honor of the 2003 observance of African-American History
Month, the University of Kentucky will sponsor a full
calendar of programs and activities throughout February
and early March to mark this national celebration.
30, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) --
In honor of the 2003 observance of African-American
History Month, the University of Kentucky will sponsor
a full calendar of programs and activities throughout
February and early March to mark this national celebration.
In commenting on the importance of the celebration,
Ricardo Nazario-Colon, assistant director of the UK
Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center said, “We
regard these programs as being absolutely essential
to the kind of student development programming that
is necessary to these times. It is not only important
for our students to gain life skills but they also
must be conscious of developing an enlightened, informed
worldview. These programs are offered to address that
Feb. 1: “Spotlight Jazz Concert featuring Dave
Holland Quintet,” 8 p.m., Lexington
Opera House, $23 for general public and $14 for UK/LCC
students. This third concert in the 25th anniversary
of the UK Spotlight Jazz Series will feature Jazz
Bassist of the Year, Dave Holland with an all-star
band. Sponsored by the UK Office of African American
Student Affairs and the UK Student Activities Board.
Tuesday, Feb. 4: “Why We Celebrate Black
History Month,” 6 p.m., William T.
Young Library auditorium. This event will include
a performance by the UK Black Voices, a dance performance
and reflection on the purposes of the month-long celebration
by Mildred Bailey of Minority Affairs. This event
is sponsored by UK Minority Affairs and UK Residence
Thursday, Feb. 6: “Crafting a Cinema
of Words: 30 Years, a Poet,” Nikky
Finney, professor of English and author of “The
World is Round,” 5 p.m., 230 Student Center.
Part of the UK Carter G. Woodson Lectures Series,
sponsored by the UK African American Studies and Research
Saturday, Feb. 8: “Ethnic Heritage Ensemble,”
7 p.m., UK Worsham Theatre. This Chicago-based, world-renowned
musical ensemble will perform innovative music which
fuses traditional African rhythm and modern African
American musical expression. Event sponsored by the
Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center, the Arts Action
Collective, the Jazz Arts Foundation, WRFL and UK
Feb. 12 – Wednesday, March 5: Four films by
Oscar Micheaux, the first African-American
film maker, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Martin Luther King
Jr. Cultural Center. Admission is free.
12: “Body and Soul”
19: “Lying Lips”
26: “Murder in Harlem”
5: “Girl from Chicago”
Feb. 13: “African-American Resilience: Coping
with Hard Times,” Clarenda Phillips,
professor of sociology, Morehead State University,
5 p.m., 230 UK Student Center. Part of the UK Carter
G. Woodson Lectures Series, sponsored by the UK African
American Studies and Research Program.
Feb. 17 - Monday, Feb. 24: “Eyes on the Prize,”
Noon (and repeats), UK Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural
Center. This series is a continuation to the award-winning,
six-part television documentary on the Civil Rights
17: “The Time Has Come (1964-1965)"
18: “Two Societies (1965-1968)”
19: “Ain’t Gonna Shuffle No More (1964-1972)”
20: “The Promised Land (1967-1968)”
21: “The Keys to the Kingdom (1974-1980)”
24: “Back to the Movement (1979-Mid 80s)”
Feb. 18: “Living in the Bluegrass: An Historical
Look at the African-American Experience in Lexington,
Kentucky,” Gerald Smith, associate
professor of history and director of the UK African
American Studies and Research program, 4 p.m., 206
UK Student Center. The lecture/slide presentation
is sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural
Center and the Black Student Union.
Feb. 25: Presentation, Jenoyne Adams, author
of “Resurrecting Mingus” and “Selah’s
Bed,” and Michael Datcher, author of “Raising
Fences,” 7 p.m., Worsham Theatre, UK Student
Center. These two celebrated New York Times best-selling
authors will offer presentations based on their literary
work and life experience. Admission is free. Sponsored
by UK Student Activities Board, UK Martin Luther King
Jr. Cultural Center, and the UK African American Studies
and Research Program.
March 6: “Race and the Death Penalty in the
21st Century,” Roberta M. Harding,
professor UK College of Law, 5 p.m., 230 UK Student
Center. Lecture is sponsored by the UK Martin Luther
King Jr. Cultural Center and the Black Student Union.
In addition to these many events, UKTV will air
the rebroadcast of the annual Martin Luther King Jr.
Celebration program held in Lexington on Jan. 20,
2003. The two-hour special will be shown on UK Channel
19 at 8 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: Feb. 4, 11,
18 and 25 and at noon on the following Sundays: Feb.
2, 9, 16 and 23.
For more information on individual events, contact
the respective sponsors: Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural
Center at (859) 257-4130 or (859) 323-1561 or the
African American Student Affairs Office at (859) 257-5641.