UNC Asheville will celebrate Black History
Month throughout February with a host of special events. Among the
highlights will be a Step Show featuring groups from across the
Southeast and a lecture by African American deaf-educator Lindsay
The full schedule of events is as follows:
POSTPONED DUE TO INJURY -- Lindsay Dunn will present his lecture, “The Deaf Community in the
21st Century: An African American Experience” from 12:20-1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 4, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union,
room 221. Dunn grew up in South Africa, where he attended the
Dominican School for the Deaf. He later attended Gallaudet
University, the only university in the United States that uses
American Sign Language as the principle form of communication. Dunn
is now a lecturer at Gallaudet, teaching courses that provide an
in-depth knowledge and understanding of deaf people of African
ancestry in Africa and the African Diaspora.
“Natural Woman,” a documentary exploring the psychological attitudes
that occur when African American women decide to wear their hair
naturally, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in UNC
Asheville’s Highsmith University Union Grotto. A panel discussion
with film director Cindy Hurst and noted author and Tuskegee
University professor of philosophy Darryl Scriven will follow.
Affrilachian poet Frank X Walker will give a reading at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 17, in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall.
Walker, a native of Danville, Ky., has lectured, conducted
workshops, read poetry and exhibited at more than 300 national
conferences and universities. Walker coined the term “Affrilachian,”
which refers to an African-American who lives in Appalachia, and is
a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets. He is the author four
poetry collections, including “When Winter Come: the Ascension of
York,” “Black Box,” “Buffalo Dance: the Journey of York” and “Affrilachia.”
Walker is also the editor and publisher of “PLUCK!” the Journal of
Affrilachian Art & Culture.
Step groups from across the Southeast will take center stage at 8
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort
Asheville, for the Black Student Association’s “Step It Out 2010: Go
Hard or Go Home!” Step shows, popularized by historically black
fraternities, feature high-energy synchronized dance routines,
comprising elements of African dances and military exhibition
drills. Admission is $5 at the door.
For more information, contact the UNC Asheville Intercultural Center