May 20, 2024

James Farmer Multicultural Center Black History Month Events

Black History Month posterUpcoming Cultural Events Presented by the James Farmer Multicultural Center:

The History of Afrofuturism in Music | Thursday, Feb. 16 | 5 PM | Chandler Ballroom C, Cedric Rucker University CenterThis interactive presentation will be led by Ronald Turner II, known as DJ R-Tistic and Assistant Director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center, Chris Williams. They will take the audience on an oral, visual, and sonic tour on the history of Afrofuturism in classic R&B, soul, funk, jazz, and hip-hop records.

Black Cultural Karaoke | Friday, Feb. 17 | 7 PM | The Underground, Lee HallSponsored by For the CultureJoin For the Culture for a fun-filled karaoke program for all UMW community members, honoring Black History Month with a very special playlist from the R&B and soul genres! There will be snacks and drinks provided.

Step Show [CANCELED] | Saturday, Feb. 18 | 7 PM | Dodd Auditorium, George Washington HallJoin area step teams from high schools, regional colleges and universities as they engage in a high-energy, entertaining competition. For information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center.

Black Men and Masculinity: An Honest Conversation | Monday, Feb. 20 | 7 PM | Colonnade Room, Cedric Rucker University CenterSponsored by Brothers of a New Direction and NAACP at UMWJoin BOND and NAACP at UMW for an honest talk unpacking our masculinity as Black men, the good and the bad, focusing also on solutions to deep-rooted problems.

Caribbean/Mardi Gras Dinner | Tuesday, Feb. 21 | 5 PM |Dining at the Top of the Cedric Rucker University CenterCost with Campus Meal Plan is one meal swipe or $13 Flex. The cost for EagleOne or credit card purchase is $15.

La diáspora africana en Latinoamérica: Poetas Afrolatinos Lectura de poesía (Poetry Reading) | Wednesday, Feb. 22 | 4 – 4:30 PM | Combs Hall, Room 139You are invited to join us for this poetry experience!

MLK Virtual Project | Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Thursday, Feb. 23 | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center
The vMLK Project out of North Carolina State University focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “A Creative Protest” speech, commonly referred to as the “Fill up the Jails” speech, for which no recording exists. The vMLK Project brings together recreations and various technologies to allow viewers and visitors to experience the speech. Dr. Max Renner, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities & New Media at Molloy College and Dr. Candice Edrington, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of South Carolina will provide a formal presentation on Wednesday, February 22 at 6 pm in the Digital Auditorium.

For more information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at (540) 654-1044 or You may also visit Please email us at if you have any questions regarding disability-related accommodations.