USC Upstate to Celebrate Black History Month

February 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm

The University of South Carolina Upstate plans to celebrate Black History Month  with a full slate of engaging activities, celebrations, lessons, music and guests. All events are free and open to the public, student body, faculty and staff.  For additional information on these events, contact Stacey Mills, Assistant Director of Student Life, at (864) 503-5196 or

January 16: MLK Day of Service
MLK 25th Anniversary Observance City of Spartanburg (Angela Davis Keynote Speaker)

February 2: Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues
HPAC Theater 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are free, but must be reserved through the Box Office, call 503-5695
South Carolina native Mac Arnold will be serving up a mess of Blues with his band, the Plate Full O’Blues. Arnold has performed with Muddy Waters, James Brown, Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker just to name a few.

February 3: Womanism and Liberatory Cultural Expression – Layli Maparyan, Speaker
CLC Ball Room 11:00 a.m.
No ticket required, RSVP to Student Life, call 503-5122
Georgia State University Associate Professor Layli Phillips Maparyan will speak on the concept of “womanism,” a form of spirituality related to feminism and rooted in the lives of black women. The presentation is in collaboration with Dr. David Damrel’s Religion and Gender course.

February 6: African American Women in Film discussion
Tukey Theater 6:00 p.m.
Open to the public, RSVP to Student Life, call 503-5122
USC Upstate’s Dr. Warren Carson (English) and Dr. Ray Merlock (Film) will discuss black women’s roles in the films Precious, The Help, and others.

February 7: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day/
SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Pizza Party

February 10: 5th Annual NPHC Step Show
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium 8:00 p.m.
2012 NPHC Step Show Flyer
Call Auditorium Box Office (864) 582-8107 or Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 for tickets
Advance $12 Students $15 Gen. Admission Day of Show $20
Dorman High School’s Step Team and the Omicron Mu Chapter of Delta Zeta Sorority will open the show that will include many USC Upstate Greek organizations performing traditionally African American step routines.

February 13: My Soul Cries Out – Finding and Celebrating Leadership Voices Among African American College Students
Tukey Theater 7:00 p.m.
Open to the Public
Chauncey Beaty of OMNIFIC Consulting & Seminars will facilitate a leadership workshop and seminar geared toward developing leaders and encouraging students to find their voices.

February 15: Hip Hop Culture and the Politics of Art with Bruce George
CLC Ball Room 6:00 p.m.
Open to the public, RSVP to Student Life, call 503-5122
Peabody Award Winner and co-founder of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, performance-poet Bruce George will conduct a lecture that will end with a poetry competition.

February 19: Gospel Choir Anniversary Concert
Macedonia Baptist Church 4:00 p.m.
The anniversary concert of the USC Upstate Gospel Choir will feature contemporary gospel and jazz artist Odell “G-Pops” Suber, Jr. as well as lyricist, vocalist and rapper, Dezal.

Feb 23-26: The Shoestring Players Present A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Performing Arts Center
Feb. 23-25 at 8 p.m., Feb. 26 at 3 p.m.
Call 503-5695 for tickets
$4 Student/Faculty/Staff
$6 General Admission
Group Rates Available
Set in 1950’s Chicago on the cusp of the civil rights movement, Mama, along with the rest of the Younger family, await a life insurance check that will alter their family’s future. Hansberry was the first African American woman to have her work produced on Broadway.

February 28:
“Mentoring in the Borderlands: Creating Empowering Connections between Adolescent Girls and Young Women Volunteers”
Campus Life Center Ballroom, 12:15 p.m.
RSVP to Student Life, call 503-5122

“Black Girl Celebration” Book Talk
Campus Life Center Ballroom, 6:30 p.m.
RSVP to Student Life, call 503-5122

Join Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown, a dynamic writer, researcher, performer, mentor, and instructor, for a lively discussion about black girlhood. An assistant professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies and Educational Policy Studies Departments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her research documents, analyzes, and interrogates black girls’ lived experiences as they intersect with cultural constructions of black girlhood.