UH African American Studies Department Celebrates Black History Month

A discussion on the Ferguson aftermath, a lecture by humanitarian Khalilah Camacho-Ali and a film screening by UH alum Dana Maule are among the events planned for the University of Houston African American Studies (AAS) Department’s celebration of Black History Month throughout February.

UH assistant professor Richard Mizelle and AAS assistant director Malachai Crawford will hold discussions and signings of their books "Blackwater Blues: The Mississippi Flood of 1927 in the African American Imagination," and "Black Muslims and the Law: Civil Liberties from Elijah Muhammad to Muhammad Ali" at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3 and at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10 respectively. Both events will be held at Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 628.

AAS will also recognize black entrepreneurs at the African American Entrepreneur Expo panel discussion from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11 in Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 210. Presenters include D-Mars president Keith Davis, Simply Secrets by Shan owner Shan Gregg, managing attorney and owner of The Putnam Firm Eronn Putnam, and Parkwood Pharmacy co-owners William Parker and Marcus Davis.

Professors from AAS and the Women's Studies Department will talk about the aftermath of the events that unfolded in Ferguson, Mo., in a panel discussion sponsored by AAS, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Black Student Union. The event will begin at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Student Center South, Suite B12.

Prominent humanitarian and ex-wife of boxer Muhammad Ali, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, will discuss the roles and influence of black women in history at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 628.

The month of events will close of with a screening of Maule's documentary "Blacklock," from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26 at Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 628.

To see the full calendar of events, visit the AAS website at http://www.uh.edu/class/aas/news. For more information, contact Lashonda Williams, AAS program manager, at 713-743-2814 or lrwilliams4@uh.edu.

By Kristina Michel