Black History Month events include communal meals, art displays and a Lady Smith Black Mambazo concert


David L. Dodds

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Black History Month events include communal meals, art displays and a Lady Smith Black Mambazo concert

The University of North Dakota Multicultural Student Services will sponsor “Black Out Night,” a social in honor of Black History month, which UND is celebrating with other organizations in Grand Forks throughout the month of February.

The networking mixer, known as Black Out Night, is a celebration that will take place in UND’s Memorial Union Ballroom, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. It will be the culminating event in celebration of Black History Month, and one of many that are taking place at UND and the Grand Forks area throughout February. The event is an opportunity for people to connect, develop relationships and celebrate together.

One of the highlights of the month’s celebration will be a performance by the famed musical troupe Ladysmith Black Mambazo at 8 p.m., in the Empire Arts Center. It’s a Grammy winning South African a cappella group known for its songs about peace, love and harmony.

The UND Student Black Student Association and the Black Student Law Association also has created a display that details the many contributions of African Americans to the history of the United States. The display will run all month in the Memorial Union.

Other Black History Month related events at UND and in the Grand Cities include a month-long UND Art Collections Exhibition that has, among other pieces, works by an African-American artist, a Haitian artist and a sculpture from the Ivory Coast of Africa. The exhibition will run until April 2, and is free and open to the public.

Also, on Feb. 23, UND’s Multicultural Student Services will hold a “Dialogue Dinner,” at 5 p.m., in the Terrace Dining Center, where participants will be able to informally talk about or listen to current issues related to multicultural people.

Here is a rundown of all Black History Month events and projects taking place at UND and in Grand Forks:

  • Feb. 2-28, all day, African American historical display, Memorial Union
  • Feb. 5 - April 2, UND Art Collections Exhibition, Empire Arts Center (see gallery hours)
  • Feb. 12 and 13, 7 p.m. and noon, respectively – a program, titled “Dear White People,” Memorial Union Loading Dock
  • Feb. 13, 20 and 27, Breakfast Chat Friday, Multicultural Student Services
  • Feb. 19, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Black History Month themed dinner, UND Dining Centers
  • Feb. 23, 5 p.m., Dialogue Dinner, Terrace Dining Center
  • Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Comedian W. Kamau Bell, Chester Fritz Auditorium
  • Feb. 26, 5 p.m., Bruce George Poetry Class, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
  • Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Community and Policing: panel discussion, Chester Fritz Library
  • Feb. 26, 8 p.m., a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo group, Empire Arts Center
  • Feb. 27, 5 p.m., Bruce George and students poetry performance, Memorial Union Loading Dock
  • Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Black Out Night: networking mixer, Memorial Union Ballroom

Guest parking:

Guests without University parking permits for these or any on-campus event may use the “pay-as-you-go” option in the parking Ramp, the UND visitor pay lot or a parking meter. Parking in other parking lots on campus requires a parking permit.


Questions about any of the events can be directed towards Malika Carter, Director of Multicultural Student Services at malika.carter@UND.edu, or call 701.777.4259.

David Dodds University & Public Affairs writer

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