January 09, 2011

Let Justice Roll Down: Celebrating Courage as We Continue to Struggle

  • Type: Community
  • Sponsored By:
  • When: January 09, 2011 9:00 pm
  • Where: First United Methodist Church, 327 North Lumpkin Street, Athens
  • For more information: Pat Allen,

Community interfaith worship service commemorating 50th anniversary of UGA's desegregation.

Kick-off Reception

  • Type: Receptions
  • Sponsored By: University of Georgia
  • When: January 09, 2011 11:00 pm
  • Where: NOTE CHANGE: Magnolia Room, Georgia Center
  • For more information: , (706) 542-5197

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the family of Hamilton Holmes, and Mary Frances Early will be in attendance at anniversary-day reception. Event is free and open to the public.

January 10, 2011

50th Anniversary Lecture

  • Type: Lectures / Dialogues
  • Sponsored By: University of Georgia
  • When: January 10, 2011 8:00 pm
  • Where: Mahler Auditorium, Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel
  • For more information: , (706) 542-5197

Featured speaker is Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Overflow seating will be available in Masters Hall, with live video feed

WINTER WEATHER UPDATE: The anniversary lecture, to be given by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, remains scheduled for 3 p.m. The lecture will be broadcast live on University and Charter cable channel 15 in Athens. It will not be streamed live, as originally planned, but video will be posted later on the University of Georgia website (www.uga.edu). 

For updates on the schedule of events for the remainder of the week, see www.uga.edu. Information also is being shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Panel: Legal Issues in UGA’s Desegregation

  • Type: Lectures / Dialogues
  • Sponsored By: University of Georgia
  • When: January 10, 2011 10:00 pm
  • Where: Masters Hall, Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel
  • For more information: , (706) 542-5197

CANCELLED DUE TO WINTER STORM Panel discussion participants will include Judge Horace Ward and Justice Robert Benham.

January 11, 2011

Poet-Author-Activist Sonia Sanchez

  • Type: Lectures / Dialogues
  • Sponsored By: University of Georgia
  • When: January 11, 2011 7:00 pm
  • Where: Magnolia Ballroom, Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel
  • For more information: , (706) 542-5197

LOCATION CHANGESanchez will participate in dialogue moderated by Valerie Boyd, the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Writer-in-Residence, and also featuring novelist Reginald McKnight, who holds the Hamilton Holmes Professorship in English. Reception and book-signing following.

Chronicling UGA’s Desegregation

  • Type: Lectures / Dialogues
  • Sponsored By: University of Georgia
  • When: January 11, 2011 9:30 pm
  • Where: Magnolia Ballroom, Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel
  • For more information: , (706) 542-5197

LOCATION CHANGEPanel discussion participants will include UGA faculty authors Maurice Daniels, Robert Pratt and Thomas Dyer, NYU professor Robert Cohen and journalist and author Calvin Trillin. Book signings follow.

January 14, 2011

Celebration of Diversity in Graduate Ed

Networking reception open to faculty, staff and students.

January 16, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Banquet

32nd annual community awards banquet honoring the humanitarian efforts of community leaders. Scholarships will be given out to 25 area high school students. Local businesses and civic organizations sponsor the scholarships. Cheryl Dozier will be the speaker.

Second Annual Colleges in Your Backyard

College admissions panel discussion featuring UGA's Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Office of Student Financial Aid as well as Gainesville State College, Athens Technical College and Piedmont College. Program designed for students and parents from Athens-Clarke County and surrounding communities to learn more about post-secondary options in their local area.  Mini college fair immediately follows in UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Event is free and open to the public. Parking available in North Campus parking deck located off South Jackson Street.

January 17, 2011

Third Annual MLK Day of Service

  • Type: Community
  • Sponsored By: UGA Black Student Union
  • When: January 17, 2011 1:00 pm
  • Where: 407 Memorial Hall, then depart to various community service sites in Athens
  • For more information: UGA Black Student Union, (706) 542-8486

Students and community members participate in service initiatives around Athens-Clarke County on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Ninth Annual Athens MLK Day of Service

Sign up at http://www.handsonnortheastgeorgia.org to volunteer with over 1,000 other community members at 34 different project sites in Athens in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2011

Bridging the Gap from Our Past to the Present

Program paying tribute to Charlayne Hunter-Gault and highlighting integration at UGA.

January 19, 2011

Striving Towards a Multi-Ethnic Community

  • Type: Lectures / Dialogues
  • Sponsored By: Greek InterVarsity at UGA
  • When: January 19, 2011 1:30 am
  • Where: 147 Miller Learning Center
  • For more information: Paula Frances Gay, (832) 457-8784

DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE: A humorous approach to looking at what makes a multi-ethnic community, why striving to be multi-ethnic is important and how to create a comfortable environment for all people.

