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Celebrate MLK Day by telling us how you plan on leaving your legacy in 2018. Stop by the Trapezoid Lounge on November 16th or 17th between 8am-5pm to write on our wall.

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Brittany Ferguson-Mike, Assistant Director of Campus Programs, bpf9@uakron.edu

Black History Month 2017

Mission: Black History Month, at The University of Akron, celebrates and educates the campus and surrounding communities on the knowledge, pride, understanding and empowerment of the African American culture and its impact on our daily lives.

Black History Month Informational Tabling

February 1st-17th

11:00am-1:00pm in the Student Union 2nd Floor Concourse

Stop by this table to hear about upcoming programs and events and to gather additional information in regards to Black History Month.

Black History Month Poster Series

February 9th&10th; 15th&16th; 23rd&24th; 27th&28th

8:00am-5:00pm in the Student Union Trapezoid Lounge

The poster displays portray black leaders throughout history in a wide range of fields who made a lasting impact through their ingenuity and drive. Each poster highlights important African-American figures who helped change the world, covering a number of fields including the arts, business, public service, science, education and sports.

February 1st-3rd

Feb. 3rd

Film- 13th (2016)

Time: 6:00pm
Location: STUN Theatre
Sponsors: University Libraries & Zips Programming Network
Ava DuVernay’s film “13th” chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States, examining how the country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African American. The title of the film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ”

February 5th-10th

Feb. 5th

Vocal Performance of Spirituals

Time: 3:00pm
Location: Guzzetta Recital Hall
Sponsor: UA Music Department
Come join Frank Ward, Director of Opera and Associate Professor of Music at UA, and enjoy a vocal performance of spirituals by African-Americans.

Feb. 6th-8th

Tunnel of Oppression

Time: 3:00pm-10:00pm (10th 3:00pm-8:00pm)
Location: Student Union 3rd Floor Study Lounge - 300H
Sponsor: Residence Life & Housing
Ready for something more active than listening to people talk about race? Come participate in an engaging, challenging chip-trading game and try to earn the most points! In the process, you’ll learn something about society and group dynamics, and you may even discover something about yourself.

Feb. 6th

Keynote Speaker: Jane Elliott

Time: 6:00pm
Location: EJ Thomas Hall
Sponsors: Rethinking Race
Jane Elliott, internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer, and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, exposes prejudice and bigotry for what it is, an irrational class system based upon purely arbitrary factors. And if you think this does not apply to you…you are in for a rude awakening.

Feb. 8th

Understanding Black Lives Matter

Time: 12:00pm
Leigh Hall 410
Sponsor: Rethinking Race
On May 15, 1970, 21 year-old Phillip Gibbs and 17 year-old James Earl Green were killed by State Police during a civil rights protest on the Jackson State campus in Jackson, Miss. Disagreements among historians and survivors about how these killings should be remembered reveal much about the origins and motives of the Black Lives Matter movement, suggesting that longstanding racial patterns have changed little since 1970. Brief presentation followed by open discussion.

Culture and Cocktails

Time: 6:00pm
Location: Student Union Ballroom A
Sponsor: Black Excellence Commission
Join the Black Excellence Commission for a fun social event to celebrate Black History Month. The theme of this event is Harlem Renaissance as a celebration to those who came before us. There will be performers, such as dancers, spoken word, and singers.

Film- Race (2016)

Time: 8:00pm
Location: Student Union Theatre
Sponsors: University Libraries & Zips Programming Network
Race is the incredible story of Olympic legend, Jesse Owens. In this epic quest to be the greatest athlete in history, Owens chooses to compete in the 1936 Olympics, where he must overcome not only elite competition, but also the brutal climate of Adolf Hitler’s Germany.

Feb. 10th

John Brown Presentation

Time: 3:00pm
Sponsor: Summit County Historical Society
Join us for a presentation on the life of John Brown, the abolitionist who lived most of his life in Summit County before orchestrating a raid on Harpers Ferry with the goal of ending slavery in the United States.

Film- Loving (2016)

Time: 8:00pm
Location: Student Union Theatre
Sponsors: University Libraries & Zips Programming Network
The film celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.

Feb. 11th

Film- Loving (2016)

Time: 8:00pm
Location: Student Union Theatre
Sponsors: University Libraries & Zips Programming Network
The film celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.

