A full slate of activities at Virginia Tech will commemorate Black History Month 2006 with the theme "Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black Fraternal, Civic and Social Institutions." The events get underway on Monday, Jan. 23 and continue through Saturday, Feb. 25.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Among the highlights of the four-week celebration will be an appearance by activist, author, philosopher, and teacher, Angela Davis, who is perhaps best known for her radical racial justice and women's rights activities in the late 1960s and early 1970s. A professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz and the author of five books, Davis will recount her place and participation in the nation's turbulent history in an address to the campus community at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in Burruss Hall auditorium.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Black Cultural Center, a program titled "Mammy would like to thank the Academy" will present a portrayal of Oscar winner Hattie McDaniel and discuss stereotypes of Black women perpetuated by the media.

Other events planned throughout the month include programs relating to health care and health issues affecting the Black community, panel discussions and forums relating to Black history, cultural and ethnic presentations, and a performance by "Step Afrika," the first professional company dedicated to the intricate dance patters associated with stepping.

Detailed information about Black History Month at Virginia Tech can be found at the Multicultural Programs and Services website.