There are many wonderful activities and events offered throughout the month of February! Please spread the word and let others know about all of the exciting opportunities happening this week!

Honoring the Legacy of Autherine Lucy: University of Alabama Campus Tour with Dr. Meredith Bagely

Mondays in February from 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Tour starts on the steps of Reese Phifer Hall

Autherine Juanita Lucy was the first black student to attend the University of Alabama, in 1956. Born on October 5, 1929, in Shiloh, Alabama, Autherine Lucy studied English and worked as a teacher before enrolling at the all-white University of Alabama, which had banned her and a friend's attendance upon previous efforts. Lucy, who faced threats from a large, out-of-control mob, was later barred from the school again, though she eventually earned her master's from the institution in 1992.

Global Movement Mondays


This Monday - Latin Dance!

Monday, February 16, 2015

12 pm


3rd Floor Mezzanine

Ferguson Center



Trivia: African American History Month Edition


Monday, February 16, 2015

5:30 pm

Gorgas Library, Room 205




Do you consider yourself an expert on African American heritage? Put your knowledge to the test at our African American Heritage Month Trivia Night on February 16! Light refreshments will be served, so come out and try your luck. You might just learn something new, too!


Contact Info: Eric Patterson,, 348-5040

African American History Month Participatory Collage

and Art Exhibit Reception


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

5:00 pm

Ferguson Center Art Gallery




During the first week of February, all members of the UA community were invited to donate black and white images, symbols, words, newspaper clippings, etc. related to African American History Month. These donations will be incorporated into a large-scale collage to be presented at a reception in the Ferguson Art Gallery on Tuesday, February 17, at 5:00 pm.


Refreshments will be provided.  


Discovery Salsa: UP


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

6:30 - 8:30 pm

UA Student Rec Center


Join University Programs for its Discovery Series event, Salsa UP! UA's Crimson Tide Ballroom Dancers will teach students the basic steps for Salsa dancing! Registration is free at 


University Programs,, 





Anthony Braxton, Solo Saxophone Concert


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

7:30 pm

Bama Theatre, Downtown Tuscaloosa


Braxton is recognized as one of the most important musicians, educators, and creative thinkers of the past 50 years, highly esteemed in the creative music community for the revolutionary quality of his work and for the mentorship and inspiration he has provided to generations of younger musicians. Drawing upon a disparate mix of influences from John Coltrane to Karlheinz Stockhausen to Native American music, Braxton has created a unique musical system that celebrates the concept of global creativity and our shared humanity. His work examines core principles of improvisation, structural navigation and ritual engagement-innovation, spirituality and intellectual investigation. His many accolades include a 1981 Guggenhiem Fellowship, a 1994 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a 2014 NEA Jazz Master Award.


University of Alabama art students will exhibit works inspired by the music of renowned jazz composer and musician Anthony Braxton Feb. 6-27 at The University of Alabama Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa. The exhibit, "Anthony Braxton: Falling River Music Exhibition," coincides with Braxton's weeklong residency at UA Feb. 18-25.


A closing reception and concert will be held Monday, Feb. 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the gallery. Students in Assistant Professor Pete Schulte's advanced concepts in drawing class will exhibit works inspired by the musical scores and audio works of Braxton. Ausharea Adams, Mitchell Griest, Brittany Gunnells, Ali Hval, Patrick O'Brien, Jennifer Ocampo and Seth Saunders also curated the exhibition.



All events are free and open to the public.


Phenomenal Women of Color Screening and Dialogue

Thursday, February 19, 2015

5:00 pm

Gorgas Library, Room 205


UA Phenomenal Women is a powerful documentary that captures the experiences of women of color at the University of Alabama. Directed and produced by University of Alabama Senior Camille Corbett, this film brings to light current issues of race and gender on our campus. There will be a free screening of the film on February 19, 2015 in Gorgas 205 at 5:00 p.m., followed by table dialogue facilitated by UA Crossroads and a panel discussion.


Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend. 



African American History Month Movie Screening:
Paris is Burning 


Thursday, February 19, 2015

7:00 pm

Lloyd Hall, Room 119


Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-AmericanLatinogay, and transgender communities involved in it. The film is considered to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls, and critics have praised it as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America.




The University of Alabama Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra Play Braxton


Thursday, February 19, 2015

7:30 pm

Moody Music Hall, UA School of Music


The University of Alabama's Sonic Frontiers concert series, organized by the University's New College, is proud to host saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton, an NEA Jazz Master and MacArthur "genius" fellow, for a landmark one-week residency in advance of his 70th birthday. 


"Mr. Braxton, the saxophonist and composer, [is a] rebel abstractionist, a builder of original languages combining composition and improvisation."

-New York Times


All events are free and open to the public.


International Coffee Hour


Friday, February 20, 2015

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

121 B.B. Comer Hall


Throughout the academic year (August through May), Capstone International Services and Capstone International Center host a weekly event, Capstone International Coffee Hour.


All international and American students, scholars, faculty, staff and friends are welcome to join.

Capstone International Coffee Hour is held on each Friday during fall and spring semesters, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in Room 121 B.B. Comer Hall. Come and enjoy free coffee, tea, snacks, and conversation with our friends from around the world.


