Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI)

North Foundation Hall, Room 104
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309
(location map)
(248) 370-4404
cmi@oakland.edu

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m


African American Celebration Month

African American Celebration Month

About
AACM

African American History Month is an annual observance for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February. 

African American History Month had its beginnings in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week". This week was chosen because it marked the birthday of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Woodson created the holiday with the hope that it eventually be eliminated when black history became fundamental to American history. 

Negro History Week grew in popularity throughout the following decades, with mayors across the United States endorsing it as a holiday. Led by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February of 1969 African American History week was expanded from a week to a month. The first celebration of African American History Month occurred at Kent State University in February of 1970. Six years later during the bicentennial (1976), the expansion of Negro History Week to African American History Month was recognized by the U.S. government. 

African-American History Month at Oakland University kicks off each year on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This month long celebration reflects OU’s ongoing commitment to celebrating the historical and cultural contributions that African Americans have made in the past, present and future.

Events

January 15 – February 14

African American Celebration Month Socks and Undergarment Drive

All donations to benefit the South Oakland Shelter in Lathrup Village, MI.

Drop off locations include the Center for Multicultural Initiatives (104 North Foundation Hall), Gender and Sexuality Center (112 Vandenberg Hall), Oakland University Student Congress.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. This month long celebration reflects OU’s ongoing commitment to celebrating the historical and cultural contributions that African Americans have made in the past, present and future.

To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2018 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

January 15th

26th Annual Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration

Oakland Center, Banquet Rooms

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Keynote Address, Ed Gordon

The Keeper of the Dream Award was established in January 1993 to recognize Oakland University students who have contributed to interracial understanding and good will. 

  • Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement (a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at time of application)
  • Have a clear career focus and academic persistence
  • Be returning to Oakland in the fall and winter semester of the following academic year

The Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration honors the legacy of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and awards up to six scholarships to students that best demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities through their involvement on campus and in the community by breaking down racial and cultural stereotypes and by promoting unity among all people to foster a campus environment rich in diversity and multiculturalism.

It is also an opportunity to publicly recognize students who exemplify Dr. King’s vision, and to award them annual scholarships for their efforts in promoting interracial tolerance and understanding.

A steady increase in corporate contributions has made it possible to increase the initial level of awards from two $1,000 scholarships in 1993 to several $5,000 scholarships. Since its inception, over eighty students from a wide variety of academic majors have been awarded scholarships.

For more information about the award requirements, please contact the Center for Multicultural Initiatives.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. This month long celebration reflects OU’s ongoing commitment to celebrating the historical and cultural contributions that African Americans have made in the past, present and future.

To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2018 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

January 15th

African American Celebration Month Opening Ceremony

Oakland Center Food Court Expansion, Oakland Center

1 – 3 p.m.

Join us as we Kick-Off our 2018 African American Celebration Month and pay tribute to African American heritage and culture. Light refreshments will be provided.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. This month long celebration reflects OU’s ongoing commitment to celebrating the historical and cultural contributions that African Americans have made in the past, present and future.

To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2018 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

January 20th

MLK Day of Service

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

South Foundation Hall

Register at oakland.edu/csa/volunteer
Hosted by: Leadership and Volunteer Center, and Center for Student Activities

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. This month long celebration reflects OU’s ongoing commitment to celebrating the historical and cultural contributions that African Americans have made in the past, present and future.

To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2018 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

January 22

Actively Empowering Yourself

6 – 8 p.m.

Oakland Center, Gold Room C

Hosted by: L.O.V.E. Naturally and Actively Moving Forward

Being a black student at a PWI can cause stress when you are feeling unsupported and unmotivated with no one to confide in or drive to keep going. Meanwhile, the constant tearing down of individuals as opposed to the uplifting in the black community has become a problem. L.O.V.E Naturally and Actively Moving Forward are two student organizations who want to combat this with the idea of encouragement. Students will come and participate in an ongoing discussion about how to empower themselves and others around them. We will have a round-table group discussion to talk about ways to uplift one another, specifically as black students on campus. We will also have self-care instructions, comfort food, as well as bereavement discussion when dealing with a loss in the community.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. This month long celebration reflects OU’s ongoing commitment to celebrating the historical and cultural contributions that African Americans have made in the past, present and future.

