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Black History Month Kicks Off

martin-luther-king-1965-selma-hero-fix-abThe words of Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. from his 1957 speech, “Love and Forgiveness in Governance” still ring true 60 years later:

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

UHD’s Center for Student Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion will kick-off Black History Month by celebrating Dr. King’s message of love, equality, and nonviolence with an interactive display from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1—just outside the bookstore of the One Main Building.

The UHD community is invited to participate in the interactive event by responding to writing prompts beneath quotes of Dr. King that commemorate his legacy. The prompts are meant to challenge the University community to reflect upon the powerful messages of the great civil rights leader and discover what Gators know about the civil rights movement, and how it resonates today.

“We’ve done this event in the past for LGBTQ and Hispanic Heritage History Months, and we were amazed with the response,” said John Hudson, Center director. “Black History Month is a time to acknowledge and honor the contributions and achievements of African-Americans and to create awareness of our connection in history. It isn’t just important for African-Americans, it’s important for all of us because black history is American history. It’s our history.”

The UHD community’s thoughts, response, and ideas from the event will be used to create a time capsule of this point in history, which will be on display in the Center until February 2018. Eventually, it will be archived in the UHD Library for prosperity.

The Center is proud to share the master calendar of the 2017 UHD Black History Month events. The events are sponsored in conjunction with UHD’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Center for Critical Race Studies.

For more information, please contact John Hudson, director of the Center for Student diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at 713-221-8664.