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Black History Month

Black History Month 2017: 

The Crisis in Black Education 


The Black History Month 2017 theme: "The Crisis in Black Education" illustrates that the black experience in the education system is not always a simple path to follow, but celebrates the efforts that are being made to combat the crisis in Black Education. 

WEEK 1: January 30th- February 4th 


W.E.B Du Bois Nat’l Honor Society Hygiene Drive

The W.E.B Du Bois Honor Society is hosting a hygiene drive for facilities in under-represented communities both domestic and abroad. Donation boxes will be located at each Black History Month event during the month of February, the MICA office and the Honors College. Donated items include deodorant, toothpaste, pads, lotion, etc.



Wednesday, February 1st

Black History Month Kick-Off, 5:30pm, Nyumburu Cultural Center Multipurpose Room 

Join us for entertainment, student keynote speakers, and dinner as we kick off this year's Black History Month theme: The Crisis in Black Education. Sponsored by the Nyumburu Cultural Center, and co-sponsored by BSU,  ASA, CSA, NAACP (UMCP Chapter), SOUL, BMI, WETATi Next Generation (UMCP Chapter), NCNW (UMCP Chapter), ASPAC, and Community Roots. 



Soul Food Sale,  January 27-February 5, Food Delivered on Feb 12

The Black Student Union

Support the Black History Month Committee of BSU by ordering a plate of homemade soul food. It’s only $7 per plate! Deliveries will be made on February 12th. Order online. 


 Saturday, February 4th 

Ice Skating with BSU, 2:30pm-4:30pm, Herbert Wells Skating Rink, by CP Metro Station

The Black Student Union 

Come join BSU and other B.A.N. organizations for an afternoon of skating at the Herbert Wells Skating Rink! Invite your Bigs and Littles too! It is $3 with a student ID. General skate is from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm.



WEEK 2: February 5th- February 11th 



 Wednesday, February 8th 

 Free Screening of Moonlight, February 8th and 10th, 8:00pm, Hoff Theater, Stamp

Presented by SEE

Join Student Entertainment Events for a screening of the award-winning film MOONLIGHT starring Mahershala Ali. The film chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. This screening is a part of SEE's Free Spring Movie Series. 



Film Screening & Discussion: Soul Food Junkies, 7:00pm, Charles Carroll Room, Stamp

Watch and discuss the award winning documentary, "Soul Food Junkies", a film that explores soul food as a rich culinary tradition and its relevance to the black cultural identity.

Alpha Theta Sigma Multicultural Fraternity, Inc. 



 Thursday, February 9

 "Purpose, Pipelines, and Presence: Intentionality in Graduate Education Diversity,"5:00-6:30pm (doors open at 4:45pm), Charles Carroll 2203K, Stamp Student Union 

The Graduate School Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion and the Pepsi Enhancement Fund with support by PROMISE AGEP 

 Join us at the Second Annual OGDI Spring Speaker Series "Kick-Off" with UMD PROMISE AGEP Alumna Dr. Felecia Commodore!


 Saturday, February 11th

Community Service at the Sunrise Senior Living Center, 2:30-4:30 pm

The Black Student Union

Join BSU for this community service event! We will be going to Sunrise in Silver Spring and joining seniors in their morning activities



WEEK 3: February 12th- February 18th

Monday, February 13th

Black History Trivia, 5:00 pm, Nyumburu Cultural Center

 NAACP and the Black Student Union  

From “Little Known Black History Facts” to “Famous Black Inventions,” come test and expand your knowledge of Black History by participating in Trivia with the NAACP and the Black Student Union. Light Refreshments provided.



Where Do We Go From Here? A Discussion about Our Future as Black Graduates & Professionals in Academia, 6:30 pm, Charles Carroll Room, Stamp 

The Black Graduate Student Union, MICA

Join faculty members and graduate students for a discussion about the experiences of Black graduate students and faculty members and the future of Black professionals in academia. 

Wednesday, February 15th

Church and History: The Influence of Religion on Black Culture, 6:30 pm, Juan Ramon Jimenez Room, Stamp


Join students and faculty members for a discussion on the influence of religion on African American culture, and the role that it continues to play today.

Contact: Wande Akinkuowo,

WEEK 4: February 19th- February 25th



Wednesday, February 22nd

Our People, Connecting Anti-Rape and Anti-Racism Work, 6:00pm- 8:00pm, Colony Ballroom, Stamp 

The Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCSM), MICA

Oppressions often divide us, but understanding and linking oppressions can help us to see one another as more fully human and establish relationships as allies. Neil Irvin and Patrick McGann of the organization Men Can Stop Rape will discuss the racist history of rape, the challenges to connecting anti-rape and anti-racism work, and the promise of creating a collective commitment to preventing racism and gender-based violence through non-violent communication.


Thursday, February 23rd

MBIB (My Black Is Beautiful), 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Colony Ballroom, Stamp    

Maryland MANE

MBIB: Around the World will be a cultural expo showcasing different cultures. It will consist of cultural performances and lessons for people to take part in to learn more about their own and other cultures on and around campus.



"You Good? Mental Health at the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality," 7:30pm 

LGBT Equity Center 

This workshop will address the importance of mental health care for the success of Black students and students of color in higher education. It will be an interactive opportunity for students to address societal stressors that might affect their wellness combined with personal/academic issues they might be dealing with and identify opportunities for growth in addressing their needs intersectionally.

Contact: Sika Wheeler,

Friday, February 24th

The Driskell Center Art Show, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm, Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora: 1214 Cole Student Activities Building

The Black Student Union

Did you know that there is a center for African American art here on our campus? Join BSU at the David C. Driskell Center for a night full of art and culture in celebration of Black History Month.



The Black Monologues, 8:00 pm, Hoff Theater, 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. The program will give audience members an opportunity to think critically and challenge their individual biases, while dispelling stereotypes and hopefully stimulating important dialogue surrounding critical issues of identity, equity, retention, and social justice.

Contact: Rachel Akins,



Saturday, February 25th

The Black History Month Ball: Harlem Nights, 7:00pm, Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student Union

The Black Student Union

Harlem Nights is a formal ball to celebrate Black Terps! This sophisticated evening will include performances, a silent art auction, as well as food and dancing. Proceeds from the ticket sales and the auction will go to the Helping Out My Younger Self (HOMYS) Scholarship Fund to help PG County Youth pay for college. Enjoy an elegant evening with us full of music, dancing, and all that jazz!