Performances, speakers and student events will mark the celebration of Black History Month 2003 on the Homewood campus. Organized by members of the Black Student Union, with sophomore Gerald Ali Rasheed Jr. as chair, the program spans the month of February and features an art show, a four-part lecture series about music with African influences and several guest speakers, including poet Nikki Giovanni.
Mon., Feb. 3, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Poet, essayist and lecturer Nikki Giovanni, whose work has influenced the black arts movement. Shriver Hall.
Tues., Feb. 4, 3 to 4 p.m. "Who is the Griot?" First installment of an interactive lecture series about the origins of music with African influences. AMR2 Multipurpose Room.
Wed., Feb. 5, noon to 2 p.m. Jazz and gospel composer/musician Lea Gilmore will conduct a workshop focusing on the history of jazz and gospel music. 101 Mattin Center.
Sat., Feb. 8, 8 p.m. Costume Party (JHU students only). Guests are asked to dress as an inspirational musician from any time era. Refreshments, prizes for best costumes. AMR2 Multipurpose Room.
Sun., Feb. 9, 9:30 p.m. Reggae Night at the Ottobar (JHU students only). Shuttles will be provided. $5.
Tues., Feb. 11, 3 to 4 p.m. "Slave Spirituals, Gospel and Blues." Second in series about the origins of music with African influences. AMR2 Multipurpose Room.
Fri., Feb. 14, 7 to 9 p.m. The African American Dance En-semble, which seeks to preserve and share the finest traditions of African and African American dance and music through research, education and entertainment. $5 students; $10 general public. Shriver Hall.
Sun., Feb. 16, 7 to 9 p.m. Night of Soul and Food (JHU students only), an open mic night where attendees may showcase their talents. Pot luck dinner. Free. BSU Room, basement AMR2.
Tues., Feb. 18, 3 to 4 p.m. "Jazz." Third in series about the origins of music with African influences. AMR2 Multipurpose Room.
Fri., Feb. 21, 5 p.m. Art Show. Local artists Larry Scott and Jeffery Kent will present works with a musical theme and discuss the influence various songs had in the creation of their works. E-Level and Great Hall, Levering.
Sat., Feb. 22, 7 p.m. Cabaret. The Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Theatre Company presents its annual Black History Month cabaret and dinner theater, Black Love, Black Strength, the Black Family. $7 for Johns Hopkins students; $10 for the public. For information, call 410-235-0631. Arellano Theatre.
Tues., Feb. 25, 3 to 4 p.m. "Rock to Hip-Hop." Fourth in series about the origins of music with African influences. AMR2 Multipurpose Room.
Thurs., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. Sweet Honey in the Rock at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The award-winning female a capella group performs gospel, blues and jazz. Call the box office at 410-783-8000 for ticket information. Transportation will be provided for students.