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Events Highlight Black History Month at UK

by: Gail Hairston

(Feb. 2, 2015) — Today, the University of Kentucky Martin Luther King Center continues its tradition of sponsoring a month of events in recognition of Black History Month.

February will include such popular events as the Apollo, an opportunity for UK students to present their theatrical talents; a sampling of soul food; a rap battle; and a King Center and Late Night Film Series presentation of “Dear White People” and a conversation with director Justin Simien.

“The Martin Luther King Center is proud to provide the university community with a strong calendar of events to celebrate Black History Month. The events run the gamut – from rap battles to soul food to black Latino history to the ever-popular Apollo. We are especially honored to offer a screening of “Dear White People” followed by a chat with the film’s director Justin Simien,” said Kahlil Baker, director of the UK King Center.

Monday, Feb. 2

King Center and Cat’s Den presents What’s Cooking? Taste the History of Soul Food

Cats Den, 7 p.m.


Thursday, Feb. 5

Cats Den Rap Battle

Cats Den, 8 p.m.


Sunday, Feb. 8

National PanHellenic Council presents Stepping Through the Decades

Student Center, 6 p.m.


Wednesday, Feb. 11

Black Student Union presents a Progressive Dinner

Student Center, 6:30 p.m.


Monday, Feb. 16

Majestic Unity presents “The Thirst Is Real” with special guest and author of “I’m Winning, I Promise,” Diana Anosike

King Center, 6 p.m.

Cats Den Spades Tournament

Cats Den, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, Feb. 17

King Center and Late Night Film Series present “Dear White People”: A viewing and chat with director Justin Simien

Memorial Hall, 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Feb. 18

Latino Student Union presents The Forgotten Root: History of Black Latinos

King Center, 6 p.m.


Thursday, Feb. 19

Shades of Pride presents: African American LGBTQ history panel discussion

Center Theatre, Student Center, 3:30 p.m.

King Center presents Soup & Substance: Cultural Segregation Part 2

King Center, 5:30 p.m.


Friday, Feb. 20

African American LGBTQ History Lecture with Dr. Jennifer Jones

Great Hall, King Library, 2nd Floor., 4 p.m.


Monday, Feb. 23

Jewish Studies Program presents Black Panther (In Israel) Speak

Worsham Theatre, Student Center, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, Feb. 24

Common Reading Experience presents storyteller Laura Simms

Memorial Hall, 7 p.m.


Thursday, Feb. 26

A.C.E.S Black and Latino Symposium

Louisville (Contact MLK staff for more information)


Saturday, Feb. 28

Black Student Union presents Apollo

Singletary Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.