The African American Student Affairs office and other UA groups have partnered to create events in honor of Black History Month. According to uanews.org, the month kicks off tonight with music and speeches from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Second Street Garage stage.
The month's events include:
* Feb. 2: A screening of "Prom Night in Mississippi" will be held at 7 p.m. at Gallagher Theater, located in the Student Union Memorial Center. The film is about the lives of students attending Charleston High School when it held its first-ever integrated prom in 2008. The screening is being co-hosted by African American Student Affairs at the Women's Resource Center.
* Feb. 3: "A Day For Haze," is a tribute event in memory of Hayzel B. Daniels, the first African-American to graduate from the UA's law school. The event was originally reported as being held Feb. 2, but will be held Thursday instead. Daniels went on to become the first African-American to serve as an Arizona senator and also worked to dismantle segregation in Arizona. The event is being hosted by the Black Law Students Association and will be held in Room 164 of the James E. Rogers College of Law noon to 1:30 p.m.
* Feb. 5: "Key Ingredients of African Soul" will perform at the Dunbar Dance and Arts Academy, 325 W. Second St., 7:30-11:30 p.m. Costs are $5 for students with identification and $10 for the general public.
* Feb. 10: Lee Jones, UA's associate dean for student affairs and admissions, will speak during the "Out on the Job" series, which is decicated to learning about the work-related experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The event begins at noon and will be held in Room 412 of the Student Union Memorial Center.
* Feb. 22: "Sports Talk: Issues of Identity, Ownership, and Empowerment in Professional Sports" will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Room 208 of the McKale Memorial Center. Speakers will discuss ways that race infiltrates the world of sports.
* Feb: 24: "Knowledge of Where We Come From" will be held at 6 p.m. in Room 209 of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center. Participants will talk about the history of Black civilization in the U.S. and other parts of the world.
* Feb. 25: A block party will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the UA Mall. The annual event includes music, singing, dancing and stepping, a form of dance often performed by historically-Black fraternity and sorority members.