Sponsored by the Black Student Union and the American Intercultural Center, the Saturday, Feb. 7 Soul Food Dinner kicks off Black History Month events at UW-Green Bay. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the program set to start at 5:30.
The UW-Green Bay Black Student Union, along with the University’s American Intercultural Center, will host their annual Soul Food Dinner Saturday, Feb. 7 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 5:30.
The evening’s program will feature nationally renowned slam poet Dana Gilmore, along with other speakers and entertainers to help celebrate the festive event. Dinner menu items include fried chicken, catfish, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, candied yams, cornbread dressing and peach cobbler. The dishes have a true southern flavor and come from the Deep South kitchen of UW-Green Bay Diversity Director Justin Mallett’s family.
“The Soul Food Dinner is a time when we can all come together and share in the festivities of great food and camaraderie from all,” Mallett said. “A joyous occasion enjoyed by everyone, the Soul Food Dinner also will serve as the kick-off event to Black History Month at UW-Green Bay.”
Tickets for the Soul Food Dinner are $3 for students and children under age 12, and $6 for non-students. They can be purchased at the University Ticketing and Information Center in the University Union, or by calling (920) 465-2400.
The Black Student Union, along with the American Intercultural Center, would like to invite everyone to their annual Soul Food Dinner Saturday, Feb. 7 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program will start at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 for students and children 12 and under and $6 for non-students. The program will feature nationally renowned slam poet Dana Gilmore along with other speakers and entertainers to help celebrate this festive event. Dinner menu items include fried chicken, catfish, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, candied yams, cornbread dressing and peach cobbler. These items have a true southern flavor and come from the Deep South kitchen of Diversity Director Justin Mallett’s family! Tickets will go on sale at the University Ticketing and Information Center Friday (Jan. 23), or you can contact Mallett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-465-2720 and pre-order tickets. If you pre-order, Mallett will personally drop them off to you. Hope to see you there!
UW-Green Bay’s American Intercultural Center and Black Student Union are again assisting with plans for the Annual Community Kwanzaa Celebration, scheduled this year for 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Co-hosted by St. Norbert College and NWTC, the event takes place on the SNC campus in De Pere at the Michels Commons Ballroom, 409 Third St. The free event will include music, food and cultural education. All are welcome to attend. This year’s theme, Kujichagulia, or self-determination, encourages participants to “define ourselves, name ourselves, create ourselves, and speak for ourselves.” Africana Studies Prof. Maulana Karenga created the seven-day celebration to embrace African heritage and a strong sense of cultural values.
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Bus transportation available: There will be a bus leaving UW-Green Bay at 2 p.m. on Dec. 6 for those desiring transportation to the Kwanzaa celebration in De Pere. Please sign up in the AIC to reserve your seat. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Justin Mallett at (920) 465-2720.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, in cooperation with St. Norbert College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, is inviting campus and community members to a public Kwanzaa celebration from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the KI Convention Center, 333 Main St., Green Bay.
Kwanzaa is a unique African American celebration that focuses on the traditional African values of family, community, responsibility, commerce and self-improvement. It was first celebrated in 1966. This year’s community Kwanzaa celebration will focus on the theme “Women in Leadership.”
The Dec. 1 community celebration will feature entertainment including a break-dancer from the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay East Side, and a step show performed by UW-Whitewater’s Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (an historically African American sorority). These performances will kick off around 11:15 a.m. following a welcome and introduction at 11.
The Kwanzaa event also will feature a candle-lighting ceremony at 11:30 a.m., which will be followed by keynote speaker Joyce King-McIver at noon. King-McIver is a clinical instructor in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
The day’s events will conclude with closing words and a time for lunch and fellowship at 12:30 p.m. The Kwanzaa celebration also will include remarks from UW-Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden, St. Norbert President Thomas Kunkel and NWTC President H. Jeffrey Rafn.
In addition to UW-Green Bay, St. Norbert and NWTC, event sponsors include UW-Green Bay’s American Intercultural Center, Office of Student Life, Black Student Union, Diversity Task Force, Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost and Dean of Students Office.
We were told mid-day Tuesday that there were still a few pies left over from the Black Student Union fundraiser. For a chance at a delicious pie for just $10, for a good cause, it’s worth taking a chance and walking over to the American Intercultural Center on the lower level of the University Union.
This Saturday (Feb. 11), the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Black Student Union are teaming up to host the Special Olympics Phoenix Invite. The basketball tournament will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kress Events Center in the old PSC gyms. The invite consists of 13 Special Olympics teams from Wisconsin and Illinois. Canned food donations are welcome at the door to benefit local food pantries. After the Phoenix Invite, the Special Olympians will be attending the UW-Green Bay women’s basketball game at 2 p.m.
Members of the Black Student Union at UW-Green Bay have been working hard to rebuild the traditions of the student organization. This year they have collaborated with different student organizations, academic units and offices to create an inclusive Black History month calendar. One of the highlights will be the Soul Food Dinner, which is set for 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Mauthe Center. The BSU is promising fun, fellowship and a buffet style dinner catered by Art and Soul Café. The event ties in with the campus common theme of “Celebrating Difference, Creating Community.” Tickets — $5 for students and $10 for all others — can be purchased at the University Ticketing and Information Center in the Union or at Art and Soul Café, 1425 Main St.
Hungry for fresh peach cobbler? Or how about apple pie? The Black Student Union (BSU) is sponsoring a fundraiser and will be selling peach cobbler and slices of apple pie beginning at 11 a.m. Monday (Oct. 24). Their table will be set up near the Phoenix Club (lower level in the Union). Please stop by to support them! Thank you!