Many campus opportunities to celebrate Black History Month

UW-Madison is celebrating Black History Month, starting on Jan. 31 with events throughout February and into early March, centered around the theme, “In Living Color: an Exploration of Blackness and Intersectionality.”

The kickoff event is a performance of WE THE 350: Stories of Poverty, Racism and Incarceration in Wisconsin on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 7:00 p.m. at the Play Circle in Memorial Union. WE THE 350 explores the ways that state structures rely on intersections between race and class, along with many other intersections, to maintain racially disparate arrest and incarceration rates in Wisconsin.

The keynote event of the series will be a lecture by Rahiel Tesfamariam on Thursday, Feb. 18 titled, “Black Millennials and the Black Church in the New Civil Rights Movement.” About the lecture: Civilians are mobilizing worldwide to protest injustices of all kinds and Black millennials are at the forefront of this movement using 21st century resistance strategies. This has led to a shift in visibility & power from the Black Church, the old guard of the Civil Rights Movement. But if this is to be an intergenerational struggle for liberation, then both have a critical role to play in the New Civil Rights Movement. Tesfamariam explores the intersections of these roles is in this keynote.

For more information on events and the keynote address, see the attached flyers below.  Questions can also be directed to African American Student Academic Services at (608) 263-2698.