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The Blue & Gray Press | August 18, 2018

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Black superheroes deserve more representation in film

February 22, 2018 |


Staff Writer

While I am not a comic book fan, I am a true lover of film. When the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Ironman (2008), was released I wasn’t too excited about it, although it seemed everyone else in the world was. A lot of things have changed for me in the past decade, which has softened my resolve when it comes to comic book movies, one of the most prominent being the release of “Black Panther.”  Read More

“Black Panther” introduces complex themes to Marvel Universe

February 22, 2018 |


Senior Writer

In 2016, Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” gave us many things. On top of bringing back several previously established characters and having them take each other on in an all-out brawl, it also introduced two heroes who had previously not been featured in any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. The first of these characters was the much-beloved Spider-Man, who received his own solo film only a year later in the form of “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” The second character was Black Panther, a lesser-known character from the comics who was instantly turned into a fan favorite thanks to the success of “Civil War.” Now, just like Spider-Man, Black Panther is getting his own time in the spotlight with 2018’s first big super hero hit, “Black Panther.”Read More

UMW community celebrates Black History Month

February 15, 2018 |


Staff Writer

Despite the current racial tensions throughout the United States, the faculty and students of Mary Washington have been working hard to unify the campus through a series of Black History Month celebrations. Many people have spent months planning and preparing for the events with hopes to promote social justice and equality while paying tribute to the numerous the accomplishments of African-Americans in our society.Read More

Political Poets Collective sponsors Resistance Through Poetry event

February 8, 2018 |


Staff Writer

An empty stage with a single microphone sits at the front of the Underground. The atmosphere is set with background music centered around resistance and triumph. Members of the community, as well as UMW students, anxiously await the demonstration of resistance.Read More

April Ryan speaks as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker

February 1, 2018 |


Staff Writer

“It’s been a year” said White House correspondent, April Ryan in her speech on Wednesday, January 24 in Chandler Ballroom. Ryan spoke as the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker. This event, hosted by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, began the numerous Black History Month events this February.Read More

Step Show sheds light into black history and culture

February 22, 2017 |


This Saturday, in honor of Black History Month, Women of Color and the Black Student Association partnered together with the James Farmer Multicultural Center for the 26th Annual Step Show Competition.Read More

Black history month recognized at UMW, overlooked by students

February 25, 2016 |


The James Farmer Multicultural Center has sponsored several events this February in connection with Black History Month. The events ranged from the Gospelfest on Feb. 6 to sampling African, Caribbean and Cajun cuisines, which University Dining has offered throughout this month, allowing students ample opportunities to experience a variety of African American traditions. Read More

UMW: University of Mostly Whites

February 10, 2016 |


In light of Black History Month this February, it seems like the right time to shed a light on exactly how racially and ethnically diverse we are here at the University of Mary Washington.Read More

Angela Davis Gives Keynote Speech in Dodd

February 15, 2012 |


Political activist, scholar and author Angela Davis gave the keynote address at Dodd Auditorium last night as part of the University of Mary Washington’s commemoration of Black History Month. Davis spoke about experience as a political activist … Read More

Eagles Celebrate Black History

February 15, 2012 |

Throughout the month of February, the James Farmer Multicultural Center is sponsoring various events in association with their Black History Month theme “My Black is Beautiful: Footprints, Reflections and Paths.”

The theme differs from that of the national Black History … Read More

Dancing, Singing and Culture at Gospelfest

February 1, 2012 |


On Sunday, Feb. 12, the University of Mary Washington will host its annual Gospelfest, celebrating African-American culture through the art of music and dance in Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall at 4 p.m.

Every year the … Read More

Staff Editorial: Avoiding Sterotypings during Black History Month

February 5, 2009 |

February is Black History Month, and UMW is very prepared.

There is a schedule full of events that are supposed to speak to Mary Washington students of all races about the history and culture of the black community.

And seeing … Read More

Think Before You Speak

March 13, 2008 |


Unlike the Martin Luther King Jr. and hip-hop speeches given throughout Black History Month, the lecture held Wednesday, Feb. 27, was on a more controversial topic – “the N-word.”

Reverend Shaunna Payne, Acting Director of the James … Read More

MLK Day Free at Last

February 21, 2008 |


With Black History Month underway and the repercussions of last semester’s response to a racial indiscretion in Jefferson Hall continuing into the spring, the administration had their timing right.

In a Feb. 18 press release sent to … Read More

BET star speaks at UMW

February 14, 2008 |


Jeff Johnson, the keynote speaker for the University of Mary Washington’s celebration of Black History Month, was half an hour late to his own speech. And he was not happy about it.Read More

UMW Celebrates Black History  

February 8, 2007 |


The University of Mary Washington campus kicked off the celebration of Black History Month on Feb. 2 to large numbers of students and Fredericksburg community members. The events chosen this year by a planning committee, which consists … Read More