In honor of Black History Month, Northern Arizona University is inviting community members to take part in a number of educational and outreach events.

The Commission on Ethnic Diversity is kicking off Black History Month with the grand opening of the “Flagstaff: South of the Tracks” exhibit on display at the Northern Arizona University International Pavilion. The kickoff event, including vendors and performances, will be open to the public from 3-6 p.m. on Feb. 3.

The exhibit, which is sponsored by the Black Student Union, Office of Inclusion: Multicultural and LGBTQIA Student Services and the Center for International Education, offers a glimpse into Flagstaff’s African-American history.

“Flagstaff: South of the Tracks” is open in the International Pavilion Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays 2-10 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. now through Feb. 28.

The Office of Inclusion: Multicultural and LGBTQIA Student Services also will host a lunch and dinner series to celebrate Black History Month. The event will be held in the Hot Spot every Thursday during the month. Students can experience culinary traditions from African, Caribbean, Creole and Southern African-American influences with student performances at 12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. every Thursday.

Those without a meal plan may purchase tickets for $8 from University Union room 105 or from the ticket booth in front of the Hot Spot. Money from ticket sales will be used to create a scholarship fund for underrepresented students through the NAU Foundation.

For information on more Black History Month events, visit The Center for University Access and Inclusion website.