Celebrate African History Month at Kean

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Photo by Student Organization of Kean University.

EVENTS

  • 500 Years Later By M.K. Asante’:Tuesday, Feb. 16, 12:30 p.m. • Miron Student Center Little Theatre: Celebrate African History Month 2016 with the Office of Africana Studies with film showing of 500 Years Later by M.K. Asante’. A discussion will occur following the film. Admission is free and open to all faculty, staff and students.
  • King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story Of Greed, Terror And Heroism In Colonial Africa: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 12:30 p.m. • Miron Student Center Little Theatre: Celebrate African History Month 2016 with the Office of Africana Studies with film showing of King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story Of Greed, Terror And Heroism In Colonial Africa. A discussion will occur following the film. Admission is free and open to all faculty, staff and students.
  • Anne Nzingh: Africa’s Warrior Queen, Thursday, Feb. 18, 12:30 p.m. • Miron Student Center Little Theatre: Celebrate African History Month 2016 with the Office of Africana Studies with a lecture entitled Anne Nzingh: Africa’s Warrior Queen. A discussion with guest speak Ms. Gloria Brown-Marshall will occur following the lecture. Admission is free and open to all faculty, staff and students.
  • Black Love Affair, Friday, Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m. • Downs Hall: Come join Kean University’s Pan-African Student Union as they host their annual Black Love Affair formal event in Dawns Hall. They will be celebrating their culture as they dance the night away. Tickets can purchased from the Wilkins Theatre Box Office. Tickets are $1 for Kean students with valid ID and $5 for guests.
  • Understanding Your Roots, Monday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. • Miron Student Center Greek Lounge: Join Beta Kappa Sigma Black and Latina Sorority, Inc. for Black History Month as they fill you with knowledge on your roots.
  • Illuminations: Africa’s Past And Present: A Celebration Of History And Culture, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 12:30 p.m. • Downs Hall: Celebrate African History Month 2016 with a special program from the Office of Africana Studies and the School of Global Education and Innovation entitled Illuminations: Africa’s Past And Present celebrating its history and culture. Special guest speakers include the Honorable TeTe Antonio, Ambassador of the African Union to the United Nations, and Dr. Adao do Nascimento, Minister of Higher Education of Angola. Admission is free and open to all faculty, staff and students.
  • The Smithsonian Channel Presents: Major League Legends: The Hammer of Hank Aaron, Monday, Feb. 29, 5:30 p.m. • Kean University STEM Auditorium: Kean University is hosting a screening of the Smithsonian Channel’s new documentary: Major League Legends: The Hammer of Hank Aaron. An unexpected conqueror who rose from obscurity and the depths of adversity to challenge a god. Victory came at a great price, but Hank Aaron never wavered in the fight for civil rights. Admission is free.

