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African American Celebration Month

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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 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.

2016
Committee
2016 African American Celebration Month Committee
Latasha Curry
Student Business Services
curry@oakland.edu
Tiffany Elliott-Fowler 
Pre-College Programs
elliottf@oakland.edu
Anders Engnell
Oakland University Student Congress
asengnell@oakland.edu
Anita Hicks-White
Oakland Center
hickswhi@oakland.edu
Christopher Hunter
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
cahunter@oakland.edu
Amy Joa
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
ajoa@oakland.edu
Michelle Southward
School of Health Sciences
mdguy@oakland.edu
Dr. Thandi Sule
Department of Organizational Leadership
sule@oakland.edu
Denise Thompkins-Jones
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
drjones@oakland.edu
Adrian Williams
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
adwilli3@oakland.edu
Danicea Woods-Mcswain
Association of Black Students
djwoodsmcswain@oakland.edu
Grace Wojcik
Gender and Sexuality Center
gawojcik@oakland.edu
2016
SPONSORS


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

2016
Events

2016 African American Celebration Month Events

THEME: Preserving Our Heritage

January 18th, 2016


African American Celebration Month Opening Ceremony

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Pioneer Food Court, OC

Join us as we Kick-Off our 2016 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 18 - February 18. 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 2016 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.


January 23rd, 2016

MLK Day of Service

8:15 am – 12:00 pm

Register at wwwp.oakland.edu/csa/volunteer

Leadership and Volunteer Center, Center for Student Activities

MLK Day of Service is a volunteer event. We will have 10-15 different non-profits in Pontiac, Detroit, and the surrounding communities that students can volunteer at. We will provide lunches to students who attend. This is a wonderful way to remember MLK Jr. and stand up for things he believed in. Since MLK Jr. really desired to help underprivileged individuals, students will help diverse non-profits. Some of the potential non-profits: Baldwin Center, Forgotten Harvest, HAVEN, CASS, Pontiac Sun Timebank, Gleaners, Beyond Basics, and much more!

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 18 - February 18. 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 2016 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.


January 25th, 2016

A Walk Through History

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Gold Rooms A and B, OC

Oakland University Student Congress

A Walk Through History will be a historical immersion experience for students at Oakland University. 5 different scenes of 5 different moments in African American history will be created with presentation boards, short history clips, music and presenters. Students will walk to and experience each of them in chronological order. The goal at the end of the day is to take students all the way back to the beginning and moment by moment bring them to the present day so that they can fully understand the depth and richness of African American history in as short a time as 20 minutes.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 18 - February 18. 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 2016 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.


January 26th, 2016

African American Celebration Month: Blood Drive

9:00 am – 9:00 pm

128 – 130, OC

National Black Nurses Association, Minority Associate of Pre-Medical Students and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

American Red Cross will be on campus to assist in hosting the first ever African American Celebration Month blood drive.  Help us make this an annual event!

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 18 - February 18. 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 2016 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.


January 27th, 2016

Step Afrika

Doors open at 6:30pm; show starts at 7:00pm

Banquet Rooms, OC

Student Program Board

Step Afrika is a step group, ranking as one of the top ten African American Dance Companies in the U.S. It is a powerful visual and aural experience that moves, educates, and unifies audiences. Opening performances from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 18 - February 18. 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 2016 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.


January 28th, 2016

Racial Profiling, Social Justice, and the Role Higher Education

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Oakland Room, OC

School of Education and Human Services Faculty and Black Employee Resource Group

In this invited panel discussion, faculty and doctoral students from the School of Education and Human Services will discuss the role of higher education institutions when racial injustice tragedies occur across the nation. Faculty from various disciplines will be represented to discuss the role of faculty members, students, and community organizations. Specifically, the Department of Counseling, Department of Organizational Leadership, Department of Human Development and Child Studies, and Teacher Development and Educational Studies will be in attendance.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 18 - February 18. 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 2016 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.


February 1st, 2016

1960’s Civil Rights Movement: Past, Present and Future

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Part I) AND 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Part II)

Gold Rooms B & C, OC

History Department, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Political Science, Modern Language and Literature, Sociology and Anthropology

Diane Nash was a leader of the Nashville Student Movement which desegregated public facilities, a co-founder of SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) which operated throughout the south, a coordinator for the Freedom Rides which desegregated interstate travel, a co-initiator of the Alabama Voting Rights Project, and a worker in the Selma Voting Rights Movement. She will discuss the 1960’s movement, its achievements and legacy, changes since the 1960’s, current needs and future challenges.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 18 - February 18. 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 2016 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.


February 4th, 2016

Black Heritage Poetry: The Detroit Broadside Press Story

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

4th Floor, Kresge Library

Kresge Library

Broadside Press is a Detroit publishing company established in 1965. It's one of the oldest African American-owned presses in the U.S. It published many leading African American writers. The library will invite a Broadside poet and Detroit literary scholars to discuss the history and impact the press has had on the region and the world.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 18 - February 18. 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 2016 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.


February 4th, 2016

Women’s Empowerment Expo

4:00 pm

128-130, OC

LOVE Naturally

LOVE Naturally's Women Empowerment Expo will be an event that celebrates the excellence that is women of color. Join our workshops and hear our speakers as they encourage positive self-image and unity among Black women. This event is to embrace women of color, especially women of color on the campus of Oakland University.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 18 - February 18. 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 2016 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.


February 8th, 2016

Discuss This! You Don’t Know My Story

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Gold Room C, OC

Association of Black Students and Black Employee Resource Group

The event is a panel of faculty, staff, students and alum who will address various issues related to some of the challenges faced during college and how they dealt with certain adversities. The panel will have 4-6 people (athlete, Greek member, ABS member/executive board person, full time student). Moderator will lead the Q and A with a list of developed questions. The discussion not to exceed an hour and a half. 

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 18 - February 18. 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 2016 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.


February 10th, 2016

Brother Outsider Film Screening and Panel

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Lake Superior A, OC

Gender & Sexuality Center

On November 20, 2013, Bayard Rustin was posthumously awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Who was this man? He was there at most of the important events of the Civil Rights Movement - but always in the background. Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin asks "Why?" It presents a vivid drama, intermingling the personal and the political, about one of the most enigmatic figures in 20th-century American history. One of the first "freedom riders," an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and A. Philip Randolph, organizer of the March on Washington, intelligent, gregarious and charismatic, Bayard Rustin was denied his place in the limelight for one reason - he was gay." Join us for a screening of "Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin" and a discussion with members of the metro Detroit LGBT community.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 18 - February 18. 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 2016 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.


February 12th, 2016

Taste of Africa

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Banquet Rooms, OC

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 18 - February 18. 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 2016 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.


February 18th, 2016

Closing Ceremony: 90’s Showcase

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Fireside Lounge, OC

Join us as we reflect upon many of the events featured during the 2016 African American Celebration Month and give thanks to the many sponsors and supporters. 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 18 - February 18. 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 2016 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.