Upperman African American Cultural Center

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Africana Lecture and
Film Series
Art Exhibits Sankofa Programming
Savvy Electorate  Signature Stand Alone Programs The Art of Narration Cultural Excursion
Black Fridays The Excellence Project Watch & Learn: Watch Parties & Discussions
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August 2016

Sunday, August 14
Road to Sankofa
12 p.m., Clocktower Lounge 
Road to Sankofa is a part of the Sankofa Programs which seek to postively affect admissions, matriculation and GPA outcomes. 
Friday, August 19
Black Friday: Mix it UPP
12 - 4 p.m., Upperman Center
Join us for Black Friday: a program that seeks to create introductory social opportunities in the center that improve community engagement under the idea - Sip. Savor. Socialize. 
Friday, August 26
Franco Gallery Opening
12 - 4 p.m., Upperman Center 
Franco's Art Gallery exhibit is featured in both the Upperman and Warwick Centers, under the title: "Eye Speak: An Account of Visual Activism by Franco.  
Wednesday, August 31
Excellence Project Social
6 p.m., Upperman Center 
The Excellence Project seeks to pair mentees and mentors in preparation for the year. 

September 2016

Friday, September 2
Black Friday: Black Girl Magic
12 - 4 p.m., Upperman Center 
Black Friday's continue, replete with lemonade as we celebrate Black Women. 
Friday, September 9
Black Friday: Blues & BBQ
12 - 4 p.m., Upperman Center 
Black Friday programs seek to create introductory social opportunities in the center that improve community engagement under the slogan: Sip. Savor. Socialize. 
Tuesday, September 13
Upperman Open House
12 - 2:30 p.m., Upperman Center
Allow Me to (Re)Introduce Myself is our Open House experience for staff, faculty & students. 
Thursday, September 15
Lyrical Lounge: Say It Loud! 

6 p.m., Upperman Center 
Lyrical Lounge brings students into the center for live performance under the banner: Say It Loud! 
Friday, September 16
Black Friday: Neo-Soul
12 - 4 p.m., Upperman Center
This week's Black Friday is themed around Neo-Soul, a genre coined by music industry entrepreneur Kedar Massenburg during the late 1990s to market and describe a style of music that emerged from soul and contemporary R&B.
Saturday, September 17
Art of Narration 
Cultural Excursion

Gantt Museum 
Art of Narration is our travel series that takes students around the southeast to experience culture. We start with the Queen City.
Wednesday, September 21
Empire Watch Party
8 p.m., Upperman Center 
Join us for an engaging conversation and watch party on Black sexuality, community, and gender as we watch the first episode of Empire's new season. 
Thursday, September 22
Scandal & Voter Registration  
8 p.m., Upperman Center 
Our Savvy Electorate Campaign begins with a Scandal discussion and voter registration drive. 
Friday, September 23
Black Friday:
Breaking the Ice

12 - 4 p.m., Upperman Center
Come and learn a few networking tips and strategies! This event will lead into the Upperman Center Networking Mixer to following later in the Clocktower Lounge. 
Friday, September 23
Upperman Center
Networking Mixer
4 - 6 p.m., Clocktower Lounge
Join us for a mixer that will focus on the development of professional communication skills, how to effectively network, and making a professional first impression. Refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored with the UNCW Career Center. 
Saturday, September 24
Upperman/NPHC Community Cookout
12 - 3 p.m., UNCW Amphitheater 
Join us for an afternoon of fun in the sun with the Upperman African American Cultural Center staff, students and the UNCW and Wilmington NPHC organizations. All students and alums are invited to enjoy cook-out style food, music, games and more! 
Monday, September 26
Presidential Debate Watch Party
9 p.m., Upperman Center 
Join us for another Savvy Electorate Campaign event as we watch the Presidential Debate and explore the candidates and their impact on Black community. 
Friday, September 30 
Black Friday: Viva La Cuba
12 - 4 p.m., Upperman Center
Black Friday's continues as we explore Afro-Latino culture in honor Hispanic Heritage Month through the tastes and sounds of Cuba. 

October 2016

Saturday, October 1
Seahawk Open House
9 a.m., Burney Center 
Collaboration with the Office of Admissions, inviting prospective students of color to learn more about our campus. 
Wednesday, October 12
National and Local Issues Forum
6 p.m., Upperman Center
Continuing with our Savvy Electorate Campaign we provide an Issues Forum for students to consider what's at stake in both national and local elections. 
Friday, October 14
Black Friday: Down By Law
12 - 4 p.m., Upperman Center
Co-sponsored by the UNCW Police Department. Join us for food, conversation, and laughter with our officers. 
Saturday, October 15
The Way: Leadership Training for 
Resident Organizations
TBA, Upperman Center
The Way Leadership Training is intended to help students develop necessary skills to create strong organizations and capacity for safe guarding their organizations. 
Monday, October 17 
The Human Computer with Duchess Harris
6 p.m., Lumina Theater 
We begin our Africana Film and Lecture Series with Duchess Harris, author of Human Computers which chronicles the story of Black Women in the 1960s who worked in segregated quarters for NASA. The movie debuts in January. 
Friday, October 21
Black Friday: Let's Get Dizzy
12 - 4 p.m., Upperman Center 
Black Friday's continues as we explore the musical contributions of Dizzy Gillespie. 
Friday, October 28 
Black Friday: A Black History Halloween
12 - 4 p.m., Upperman Center 
Black Friday's invites all students to participate in a Black history costume competition as we listen music inspired by Halloween. 

November 2016

Tuesday, November 1
The One That Should Do the Telling
7 p.m., Lumina Theater
A synergy program in partnership with Student Affairs. This program is a panel discussion about the university common reading, Little Bee and part of the Africana Lecture and Film Series. 
Friday, November 4
Black Friday: Red, White & Black
12 - 4 p.m., Upperman Center
Black Friday's continues as we explore Movement music in relationship to the upcoming election.
Sunday, November 6
3 p.m., Lumina Theater 
A film by Claudia Stack that traces the journey of several families who farmed during the segregation era. Third installment of the African Lecture and Film Series. 
Tuesday, November 8 
Presidential Election Watch Party
8 p.m., Upperman Center
Continuing with our Savvy Electorate Campaign, this program seeks to bring students together to help them consider how their vote matters.
Thursday, November 10
Post Election Results
6 p.m., Upperman Center
The last of the Savvy Electorate programs opens up the floor to consider the implications of the winners and losers of the recent election in context to Black communities. 
Friday, November 11
Black Friday: Give Thanks 
12 - 4 p.m., Upperman Center
Black Friday's continues with inspirational music and food that honors the lives and legacies of our veterans. 
Friday, November 18
Black Friday: A Taste of Nigeria
12 - 4 p.m., Upperman Center 
In coordination with the Office of International Programs, we take a closer look at the food and music of Nigeria. 

December 2016

Thursday, December 1
Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration
6 - 8 p.m., Burney Center

Everyone is invited to experience the traditions, rituals, and symbolism of Kwanzaa. Participants will learn the Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of Kwanzaa, and how each of these aspects plays a role in the development and sustainability of this cultural celebration.

Friday, December 9 
Fall Senior Sankofa
10:30 a.m., Education Building 

Sankofa is a West African word in the Akan language meaning “wisdom in learning from the past to build for the future” and symbolizes an African rite of passage. The Sankofa Graduation Ceremony is a reception celebrating the success of students within the African diaspora at UNCW.