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February 5th, 2016

we are CANCELLING tonight’s 2nd Anuual Student Music Showcase event due to weather concerns. We will try re-scheduel this event for sometime in April.

The Center for Black Culture & Research 2nd Annual Music Showcase-
A night of great music from student acts! This year acts will work with a house band lead by WVU Graduate Student music director Donnie Lee. Student acts include Mountaineer Idol winner Derrick Ward, nationally known rapper Chris Allen, the soulful vocal trio of Edu, R&B singer KONA, Mountaineer Idol runner up Elizabeth Kiem, and hosted by DJ Dollar at the Gluck Theatre Mountainlair February 10, 2016 7PM
2nd Annual Music Showcase

January 29th, 2016

Conversations with Cops
Forum will open discussion between law enforcement and the WVU community
Mountainlair’s Shenandoah Room, WVU, 7-9PM, February 4, 2016: “Conversations with Cops” is an ongoing multicultural program series that seeks to foster positive communication between Morgantown law enforcement and the cultural communities that create WVU.

This is an open forum for students to communicate freely and openly with local law enforcement agencies about any pertinent subject. Representatives will be present from the Morgantown Police Department, the WVU University Police, the WV State Police, the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and WellWVU’s panel on sexual assault prevention. The event will be moderated by Eric Jordan of the WVU Center for Black Culture & Research and Mariana Matthews of the WVU Peer Advocate Program.

This event will take place in the Shenandoah Room on the Downtown WVU Campus.

FREE PIZZA will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sponsored by the WVU Office of Multicultural Programs and the Morgantown Police Department, the WVU University Police, the WV State Police, the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. For more information, please email: or call: 304-293-0890.

Facebook: WVU Multicultural Programs / Twitter: @WVMulticultural

January 29th, 2016

To celebrate Black History Month the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research and the WVU Food Justice Lab in the Geography Program will spotlight the central role and unique stories of people of color in promoting equity in our food system. Join us February 16th for an evening lecture by farmer and food justice activist Natasha Bowens entitled “The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming.”
Food justice is the concept that all people should have access to affordable, culturally appropriate, and nutritious food for a sustainable healthy life. Ensuring the well-being of farmers, workers, animals, and lands that make up our food system are also key elements of promoting food justice. People of color continue to be the largest population negatively impacted by injustices in our food system. Yet, people of color are also leading movements to make our food system more just.
From Dr. Martin Luther King’s explicit vision on food justice, First Lady Michelle Obama’s current initiatives for healthy food, to the Black Panther Party’s free breakfast program to feed children before school (which inspired the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s school breakfast program), people of color continue to be major leaders in reforming the U.S. food system. Natasha Bowens is also an activist playing a pivotal role in the food system and continues to be an inspiration to people through her remarkable work.
Natasha Bowens is an author, beginning farmer and community activist who focuses on building empowerment and community with food and storytelling. Her book The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming is a book the Foreword Review calls “a trailblazing look at the past and present of North American farming” through the eyes of farmers of color. Natasha spent the past five years gathering stories and portraits of farmers and food activists from Black, Latina, Asian and Native communities across the country – stories that invite us to dig deep into race, culture and community for a truly sustainable food system. Natasha started The Color of Food in 2010 after exploring race and agriculture on her blog Brown.Girl.Farming. and Grist magazine. Her work has now garnered national attention such as The Atlantic, Mother Earth News, VICE, YES! Magazine and NPR.
The program will be Tuesday February 16th in the Rhododendron Room (Mountainlair, 2nd Floor) at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

January 7th, 2016

Monday January 18, 2016 at 8 AM join us at the Mountainlair Ballroom for our annual Martin Luther King Jr Breakfast. We will be presenting the MLK Scholarship Award. The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship is awarded annually to a West Virginia University undergraduate student who has demonstrated an active interest and meaningful involvement in areas of human rights, civil rights, social justice and/or world peace, or other activities exemplary or reflective of the ideals and life of Dr. King.
Also we will be presenting MLK Achievement Award to the nominee from the state of West Virginia who best exemplifies one who is working to fulfill the commitment of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The awardee must be a resident of West Virginia and must have, or be making a substantial contribution in the advancement of such concerns as: civil rights, human rights, humanitarianism, social action and advocacy, civility, improving the human condition, acting as a change agent for an inclusive and equal society for all people.

