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NSU Honors Black History Month with a Variety of Free Lectures, Films, Music, Art, and More

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Don’t miss any of these Black History Month Events

NSU’s celebration of Black History Month continues with provocative discussions, jazz in the gallery, film viewings, children’s programming and more.

This week’s discussion topics include mental health in the black community, the Black Superwoman syndrome, and immigration patterns in Fort Lauderdale given by local attorney/filmmaker Don Mizell. There will also be a presentation given by NSU faculty and students highlighting an annual mission trip to Swaziland.

Additionally, on display through March 12 is the African Presence Art Exhibition, “Back to Black,” an explosion of colorful, mixed media pieces created by artists of African descent. The exhibition may be viewed in the Cotilla Gallery, 2nd floor of the Sherman Library.

For a complete listing of Black History Month events, please visit

Mark your calendar to attend these upcoming events:

Sunday, February 18

 Jazz in the Gallery 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We are celebrating Black History Month with an infusion of jazz music performed by the Broward College Jazz Combo.  Location: Alvin Sherman Library, Cotilla Gallery, 2nd Floor. Call 954-262-5477 for more information.

 Monday, February 19

 Movie Night Monday, 7:30 pm                                                     

The Black Student Union at NSU will be hosting a movie night featuring the movie, “I Am Not Your Negro.” This film delves into black history and focuses on the connection between the Civil Rights Movement and #BlackLivesMatter. It also aims to question black representation within our society. Location: Commons 123. For additional information, please contact Talisa Heholt at

 Tuesday, February 20 

 T-Shirt Tuesday: All Day

Rock your favorite tee that you think best represents black culture or even show off your BSU club shirt around campus! Black Student Union invites you to join us in front of the University Center Shark Circle at 12:30 pm to take a group photo! Location: University Center Shark Circle. For additional information, please contact Talisa Heholt at

 Wednesday, February 21

 Discussion and Presentation, “Campus Diversity Dialogs featuring Don Mizell,” 12:00 pm

Campus Diversity Dialogs will host filmmaker and attorney Don Mizell, who will discuss “Local Diverse Immigration Patterns in Fort Lauderdale.” The discussion will feature excerpts from his upcoming film documentary, “Paradise Lately – Migration, Immigration and Diversity of Broward County in the 21st Century,” which debuts later this year.

The attorney was the driving force behind the successful name change of John U Lloyd State Park to Dr. Von Mizell / Eula Johnson State Park.

The presentation, which will begin at noon in the Horvitz Administration Building, President’s Dining Room, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Caldwell,

Woke Wednesday: Black Mental Health Panel, 6:00 pm

NSU’s Black Student Union will host this event to raise awareness about mental health issues within the black community. This forum will also provide a safe space for students to voice their concerns and ask questions. The panel includes representatives from various mental health/psychology backgrounds. Location: Carl DeSantis Building, room 3000. For more information, please contact Shylia Barnes at

Thursday, February 22

 Black Superwoman, 7:30 pm

BSU will be hosting the 2nd Annual event entitled “Black Superwoman.” This event will discuss social issues that affect black women in the US, and ways to cope with the quest for perfection. Location: University Center Pit. For additional information, contact Talisa Heholt at

Friday, February 23

 Movie Viewing: “I am Not Your Negro,” 5:00 pm

If you missed the first viewing of this film, the Black Law Students Association at the Shepard Broad College of Law will host a second screening of “I am Not Your Negro,” which is based on work by James Baldwin. At the time of his death, Baldwin had completed only 30 pages of his manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished and the result is an in-depth examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. Location: Shepard Broad College of Law, Large Lecture room 200. For more information, contact Wanda Hightower, or 954-262-6210.

 Revolution & Rhyme, 6:00 pm

Revolution and Rhyme is a celebration of black culture. The Black Student Union, in collaboration with the Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement and Open Expressions, will host this event featuring musical performances, art, poetry, and more by NSU students. Location: University Center Shark Circle. For more information, please contact Talisa Heholt at

Saturday, February 24

 Children’s Program: Exploring Art   2:00 – 4:00 pm, Ages 13 to 18

Each month, attendees will learn about a different artist, and then create artwork of their own by using the techniques and themes of the featured artist. In honor of Black History Month, we will be learning about the art of Romare Bearden. Location: Alvin Sherman Library, Public Library Services, First Floor, Room 1017. Call 954-262-5477.

 Monday, February 26

 Discussion and Video viewing: “The Swaziland Experience,” Noon – 1:00 pm

Since 2007, College of Psychology faculty member, Stephen Campbell, Ph.D. has taken a group of psychology students on a humanitarian trip to Swaziland, South Africa. Join us as the group discusses their most recent trip to Africa, which includes describing the psychological first-aid efforts made, as well as photographs and video of their experiences. Location: Carl DeSantis Building, room 2072. For additional information, please contact Sarah Valley-Gray, Psy.D., at

Friday, March 2

 ‘Let’s Speak Truth’ Poetry and Spoken Word Night, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Audre Lorde wrote, “Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives.” Poetry is an intimate affair and the best way to experience it is to see it performed in person. Come out and listen to MC Quick the Poet, as well as local spoken word artists and poets during this celebration of creativity. Sponsored by the Alvin Sherman Library and NSU’s Division of Public Relations and Marketing Communications. Location: Alvin Sherman Library, Cotilla Gallery, 2nd Floor. Call 954-262-2106 for more information.