APERO: African American Literature in the Post-Racial Age

Valerie Babb, English Department is the speaker. Part of the APERO Brown Bag Lecture Series.

Education and Equality Through the Peabody Lens: “Something the Lord Made”

Peabody Award-winning, HBO film tells the story of Vivien Thomas, who became a legend in cardiac surgery during the Depression era in Nashville. Post-film discussion by Katie McCabe, who wrote a profile of Thomas in the Washingtonian that led to the making of the film.

Myers Hall Display Commemorating Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Viewing and discussion of the permanent display commemorating Charlayne Hunter-Gault, who lived in Myers Hall while she was a student at UGA.

January 20, 2011

State of the University Address

UGA President Michael F. Adams' annual update to the campus community.

January 21, 2011

ML King Gospel Fest

Annual community concert honoring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Prejudice Reduction Workshop Overview

This session will provide organizational leaders with information about the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) prejudice reduction workshop and how it can benefit their individual units and departments.  Members of the UGA NCBI team will share examples of activities and stories from previous workshops. For more information: http://ncbi.org/

January 23, 2011

Unity Ball 2011

  • Type: Receptions
  • Sponsored By: UGA Black Affairs Council
  • When: January 23, 2011 12:00 am
  • Where: Grand Hall, Tate Student Center
  • For more information: LaTasha Abraham,

To celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to bring together people of all races, creeds and nationalities. Formal attire encouraged. Tickets: Black Affairs Council members $5, student single ticket $6, student couple ticket $10, non-student single ticket $10, and non-student couple ticket $18.

January 25, 2011

Multicultural Potluck

A platform to celebrate diversity by participating in the “Taste of the World" - Multicultural Potluck with performances, displays and sampling of international cuisine.

The Rest of the Story: Glimpses into Desegregation of Georgia Universities

PowerPoint presentation on facts, figures and anecdotes relating to the desegregation of universities in Georgia, with a focus on Southern Polytechnic State University.

Historical Perspectives on Race and Desegregation by UGA Professors Emeritus

Speech professors emeritus reflect on race and diversity at UGA from the 1960s to today.

Celebrating Courage via Jazz, Spoken Word

Participants will enjoy the music of a jazz band and listening to students and/or staff present a piece of their choice in the form of poetry or spoken words about courage. Light refreshments will be served.

January 28, 2011

When Two Cultures Collide: The First Generation American

  • Type: Lectures / Dialogues
  • Sponsored By: Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Science, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Indian Cultural Exchange, Alpha Sigma Rho Sorority, Hispanic Student Association
  • When: January 28, 2011 12:00 am
  • Where: 148 Miller Learning Center
  • For more information: Christine Akoh,

First generation American students discuss some of the challenges they face from peers, family and society. Misconceptions and stereotypes also addressed. Deborah Gonzalez from the Office of Institutional Diversity will be moderating panel discussion.

Going Beyond Acceptance: Clinical Strategies for Working with Gay and Lesbian Families

27th Annual Marriage and Family Institute addresses topics relevant to practice with families. For registration information and fees, click here

Recognizing and Celebrating Black Student Diversity: A Panel Discussion

January 29, 2011

African American Cultural Center Reunion

Full day of events starting at 10 a.m., which include luncheon with Louis Castenell, former dean of UGA's College of Education as keynote speaker; town hall meeting facilitated by Dawn Bennett-Alexander, a faculty member in UGA's Terry College of Business; business expo for alumni and students; and performance by comedian Benji Brown with guest D.J. Mello. Registration and ticket information available here: http://www.uga.edu/aacc/events/aacc_alumni.html.

January 30, 2011

“Tradition Redefined” Exhibit

"Tradition Redefined" exhibition from the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland is on display at the Georgia Museum of Art from Jan. 30 to March 27, 2011.

February 01, 2011

Drawing from the Soul

This art exhibition by Dawud Anyabwile will feature art pieces from the graphic novel series "Brother Man" that reflect the energy, rhythms, and flavor of African-American culture. Refreshments will be served.

February 02, 2011

In His Memory: Honoring Hamilton Holmes

  • Type: Lectures / Dialogues
  • Sponsored By: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • When: February 02, 2011 12:00 am
  • Where: Memorial Hall
  • For more information: Josh Delaney,

LOCATION CHANGE: Program honoring Dr. Hamilton Holmes Sr. and hosted by his brothers in the Zeta Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  Keynote speaker will be fellow Zeta Pi Brother Hamilton Holmes Jr., son of Dr. Holmes.

Black History Month Kick-off Event

Speaker featured is Bill Robbie, first African-American graduate of the College of Pharmacy.

APERO: “Waiting to Be Invited”

Reading of S.M. Shephard-Massat's play. Part of the APERO Brown Bag Lecture Series.

