Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI)
North Foundation Hall, Room 104
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370-4404

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African American Celebration Month


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.

2017 African American Celebration Month Committee
Kendra Agee
Pre-College Programs
Ashley Chillis
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
Latasha Curry
Student Business Services
Tiffany Elliott-Fowler
Pre-College Programs
Sean Foe
Student Program Board
Anita Hicks-White
Oakland Center
Christopher Hunter
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
Amy Joa
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
Myshia Liles-Moultrie
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
Ahmed Naseem
Oakland University Student Congress
Janail Silver
Oakland University William
Beaumont School of Medicine
Denise Thompkins-Jones
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
Grace Wojcik
Gender and Sexuality Center

University Sponsors

Black Employee Resource Group
Center for Student Activities
College of Arts and Sciences
Gender and Sexuality Center
History Department
Kresge Library
School of Education and Human Services
School of Engineering and Computer Science
School of Nursing

Student Organizations
Association of Black Students
Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
Kappa Alpha Psi
LOVE Naturally
Minority Association of Pre-Health Students
Oakland University Student Congress