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1120 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


Black History Month


Face(t)s of Black


The Black History Month 2016 theme “Face(t)s of Black” celebrates the endless intersectional identities (“faces”) of people of the African Diaspora, dispelling the myth of Blackness as a monolith.

WEEK 1: January 31st- February 7th 

Sunday, January 31st 

ESA Charity Date Auction, 7pm, Atrium, The Stamp

Ethiopian Students Association

The Ethiopian Students Association will be having its 3rd annual Charity Date Auction on the 30th of January. All proceeds will be going the Wegene Ethiopian Foundation, so come out and support a good cause!


Monday, February 1st

Black History Month Group Photo, 4pm, Fredrick Douglass Square 

Black Student Union 

Join BSU for a group photo to commemorative Black History Month 2016! 


Nyumburu Black History Month Kick-Off, 5pm-7pm, Multipurpose Room, Nyumburu Cultural Center

Nyumburu Cultural Center, co-sponsored by BSU, NAACP (UMD Chapter), ASA, CSA, BMI, SOUL, & WETATi Next Generation

Join us for a night of entertainment and dinner as we kick-off this year's month-long Black History Month celebrations! 

Contact: Anne Carswell,

Tuesday, February 2nd

 The Sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois: Why Du Bois is the Founder of American Scientific Sociology?, 4pm, Colony Ballroom, The Stamp

The Bahá'í Chair for World Peace, co-sponsored by The Critical Race Initiative, Sociology Dept., and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Professor Aldon Morris of Northwestern University's lecture on will explore the methods Du Bois pioneered and his novel theorizing that laid the foundations for subsequent sociological analyses. Morris will offer an account of the dynamic forces that generate scientific schools of thought and that undergirded knowledge production in social science during Du Bois’s era.


 Thursday, February 4th 

B(l)ack Talk I: Black Thought, 12:30pm-2pm, MICA/LCSL Conference Room, The Stamp

Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA)

Stay woke...or nah? A discussion centered on the myths and stereotypes of black consciousness. Hoteps welcome. Part of a monthly series aimed at provoking dialogue and debate around critical issues in black student life.

Contact: Tia Dolet,


Family Feud, 5pm, Anne Arundel Basement

Black Honors Caucus

A rendition of the game Family Feud, that will test your knowledge on the notable figures in Black History.


Friday, February 5th

Fresh Out Fridays, every Friday of the month, all day, campus-wide

Black Male Initiative

Every Friday, join Black Male Initiative in celebration of Black Excellence and show us how you stay fresh. Display your best casual, formal and professional looks and at months end, see them displayed as a collage at the Nyumburu Cultural Center.

Sunday, February 7th  

Super Bowl Watch/Black Quest, 6pm, Multipurpose Room, Nyumburu Cultural Center

Nyumburu Cultural Center

Contact: Anne Carswell,


WEEK 2: February 8th- February 14th 

Monday, February 8th

“You Alright, Sis?” Black Woman Revitalization in the Face of Patriarchy, 6pm-8pm, Grand Ballroom Lounge, The Stamp

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Understanding the exhaustion experienced by Black women in the face of multilayered oppression, the purpose of this workshop is to provide strategies of self-preservation and self-care in the face of racism, sexism, patriarchy, and misogynoir.

Contact: Timea Webster, 301-405-6810 

Register here 


Wednesday, February 10th

Black Monologues 2016, 6:30pm, Hoff Theater, The Stamp

Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA)

The Black Monologues is designed to give students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to share their stories through the performance of original monologues, while educating the broader campus community on institutional issues and experiences affecting African-descended members of the University of Maryland community.

Contact: Tia Dolet,


Gospel Happy Hour, 7-8pm, Multipurpose Room, Nyumburu Cultural Center

Nyumburu Cultural Center

Contact: Anne Carswell,


Nigrescent: Reenvisioning the Black “Canon” - Black Writers Series 2016, Wed., Feb. 10th (Semester Kick-off Party), Wed., Feb. 17th, Wed., Feb.  24th , 7:30pm, 1134 Tawes Hall 

African Diaspora Reading Group

Join ADRG for our Black Writers Series 2016 as we read and explore the works of the African Diaspora with special emphasis on first and second generation authors.

Contact: or visit


Thursday, February 11th

B(l)ack Talk II: Black Love, 12:30pm-2pm, MICA/LCSL Conference Room, The Stamp

Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA)

Life after "bae". Just kidding. A healthy, gender-inclusive discussion around interracial/interracial relationships and the historical expectations of black family. Part of a monthly series aimed at provoking dialogue and debate around critical issues in black student life.

Contact: Tia Dolet,


Sunday, February 14th

Inspirational Worship Service, 11am-12:30pm, Garden Chapel of The Memorial

Nyumburu Cultural Center, co-sponsor: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Contact: Anne Carswell,


WEEK 3: February 15th- February 21st

Tuesday, February 16th 

Radical Self Care in the Midst of Racial Trauma, 12pm-1:30pm, Location TBD

Office of Diversity & Inclusion and The Counseling Center

There is a profound emotional toll when encountering racial harassment or hostility--as the witness or as the target. This conversation led by Dr. Carlton Green seeks to support our community in imagining, envisioning, and practicing radical self-care journey in the midst of racial trauma. All are welcome. Lunch will be served.