Capstone International Services,, 



Dr. Ethel H. Hall African American History Month Celebration "Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Heritage"

Speakers: Rev. Thomas Linton and Mr. Maxie Thomas


Friday, February 20, 2015

12:00 pm

Little Hall, Room 233


Followed by an open dialogue with Mr. Maxie Thomas from 1:15pm-1:45pm.


Anthony Braxton Quartet & Falling River Music Septet Word Premiere


Friday, February 20, 2015

7:30 pm

Moody Music Hall, UA School of Music



NEA Jazz Masters: Interview with Anthony Braxton
NEA Jazz Masters: Interview with Anthony Braxton



Braxton is one of the most prolific and eclectic American composer/performers of the past fifty years, composing over 400 pieces, ranging from small ensemble works to operas, works for multiple orchestras, and a piece for 100 tubas. Braxton's work appears on nearly 200 recordings. Drawing inspiration from avant-garde composers Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage, to jazz experimentalists John Coltrane, Sun Ra, and Ornette Coleman, and the global sounds of traditional Native American and African ritual musics, his work organically synthesizes his diverse influences into a singular music wholly his own. In Braxton's own words, "I know I'm an African-American, and I know I play the saxophone, but I'm not a jazz musician. I'm not a classical musician, either. My music is like my life: It's in between these areas."


All events are free and open to the public.


Anthony Braxton Curtain Wall Music Quintet and Trillium Opera Excerpts


Saturday, February 21, 2015

7:30 pm

Moody Music Hall, UA School of Music


Braxton describes The Trillium Project as an opera complex of autonomous one-act settings interconnected through twelve recurring character archetypes that illustrate the basic components of his logic system, represented both by the twelve singers and by the same number of improvising instrumental soloists. Each act occurs within a specific dramatic context, but there is no overarching narrative structure; rather, the interest is in how the characters interact within the parameters of a given situation. (These situations range from a corporate board meeting to interplanetary space travel.) Braxton does not shy away from the melodramatic potential of traditional opera: there are swordfights and chases, giants and plagues. However, the "apparent story" is just one of three levels; underlying each act are the "philosophical" and "mystical" dynamics that so deeply inform Braxton's libretto and music.


All events are free and open to the public.


Common Ground


Sunday, February 22, 2015

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Ferguson Center Theatre


Common Ground will consist of talent from within the minority community of The University of Alabama. Performances by students such as NPHC, Afro Gospel Choir, and others. 



Afternoons at Global Cafe: Coffee, Tea, and Conversation


Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, February 17-19, 2015

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Center for Community-Based Partnerships, Lobby

900 Anna Avenue

Tuscaloosa, 35405


Students and faculty connect with community at Global Cafe.  Afternoons at Global Cafe offer exciting possibilities for people to meet, enjoy conversation, and make friends.  Free coffee and tea.  Open to the public.


Contact: Beverly Hawk,, 205-348-7392


A North Alabama Clergyman's Passion for History: Preserving Black History Month through Words and Images


February 9 - March 13, 2015

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Gorgas Library - Pearce Foyer, 2nd Floor

African American cookbooks, scrapbooks, letters, photographs, and funeral programs collected by Rev. Wylheme H. Ragland from Decatur, Alabama will be shown in the Pearce Foyer in Gorgas Library. The collection is comprised of artifacts from the Schaudies, Banks, and Ragland families and is housed in the University Libraries Division of Special Collections.


Anthony Braxton: Falling River Music Art Exhibition 


February 6 - February 27, 2015

All Day

Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Downtown Tuscaloosa


A showcase of Braxton's "Falling River Music" graphic musical scores - large, colorful drawings musicians interpret in sound. The exhibit will also include new work by University of Alabama studio art students responding to Braxton's work.


Contact Info: Dr. Andrew Dewar,, 348-9928


Ali Hval, untitled, 2015, silk chiffon, muslin, panty hose, plastic wrap, piping, and paracord, dimensions variable, approx. 6'x10'x12'. Photo courtesy of the artist.


The Lincoln Normal School Albums at The University 

of Alabama


Throughout the month of February

McLure Education Library

Exhibit will be located throughout the building.



Images from 1909-1924 included in two Lincoln Normal School photograph albums from the A. S. Williams III Americana Collection were used to create a traveling exhibit highlighting African American and women's history.  This important Southern institution located in Marion, Alabama, offered general education and teacher training to African American students in primary and secondary school for more than one hundred years from 1868 to 1970.  Famous alumni include Coretta Scott King and her sister Edythe Scott Bagley, former federal judge William Hastie, and sociologist Andrew Billingsley.


Contact Info: Donna Adcock,, 205-348-1416

University of Alabama Press African American History Month Book Display


Throughout the month of February

Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library - Capstone Drive Entrance


In honor of African American History Month, the University of Alabama Press (UAP) is proud to present a selection of UAP books about African American history and the civil rights movement. Working in collaboration with the University Libraries, the books will be on display inside the Capstone Drive entrance of Gorgas Library during the month of February.

Discover Diversity at UA Crossroads

The Crossroads Community Center is an initiative of the Division of Community Affairs. Crossroads provides leadership in cultural programming and intercultural education by:

  • Building relationships across cultures through innovative programs and initiatives designed to prepare students for a global society.
  • Serving as a resource for organizations on and off campus concerned with intercultural issues in the community.
  • Providing leadership and coordination for volunteers and professionals involved in intercultural activities.
  • Conducting research and engaging in creative activity designed to build capacity for a multicultural society.