ASU students celebrate Black History Month
Toni Blackman, a musical performer who uses hip-hop music to promote positive images and encourage social responsibility and activism, will be the keynote speaker at 6 p.m., Feb. 9 on the
Blackman is the first hip-hop artist chosen to work as an American cultural specialist by the U.S. Department of State. She has had residencies throughout Africa and has toured Southeast Asia as a musical ambassador for the Jazz at
The West campus will host a Gumbo Challenge on Feb. 7 and an invitational summit for African-American high school students on Feb. 10 in La Sala. For details on the Gumbo Challenge, contact Jenny Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other events at West include an art reception and opening of new work by artist and professor Leandro Soto at 6 p.m., Feb. 12 in the IAP Art Gallery; a theatrical production of “House With No Walls” Feb. 12-15 and Feb. 19-21 at Second Stage West; an inspirational presentation by Fatimah Halim, president of Life Paradigms, and
Jean Williams, a lawyer who became
Polytechnic campus events include a workshop by Toni Blackman from 2 to 6 p.m., Feb. 10 in the Union Annex Ballroom, teaching students how to improvise lyrics on different topics, also how to develop the discipline and leadership skills to serve as educators. A Prayer for Peace luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. Feb. 11 in the Student Union Ballroom A.
At the Downtown Phoenix campus, journalism professor Retha Hill will give a free brown-bag lecture at noon, Feb. 10 in The First Amendment Forum at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her lecture is “The Media Portrayal of African Americans from MLK to Obama.”