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Posted on January 24, 2014

Photographer Eunique Jones, creator of a project to teach children and adults about key figures in black history, will visit campus on Feb. 27 as part of Cal U’s celebration of Black History Month. 

Jones created the “Because of Them, We Can” project in 2013. The campaign features photographs of children emulating notable figures in history, from Muhammad Ali to Rosa Parks to Run DMC to Barack and Michelle Obama.

In 2012, she launched an awareness campaign related to the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Jones will share her thoughts and photographs from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Vulcan Theatre. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Black History Month events

Unless noted, admission is free to all events, and the public may attend.

Thursday, Jan. 30 – Annual Soul Food Dinner and opening ceremonies for Black History Month, 4 p.m. in the Convocation Center. $5 per person.

Saturday, Feb. 1 – Cal U trip to Washington, D.C. Bus leaves campus at 7:30 a.m. Visit includes Smithsonian museums, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and other sites on the National Mall. Cost is $40 for students, $75 for other members of the Cal U community. Register at the Natali Student Center information desk.

Thursday, Feb. 6 – “Black Student Success in Higher Education,” 11 a.m. in Duda Hall, Room 103. The talk features Reuben Brock, a 2008 graduate of Cal U in the community counseling program, a doctoral student in counseling psychology at West Virginia University, and the author of the self-help book “A Young Man’s Wisdom.”

Friday, Feb. 7 – Discussion: AIDS and its impact in the black community, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Natali Student Center. 

Tuesday, Feb. 11 – “The N Word,” a moderated discussion at 6 p.m. in Steele Hall.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Meet-and-greet lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Natali Student Center. This networking event provides a chance to learn more about the diverse faculty and staff at Cal U. To participate, e-mail LaMont Coleman at

Thursday, Feb. 20 – “Inequality for All,” film screening, 5 p.m. in Eberly Hall, Room 110. The film is followed at 6:30 p.m. by a live webcast with former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – “Partisanship, Disenfranchisement and Race,” 11 a.m. in Duda Hall, Room 103. Panelists are Dr. Melanie Blumberg, Dr. Michael Slaven and Dr. Kelton Edmonds, all from the Department of History and Political Science, and Dr. Mohamed Yamba, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Thursday, Feb. 27 – “Because of Them We Can,” presentation by photographer Eunique Jones, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Vulcan Theatre. Jones is the creator of a project to teach children and adults about key figures in black history. 

Black History Month at Cal U is sponsored by the Office of Social Equity, the Black Student Union, the Frederick Douglass Institute, the office of Multicultural Student Programs, the Young and Gifted Gospel Choir and the Office of Admissions.