SMU celebrates Black History Month during February with a variety of programs and presentations including workshops, networking events, and the annual Black Excellence Ball.
The observance is coordinated by the Association of Black Students and SMU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. The schedule includes the following events:
Thursday, Feb. 1
- The 411 on Networking, Interviewing, Internships and LinkedIn, organized by the National Society of Black Engineers and the African Student Association, 7 p.m., 112 Junkins Building
Thursday, Feb. 8
- Black Hairstory, 6:30 p.m., Hughes-Trigg Student Center Porticos, organized by the Natural Hair Club
Saturday, Feb. 10
- Krewe du Ware, 3-6 p.m. Ware Lawn, organized by Ware Commons
Monday, Feb. 19
- Lawyers Serving Our Communities: A Discussion on Race, Bias and Social Interactions, a luncheon event organized by the Black Law Student Association, noon-1:30 p.m., Karcher Auditorium (RSVP to the BLSA by Feb. 12)
Friday, Feb. 23
- Progression of a Black Woman, 7:30 p.m., Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater, organized by Sisters Supporting Sisters
Saturday, Feb. 24
SMU is celebrating Black History Month 2017 with a variety of programs and presentations.
Events include film screenings, panel discussions, professional networking and many other activities, including the traditional Black Excellence Ball on Saturday, Feb. 25, sponsored by the Black Alumni of SMU and the Association of Black Students.
The observance is coordinated by the Association of Black Students and SMU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
> Visit SMU News for a complete calendar of events
> Contact SMU Multicultural Student Affairs for more information
Black Alumni of SMU will celebrate 13 of the organization’s history makers and introduce the inaugural Black Alumni Scholarship at an evening reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, in Centennial Hall, Hughes-Trigg Student Center.
The honorees at the reception will include some of the first African-American athletes to play at SMU, alumni who championed civil rights on campus and leaders such as the former student body vice president who established the annual SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage. A slideshow of historic photographs, press clippings and other documents from the SMU Archives will help tell the stories of the honorees. They include:
- Jerry LeVias ’69 (right) – the first African-American player in the Southwest Conference to receive an athletic scholarship.
- Mike Rideau ’76 and twins Joe and Gene Pouncy ’74 – members of the 400-meter relay team that won the Southwest Conference championship for three consecutive years.
- Bernard Jones ’01 – the first write-in candidate elected to the SMU Student Senate and, in 2002, the first person elected student body president without a runoff in a multi-candidate race.
- Rev. Michael Waters ’02 – the former student body vice president who, while serving as a chaplain’s assistant in 2004, founded the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage to the “shrines of freedom” throughout the South.
- The “SMU 33” – a group of students, including Rufus Cormier ’70, Charles Howard ’72, Charles Mitchell ’71, Michael Morris ’72, Anga Sanders ’70 and Detra Taylor, whose activism in 1969 drew attention to the need for more diverse faculty and curriculum.
- Rev. Zan Holmes ’59 (right) – a Perkins School of Theology graduate who, as pastor of Hamilton Park United Methodist Church and a Texas legislator in 1969, helped successfully resolve the standoff between the “SMU 33” and University administration.
The program is open to the public. For more information, contact Mary Jo Dancer, 214-768-1303.
> More about Black History Month 2012 at SMU