Posted on February 4, 2018 by Jana Schwartz

Throughout the month of February, UTSA will honor African-American heritage and the civil rights leaders who paved the way for racial equality.

— Courtney Clevenger

(Feb. 2, 2018) — As a multicultural discovery enterprise, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) regularly engages in conversations that promote diversity and inclusion. Throughout the month of February, UTSA will honor African-American heritage and the civil rights leaders who paved the way for racial equality.

The university community is invited to join several UTSA student organizations, colleges and departments at events recognizing people, places and events that have made an impact in black history. These events are sponsored by the 2018 Black Heritage Month Student Planning Committee at UTSA, the UTSA Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion, the UTSA African American Studies Program and Student Union Programs and many student organizations. They include:

Nana Dijo Film Screening
Friday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.04.06), UTSA Main Campus

Nana Dijo: Irresolute Radiography of Black Consciousness is a film screening and discussion with multidisciplinary artist Bocafloja.

The Defamation Experience
Monday, Feb 19, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), UTSA Main Campus

Join this interactive play that is a courtroom drama and the audience is the jury. Discussion and will follow.

Pizza and Research: From Slavery to the Sidelines: A Socio-Historical Analysis of Black Athletes
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 12 p.m.
John Peace Library Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.

Panel Discussion: African American Fraternities and Sororities
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), UTSA Main Campus

The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.

11th Annual African American Studies Symposium
Thursday, Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), UTSA Main Campus

The theme of this year's symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.

Black Heritage Banquet
Monday, Feb 26, 6 p.m.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1/106), UTSA Main Campus

Students are invited to a semi-formal, dinner banquet with an awards presentation and dancing. Keynote speaker will be San Antonio City Councilman William Cruz Shaw. Tickets must be purchased by Feb 19 at Roadrunner Express. UTSA students are $15 and guests are $20.

Black Professionals Panel
Wednesday, Feb 28, 7 p.m.
Student Union Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), UTSA Main Campus

This panel discussion includes professionals from various careers and fields talking about maintaining a black identity in professional spaces.

Other events that celebrate Black History Month include The Will To Adorn , an exhibit on African American dress and the aesthetics of identity at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) now through March 11. The Chisholm Kid , a traveling exhibit that showcases the trailblazing black comic book character and legacy of the Chisholm Trail, will be on display at the ITC through April 1.

The UTSA Libraries invites students, faculty and staff members, alumni and visitors to browse through its extensive African American databases , Research Guides and Archival Collections. The community can also view the library’s digitized San Antonio Black History Month Collection . Learn more at UTSA Libraries .

Courtney Clevenger

— Jana Schwartz