Upperman African American Cultural Center

A People by the Sea

Africana Lecture and
Film Series
Art Exhibits Sankofa Programming
Special Events and
Signature Programs The Art of Narration Cultural Excursion
Black Fridays The Excellence Project Watch & Learn: Watch Parties & Discussions
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August 2017

13 | Road to Sankofa
5 p.m., Warwick Center
The Road to Sankofa program welcomes you and your family to the UNCW family. This program introduces you to the Upperman African American Cultural Center and the great legacy of the African American presence at UNCW. Join members of the UNCW faculty and administration, student leaders and other distinguished guests for this important UNCW tradition.

21 | Reading Black Narratives
from the Mountain by the Sea
2 p.m., Upperman Center

24 | My Lord, What A Morning
5:30 p.m., Upperman Center 

The Upperman Center is proud to present the photographic talent of UNCW’s very own Venita Jenkins. My Lord, What a Morning features a vibrant array of sunrise stills taken throughout the Gullah Geechee corridor. This exhibit serves as the introduction to the center’s theme for the year, A People by the Sea.  

25 | Black Friday: NPHC
12 p.m., Upperman Center 
29 | Rewind
6 p.m., Lumina Theater 
Join the Upperman African American Cultural Center for a night at the movies! We will screen short films courtesy of the Black Film Collective and a special feature film. This is the perfect opportunity to become acquainted with black student organizations on campus and learn more about the Upperman Center!

September 2017

7 | Get Lit. Series -
Charles Chestnutt
2 p.m., Upperman Center
7 | Wilmington on Fire 
6 p.m., Lumina Theater 

8 | Black Friday: Low Country Living
A Tasting from the Gullah Coast 
12 p.m., Upperman Center 
16 | Passports and Purpose 
Part of Family and Alumni Weekend 
10 a.m., Upperman Center 
Enjoy a Gullah Geechee inspired brunch, as parents participate in a guided conversation about how to support black college students with an emphasis on why Black students should travel abroad. Co-sponsored by the Office of International Programs. 
22 | Black Friday:
The Music of Porgy & Bess
12 p.m., Upperman Center 
28 | Growing Up Gullah 
6 p.m., Randall Library Auditorium 

October 2017

1 | Ron K. Brown Evidence: Dessert and Dance, TBA, TBA 
10 | Ink in Her Veins
Celebrating the Legacy of Mary Alice Jervay Thatch and the Wilmington Journal 
6 p.m., Wrightsville Beach Room 
13 | Black Friday:
Poetry with Anna Bontemps
12 p.m. Upperman Center

TBA | Ranky Tanky Concert

20 | Black Friday: Let's Get Dizzy
12 p.m., Upperman Center 
Black Friday's continues as we explore the musical contributions of Dizzy Gillespie. 
TBA | Get Lit. Series -
Christian Campbell
TBA, Upperman Center
27 | Black Friday:
A Black History Halloween 
12 p.m., Upperman Center
Black Friday's invites all students to participate in a Black history costume competition as we listen music inspired by Halloween. 

November 2017

3 | Black Friday: Dominica 
12 p.m., Upperman Center
15 | Get Lit. Series -
Tea Cakes and Grits
2 p.m., Upperman Center
Their Eyes Were Watching God
17 | Black Friday:
A Taste of Senegal 
12 p.m., Upperman Center 


27 | Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration 
6 p.m., Burney Center

 Everyone is invited to experience the traditions, rituals, and symbolism of Kwanzaa. Participants will learn the Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of Kwanzaa, and how each of these aspects plays a role in the development and sustainability of this cultural celebration.

December 2017

8 | Fall Senior Sankofa
10:30 a.m., Education Building 
Sankofa is a West African word in the Akan language meaning “wisdom in learning from the past to build for the future” and symbolizes an African rite of passage. The Sankofa Graduation Ceremony is a reception celebrating the success of students within the African diaspora at UNCW.
11 | Peach Cobbler and Pralines:
Silent Art Auction
6 p.m. Upperman Center 

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