Black History & Liberation Month at UWM offers a look into the present lives, rich history and diverse perspectives of African Americans and the African Diaspora. Events are free and open to the public, unless indicated. For more information, contact Union Sociocultural Programming, 414-229-3894, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, Feb. 11: “FAIS DANSER LA POUSSIÈRE (DANCING FOREVER).” Based on Marie Dô’s autobiographical novel, the film focuses on Maya, a talented dancer, and her relationship with her unmarried Breton mother as they cope with the complexities of racism in late 1960s France. Accepted into the Alvin Ailey School, Maya moves to New York and experiences firsthand identity politics in the U.S. Faure’s camera work captures Tatiana Seguin’s performance as Maya, dazzling dance sequences choreographed by Dô and inspired improvisations. Also part of UWM’s celebration of Black History & Liberation Month.
Tuesdays, Feb. 5 & 12:
7 p.m., Union 240
In preparation for the Aaron McGruder lecture on Feb. 19, UWM student organizations Africology NOW and Black Graduate Student Alliance host screenings of selected episodes of McGruder’s top-rated and controversial television series “Boondocks.” The event includes discussions of prevalent themes and topics of the series. Attendees will be entered into a raffle to receive complimentary tickets to the Aaron McGruder Distinguished Lecture presentation. Light refreshments will be provided.
Monday, Feb. 11:
FOOD JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY BUILDING
Union Alumni Fireside Lounge, 7-8:30 p.m.
This is a panel conversation around strategies for ensuring equal access to quality, healthy food for all citizens regardless of race, social class and/or geographic location. The event will showcase the work of the Fondy Farmer’s Market, Alice’s Garden, Feed the People and other local community organizations engaged in the work of building healthy and empowered communities.