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The University of West Florida Department of Equity and Diversity has prepared a month full of events in celebration of Black History Month.

Throughout February, various organizations will host events showcasing the many aspects of black history. The Department of Equity and Diversity has partnered with groups such as the African-American Student Association; Student Government Association; UWF Historic Trust; and the Epps Christian Center.

The goal for black history month is simple: to let African-American faculty, staff and students know that their voice matters and their contributions to the university and community are appreciated.

“Our goal here in Equity and Diversity is to make sure students know that we celebrate and honor the contributions of people who look like them, think like them and come from the same backgrounds,” said Jhonny Dennis, Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives. “I think the university is committed to honoring all diversities on campus. Especially when a month is put aside for Black History Month, we definitely want to highlight and bring that to the forefront.”

Here is the month in preview:

see David Fagen: Turncoat Hero

When: Saturday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m.

Where: Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site – 5709 Mill Pond Lane, Milton, FL, 32583

Details: This is event is sponsored by the UWF Historic Trust and presented by local author Phillip Hoffman. This event will showcase the life and legacy of David Fagen and his journey of fighting against the American military after being sent to conquer the Philippines island country.

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When: Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Commons Breeze Way

Details: This event is the official Equity and Diversity kickoff for the upcoming Black History Month events.

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When: Wednesday, Feb. 6, from Noon-1 p.m.

Where: University Commons Nautilus Chamber

Details: This discussion will be led by Equity and Diversity’s Jhonny Dennis and Tilden Whitfield, a staff member from Trio. The two will lead a discussion on determining how hip-hop and rap culture affects African-American communities. “I think it’s going to be a very interesting conversation and be eye-opening to some of the benefits as well as some of the negative outcomes that rap music and culture,” Dennis said. In the Shadow of the Big House: Recent Research on the Enslaved at Arcadia

When: Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m.

Where: Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site – 5709 Mill Pond Lane, Milton, FL, 32583

Details: This event is sponsored by the UWF Historic Trust and presented by Adrianne Walker, site manager. The event will discuss research on the enslaved people who lived and worked at the Arcadia Mill.

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When: Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.

Where: The Argo Galley

Details: Dear UWF is hosted by the African-American Student Association, and students will be able to discuss different experiences pertaining to attending UWF as an African-American student.

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When: Friday, Feb. 15

Where: University Conference Center

Details: Hosted by Student Government Association and the African-American Student Association this event will allow students from the university and local area to learn about their rights and how to interact with law enforcement.

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When: Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Museum of Commerce – 201 Zaragoza St, Pensacola, FL, 32602

Details: The Trailblazer awards are being cosponsored by the Epps Christian Center. The awards will showcase various African-Americans and their impact in the community. “We’ll be highlighting trailblazers and giving out awards to community members who have done great things in the community, as well as alumni who are also doing great things in the community,” Dennis said. “Am I Black If”

When: Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m.

Where: Conference Center Lounge

Details: This event is being hosted by the African-American Student Association. The event will go into the different aspects of what determines if someone is black, based on certain aspects of their life. Black Business Expo

When: Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Commons Great Hall

Details: Hosted by the African-American Student Association, the Black Business Expo will showcase a variety of African-American businesses throughout the community and what they bring to the table.

With a variety of events happening throughout the month, there are events for everyone to showcase the various aspects of the African-American community.

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