UNCP lines up women empowerment events

By: Staff report

PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will celebrate women with three events during Women’s History Month.

The first event will be “Brave Dialogue: Identities of Black Women” on Wednesday in the University Center, Room 208, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The event will include a five-woman panel including students and professors. The panelists will answer questions about the identity of black women.

The questions include:

— Is there an underlying tension between African American men and women? If so, where do you think it comes from?

— Is it difficult for a black woman to be vulnerable? If so, why?

— Are black women seen as less feminine than other ethnic women?

— Why is the phrase, “strong black woman” used more often than “strong black man”?

— Are black women expected to carry too much of the burden for our ethnicity/race?

Assistant Professor Calvina Ellerbe will moderate.

The Bold & Beautiful Fashion Show will be held at 7 p.m. March 21 in the Auxiliary Gym in the Jones Health and Physical Education Center. The show’s theme is 1980s throwback with a modern twist to it and is a full-figured show. There will be two performances by a local dance company.

The 90-minute show is staged every year in March in honor of Women’s History Month.

Tickets are $3 if bought early and $5 at the door. Call 910-521-6243 for more information.

The final event will be on March 27. It will include indigenous author Lena Epps Brooker speaking about her book “Hot Dogs on the Road.” The book is an autobiography about prejudices experienced by an American Indian “growing up in a black and white world.”

The event at the Museum of the Southeast American Indian starts at 6:30 p.m.

According to the National Library of Congress, Women’s History Month had its origin as a national celebration in 1981 when the 97th Congress passed legislation authorizing and requesting the president appoint the week beginning March 7, 1982, as Women’s History Week.

Several presidents have issued an annual series of proclamations that support and celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and acknowledge certain achievements of women through a variety of fields.

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Staff report