SARASOTA, Fla. (Feb. 2, 2016) – USF Sarasota-Manatee is marking Black History Month this February with three events including a “poetry slam” that encourages student participation.
“Every year we celebrate Black History Month and this year we thought we would keep it more fun and light. There’s discussion, but also poetry and music,” Darren Gambrell, coordinator of student engagement, said.
The events kick off Thursday night with a discussion and showing of the film “Do the Right Thing,” the 1989 Spike Lee comedy-drama that explores racial tensions in a Brooklyn neighborhood. The film earned Oscar nominations for supporting actor Danny Aiello, who played pizzeria owner Sal, and for Lee, who, in addition to directing, wrote the film’s original screenplay.
The discussion starts at 6 p.m. at Selby Auditorium. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and all friends of USF Sarasota-Manatee are invited. Pizza and soda will be provided freely.
Then on Tuesday, Feb. 9, a live solo performance of “Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race & Self Discovery” is scheduled.
This one-person play tells the story of Michael Fosberg, who grew up in a working-class section of Chicago. Raised by a white mother and stepfather, Fosberg later learned that his father was black. All students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of USF Sarasota-Manatee are invited. The performance begins at 5:30 p.m.
Lastly, on Wednesday, Feb. 17, USFSM students will gather in the courtyard at 12:30 p.m. for an outdoor “poetry slam.” Students, faculty and staff are urged to attend to read aloud selections from black poets.
Music, games and various world cuisines – Jamaican, Haitian and American soul food – will be offered free of charge during this afternoon-long event.