African American Heritage Month Events Begin Tuesday, Feb. 1, at UNK

Glennis Nagel
Director, Media Communications, 308.865.8454

African American culture will be celebrated through film, poetry and music at events honoring African American Heritage Month this February at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

“The history of African Americans is deep and rich,” said Bryan Samuel, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.  “Many are unfamiliar with the contributions of African Americans and their struggle.  Participating in these events gives people an opportunity to learn more and enrich their perspectives.”

The film Roots by Alex Haley will be shown nightly, Feb. 1-3, from 6:00-9:15 p.m. in Copeland Hall Room 142.  Roots recaptures the slavery experience and the journey to freedom for one American family, Samuel said.

Students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to share their original poetry, the works of others or their musical talent at the poetry slam and Jazz Café. The Open Mic Poetry Slam is Friday, Feb. 18, from 7-10 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union Food Court. The Jazz Café and free dinner are Saturday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union Great Room.

All events are free and open to the public. Call the Office of Multicultural Affairs by Feb.21 at 308.865.8127 for dinner reservations and for more information.