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Black History Month (Women of Black History) 2015


A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza *

Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.

"#BlackLivesMatter was created in response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and also, unfortunately, our movements." - Alcia Garza, Special Projects Director,National Domestic Workers Alliance

The Love Below

In celebration of Black History Month and of strong black women everywhere, students at Texas Tech are proud to present "The Love Below" Spoken Word Performance. An evening of live spoken word and musical performance where women express themselves erotically and honestly through song, poetry and monologues. Contact: Lizz Onasanya elizabeth.onasanya@ttu.edu or Helen Hailu helen.hailu@ttu.edu

Other Campus Events

The following events are part of the 2014-2015 African American History Month Lecture Series organized by Texas Tech Department of History. Contact Dr. Karlos Hill for details. The lecture series is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Division for Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement.

Shola Lynch at Texas Tech

Shola Lynch was born on March 20, 1969 in Austin, Texas, USA as Shola Ayn Lynch. She is an actress and producer, known for Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012), Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004) and Frank Lloyd Wright (1998). Among her freelance projects, Lynch has produced for Discovery, BET, TV One as well as reported a three segment series on incarceration in America for CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. Lynch learned the craft of documentary making on the job. She worked with Ken Burns and Florentine Films on the Peabody Award-winning Frank Lloyd Wright and the ten-part JAZZ series. She has also worked on the Emmy Award-winning "Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team for HBO Sports" documentary. At Orlando Bagwell's ROJA Productions, she co-produced a short about the 2000 Census and racial identity that was included in the four-part series called Matters of Race, which aired on PBS in 2003. Ms Lynch will be on the TTU campus Feb 10th, 3:30pm, COMC 082 prior to the screening of the film Free Angela and All Political Prisoners that evening at Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock The lecture is free. For more information, please contact Dr. Rob Peaslee by email at robert.peaslee@ttu.edu

Sexism in Cinema Series | "Foxy Brown" (1974) Film Screening

50 years ago, the term "sexism" was coined. In light of this historical marker, Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock and Texas Tech University invite you to this film series which seeks to consider the ways in which sexism is embedded, endorsed, and /or challenged in the cinema. Movies will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a brief introduction. The films will be followed by 23-30 minutes in the theater for a focused discussion lead by a Texas Tech Faculty member or expert guest speaker. Admission is FREE for TTU students with University ID. The first film in the series is "Foxy Brown" (1974)

Film Description:

A sexy black woman, Foxy Brown, seeks revenge when her government agent boyfriend Michael is killed. Starring: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes 

"She [Pam Grier] belongs in the pantheon of radical 1970s film stars responsible for the shift away from women as passive sexual objects to women working as active subjects propelling the narrative. The crossover success of her public persona demonstrates that she's one of the definitive icons of 70s zeitgeist." - NPR, Pam Grier: Part Foxy, Part Feminist, All Sexy (March 2010). We encourage all members of the Texas Tech community to attend but no extra credit / community service will be provided by the organizers of the event. For more information, please contact Dr. Dana Weiser: dana.weiser@ttu.edu

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners | Film Screening

FREE ANGELA is a feature-length documentary about Angela Davis. A documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI's 10 most wanted list. The high stakes crime, political movement, and trial that catapults the 26 year-old newly appointed philosophy professor at the University of California at Los Angeles into a seventies revolutionary political icon.Nearly forty years later, and for the first time, Angela Davis speaks frankly about the actions that branded her as a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide political movement for her freedom. The film will be screened at Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock: http://drafthouse.com/ lubbock/lubbock