Beginning today, George Mason University will celebrate Black History Month with a series of lectures, films, performances and other events.

A 1:30 p.m. march today in the Johnson Center atrium celebrating the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. will kick off the month-long commemoration.

The university's gospel choir will perform, and the Rev. Michael Beckwith, founder and director of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, will be the featured speaker.

On Feb. 12, "The Tunnel of Oppression: From Hate to Hope," a presentation described by university officials as multisensory, will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center's Dewberry Hall.

Also that day, this year's W.E.B. DuBois lecture will feature Frank Kirkland, professor and chairman of the Philosophy Department at Hunter College in New York, who will talk about "The Problem of the Color Line: Evolving or Non-Evolving." The lecture will be at 3 p.m. in the Student Union II ballroom.

A roundtable discussion, "Black as You Wanna Be," at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 concludes the events. Participants will be able to discuss a variety of topics, including current issues in the black community. The discussion will be held in the Johnson Center's Assembly Room G.

For more information, go to www.gmu.