February 13th-17th

Feb. 13th

Harlem Renaissance Art Showcase

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Student Union Starbucks & Piano Lounge
Sponsor: Zips Programming Network
This event will allow students to enter the Harlem Renaissance Era by painting portraits of themselves and writing poems while enjoying jazz music. Self-portraits of the most influential people during the Harlem Renaissance Era will be posted around the area for students to enjoy with refreshments.

Keynote Speaker: Nina Turner

Time: 7:00pm
Location: Student Union Theatre
Sponsor: Rethinking Race Committee
Come hear Rethinking Race Keynote Speaker Nina Turner, a former state senator in Ohio, college professor, motivational speaker, media commentator and author.

Feb. 14th

Blessing Bags- Haven of Rest

Sponsor: Black Excellence Commission
Delivery of care packages to the Haven of Rest. For more information, please contact alg127@zips.uakron.edu

Feb. 15th

Mosaic: Women of Color

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: Simmons Hall Room 306
Sponsor: The Counseling & Testing Center
A workshop for women of color to address academic/life stressors, to develop a community of trust, and to facilitate the adjustment process at a PWI (Predominately White institution).

#TheRightToBeHueman

Time: 6pm
Location: Simmons Hall 111
Sponsor: Rethinking Race
Millennials are the most civic minded generation but not so much civically engaged. We want to change that by connecting and kinecting people to existing organizations that serve humanity in order to find out what we can DO to help make a difference. We are having a coalition of human rights organizations to come speak about their mission, programs/initiatives, and calls to action. The Akron NAACP, Akron Urban League, Islamic Council of Ohio, ACLU Ohio, WorldReliefAkron and the Native American Indian Cultural Center will be in attendance.

Film- Chi-Raq (2015)

Time: 7:30pm
Location: Student Union Theatre
Sponsors: University Libraries & Zips Programming Network
In Spike Lee's modern-day adaptation of Aristophanes' play Lysistrata, a gang leader's girlfriend (Teyonah Parris) is called to action after a child is killed by a stray bullet. She convinces a group of women to help put an end to the violence in Chicago's South Side by taking a vow of abstinence, which will only end when their men decide to bring peace to the city.

Feb. 16th

Black Family Feud

Time: 7:30pm
Location: Kolbe Hall Theatre
Sponsor: Black Excellence Commission
This event is inspired by Family Feud and will involve historic questions created by each organization underneath BEC. There will be 4-5 rounds with prizes for contestants to win.

Five Senses of Brown: A celebration of African Americans and their contributions to the senses of society.

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Student Union 312
Sponsor: Undergraduate Student Government’s Diversity Committee
This program is interactive and is meant to educate and help participants practice using their senses to build relationships with their fellow colleagues. The program will showcase how great African Americans over time have used their own senses to help build relationships and bring them together

Feb. 17th

Trolley Tours

Time: 1:15pm
Location: Board the trolley at College Street Circle off E. Buchtel Avenue
Sponsor: Summit County Historical Society
Take a trolley tour through Akron to learn more about the influence of African Americans in the city. The route will go past historic sites, artworks and civic areas in the community.

Film – The Negro and the American Promise

Time: 11:00am
Location: Student Union Theatre
Sponsor: Center for the History of Psychology
It was the spring of 1963, a few months after Alabama governor George Wallace called for “segregation forever” and a few months before the March on Washington, when WGBH producer Henry Morgenthau III and director Fred Barzyk filmed “The Negro and the American Promise,” featuring author James Baldwin, Nation of Islam Minister Malcolm X and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The interviews reveal deep disagreement about the way forward for the movement and give a sense of the intense pressure on King. The interviewer is psychologist Kenneth Clark.

February 20th-24th

Feb. 22nd

Love Your Hair

Time: 7:00pm
Location: Student Union 312
Sponsor: Student African American Sisterhood

A Different World

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Student Union 335
Sponsors: Black Students United
The purpose of this event is to encourage everyone to embrace their natural hair textures. The presenters will show how hair products and methods to keep up natural hair have evolved over time. Items including hair products from The Mane Choice, Mielle Organics, and Shea Moistures will be raffled off.

Feb. 23rd

In Living Color

Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Location: Student Union Ballrooms A&B
Sponsor: Black Excellence Commission
This event takes you on a passport through the African Diaspora. Showcasing the different cultures within the Black community.