Our speaker this year is WVU Alumni Charles Emanuel


Emanuel is the founding partner of The Emanuel Firm in Orlando, FL. A graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law, in Jacksonville, Florida, Mr. Emanuel received his Bachelor of Arts from WVU. He has extensive experience in products liability, catastrophic injury cases, brain damage cases, mass tort litigation, auto accidents, nursing home abuse, contract disputes and defamation litigation. He represents former NFL players against the NFL in the head concussion litigation. He was the first attorney to sue the NFL teams. Charles has been recognized by The National Black Lawyers Top 100 as one of the top 100 black attorneys in America.

Emanuel is a former NFL football player for the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prior to the NFL, he was a three year starter at strong safety for the West Virginia Mountaineers and was a team captain of the 1996 team. During his collegiate football career, Charles earned a Big East Championship, played in the 1993 Sugar Bowl, 1995 Carquest Bowl and 1996 Gator Bowl. Charles was honored with the Fred Schaus’ Award, as the universities top team captain, Iron Mountaineer Award, the Ideal Mountaineer Award and Ira Rogers Awards for leadership and academics. Charles received the Jackie Robinson/Wilma Rudolph Award and finished in the top 20 WVU career tackles.

He enjoys volunteering his time coaching youth football and serving as a board member for Lake Nona Jr Lions and Lake Nona YMCA. He and his wife financially support several youth sports leagues and local schools in the Orlando area.

Charles is married to West Virginia University graduate Christine Emanuel and they have three boys, Charles III, Carter and Cole. The family resides in Orlando, Florida.

When: January 18, 2016
Where: Mountainlair Ballroom West Virginia University
Time: 8 AM
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October 20th, 2015

A video recap of our 2015 Homecoming Tailgate featuring student performers Chris Allen, WVU Alumni Ellis Lambert, Bonivito, and community dance group The Diverse Steppers!
filme and edited by WVU Student Garrett Peach Yurisko
October 6th, 2015
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Join us this weekend for our annual Homecoming Tailgate when the WVU Mountaineers take on Oklahoma State! We will have free food, drinks, games, and a T-Shirt Giveaway. Also performances from student artist Chris Allen, WVU Alumni Ellis Lambert,
Bonavita, and Morgantown’s own Diverse Steppers! Music by DJ Strizy!
The tailgate is from 3 PM – 6 PM and is located in Coca Cola Hospitality Village One (North West end of the stadium).
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September 28th, 2015

Ellis Yirenkyi Roper
“Places everyone. Two minutes until halftime.”
Imagine hearing these words as you are standing on the sidelines of a Mountaineer football game waiting to hear who will become the 2014-2015 Mr. And Ms. Mountaineer.
Ellis Yirenkyi Roper had the honor of standing on the field among others who were hopeful contenders for the title Mr. And Ms. Mountaineer.
When applications for the honor went out, Roper was not expecting to make it to the next round.
“It was mind blowing to even hear I was a finalist,” he said.
“When you are in a college town of mostly white students, it can be hard to find your place, and to be motivated to want to do activities that bring attention to you because so many people look down upon it. Roper said, “People told me that I had no chance at winning the title of Mr. Mountaineer because of what I looked like.”
The day was upon him, tailgating, friends and football. For Roper it entailed dressing to the nines and walking onto Mountaineer field to have a once in a lifetime experience. “It was mind boggling and a heart dropping experience”, he explained.
The several thousand people in the stands that day were silent, and all attention was on the hopeful finalists. The time had come, and all of a sudden the announcer exclaimed that Ellis Yirenkyi Roper was the 2014-2015 Mr. Mountaineer.