Jan 26, 2012
By Katie Flaherty
Ohio University's Multicultural Center is kicking off winter quarter with a host of new cultural events beginning this Saturday.
The featured events are centered in the month of February to encompass the celebrations of both Black History Month and Sibs Weekend.
In 1926, Black History Month began as only a weeklong celebration to encompass the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. The observance expanded to a month in 1976, as it finally began to gain widespread acceptance after the civil rights movement.
Activities for the quarter range in variety, focusing on African Americans historical contributions, HIV/Aids awareness, as well as student performances.
Here are a few of the scheduled events:
Saturday, Jan. 28
• "Battle of the MCs" is a contest to decide who will be an opening performer for the annual Sibs Weekend concert. Students will perform as individuals or in groups for a panel of judges, but ultimately students will choose one winner to be the pre-opener for the Feb. 18 concert. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Morton 201. Application entries are closed, but the contest is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Feb. 7
• In honor of National HIV/AIDS Black Awareness Day, HIV/AIDS educator and motivational speaker Anna E. Fowlkes will be giving a speech titled "My Grandma has AIDS." Fowlkes contracted HIV at the age of 59 and now travels around sharing her story and spreading awareness of the risk of AIDS at any age. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Baker University Center Theatre.
Wednesday, Feb. 8
• "African American Inventors and Inventions," Reflections in Black Museum, Inc. is a traveling museum founded in 1978 that features inventions, sculptures, paintings, black newspapers, and other historical artifacts important in African-American culture. The museum will be set up from noon to 6 p.m. in the Baker University Center Theatre Lounge.
Friday, Feb. 17
• "So yOU Think You're Famous" the annual Sibs Weekend Variety Show is a competition where students lip-sync and recreate music videos on stage for a panel of judges. The performance allows students their "15 minutes" and the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of their siblings as well. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Baker University Center Ballroom. Admission costs $5 at the door and $3 with a canned good. All cans will be donated to the Athens Food Pantry.
Saturday, Feb. 18
• The Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB) will host their annual Sibs Weekend concert. This year's featured artists include Big K.R.I.T. and Dom Kennedy. Other performers include Stalley, Ill Poetic, and LxE For The Uncool. The show will take place at 8 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Admission is $15 for students and $17 for the general public.
• The Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB) is hosting its first annual "BSCPB Week" with a different event featured every day. Some activities include National Black Love Day Game Show with Kappa Alpha Psi and "Baked with Love" cookie decorating.
• The Multicultural Center is featuring the "Family of the Arts" art gallery featuring the Saunders, a local African-American family. Dates and times to be announced.
For more details on upcoming events, visit the Office of Multicultural Programs and Multicultural Center in 205 Baker University Center.