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Black History Month celebration both educational and fun

Ohio University's Black History Month events for 2013 will kick off Monday, Feb. 4 with a showing of filmmaker Spike Lee's movie "School Daze."

The movie showing is hosted by the Black Student Union and Minority Affairs Commission of Student Senate.

The University's Black History Month celebration will include events from various multicultural organizations on campus.

On Thursday, Feb. 7, as a part of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, David Robertson will serve as the keynote speaker at 7 pm in Baker University Center Theatre. He is a sexual health and education specialist as well as an empowerment speaker. For more information about the talk, click here.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, Ku Klux Klan infiltrator Daryl Davis will speak in the Baker University Center Ballroom. He is the author of "Klan-Destine Relationships" and is a lecturer on race relations who has encountered and explored with members of the KKK. Davis uses what he has learned from his studies and his Klan encounters to present empowering messages to people across the nation.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Black Student Union will host an awards ceremony titled, "Black Girls Rock: A Celebration of Powerful Black Women at OU" that honors black women on Ohio University's campus that are making strides in the areas of academia, performing arts, community service, leadership, congeniality, and faculty. Like the award show televised on BET, the program will not only celebrate these women, but also will feature performances from other black performers and artists on campus.

These are some other Black History Month events:

Wednesday, Feb. 6
Africa Crossroads: Ohio University Professor of Anatomy Patrick O'Connor
Presentation: "You call that a crocodile?"
Noon, Multicultural Center

Thursday, Feb. 7
HIV/AIDS Movie Showings
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Multicultural Center

Friday, Feb. 8
BSCPB's Apollo Night
8 p.m., Baker University Center Ballroom

Friday, Feb. 22
LGBT Center's Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin movie showing
2 p.m., Multicultural Center
Thursday, Feb. 28
Black Student Union's Harlem Nights Open Mic Night
7 p.m., Baker University Center Front Room

For more information on Black History Month events, visit the Multicultural Center website or call 740-593-4027.