Africa Week: February 4-10, 2018

As part of Black History Month, the department of Africana Studies at UM-Flint, along with efforts by the UM-Flint African Student Association, and with generous support from the College of Arts & Sciences, the Office of the Provost, and other university offices, presents the fourth annual Africa Week.

From February 4 - 10, we will offer a series of celebrations and activities that explore the vibrant ties that exist between Africa and its diaspora. By showcasing artists, experts, and works from across the city, state, country, and world, we hope to give individuals from our campus and community an opportunity to come together and share in the learning of culture, history, and experience. Unless otherwise noted, Africa Week events are free and open to the public.

Event information is subject to change.

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Sun., February 4: Service and Reception at St. Paul's

St. Paul's Episcopal Church will host a special service to be followed by a reception and dancers from Angels in Motion. All are welcome!

  • Date: February 4, 2018
  • Time: 10 a.m. service; 11:30 reception and dancers
  • Location: 711 S. Saginaw St., Flint

Mon., February 5: Luncheon and Lecture

Our annual lunch and lecture will feature a special guest speaker. Registration is required to attend.

Date: February 5, 2018
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: UCEN Happenings Room


Tues., February 6: Exhibit on African Architecture

Drop in to this temporary exhibit on African architecture, presented with the African Students Association.

  • Date: February 6, 2018
  • Time: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Location: UCEN Happenings Room 

Wed., February 7: Presentation on Eve Ensler

Featuring a presention covering Eve Ensler's work on violence against women in the Congo, followed by a discussion. 

  • Date: February 7, 2018
  • Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. (pesentation begins at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Location: Michigan Room C

Thurs., February 8: Vagina Monologues at UM-Flint

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Vagina Monologues -- a play by award-winning playwright Eve Ensler, founder of V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. Reception to follow performance.

  • Date: February 8, 2018
  • Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location: UM-Flint Theatre 

Fri., February 9: Art Exhibit at the FIA

Attend Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence at the FIA. This exhibit showcases a new form of textile art known as ndwango, developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
FIA admission fees apply.

  • Date: February 9, 2018
  • Time: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. 
  • Location: 1220 E. Kearsley St., Flint

Please note: college students can sign up for the FIA's College Town program -- a free membership for college students. Sign up online ( or at the museum.

Sat., February 10: Children's Storytime

An event for little readers! Join us for children's tales from Africa during Totem Books' Saturday Storytime.

  • Date: February 10, 2018
  • Time: 11 am - 12 pm
  • Location: Totem Books, 620 W. Court St., Flint