In celebration of Black History Month, Monmouth University is hosting a series of events programmed to celebrate African American heritage. The following events are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, February 12 at 7:15 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium, Wilson Hall, there will be a screening of the movie Hotel Rwanda. The movie is based on the true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

On Tuesday, February 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Pollak Theatre, see guest speaker Dr. Joseph Sebarenzi, former head of the Rwanda Parliament and survivor of the Rwandan Genocide. He lost both his parents, seven siblings, and numerous other relatives in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Yet, years later, as a senior government official in a position to exact revenge, he instead pushed for peace and reconciliation. “Revenge is like adding guilt to victim hood.” says Sebarenzi. “It solves nothing. At some point, we have to ignore the past and envision the future.”

On Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Pollak Theatre, join us for the Provost’s Film Series screening of Bamako. In this film by Abderrahmane Sissako, Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work, and the couple is on the verge of breaking up. African civil society spokesmen have taken proceedings against the World Bank and the IMF whom they blame for Africa’s woes. Chaka does not seem to be concerned by Africa’s desire to fight for its rights.

For additional information on Black History Month at Monmouth University, please call 732-571-3526.

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