Black History Month will include several events and exhibits here at the Eccles Health Sciences Library!
There will be an interactive exhibit highlighting six figures within African-American history, chosen by the Black Cultural Center, showcasing their contributions and highlighting one of their quotes. Everyone in encouraged to write thoughts, quotes, or statements of their own. With each quote added, the exhibit will grow and reflect the experiences and emotions of all of UHealth. A new figure will be highlighted each week, so be sure to check back.
The exhibit will be on display from January 18, 2020 until February 29, 2020.
Reception with light refreshments will be held February 20, 2020 from 11:30am-1:30pm. Please drop in and join us!
On January 23, 2020 there will be a film screening and discussion of the HBO production of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Be sure to RSVP!
Our Community Read series for spring semester begins on January 28, 2020. The book for this semester is Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis, detailing black women’s birthing experiences in the United States, a country where black women’s lives–and the lives they create–are at much greater risk of death and injury than those of non-black women. Meetings are monthly, the fourth Tuesday of each month, from Noon until 1pm. Please save the date and RVSP here.
Lastly, there will be a screening and ethics discussion on February 6, 2020 of the Emmy-award winning film Miss Evers’ Boys. Based on the Tuskegee Experiment (an unethical clinical study where African-Americans were told they were receiving treatment, when in reality the researchers were observing the effects of untreated syphilis), the drama film stars Alfre Woodard and Laurence Fishburne. Please RSVP here.
All events and the exhibit are sponsored by the Black Cultural Center, Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, and the Eccles Health Sciences Library
These events and exhibits are a part of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week at the University of Utah as well as a part of our focus in February on Black History Month. The mission of MLK Week is to engage students, faculty, staff and community members in critical conversations around contemporary Civil Rights issues and race in America, and to celebrate the educational access and opportunities that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s sacrifices have provided in the United States.