A renowned scholar of African culture will open the celebration of Black History Month at Kansas University.
J.H. Kwabena Nketia, Langston Hughes professor of African and African-American studies at KU, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kansas Union. His presentation, "African Roots Explore New Worlds: Pre-Columbus to the Space Age," will draw on Nketia's experiences in the United States and as a native of Ghana.
Nketia was born in Ghana and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of London. He studied at Columbia and Northwestern universities and the Juilliard School of Music. He is on leave from the University of Pittsburgh, where he is the Andrew Mellon professor of music.
At KU, Nketia is teaching two courses, Structures in African Music and Music in African Cultures.
Norma Norman, associate director of minority affairs and Black History Month organizer, said a variety of other programs also are scheduled for February to mark the role of blacks in American history.
OTHER SCHEDULED events include:
7 p.m. Feb. 3-7 and 10, Kansas Union. Film "Roots." Free. For more information, call 864-7381.
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 6. Kansas Union. Fred Rodriquez, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, leading a conference on minority student recruitment and retention titled "Who Will Teach Our Children? The Need for a Diverse Teaching Profession." Free. For more information, call 864-4435.
7 p.m. Feb. 6, Kansas Union. A presentation titled "Black Women: Reflecting on Self Image." Free. For more information, call 864-4060.
7 p.m. Feb. 6 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Hashinger Hall. Film "Straight Out of Brooklyn." Admission fee, with KU identification. For more information, call 864-3477.
7:30 p.m. Feb 10, Crafton-Preyer Theater, Murphy Hall. The KU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Singers. Free. For more information, call 864-3436.
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 10-15, Kansas Union gallery. African-American art show. Free. For more information, call 864-3477.
7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Dyche Hall. Panel discussion of African-American identification with roots and perspectives in research of African and African-Americans. Free. For more information, call 864-3990.
7 p.m. Feb. 12, Kansas Union. Discussion of black male and female relationships. Free. For more information, call 864-7318.
7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Kansas Union. A talk by an official from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on health and environmental issues facing blacks. Free. For more information, call 864-4351.
7 p.m. Feb. 18-19, 2 p.m. Feb. 22, Kansas Union. Film "The Color Purple." Admission fee, with KU identification. For more information, call 864-3477.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 25, Kansas Union. Minority engineering, business and computer science symposium titled "Positive Returns on Achievement Marketing Our Minds." Fee for registration and lunch. For more information, call 864-3620.
7 p.m. Feb. 25, 2 p.m. Feb. 29, Kansas Union. Film "Malcolm X." Admission fee, with KU identification. For more information, call 864-3477.
8:30 p.m. Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Feb. 26, Kansas Union. Lecture by Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Reception afterward. Free. For more information, call 864-3984.
6 p.m. Feb. 28, Adams Alumni Center. Reception and awards banquet for black journalists. Reservations required. For more information, call 864-3990 or 864-3054.
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. March 1, Kansas Union. Film "Boyz in the Hood." Admission fee, with KU identification. For more information, call 864-3477.