SERVICE

  • Blood Drive, Thursday, Feb. 18, 12-6 p.m. • Miron Student Center, room 228: In honor of the Kean University Martin Luther King Jr Week of Service, save a life and donate blood. NY/NJ Blood Services will be accepting blood donations from 12 noon until 6 p.m. Appointments can be made through NY/NJ Blood Services, but walk-ins are welcome. Pre-registration is NOT required. If you are not able to donate, but would like to volunteer at the event, you may sign-up by registering through Cougar Link.
  • Habitat for Humanity, Saturday, Feb. 20, 7:30 a.m. • Shuttle Departs from VE Parking Lot: In honor of the Kean University Martin Luther King Jr Week of Service, volunteer to help build a home. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity and its homeowner families have built or rehabilitated more than 400,000 houses. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required! Pre-register online through Cougar Link. A shuttle will department from Vaughn-Eames parking lot at 7:30 a.m. and return to Kean at about 4:30 p.m.
  • Atria Senior Living, Sunday, Feb. 21, 12:30 p.m. • Shuttle Departs from VE Parking Lot: In honor of the Kean University Martin Luther King Jr Week of Service, join the Center for Leadership and Service in interacting with senior citizens at Atria Senior Living in Cranford, N.J. On this trip, students will be able to offer senior citizens companionship by making connections with them through participating in arts and crafts, recreational activities, etc. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required! Pre-register online through Cougar Link. A shuttle will department from Vaughn-Eames parking lot at 12:30 p.m. and return to Kean at about 4 p.m.
  • A Day of Tribute, Monday, Feb. 22, 12-3 p.m. • Miron Student Center Greek Lounge: Join the Center for Leadership and Service in paying tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dedication to creating positive change in our world through service and leadership. On this day students have the opportunity to engage in the following activities to promote hope and peace: Paper Cranes, Hands for Hope, and Colorful Dreams. Pre-registration is NOT required, but RSVPing through Cougar Link is encouraged.
  • Mobile Food Pantry, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 11:00 a.m. • Shuttle Departs from VE Parking Lot: In honor of the Kean University Martin Luther King Jr Week of Service, join the Center for Leadership and Service with volunteering at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey’s Pediatric Mobile Food Pantry. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required! Pre-register online through Cougar Link. A shuttle will department from Vaughn-Eames parking lot at 11:30 a.m. and return to Kean at about 4 p.m.
  • Feed the Less Fortunate, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 12-3 p.m. • Miron Student Center Greek Lounge: In honor of the Kean University Martin Luther King Jr Week of Service, join the Center for Leadership and Service in making sandwiches and decorating paper bags for hope for those who are less fortunate. All completed sandwiches will be delivered in the decorated bags to Saint John’s Food Pantry in Elizabeth, N.J. where they distribute food daily to local homeless and working poor individuals. Pre-registration is NOT required, but RSVPing through Cougar Link is encouraged. We ask that all volunteers please help our efforts by bringing in a bag of bread. The more bread we get, the more people we can reach! We will be making sandwiches until supplies run out!
  • Paper Crane Project, Thursday, Feb. 25, 12-4 p.m. • Miron Student Center, room 226: Natives of Hiroshima, Japan, believe that paper cranes symbolize world peace. In honor of the Kean University Martin Luther King Jr Week of Service, join the Center for Leadership and Service as we craft 1,000 paper cranes to be donated to the Voices of September 11th Organization. Their mission is to help families heal and recover from the tragedy that took place on 9/11. Pre-registration is required! Pre-register online through Cougar Link.
  • A Day of Tribute, Friday, Feb. 26, 12-4 p.m. • Miron Student Center Atrium: Please join the Center for Leadership and Service in paying tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dedication to creating positive change in our world through service and leadership. On this day students have the opportunity to engage in the following activities to promote hope and peace: The Dream Carpet, The Peace Dove Project, Hands for Hope, and Paper Cranes. Pre-registration is NOT required, but RSVPing through Cougar Link is encouraged.
  • Community Food Bank, Friday, Feb. 26, 10:00 a.m. • Shuttle Departs from VE Parking Lot: In honor of the Kean University Martin Luther King Jr Week of Service, volunteer with the Center for Leadership and Service at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, in Hillside, NJ. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required! Pre-register online through Cougar Link. A shuttle will department from Vaughn-Eames parking lot at 10 a.m. and return to Kean at about 2 p.m.
  • Community Food Bank, Saturday, Feb. 27, 11:00 a.m. • Shuttle Departs from VE Parking Lot: In honor of the Kean University Martin Luther King Jr Week of Service, volunteer with the Center for Leadership and Service at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, in Hillside, NJ. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required! Pre-register online through Cougar Link. A shuttle will department from Vaughn-Eames parking lot at 11 a.m. and return to Kean at about 2 p.m.

ARTS

  • Meshell Ndegeocello, Sunday, Feb. 21, 3:00 p.m. • Enlow Recital Hall: Singer/songwriter and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello is funk, soul, R&B, hip-hop, rock, and jazz’s shared chameleon. This modern day troubadour – as much a spoken work poet as she is a tantalizing jazz chanteuse – embodies each genre as wholly as she defies it. With special guest Christopher Tignor. Tickets are on sale at the Wilkins Theatre Box Office and range from $35-$45 based on seating.
  • Concert For Understanding,Wednesday, Feb. 24, 8:00 p.m. • Miron Student Center Little Theatre: As a part of the African History Month 2016 Jackie McLean Concert Series, the Office of Africana Studies presents a Concert For Understanding with a performance by Rene McLean with Urban Djaliya (Griots). A student open mic poetry showcase will also be held. Admission is free. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
  • Emmanuel’s Gift, Sunday, Feb. 28, 3:00 p.m. • Kean University STEM Auditorium: Directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern (Ghana 2005), “Emmanuel’s Gift,” is a documentary which chronicles Yeboah’s remarkable life and his courageous journey, as well as the impact it had on his family as well as on handicapped people throughout the African continent. Oprah Winfrey serves as narrator. International Film Series Tickets are on sale at the Wilkins Theatre Box Office for $5 each.

BUS TRIPS

  • The Color Purple, Saturday, Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m. • Bernard B Jacobs Theatre: Join Student Organization as we watch an American classic come to life. The Color Purple, which follows the life of Celie, a young African-American girl growing up in rural Georgia, is a strong touching story about African-American women growing up in a time where they were seen as less than men. The bus departs from the Wilkins Theater Bus Stop at 11:30 p.m. 2 tickets may be purchased per Kean Student ID for $25 each at the Wilkins Theatre Box Office. A completed SAPA Form (available through the Student Organization Cougar Link page under documents) is required at the time of purchase.
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