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Celebrating Black History Month

Numerous two-year and four-year colleges are hosting Black History Month events across the nation. Here’s a look at how some colleges are continuing the legacy of what was first founded as Negro History Week in 1926 by noted African-American historian Carter G. Woodson.

Benedict College (S.C.)

Worship Service: “Biblical Mandate to a Chosen Generation”

Topic: Identity Crisis: Who Are We?–Rev. Thomas V. Davis, Campus

Presentation and lecture: Minister Tony Hare, a Benedict College Alumnus and founder of the Stop the Violence Tour

Presentation: African-American History Month Brought to Life, historical analysis and interpretation, essays and poetry, theatrical recreations of historical events, art displays, and musical presentations

Workshop: Personal Financial Planning, budgeting, establishing and maintaining credit, and basic investment tips

Storytelling: interactive storytelling for children

Presentation: Hip Hop Versus the Black Community, an exploration of the evolution of hip-hop and its adverse effects on society

Presentation: Hip-Hop: An Expression of African-American Culture, a discussion of the historical origin of hip-hop and the social and economic forces that caused it to explode as an art form all over the world

Reception and Dinner: The 21st Annual Black History Teleconference Annual Reception and Dinner

Conference: Annual Minority Pre-law Conference, Hosts-The Benedict College Office of Career Services and the SC Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division

Video Marathon: “For the People”

Bowling Green State University (Ky.)

Luncheon: Black History Month Kickoff Luncheon

Performance: “The Best of Dinner Theatre” – comedian Jay Lamont

Forum: Fade to Black With African People’s Association: Open Forum on the Relationships Between Black Americans and Africans

Lecture: Dr. Angela M. Nelson, chair, department of popular culture, BGSU

Event: Taste of February


Foothill Community College (Calif.)

Lecture: Black History Month Lecture Series Part I: Nile Valley & Ancient African Civilization

Dance: Love & Protect: Foothill College Valentine’s Day Dance

Awards: 10th Annual African Achievers Awards

Concert: Make a Joyful Noise Gospel Concert


Miami-Dade College (Fla.)

Meet the Author: Geoffrey Philp – Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories, Benjamin and My Son

Workshops: Adinkra Symbols Workshops, Brenda Jordan, artist

Performance: “A Storydance: A Creative Interpretation of the Anansi Stories” – Freddick Bratcher and Company Contemporary Dance Theatre Presents

Concert: “Sounds of the Caribbean With Reggie Paul”

Workshop: Jewelry Making With African Beads

Lecture: “From Black Power to Black Empowerment,” Coral Reef Branch

Workshop: Hip-Hop Writing Workshop

Meet the Author: Edwidge Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory

Event: Jamaican Folk Revue – Storytelling, singing and dancing

Lecture: “Faith, Scholarship, Service: Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune”

Meet the Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney, award-winning children’s author and illustrator

Portland Community College (Ore.)

Speech: Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

SUNY Rockland Community College

Dedication: Collection of African-American literature and books on African-American culture will be named in honor of Dr. Jaqueline L. Holland

Discussion: “The Literary Triumphs and Challenges of African-Americans”: Author Corey Burkes, faculty and students

Performance: The contributions of women to the development of jazz in the 20th century- Erica Kaplan


Southeast Missouri State University

Book Discussion: What Black Men Should Do Now: 100 Simple Truths, Ideas and Concepts

Book sale: historical and fictional accounts of the Black experience.

Speaker: “Race, Class and the Death Penalty,” Dr. Roberta M. Harding, Wilburt D. Ham Professor of Law, University of Kentucky

Lecture: Sylvester Brown Jr., columnist, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Discussion: “Connections Between Afro-Hispanic and African-American Communities,” Dr. Antonio Tills, associate professor of Spanish and African-American studies, Purdue University

Career fair: Minority Career Exploration Night

Game night: Trivia on Black history and African-American culture and traditions

Tidewater Community College (Va.)

Guest Speaker: Living the Dream – Marlene Randall, Portsmouth city councilwoman

Exhibit: Ceramic art exhibit on the works of Sharif Bey, assistant professor of art and director of the art program, Winston-Salem State University

Concert: Hitz on the Plaza: Featuring Motown’s Greatest

Health Fair/ Seminar: Black Health Concerns

Concert: Living Jazz: The History of African-American Music

Seminar: Understanding Your Credit

Open Mic Night: The Poetry of “Likeness of Being” – Nathan Richardson


University of Michigan

Summit: “Politics, Globalization and the Hip-Hop Generation”

Event: Black History 101 Mobile Museum – artifacts, achievements and contributions of African-Americans

Dinner: King’s Feast – annual dinner in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

Lecture: Dr. Warren Washington, senior scientist, climate change, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Awards: MLK Scholarship Awards Program and Reception

Lecture: “Struggling Toward Justice in Education: Thoughts From James Anderson” – Dr. James Anderson, professor of history and education policy studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Discussion: “Preserving Diversity! From Proposition 209 to Proposal 2: Examining the Effects of Anti-Affirmative Action Voter Initiatives”

University of Virginia

Event: Black Men’s Breakfast

Speech: “State of the Office of African-American Affairs – Dr. Maurice Apprey, dean, Office of African-American Affairs

Discussion: “Making History: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – Black Physicians”

Speech: “Black History the Missing Chapter: African American Entrepreneurs” – Alfred A. Edmond J., editor in chief, Black Enterprise magazine

Concert: “Black Voices Winter Concert”

Discussion: “The State of Young Black America” – UVA NAACP, Office of African-American Affairs, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.


— List compiled by Maria Eugenia Miranda

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