akron, celebrates and educates the campus and surrounding communities on the knowledge, pride, understanding and empowerment of the African American culture and its impact on our daily lives.

Black History Month & Rethinking Race Films

Black History Month Informational Tabling
February 1st-17th
11am-1pm Student Union 2nd Floor Concourse


Finding the Gold Within
Friday, February 5
8 p.m. in the Union Theatre
Finding the gold within provides a rare, intimate look into the lives of six young black men from Akron, Ohio, each of whom is determined to disprove society's stereotypes and low expectations. The film follows the six as they make the challenging transition from high school through their first years of college. Along the way, they are faced with a variety of unexpected difficulties, from personal and family problems to overt racism. Each draws strength from a groundbreaking mentoring program for adolescents, Alchemy, Inc., which has been their second 'family' since sixth grade.

Brothers of the Black List
Tuesday, February 9
Noon in the Union Theatre
September 4, 1992: An elderly woman in a small town in upstate New York reports an attempted rape by a young black man who cut his hand during the altercation. While looking for suspects, police contact officials at SUNY Oneonta, New York, a nearby college, and a school administrator reacts by handing over a list of names and residences of 125 black male students. For the next several days, those students are tracked down and interrogated by various police departments under a presumption of guilty until proven innocent. In Brothers of the Black List, director Sean Gallagher tracks this story of racism that became the longest litigated civil rights case in American history.

Stop: A Film About Stop & Frisk in New York City
Wednesday, February 10
Noon in the Union Theatre
STOP is a feature length documentary the Floyd v City of New York, the class –action lawsuit that challenged the New York City Police Department’s practice of stop & frisk, and resulted in the landmark decision finding the practice unconstitutional. STOP follows three years in the life of David Ourlicht, one of the four named plaintiffs in Floyd vs. City of New York. By interweaving the story of David's family with the action around the trial, STOP places the stop and frisk controversy in the context of a long history of civil rights.

The African American Dream: Historical Perspectives in Today’s Society
Thursday, February 11
Noon in the Union Theatre
In the spring of 1963, Dr. Kenneth B. Clark, a professor of psychology at the City College of New York, interviewed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Minister Malcolm X, and author James Baldwin, respectively, in order to examine and discuss the racial climate of America. The resulting program, The Negro and the American Promise, is a thought-provoking film depicting the varying perspectives of three passionate, powerful leaders in the Black community.
Sponsored by the Drs. Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power
Friday, February 12
Noon in the Union Theatre
A profile of Anita Hill, the African-American lawyer who challenged Clarence Thomas' nomination to the US Supreme Court and thus exposed the problem of sexual harassment to the world.
Sponsored by the School of Law

Malcom X
Sunday, February 21
6:30pm in the Union Theatre
Malcolm X was Assassinated: February 21, 1965, New York City, NY. To help keep Malcolm X in our memory the Student African American Brotherhood will be showing the film “Malcolm X” starring Denzel Washing and directed by Spike Lee. This event will help people get a better understanding of his legacy.
Sponsored by Student African American Brotherhood & Campus Programs