NAU celebrates Black History Month, honors John Singleton

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Northern Arizona University and the Office of Inclusion are celebrating Black History Month with events scheduled throughout February. These are opportunities to learn about diverse cultural traditions and honor the contributions African-Americans have made to civilization, while raising awareness of struggles of the past and present.

This year, special attention is drawn to honor the acclaimed director, screenwriter and producer John Singleton. He is most known for his debut film “Boyz N the Hood,” which came out in 1991. He was the first African-American to receive an Oscar nomination for best director. The month will screen several of his films and feature lectures and discussions that feature Black artists, poets and influencers.

The schedule of events follows.

Feb. 4: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cultural Development in Black Communities Lecture, IMQ Student Center

Feb. 6: 6-8:30 p.m. John Singleton Tribute: “Boyz N the Hood,” IMQ Student Center

Feb. 10-14:

  • Black History Month Cultural Bites, Lunch/Dinner at the Hot Spot/Dub
  • Love Who You Love: Inclusive Valentines, IMQ Q-Unity Center

Feb. 12: 6-8:30 p.m. John Singleton Tribute: “Poetic Justice,” IMQ Student Center

Feb. 13: 5-6:30 p.m. Black Love Trivia: Game Night, IMQ Student Center

Feb. 14: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Love Who You Love LGBTea+, IMQ Q-Unity Center

Feb. 18: 6-8:30 p.m. John Singleton Tribute: “Snowfall,” IMQ Student Center

Feb. 20: 6-8 p.m. Me & My Peeps Family Dinner, IMQ Student Center

Feb. 24: 6-8:30 p.m. John Singleton Tribute: “Baby Boy,” IMQ Student Center

Feb. 26: 2-4 p.m. Talkin While Black: Panel, IMQ Student Center

Feb. 27: 5-7 p.m. Tribute to Black and Queer Poets, IMQ Q-Unity Center

The Office of Inclusion also will offer Zone trainings during February. Registration is through LOUIE Self Service > Learning and Development. For additional information and assistance with registration, contact their office at or (928) 523-5656.