Miami University's Black History Celebration this year incorporates an adinkra symbol which means "We improve and advance." It will be marked by many events on the university's three campuses through April. Oxford highlights include:
Feb. 5 : A presentation on the Underground Railroad Museum by Dr. Randy Runyon at noon in the Miami Art Museum.
Feb. 8: The NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Shriver Center multipurpose room. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 523-2812.
Feb. 10: A Celebration of African-American Influences in Music sponsored by Clawson Hall at 7:30 p.m. in the Clawson Hall Blue Room.
Feb. 12: A performance by Soprano Carran Moham at 8 p.m. in Souers Recital Hall in the Center for Performing Arts.
Feb. 12: Black Women in Math, Science, and Engineering, a presentation by Dr. Tanya Edwards, M.D. of the Case Western Medical School, 3-5 p.m. in the Shriver Center Heritage Room, sponsored by Women in Math, Science, and Engineering (WIMSE) and the office of residence life.
Feb. 16-March 21: Interwoven: African American Quilts and Traditional African Textiles, an exhibit at the art museum.
Feb. 16: Spirituals: Language of the Underground Railroad, a presentation by Tammy Kernodle at noon at the art museum.
Feb. 19 The Significance of Quilts in the African American Community, a presentation by Toilynn O'Neal at 7:30 p.m. and live jazz reception with the Jess Birch Trio at the art museum.
Feb. 24: Freedom Summer Revisited, a presentation sponsored by the Western College Program from 6-9 p.m. in Boyd Hall.
Feb. 26: The Value of Storytelling, a presentation by Omope Carter Daboiku at 7 p.m. in the art museum.
Feb. 26: A comedy showcase at 8 p.m. in Presser Hall, sponsored by the Black Student Action Association.
Feb. 27: Soul Cafe at noon in the Campus Ministry Center, sponsored by the Black Campus Ministry.
Feb. 27: Gospelfest 1999 at 4 p.m. in Hall Auditorium, sponsored by the Miami University Gospel Singers.
Similar Black History Month discussions, performances and exhibits are scheduled for Miami's Middletown and Hamilton campuses as well. Also, WMUB 88.5 FM will air many programs for Black History Month through February.
For a complete list of events celebrating Black History Month on all three campuses, check the university's Web site at http://www.muohio.edu/calendars/bhcc.html.
The Black History Celebration is a collaborative venture including the Office of Minority Affairs and Multicultural Programs in Oxford, Office of Minority Affairs in Middletown and Office of Multicultural Services in Hamilton.