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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will commemorate Black History Month with a series of events throughout February.

Carolina’s Black Student Movement will host the 11th annual African American History Month Lecture on Feb. 17 at The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will discuss the “Unbearable Likeness of Ferguson: The Origin Story of Now.”

In keeping with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s 2015 theme of “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture,” the William and Ida Friday Center for Continue Education will sponsor a performance of “Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart” on Feb. 15. The one-man play, performed by Mike Wiley, tells the story of the baseball legend.

On Feb. 21, Carolina athletics will honor Karen Stevenson and Charles Waddell with the second annual Tar Heel Trailblazer awards during the men’s basketball game against Georgia Tech.

The award recognizes individuals who paved the way for success in all aspects of the student-athlete experience.

Stevenson, a former track and field athlete, was the first black woman to earn the Morehead Scholarship at Carolina and the first in the country to be awarded the Rhodes Scholarship. A three-sport letter winner, Waddell was awarded the Patterson Medal — Carolina’s highest athletic award — in 1975.

Black History Month events also include the Black and Blue historical tours, the 36th annual Minority Health Conference, the Conference on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity, and lectures by speakers civil rights leader Benjamin Chavis and Dr. Herman Taylor.

For a complete list of events, click here.

Published January 30, 2015.