Black History Month

Presented as part of our Tucson Humanities Festival spring series, the College of Humanities and Department of Africana Studies invite you to join us for several events in February to celebrate Black History Month. 


Black History Month Kick-Off Open House

Tuesday, February 7, 2:00 PM 
North Ballroom | Student Union Memorial Center

Meet the Department of Africana Studies at this Open House event with free food, entertainment, prizes and more!



Faculty Guest DJs on KXCI

To be announced

Live on KXCI Community Radio, 91.3 FM or

As part of an annual partnership with KXCI Community Radio, professors from Africana Studies will be featured as guest DJs. The professors will select a topic to discuss and play related songs, illuminating subjects related to music, culture, history and their own research.


UPROOTED: Screening & Discussion


Friday, February 10, 7:00 PM 
Stevie Eller Dance Theatre | 1713 E University Blvd 

Presented by Arizona Arts Hanson Film Institute and School of Dance with support from Africana Studies.

About the film: 

Jazz in movement and music can be beautiful, puzzling, avant garde, authentic and theatrical. It is forever evolving. Uprooted, free of any artificial narrative, is a cinematic exploration of this art form, paying homage to its lineage, celebrating its many re-interpretations and through a fast- moving kaleidoscope of movement and music will, inspire the dancer of tomorrow to keep this art form alive.

Occupying a contested artscape, Jazz Dance, with its historic and artistic roots in enslaved peoples is also a metaphor for struggle, resistance and acceptance. Set against observational and experiential expressions from diverse practitioners against a linear examination of American history, we want to create a film that allows everyone to experience testimonials and exemplars from people that love jazz dance and believe it matters as much as life.



Social Art-ivism: Black Panther Culture, From Oakland to the World

Dr. Pamela Mays-McDonald, Art Activist, Art Historian, Curator


Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 PM  
UA Poetry Center, Rubel Room | 1508 E Helen Street

“Yesterday’s histories unravel today’s mysteries.” With those words as her motto, Pamela Mays McDonald explores Black culture through language, music, visual and performing arts, literature, poetry, fashion, ritual, and spiritual expression. 

Mays McDonald is a former fine arts museums director and community organizer from San Francisco and Oakland, California, who currently resides in Philadelphia. A graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, California, she studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and completed her Masters and PhD studies in Linguistics in Washington DC as a Georgetown University Graduate Fellow.

Her professional museum career was launched as a Smithsonian Institution Doctoral Fellow. In San Francisco, she had a hand in the envisioning, rebuilding, and opening of five popular museums: the de Young, Legion of Honor, Asian Art Museum, Museum of Performance and Design, and Museum of the African Diaspora. 

Sponsored by Arizona Humanities



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