To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2018 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

February 1

A Legacy of Achievement: Members of the OUAA Black Alumni Chapter Discuss Life at and after Oakland

Noon – 1 p.m.

Kresge Library, Nyberg Room (Room 242)

Hosted by: Kresge Library

We are inviting a panel comprised of the OUAA Black Alumni Chapter to discuss their achievements, both as OU students, and since graduation. We are celebrating their contributions to OU and their greater communities and recognizing their roles as leaders in those communities.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. This month long celebration reflects OU’s ongoing commitment to celebrating the historical and cultural contributions that African Americans have made in the past, present and future.

To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2018 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

February 1

Film: Detroit (Discussion to follow)

Location: 1050 Human Health Building

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Hosted by: Oakland University Student Congress, Student Video Productions, and Center for Student Activities. 

Screening of the movie titled Detroit.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. This month long celebration reflects OU’s ongoing commitment to celebrating the historical and cultural contributions that African Americans have made in the past, present and future.

To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2018 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

February 2

Taste of Africa

4 – 7 p.m.

Oakland Center, Banquet Rooms


Free & Open to the public 

Taste of Africa will Feature African and African-American cuisine, African drumming and spirituals, spoken word performances, and much more!

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. This month long celebration reflects OU’s ongoing commitment to celebrating the historical and cultural contributions that African Americans have made in the past, present and future.

To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2018 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

February 7

Protests, On and Off the Field

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Oakland Center, Oakland Room

Hosted by: Association of Black Students

Protests, on and off the Field will be an open forum discussion on the current situation of protests on the football field in support of police brutality, what these protests seek to do and whether or not those goals are achievable through peaceful or violent protest. The event will also discuss what to do when your personal views conflict with the roles of your job.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. This month long celebration reflects OU’s ongoing commitment to celebrating the historical and cultural contributions that African Americans have made in the past, present and future.

To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2018 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

February 10

Trip to Charles H. Wright Museum & Eastern Market

9 am. – 4 p.m.

To register, please contact Luna Nasry at ousc@oakland.edu

Hosted by: Oakland University Student Congress

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. This month long celebration reflects OU’s ongoing commitment to celebrating the historical and cultural contributions that African Americans have made in the past, present and future.

To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2018 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

February 14

Black Women Rock Awards (Closing Ceremony)

5 – 7 p.m.

Oakland Center, Gold Room B

Hosted by: American Association of University Women, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Feminists of OU

Come celebrate the accomplishments of Black Women from OU’s campus, community and alum as well as give thanks to the many sponsors and supporters of African American Celebration Month. This event will serve as the Closing Ceremony for the 2018 African American Celebration Month. Light refreshments will be provided.


This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. This month long celebration reflects OU’s ongoing commitment to celebrating the historical and cultural contributions that African Americans have made in the past, present and future.

To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2018 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

2018
Committee
2018 African American Celebration Month Committee

Adrienne Shavers
Oakland University Housing
ashavers@oakland.edu

Amy Joa
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
ajoa@oakland.edu

Anita White
Oakland Center
hickswhi@oakland.edu

Anthony Webster Jr.
Oakland University Housing
adwebster@oakland.edu

Anushree Jagtap
Student Program Board
amjagtap@oakland.edu

Christopher Hunter
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
cahunter@oakland.edu

Danicea Woods-Mcswain
Association of Black Students
djwoodsmcswain@oakland.edu

Kendra Agee
Pre-College Programs
klagee@oakland.edu

Latasha Curry
Student Business Services
curry@oakland.edu

Luna Nasry
Oakland University Student Congress
lnasry@oakland.edu

Tiffany Elliott-Fowler
Pre-College Programs
elliottf@oakland.edu

Grace Wojcik
Gender and Sexuality Center
gawojcik@oakland.edu

2018
SPONSORS

Sponsors:

  • Office of the Provost
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Integrative Studies
  • Black Employee Resource Group
  • Oakland University Student Congress