Education and Equality Through the Peabody Lens: “Hoxie: The First Stand”

Peabody Award-winning film about Hoxie, Arkansas whose school board chose to voluntarily integrate its classrooms in the summer of 1955 after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. The schools opened without protest, and teachers and parents reminisce about the ease with which black and white students mixed.

Terry: A Look 50 Years Back, 50 Years Forward

A panel discussion of alumni and current students about their experiences in the business school's integration in the ‘70s and the common vision for the college's next 50 years. View podcast here.

Through Our Eyes

An event to highlight the different experiences of diverse students across campus. Students document their experiences for two weeks for an art exhibit.

February 04, 2011

The Akbar Dialogues: Interfaith Dialogue on Sacred Pilgrimage

With "sacred pilgrimage" as the topic, two speakers will discuss their journeys and its significance, personally and religiously, as well as the rituals involved and overall experience. Dialogue regarding their pilgrimage and the general concept of a spiritual journey will continue afterward. Refreshments will be served.

Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement: Women’s Lived Experiences

A Women's Studies Friday Speaker Series panel discussion. Blue card event for UGA students.

February 05, 2011

Abeneefoo Kuo Honor Society 2011 Induction

Induction ceremony when new members are given their stoles and participate in the ceremony ritual. Catered event with charge for family and friends.

February 08, 2011

Headties to Hip Hop: Photographic Celebration of African American Dress

The exhibit, featuring photographs of African-American men and women during and after segregation, opens Feb. 8 with a gallery talk by UGA faculty Patricia Hunt-Hurst and Katalin Medvedev. The gallery talk will focus on African-American contributions to the history of dress and global fashion. The exhibit runs from Feb. 8 until March 1 in Barrow Hall Gallery, 2nd floor. The gallery is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

February 09, 2011

Desegregation of Public Medical Education: Continuum of Necessary Social Change

Panel discussion featuring Joseph Hobbs, chairman of family medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. He will share his experiences as a native Georgian and early minority graduate of the medical school at MCG.

February 10, 2011

Cognitive Aging Among African-Americans: An Individual Differences Perspective

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED – Featured speaker is Keith Whitfield, a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and a Research Professor in the Department of Geriatric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center.

The Place of Race, Ethnicity, and Colorism in Contemporary Family Research

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED – Featured speaker is Linda Burton, the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology and Director of the Sociology Department's Undergraduate Honors Program at Duke University.

February 11, 2011

Prejudice Reduction Workshop

This National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) workshop (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) will allow participants to learn about how they have been taught to think and act as members of racial, gender and other identity groups and to learn skills for bridging differences between themselves and other group members through a variety of activities and exercises. Advance registration required by emailing diverse@uga.edu or calling (706) 583-8195.

Facilitating Interracial Dialogue on College Campuses: Being Courageous

A lecture and discussion facilitated by Tina Harris, speech communication.

February 13, 2011

“If It Ain’t Got That Swing”

Play that confronts age-old stereotypes faced by African-Americans with a twist of inspiration and laughter. Tickets: UGA students $10, others $15.

Jazz at the Chapel: Jazz Valentines

UGA Classic City Jazz performs a variety of jazz, swing, bop, ballads, Latin, funk, fusion and more.

February 14, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast

The eighth annual Freedom Breakfast, featuring Mary Frances Early as the keynote speaker was rescheduled for Monday, February 14. View YouTube video of her speech here.

Reception with Mary Frances Early

The community reception, honoring Mary Frances Early, was rescheduled for Monday, February 14 in conjunction with the Freedom Breakfast. The event was held at J.J. Harris Elementary School. View a YouTube video of the reception here.

The Human Race: A Biologist’s Perspective

UGA faculty from biological sciences and speech communication participate in discussion of the role that race does, and does not, play in medical care in the U.S.

February 16, 2011


Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning play that uses humor and song to address the realities of war in the Congo. Show is about women survivors. Tickets: UGA students $7, others $10. Feb. 15-20, all shows 8 p.m. and a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Feb. 20.

APERO: Teaching, Learning and Emancipation: Constructing a New History

Ronald Butchart, Department of Elementary and Social Studies Education is the speaker. Part of the APERO Brown Bag Lecture Series.

Education and Equality Through the Peabody Lens: “The Search for Quality Education: Busing”

A 1972 Peabody Award-winning film looks at busing for school integration in the South with Athens as one of the communities featured. The film includes comments by UGA’s Dean William Tate, Clarke County Board of Education attorney Eugene Epting, and Clarke County School Superintendent Charles McDaniel. A segment focusing on Oglethorpe Avenue School includes an interview with Principal Estelle Farmer, footage of Bridget Withers’ 4th grade class, and scenes from an Oglethorpe PTA meeting. After the film, former Athens Mayor Doc Eldridge and former state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond will recount what it was like to attend a newly desegregated Athens high school.

