Iowa State hosts Black History Month events

AMES, Iowa -- February is Black History Month, a tribute that dates back to 1926. The Iowa State University community will mark the annual celebration with a variety of events throughout the month. Many are free and open to the public.

For more information about any event, contact the person or web site listed.

Feb. 3

NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

6:00 p.m., Scheman Building

This year's theme is "The Education of Black and Brown Students: An Investment for the Survival of America."

Tickets are $40 for individuals, $400 for one full table (10 seats), $280 for three-quarters of a table (seven seats), and $200.00 for one-half table (five seats). For additional information and questions about this affair or the NAACP, call (515) 294-5003 or (515) 294-1386.

Proceeds support the One Community concept, achieving diversity, Black History Month, and the Hurricane Katrina Displaced Persons Fund.

This year's speaker is Crystal Kuykendall, who holds a doctorate of education and a law degree. She is a former primary, junior high, and senior high school teacher, Upward Bound instructor, university instructor, and guidance counselor. She is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia and is president and general counsel of her own firm, Kreative and Innovative Resources for Kids Inc. (K.I.R.K. Inc.). She also has served as executive director of the National Alliance of Black School Educators.

Feb. 10, 5 to 9 p.m.

Feb. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"I Am Iowa State" Multicultural Leadership Summit

Memorial Union

Free; must pre-register. The application deadline has been extended but participation is limited to the first 75 participants. More information is online at: Applications must be returned to the East Student Office Space, Memorial Union.

Participants can learn more about what they bring to the ISU community, as well as increase their awareness and knowledge of current issues of social justice, multiculturalism and inclusion.

Feb. 16

Gallery Expo in the Memorial Union

The National Society of Black Engineers chapter at Iowa State will offer more information about NSBE in the Memorial Union Gallery. A social event will follow to bring multicultural students together and showcase student work and achievements. Questions? Call Nuku Doamekpur at (651) 214-6923.

Feb. 22

Forum: "Race and Gender in the Classroom at ISU"

Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Sun Room, Memorial Union

Laura Rendon, professor and department chair, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Connie Hargrave, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction; and Mark Kushner, dean of the College of Engineering will share strategies for dealing with issues of race and gender in the classroom. Jill Bystydzienski, director of the Women's Studies Program and professor of sociology, will moderate the discussion with audience members.

Feb. 23

Lecture: "At the Corner of Hip Hop and Feminism"

7:30 p.m., Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building

Joan Morgan has written extensively about music and gender issues for Madison, Interview, MS, More, and Spin magazine, where she was contributing editor and columnist. Formerly the executive editor of Essence, she is the author of "When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost." She was a staff writer at Vibe magazine for three years, and her work appears in numerous college texts, as well as books on feminism, music and African American culture. Part of the National Affairs Series on Defining Values in American Politics. Sponsored by African American Studies and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Feb. 23-25

29th Annual Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government

"Construction Before Destruction: Building Tomorrow's Leaders Today"

Scheman Building

Iowa State will host the Annual Big 12 Council on Black Student Government, a regional Black Student Governing Body representing institutions in the Big 12 Conference.

Guest speakers, entertainment, workshops and a career fair are on the agenda.

The conference registration fee after Feb. 1 is $125 for members and $135 for nonmembers. Participants may register until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. More information is online:

Feb. 25

Lecture: "Leadership and Social Responsibility"

8 p.m., Stephens Auditorium

Angela Davis is known internationally for her work to combat all forms of oppression. Her political activism began when she was a youngster in Birmingham, Ala., and continued over the years in her work as a student, teacher, writer, scholar and activist/organizer. In 1969 she came to national attention after being removed from her teaching position in the Philosophy Department at UCLA as a result of her social activism and her membership in the Communist Party, USA. She is the author of five books and is in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

March 3

Iowa State University Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE)

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Union

The seventh annual ISCORE event is a comprehensive forum on issues of race and ethnicity. Registration is free. For more information, visit, e-mail, or call the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at (515) 294-6338.