RSVP to Timea Webster at


Affirmative Action 101: An Analysis of the Historical and Contemporary Role of Affirmative Action in US Higher Education, 6pm-8pm, McKeldin Special Events Room 6137

College of Education Graduate Student Organization, co-sponsored by the Black Graduate Student Union

The purpose of this interactive panel discussion is to provide participants with integral historical and contextual information on affirmative action to discuss the complexity of affirmative action in the United States - its effectiveness and efficiency (or lack thereof) and its future.



Wednesday, February 17th

International Coffee Hour: Carnaval Traditions of the African Diaspora, 3pm-4:30pm, Dorchester Hall, First Floor Lounge

Global Communities Living-Learning Program

Learn about and experience the traditions of Carnaval as practiced in the countries of the African diaspora. Carnaval is the festive season that occurs before the Christian season of Lent, typically during February or early March. The holiday often involves a public celebration and/or parade combining some elements of a circus, masks and public street party. Global Communities will be hosting this special edition of ISSS’s weekly International Coffee Hour.



Thursday, February 18th

B(l)ack Talk III: Black Twitter, 12:30pm-2pm, MICA/LCSL Conference Room

Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA)

For colored students who have considered hashtags when DMs ain't enough. An exciting discussion on echo chambers and the segregation of the Internet.

Contact: Tia Dolet,


Juke Joint, 8pm-9:30pm, Nyumburu Cultural Center, Multipurpose Room

Nyumburu Cultural Center

Contact: Anne Carswell,

Friday, February 19th

Global Justice Shabbat and Dinner, 8pm, Maryland Hillel (7612 Mowatt Ln, College Park)

Maryland Hillel

Yavilah McCoy is a Black Jewish American coming to speak about identity, Black-Jewish Relations, and about being a minority over a FREE Sabbath Dinner.

Contact:, (301) 422-6200


Sunday, February 21st

 Culture of Excellence, 6pm, Grand Ballroom, The Stamp

The Iota Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Culture of Excellence is a program focused on shedding light on topics relevant in today's society while highlighting culture of excellence and progress within the UMD community, specifically the African American community. This year's them is culture of inclusion through activism.

WEEK 4: February 22nd- February 29th

Monday, February 22nd

Lessons Learned: How Sports Prepare You for Entrepreneurship, 3pm-4pm, David C. Driskell Center, 1207 Cole Student Activity


Department of Kinesiology and Robert H. Smith School of Business

A former UMCP and professional soccer player, who is now a partner in Cogent Entertainment, will discuss the traits and habits derived from sports participation that are transferable to developing a successful business.

Contact: Dr. Marvin Scott, 301-405-2480


Waiting to Exhale: Women of the African Diaspora, 6:30pm, Nyumburu Cultural Center, Multipurpose Room

The African Students Progressive Action Committee (ASPAC)

Waiting to Exhale is an interactive expo which features women of the African Diaspora. Join us as we use art, hair, music, sexuality, dance, and culture to explore and celebrate the melanin goddesses of the world.



Tuesday, February 23rd

Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion Spring Speaker Series, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Benjamin Banneker B 2212, The Stamp

Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion, The Graduate School

UMD alum, Dr. Maurice Dorsey (1970, 1985), returns to University of Maryland to offer insights on institutional change on diversity then and now. 

Contact: Christopher Perez, (301) 405-0763


Wednesday, February 24th

The Lives of Fredrick Douglass, 3:30pm-5pm, Special Events Room, 6137 McKeldin Library

College of Arts and Humanities, English Department

A Conversation with Dr. Robert S. Levine, Distinguished University Professor, Department of English. Presented in partnership with the UMD English Department's Center for Literary and Comparative Studies.


Nyumburu Talent Showcase, 5:30pm-7pm, The Diner, North Campus Dining Hall

Nyumburu Cultural Center

Contact: Anne Carswell,


Thursday, February 25th

B(l)ack Talk IV: Black Excellence, 12:30pm-2pm, MICA/LCSL Conference Room

Multicultual Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA)

"…And for that paper look how low we a'stoop/even if you in a Benz, you still...." A discussion on success, respectability, and what we may leave behind to get ahead. Part of a monthly series aimed at provoking dialogue and debate around critical issues in black student life. 

Contact: Tia Dolet,


Black History Month Closing Ceremony, 5-7pm, Nyumburu Cultural Center, Multipurpose Room

Nyumburu Cultural Center, Co-sponsors: CSA, BSU, ASA, NAACP (UMD Chapter), SOUL, BMI, & WETATi (UMD Chapter)

Contact: Anne Carswell,


My Black Is Beautiful, 6pm-8pm, Colony Ballroom, The Stamp

Maryland MANE

"My Black is Beautiful" is a program that discusses topics of beauty, race, media, colorism and self-image in the black community as well as its influence in other communities. More importantly it will be a celebration of blackness throughout the years despite continuous adversity.



Friday, February 26th

 Baltimore, Fri., Feb. 26th - Fri., March 5th, Kay Theatre, The Clarice

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Baltimore, a staged play by Kirsten Greenidge, is a contemporary story about the loss of innocence and the coming of age of a student forced to encounter the social ramifications of difference and her own cultural relevance. Baltimore is part of the Big Ten Theatre Consortium’s New Play Initiative for women playwrights.



Saturday, February 27th

Apollo Night, 4:30pm, Hoff Theater, The Stamp

Black Student Union

Celebrating the legacy of the historic "Night at the Apollo", the Black Student Union is showcasing some of the best acts on campus. Come enjoy a free night of entertainment while feeling like you are back in time at the famous theater that has breed so many great entertainers.