February 17, 2011

50 Years Later: Calling Forth Ancestors’ Courage, Determination to Continue Quest for Racial Justice

Frances Kendall, author of Understanding White Privilege, spoke on courage. View YouTube video of her lecture here.

Story Telling for Social Justice: Connecting Narrative and the Arts in Antiracist Teaching

Lecture by Lee Anne Bell of Barnard College on hearing all sides of the story. View YouTube video of her lecture here.

Supernatural Courage: Love, Passion, Sacrifice

  • Type: Performances
  • Sponsored By: UGA Black Theatrical Ensemble
  • When: February 17, 2011 10:00 pm
  • Where: Tate Reception Hall
  • For more information: Bridgette Burton,

The Black Theatrical Ensemble (BTE) is celebrating courage in the only way they know how...THROUGH THE ARTS! They put on performances because they love it! They write and direct plays because they have the passion for it! And they sacrifice time, energy, and their spirits to spreading the arts to the University and Athens community. Join BTE as they celebrate the arts with performances by BTE, students in University Theatre, Pamoja Dance Company, LGBT Resource Center and the Beta Zeta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. This event is dedicated to Lynwoodt B. Jenkins. This program is a Blue Card event.

February 22, 2011

Glory Bound: A Voyage Through the Underground Railroad

The program is a guided interactive tour of a mock up of the Underground Railroad. Those in attendance will experience the voyage as if they were slaves in search of freedom.

February 23, 2011

UGA Premiere Screening

  • Type: Films
  • Sponsored By: University of Georgia
  • When: February 23, 2011 12:00 am
  • Where: Masters Hall, Georgia Center for Continuing Education
  • For more information: , (706) 542-5197

RESCHEDULED FROM JANUARYDonald Hollowell: Foot Soldier for Equal Justice documentary produced by UGA faculty Maurice Daniels and Derrick Alridge.

Breaking the Gender Barrier: The Admission of Women to UGA

A presentation on the 30-year struggle for women to be admitted to UGA.

February 24, 2011

Faculty Solo Recital

Harpist Monica Hargrave, an affiliate faculty member with the Institute for African American Studies, performs. Tickets: $5.

February 25, 2011

Celebrating Courage Reception - Multicultural Alumni

Guests include Marie Chisholm- Burns, first African-American College of Pharmacy faculty and former dean Stuart Feldman.

Celebrating Courage: Re-enactment and Panel Discussion

Sponsored by the Davenport-Benham Black Law Students Association, the event included a re-enactment of the legal trial that opened the door for Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes to enroll at UGA. This portrayal was followed by a panel exploring the legal issues and events surrounding the desegregation of the university. This event was part the 50th Anniversary of Desegregation at UGA. View video here.

February 27, 2011

Sixth Annual NAACP Image Awards - CANCELLED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Annual banquet to honor exemplary students, organizations and businesses who uphold the ideals and mission of the NAACP. Ticketed event.

February 28, 2011

“Tradition Redefined” Exhibition Lecture

Artist and scholar David C. Driskell will deliver a lecture on the creative process and art's transcendence of racial lines. The lecture is in coordination with the "Tradition Redefined" exhibition from the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland. The exhibition will be on display at the Georgia Museum of Art from Jan. 30 to March 27, 2011.

Traditions Patrons’ Dinner

  • Type: Lectures / Dialogues, Receptions
  • Sponsored By: Athens Chapter of the Links, Inc., Dr. Ira and Mrs. Julie Roth, Mr. and Mrs. David Matheny, and UGA's Office of the President
  • When: February 28, 2011 11:00 pm
  • Where: M. Smith Griffith Grand Hall, Georgia Museum of Art
  • For more information: Tim Brown, (706) 542-0437

The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art present Traditions Patrons' Dinner in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of the University of Georgia and honoring Michael Thurmond, former Georgia Labor Commissioner. Event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and dinner and gallery talk by Brenda Thompson on "Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art" at 6:30 p.m. $50 per person with advanced reservations required by calling 706-542-0830 by Feb. 20.

March 01, 2011

The Culmination:  B.o.B Live in Concert Opening Acts: The Ecotones & Sweet Dreams

Tickets go on sale Monday, February 14. Tickets are $5 in advance/$10 at the door for students on the Athens campus.  Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door for the general public.

March 22, 2011

In My Place: Charlayne Hunter-Gault

In conjunction with campus-wide read initiative of her 1992 memoir, In My Place, Hunter-Gault shared her experiences as a student at UGA and as a journalist with journalism students. Read Grady coverage of the event here.