The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs has announced several events to commemorate Black History Month on the Montevallo campus.
On Tuesday, February 16th, Colonel Ernest Craigwell, Jr. will be on campus to speak about his experiences as one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. Col. Craigwell, Jr. is a highly decorated retired fighter pilot who served in three wars--WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. With more than 400 combat missions in fighter aircraft, Mr. Craigwell received 26 medals for valor in combat on four combat tours. Col. Craigwell will speak at Ramsay Hall, room 106, at 6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by Multicultural Affairs and the Black Student Union.
On Monday, February 22nd, the Umdabu South African Dance Company will perform in Lebaron Recital Hall. Umdabu Dance Company is a South African dance troupe based in Birmingham, Alabama. Umdabu is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of traditional Zulu culture through dance. The company is directed by veteran South African dancer/choreographer, Johannes "Jomo" Xulu. Opening for Umdabu will be the UM NPHC performing a step tease. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is sponsored by Multicultural Affairs and the University Program Council.
Lastly, Calvin Johnson will give a talk on Tuesday, February 23rd. Mr. Johnson served over sixteen years in Georgia prisons for crimes he did not commit. With the help of the Innocence Project and the development of DNA technology he was finally able to prove his innocence and was released. Mr. Johnson will be sharing his inspirational story at Ramsay Hall, room 106, at 7:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
For more information on UM's observance of Black History Month, contact Robert L. Robinson, Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs at (205 665-6023.