UWM celebrates Black History & Liberation Month in February


Black History & Liberation Month at UWM offers a look into the present lives, rich history and diverse perspectives of African Americans and the African Diaspora. Events are free and open to the public, unless indicated. For more information, contact Union Sociocultural Programming, 414-229-3894 and sociocul@uwm.edu.

Monday, Feb. 3
Taste of Africa
12-2 p.m., Union Wisconsin Room
Kick off Black History Month by experiencing a taste of African history and culture. The event will focus on the culture of people of African descent, including traditional music and dance. For more information, contact the UWM Department of Africology, 414-229-4155.

Feb. 5-26:

7 p.m., Union Theatre. 414-229-4070

Fruitvale Station, Feb. 5

Fruitvale Station, Feb. 5

Wednesday, Feb. 5
“Fruitvale Station.” In this Ryan Coogler film, a 22-year-old sets out on the morning of New Year’s Eve determined to get an early start on his resolutions: to become a better son, a better partner and a better father to his daughter. His journey leads him to an encounter with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station that shakes the Bay Area to its very core. Post-screening discussion follows.

Monday, Feb. 10
“Aujourd’hui (Today).” Returning from America to Senegal, the country of his birth, Satché (played by American actor-musician-poet Saul Williams) finds himself facing imminent death in an imaginary society where death comes looking for you. Informed that today is his last day, he wanders through the city he grew up in, encountering friends and family in this extended poetic meditation. Shown in conjunction with the Festival of Films in French Feb. 7-16.

The Butler, Feb. 19

The Butler, Feb. 19

Wednesday, Feb. 19
“The Butler.” Director Lee Daniels brings to life the story of White House butler Eugene Allen, who served eight U.S. presidents. The film captures how his work affects his family dynamics, as well as three decades of social change. Post-screening discussion follows.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

“The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.” Milwaukee-born director George Tillman Jr. (“Notorious”) tells a tale of two youths from the Brooklyn projects and their attempt to fend for themselves on the streets, parentless. Post-screening discussion follows.


Kwabena Antoice Nixon

Wednesday, Feb. 12:
Lyrical Sanctuary featuring Kwabena Antoine Nixon
7-7:45 p.m., writing workshop, Inclusive Excellence Center (Union 198); 8-10 p.m., open mic and performance, Union Alumni Fireside Lounge
Kwabena Antoine Nixon is a nationally known spoken-word artist, writer, educator, organizer and motivational speaker. He was born and raised on Chicago’s west side, known during the 1980s as the “gangbang capital of the world.” At the age of 11, he lost his father to street violence. Searching for voice and purpose, he began to write. Antoine (as he was known then) made the transformation to Kwabena when a local community elder gave him the name, which means “Inspirator.” He has dedicated his life’s work to inspiring not just a generation but a movement.

Monday, Feb. 24:
Black_History_14_SistersSisters Like Me: A Gathering in Support of UWM Women Students of African Descent
6-8 p.m., Union Alumni Fireside Lounge
Students, faculty, staff and community allies join in celebration and support of UWM women students of African descent. Refreshments, socializing and community building will precede and follow a panel discussion. Information about campus and community resources also will be available. For more information, contact Victoria Pryor, UWM Black Cultural Center: 414-229-3704 or pryor@uwm.edu.

Black History & Liberation Month sponsors at UWM include Africology Now, Black Cultural Center, Black Student Union, Department of Africology, Festival of Films in French, Union Sociocultural Programming, Union Theatre and the Women’s Resource Center.