Black History Month at UIC

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Black History Month program commemorates the historical accomplishments and contributions of Africans and African-Americans.

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Tickets are sold from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, at the first floor service center, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., and the first floor information center, Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave. Cash, MasterCard and Visa are accepted.

For more information, call (312) 413-5070.

Events scheduled:

Wednesday, Feb. 1
“Rhythms, Rhymes and Reflections.” Dance, poetry, music and art. Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and MADD Rhythms. 3 p.m. Illinois Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.

Friday, Feb. 3
“Hoop It Up.” Basketball game between UIC faculty/staff and students. 6 p.m. Physical Education Building, 901 W. Roosevelt Road.

Thursday, Feb. 9
“The Game Changers.” Panel discussion featuring the cast of the critically acclaimed documentary “The Interrupters.” 4 p.m. Illinois Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.

Friday, Feb. 10
Poetry Slam. Joshua Bennett, spoken word artist featured in HBO series “Brave New Voices,” and members of Mojo’s Pen, UIC’s black literary guild. 7 p.m. Illinois Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.

Tuesday, Feb. 14
“Loving Blues and Jazzing Through Life.” Noted poet Sterling Plumpp, UIC professor emeritus of African-American studies and English. 4 p.m. Richard J. Daley Library, 801 S. Morgan St.

Thursday, Feb. 16
Safe Zone 101. Event to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues in the African-American community. 3 p.m. Room 605, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.

Friday, Feb. 17
Heritage Ball. Music by Que Billah, hip-hop artist. Buffet dinner included. 7 p.m. Illinois Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. $10.

Tuesday, Feb. 21
“Black in the Day.” Author and historian Christopher Reed, Roosevelt University professor emeritus. Retrospective look at the history of African-Americans in Chicago 4 p.m. Richard J. Daley Library, 801 S. Morgan St.

Wednesday, Feb. 22
Keeping the Pulse with Dr. Ian Smith. VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club medical and diet expert on mind and body wellness. 3 p.m. Room 302, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.

Friday, Feb. 24
22nd Annual Blues Cabaret. Nellie “Tiger” Travis. 7 p.m. UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road. $25 includes soul food buffet. $10 UIC student tickets only available at door; one per student i-card.

Wednesday, Feb. 29
Black History Makers Award Ceremony. Honoring UIC alumni, faculty, staff and students. 3 p.m. East Terrace, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.