Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month

| January 16, 2015

Webster University will host or participate in several events for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and Black History Month this year. The events range from participating in a community-wide celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. to hosting a performance by the acclaimed performance group “Step Afrika.”

Jan. 18: Webster Groves MLK Community Celebration

The celebration starts with the official Webster Groves Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration, scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18. It starts with a march in front of City Hall and ends at the Steger Auditorium on 701 N. Rock Hill Road. The event will feature students and faculty in The Webster Conservatory for Theatre Arts B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Program.

Jan. 23: ‘Selma’

At 7 p.m. Jan. 23, Webster University students are invited to watch the new film “Selma,” which explores the events surrounding the historic Selma marches organized by Martin Luther King, Jr. The first 100 students who register for the film will receive free admission to the movie. The University also is arranging for transportation to the theater. Go here to register or for more information. Registration is due by Jan. 21.

Jan. 24: Explore Music! AFRICA

The Community Music School of Webster University will present Explore Music! AFRICA from noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 24. Explore Music! AFRICA will feature West African music and many traditional African instruments from strings to drums. African American folk artist, Kunama Mtendaji will present workshop sessions on West African music. Participants will experience drumming and dancing within a cultural perspective.

The direct tie between West African music and the Blues will be demonstrated with live performances by Blues musicians, Sharon and Doug Foehner. View an exhibit of African Art and participate in a mask making workshop with Gundia Lock-Clay. Participants can visit the African Fashion display and learn how to wrap a headdress with Fatima Odegboye. Delicious food made in the Nigerian tradition by Fatima will be available for purchase from noon-2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Jan. 31: Step Afrika Performs on Campus

At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, the famed troupe “Step Afrika” will perform in Grant Gymnasium. The cost to see the performance is $5 per person, and it is open to the public. Visit the events calendar listing for more information.

Feb. 2 Jazz at Webster: Music of Billie Holiday

Two days later, at 7 p.m. Feb. 2, Jazz at Webster will present “The Music of Billie Holiday.” Performers Kim Fuller, Carolbeth True, Tom Byrne, Jeff Anderson on bass, and Kevin Gianino will perform several of Holiday’s songs, including “Lady Sings the Blues,” “God Bless the Child,” “Them There Eyes,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” and “Our Love is Here to Stay.”

For ticket prices and more information, visit the events calendar listing.

Feb. 12: Black History Month Trivia

Webster University’s Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs will host a Black History Month trivia contest at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Sunnen Lounge in the University Center. Students will be challenged to recite their knowledge of fashion, arts, sports, music, movies and more. Teams of six to eight students each will be formed to compete against each other. Visit this page to reserve a space.

Feb. 18: Conversations on Rethinking Possible: ‘Women of Color Leading the Way’

Webster’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement also will host two events for Black History Month. For the panel discussion “Conversations on Rethinking Possible … Women of Color Leading the Way,” four women of color will participate in a conversation sharing triumphs, trials, barriers, lessons learned, ah-ha moments and more. Through their lens, strategies on navigating through career transitions, developing a useful toolkit and building a stronger sense of confidence will be explored.

  • Rhonda J. Broussard Founder, President | St. Louis Language Immersion Schools
  • Bernie Frazier, SPHR Founder, President | CareerCompass, LLC
  • Angela R. Lewis Founder, President | Athletes as Educators & Asst. Coach | St. Louis Surge
  • Rolanda Robinson Founder, President | It’s Your Birthday, Inc.

The panel discussion will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 in room 253/262 of the East Academic Building (EAB). A networking reception will be held in the same room at 5:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Note: The Feb. 25 panel discussion “Conversations on Rethinking Possible … Black Male Privilege” has been canceled.

Feb. 23: Jazz Concert In Celebration of Black History Month

The Webster University Jazz Collective, with James A. Martin, performing music made famous by Charles Mingus, Horace Silver and others. The instrumentation for the 15 piece jazz ensemble is non-traditional: violin, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, two trumpets, tenor and bass trombones, piano, guitar, bass and drums. In the Winifred Moore Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23.

More events are in the works for Black History Month and will be added in the coming weeks. For information about more Webster University events, visit the Webster University Events Calendar at events.webster.edu.

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