The University of Maryland College Park campus is celebrating Black History Month with activities including lectures, exhibits and dance performances.
Donald Bogle, author of "Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies and Bucks" and "Brown Sugar: Eighty Years of America's Black Female Superstars," is scheduled to speak Wednesday at noon on the image of blacks in the movies. Attorney J. Clay Smith, a commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will speak Feb. 25 at noon on the black lawyer in America. Both are scheduled to speak in Room 2205 of the Social Sciences Building.
An exhibition of paintings by Nathaniel Kato Gibbs opens Friday at 4 p.m. with a public reception for the artist in the Parents Association Gallery, located in the Student Union. Gibb's work will be on display through March 6. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.
An exhibit of books on the black experience written by faculty members at the College Park campus is also on display on the second floor of the Social Sciences Building.
"Offering," a dance concert inspired by themes from the Afro-American culture, will be presented this weekend by dance instructors John Perpener and Alvin Mayes in the Building Ee studio/theater. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 454-4056 or 587-5866.