Texas Tech Schedules Black History Month Events for February

The university is hosting a variety of events throughout the month.

In honor of Black History month, Texas Tech University is hosting numerous events throughout the month of February, including lectures, a concert, spoken word performances, film screenings and a conference.

40 Question Challenge | Online (Her)story, Feb. 1-29

The Women's Studies Program will test students' knowledge of the history of women and their achievements through an online quiz.

Black Girls CODE by Kimberly Bryant's TEDx Talk, Noon-1 pm Tuesday (Feb. 9), Texas Tech Libraries' TLPDC Room 153

Founder and executive director of Black Girls CODE, a viewing of Bryant's TEDx talk, will be shown regarding the nonprofit organization whose mission is to teach girls of color to become digital creators and technology leaders.

Black Violin

Black Violin

Black Violin, 7 p.m. Friday (Feb. 12), Student Union Building Allen Theatre

A part of the Presidential Lecture and Performance Series, virtuoso violinists Wil B and Kev Marcus will perform a meld of highbrow and pop culture through a fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop, blues and R&B. Tickets are free for students with a valid Texas Tech ID, $10 for faculty and staff with a valid Texas Tech ID and general admission is $18. Tickets are available at the Allen Theatre information desk for Texas Tech students, faculty and staff and at all Select-A-Seat locations or call (806) 770-2000 for general admission.

The Love Below, 7 p.m. Friday (Feb. 12), Human Sciences Building Room 169

An evening of live spoken word and musical performances where women express themselves through song, poetry and monologues.

Harry Belafonte lecture, 7 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 16), Allen Theatre

Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte

As part of the African-American History Month lecture series, the iconic entertainer and activist will present a lecture entitled "My Life in Activism." The event is free and open to the public but space is limited. Tickets (limit two per person) can be picked up at Doak Hall Room 101. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

"Talking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai" film screening, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 17), Human Sciences Building Room 111

Talking Root tells the story of the Green Belt movement of Kenya and its founder, Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The film captures a world view in which nothing is perceived as impossible and presents an awe-inspiring profile of Maathai's 30-year journey of courage to protect the integrally connected issues of the environment, human rights and democracy.

"Good Hair" film screening, 6 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 18), Human Sciences Building Room 169

Featuring Chris Rock, "Good Hair" is a film that visits beauty salons and hairstyling battles, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to explore the way hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationship and self-esteem of the black community.

Cornel West

Cornel West

"Do the Right Thing" film screening, 6 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 21) at the Alamo Drafthouse and 7 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 24) at the Humanities Center at Texas Tech

Based in Brooklyn, a neighborhood local becomes upset when he sees a pizzeria's wall of fame features only Italian actors. The wall becomes a symbol of racism as tensions rise in the neighborhood.

Cornel West Lecture, 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 25), Allen Theatre

As part of the African-American History Month lecture series, public intellectual and activist Cornel West will discuss "Black America in the Age of Obama." The event is free and open to the public but space is limited. Tickets (limit two per person) can be picked up at Doak Hall Room 101. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

Elevate Conference, 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 26), Ted Phea Boys and Girls Club

Come out and volunteer for the Elevate Conference where the Boys and Girls Club is expecting 100-120 kids.

For any questions regarding the Black History month events, contact Ricky Sherfield at ricky.sherfield@ttu.edu or (806) 834-3028.