Eyes on the Prize
Feb. 2 through 5
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Eyes on the Prize, an award-winning 14-hour television series that covers the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954 to 1985 with interviews and historical footage. The series is presented over the course of five days. Sponsored by the Diversity Resource Center, 253-692-4776.
Antonio Edwards and Brick City Krumpers
Noon to 2 p.m.
Spoken-word artist Antonio Edwards is well known in the Tacoma area for his spoken-word poetry. He began performing pieces in the late '90s while a student at Tacoma community college and is now sought-after for his work addressing life's struggles, spirituality and politics.
Local dance group The Brick City Krumpers will entertain. Krump dancing is an energetic, freestyle street dance. For more information, contact Bryan Neal, 253-230-3835.
Poets Mahogany Browne and Robert Lashley
Mahogany Browne, nationally renowned performance poet, author, editor, freelance journalist, entrepreneur and the host and curator of Nuyorican Poets' Café in Manhattan, will read selections from her work. She will also be available for signing her books and CDs. Northwest poet Robert Lashley will open the evening with his own selected poems. The event is co-sponsored by UW Tacoma Arts and Lectures, Student Activities Board, Diversity Resource Center, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Student Labor Action Project, Queer Straight Alliance, Black Student Union, Latino Students Organization and the HOPE network. For more information contact Emily Noelle Ignacio, 253-692-4542.
Bobby Seale appearance
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Human rights icon Bobby Seale was one of the founding fathers of the Black Panther Party. Seale helped to institute programs such as free breakfasts, affordable housing and after-school activities. Sponsored by the Black Student Union and Student Activity Board. For more information, contact Shawn Jenkins at [email protected] or the Student Activities Board office at 253-692-4684.
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
This film chronicles the building of the Alaskan Canadian Highway, documenting how 5,000 African American soldiers were sent into the frozen Alaskan tundra to construct a 1,500-mile military road. The film also reveals how the ALCAN project displaced Native peoples from their homes and forced African American soldiers to work in dangerous winter conditions without adequate shelter or supplies. For more information contact the diversity resource center, 253-692-4776.
Soul Food Lunch
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
oUWTpost, Mattress Factory
The UW Tacoma Black Student Union is sponsoring a Soul Food Lunch. Tickets are $5 for either a spaghetti or fried chicken meal. For tickets, call Bryan Neal, 253-230-3835, or at the door. Music provided by DJ Jus Nice.