Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month

Martin Luther King Jr Quote Several events scheduled at Webster University

ST. LOUIS (JAN. 27, 2015) - Webster University will host or participate in several events for  Black History Month this year. 

At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, the famed troupe “Step Afrika” will perform in Grant Gymnasium. The cost to see the performance is $5 per person and it is open to the public. Visit http://events.webster.edu/event/step_afrika_136 for more information.

Two days later, at 7 p.m. Feb. 2, Jazz at Webster will present “The music of Billie Holiday.”  Performers Kim Fuller, Carolbeth True, Tom Byrne, Jeff Anderson-bass, and Kevin Gianino will perform several of Holiday’s songs, including “Lady Sings the Blues,” “God Bless the Child,” “Them There Eyes,” “I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” and “Our Love is Here to Stay.” For ticket prices and more information, visit  http://events.webster.edu/event/jazz_at_webster_a_billie_holiday_centennial_concert_featuring_vocalist_kim_fuller

The Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs will host a Black History Month trivia contest at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Sunnen Lounge in the University Center. Students will be challenged to recite their knowledge of fashion, arts, sports, music, movies and more. Teams of six to eight students each will be formed to compete against each other. Visit http://tinyurl.com/TriviaBHM to reserve a space.

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement also will host two events for Black History Month. The panel discussion “Conversations on Rethinking Possible …Women of Color Leading the Way” will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 in the room 253/262 of the East Academic Building (EAB). Four women of color will participate in a conversation sharing triumphs, trials, barriers, lessons learned, ah-ha moments and more.  This event is free and open to the public.  A reception will be held in the same room at 5:15 p.m.

The Multiculture Association and International Student Affairs will host "An Evening with Hill Harper" at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts. Hill Harper is an award-winning actor, bestselling author, and philanthropist. Mr. Harper starred on the CBS TV drama CSI: NY from 2004 to 2013. As of March 2013, he joined the USA spy drama Covert Affairs as a new series regular for season four. A book signing will follow the lecture and Q&A session.  This event is free and open to the public. 

The panel discussion “Conversations on Rethinking Possible … Black Male Privilege.” This event will feature four men of color who will discuss the meaning of ‘Black Male Privilege’, myths, stereotypes, image, strategies for success, systemic advantages, having a seat at “the table” and more. This event also is free and open to the public. It starts at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 in EAB 253/262. A reception will be held at 5:15 p. m. for this event too.

More events are in the works for Black History Month and will be added in the coming weeks. For information about more Webster University events, visit http://events.webster.edu