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UMW to commemorate black history month with events, documentary screening

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Throughout February, the University of Mary Washington will commemorate Black History Month with singing, jazz, lectures and a documentary screening.

The highlight of the month-long celebration will be the showing of a new documentary, “An Ordinary Hero,” the story of Joan Mulholland, who at 19 years old bought a flight to Mississippi and joined the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement in 1961.

Mulholland, a white teenager raised in the South, was arrested and sent to prison for two months for her involvement in the Freedom Rides protests.

The screening will take place at UMW’s Lee Hall, Room 411 on Monday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. After the documentary, Mulholland and the film’s director will lead a discussion and answer questions.

Previously, Mulholland joined UMW as it commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides in 2011 with a three-month celebration.

UMW’s Black History Month celebration also will feature the following events:

  • Saturday, Feb. 1 – Black History Month Kickoff Celebration: Gospelfest
    • 3 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4 – Great Lives Lecture: Martin Luther King Jr.
    • 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium
  • Thursday, Feb. 6 – Civil War to Civil Rights: Trail to Freedom Teacher Resources Toolkit
    • 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Angela Rye, principal at IMPACT Strategies and the youngest woman to serve as executive director and general counsel of the Congressional Black Caucus
    • 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 – An Evening of Jazz: A Tribute to America’s Great Black Artists
    • 7:30 p.m., Lee Hall, the Underground

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, look here.


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