Oregon State University celebrates Black History Month


CORVALLIS - Oregon State University will host a number of events in February as part of Black History Month, including a talk by Hall of Fame basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

February is designated Black History Month at OSU to highlight the achievements and struggles of African Americans from the past to the present.

Abdul-Jabbar, considered one of the top professional basketball players of all-time, will speak on "Black Profiles in Courage," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12 in OSU's Gill Coliseum. The event is free and open to the public.

A free screening of director Spike Lee's feature film, "Get on the Bus," is scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in OSU's Milam Auditorium. The film follows 12 African American men as they ride a bus from Los Angeles toward the Million Man March in Washington, D.C.

The movie explores diversity and divisions within the black community.

Portland engineer and science educator, Kamau Sadiki, will speak on "African American Contributions to American History," at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, in OSU's Memorial Union Room 208.

America has observed Black History Month since 1978. All Black History Month events at OSU are free. For information, contact the OSU Black Cultural Center at 541-737-4372.

Events scheduled include:

Wednesday, Feb. 12

7 p.m. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar presents "Black Profiles in Courage," Gill Coliseum.

Saturday, Feb. 15

7 p.m. A performance of the play, "Our Young Black Men are Dying and Nobody Seems to Care," OSU's Milam Auditorium.

Sunday, Feb. 16

3 p.m. Black Family Reunion, an "indoor picnic" to promote fellowship within the community. Black Cultural Center.

Monday, Feb. 17

7 p.m. Portland engineer and science educator Kamau Sadiki will discuss "African American Contributions to American History," Memorial Union Room 208.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

6 p.m. Audio tape, "Great Black Speeches," Black Cultural Center.

Saturday, Feb. 22

7 p.m. Screening of director Spike Lee's film, "Get on the Bus," Milam Auditorium.

Sunday, Feb. 23

3 p.m. Black Heritage Fashion Show, Memorial Union Ballroom.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

7 p.m. OSU Speech Choir performance, Milam Auditorium.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

6 p.m. Audio tape, "The African Village Folktales," Black Cultural Center.