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Release Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:54 PM
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Howard University Celebrates Black History Month

WASHINGTON(January 31, 2014) – Howard University will honor the influential people and milestones that shaped African-American history with events throughout February in recognition of Black History Month. This year's events include a lecture by former congressman and visiting fellow Ronald Dellums.

Historian Carter G. Woodson started “Negro History Week” in 1926 to highlight the contributions of Black people to American history.  In 1976, this celebration was expanded to include the entire month of February.  Other countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also dedicate a month to celebrate Black history.

Wednesday, Feb. 5
4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Department of History 100th Anniversary Commemorative Lecture Series:
"Slavery, Memory, and African Diasporas: "Kinship, Abolition, Commerce, and Colonization of 'Portuguese Guinea' c. 1830-1879"
Channing Pollock Meeting Room (Founders 102H)

Lecture by Dr. Lumumba Shabaka, assistant professor, Howard University

Thursday, Feb. 6
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Free South Africa Movement: A MSRC Panel Discussion
Founders Library Browsing Room

HULS/MSRC Director Howard Dodson, former Congressman Ronald Dellums, Dr. Sylvia Hill and others discuss the impact of Blacks in Congress and the Washington, DC community in the push for sanctions against the apartheid regime and to free Nelson Mandela.

Friday, Feb. 7, 14, 21
2 p.m.

Africana Film & Discussion Series
Founders Browsing Room
Film screenings and discussions will dissect themes relevant to Africana issues. Sponsored by the HULS Reference Department, the HU Afro-American Studies Department, and the HU African Studies Department.

Monday, Feb. 10
7 p.m.

Film Screening: Amandla! a Revolution in Four-Part Harmony
Lulu Vere Childers Hall (Room 3001)

This film screening, which will be shown on the eve of the 24th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, will highlight the role music played in the liberation struggle of Mandela and the people of South Africa.

Tuesday, Feb. 11
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Civil Rights in America
Blackburn Center Ballroom

Lecture by visiting fellow, former Congressman Ronald Dellums.

Sponsored by Ronald W. Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center, Howard University. This event is open to all students, faculty and staff.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Department of History 100th Anniversary Commemorative Lecture Series:
"Memory and Heritage of Slavery: Invisible Sites of Slave Labor and Public Memory of Slavery in Brazil and the United States”
Founders Browsing Room
Lecture by Dr. Ana Lucia Araujo, associate professor, Department of History, Howard University.

All Month
M-Th 9 a.m.-9 p.m.,
F & Sa 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,

Su 1-5 p.m.

"Nelson Mandela: Character, Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator, Statesman"
MSRC Gallery in Founders Library

The multimedia exhibit highlights the significance of Mandela's legacy in the eyes of his fellow South African citizens and the world.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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