Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI)

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

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m
Wednesdays with extended hours: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

African American Celebration Month

African American Celebration Month

January 20  – February 20
African American Celebration Month Food Drive
Drop off locations include the Center for Multicultural Initiatives and the Gender and Sexuality Center. Proceeds to go toward Oakland University Food Pantry.

January 20, 2020
28th Annual Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration
Oakland Center, Ballrooms
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Keynote Address, Lisa Leslie

January 20th, 2020
African American Celebration Month Opening Ceremony
Pioneer Food Court, Oakland Center
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
Hosted by the Center for Multicultural Initiatives

January 27th, 2020
SPB Speaker Series w/ Chris Singleton
Oakland Center, Habitat
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hosted by SPB

January 28th, 2020
AACM Lunch & Learn Series: “My Journey Here” w/ Dr. Thandi Sule
Oakland Center, Ambassador Rooms
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hosted by the Center for Multicultural Initiatives

January 30th, 2020
OUSC Presents: The Black Pop Culture Clash!
Oakland Center, Habitat
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hosted by OUSC

January 31st, 2020
The Underground Railroad: A Journey through Slavery to Freedom
Kresge Library, Nyberg Room (Room 242)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Hosted by the Kresege Library

February 3rd, 2020
ABS Week Kick-Off & Game Night
Oakland Center, The Habitat
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hosted by ABS

February 4th, 2020
History Department Presents John Hardy –“Voting: The Key to Empowerment” 
Oakland Center, Banquet Room A
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Hosted by the OU History Department

February 4th, 2020
OUSC Presents: Voting While Black – A Panel Discussion
Oakland Center, The Habitat
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hosted by OUSC, and LOVE Naturally

February 5th, 2020
Are You Throwing Shade? Conversations on Colorism
Oakland Center, Lake Michigan Room
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hosted by ABS

February 6th, 2020
Taboos in the Black Community: Mental Health
Human Health Building, Room 1005
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hosted by the Black Graduate Student Association

February 10th, 2020
African American Women and The Women's Suffrage Movement with Speaker Michelle Duster
Oakland Center, Banquet Room B
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Presented by the Black Employee Resource Group

February 11th, 2020
SEHS 2020 Black History Month Research Symposium
Pawley Hall, ERL Library
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Hosted by the OU School of Education and Human Services

February 12th, 2020
African Americans in STEM 4:00 pm – 6:00pm
Oakland Center, Gold Room B
Hosted by NSBE & SECS

February 13th, 2020
Natural Hair Expo
Oakland Center, Banquet Room A
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Hosted by: Oakland University Student Congress, L.O.V.E. Naturally, and the Association of Black Students

February 14th, 2020
Taste of Africa
Oakland Center, Banquet Rooms
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hosted by the Center for Multicultural Initiatives and The Oakland Center

February 17th, 2020
Moving to a Different Beat: Dancing for Heart Health
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Oakland Center, Gold Room A
Hosted by Intrigue and Golden Luxury

February 18th, 2020
Black Women Rock Awards 
Oakland Center, Habitat
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hosted by GSC, and The Center for Multicultural Initiatives
February 19th, 2020
Black Business Mixer
Oakland Center, Founders Ballrooms C
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hosted by WXOU, PPLC and Moguls of Today

February 20th, 2020
True Black History Museum (Closing Ceremony)
Oakland Center, Founders Ballroom A & B
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hosted by OUWB

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.

2020 African American Celebration Month Committee
Kela Brown
Association of Black Students

Bianca Bryant
School of Engineering and Computer Science

Latasha Curry
Student Business Services

Aja Gore
Pre-College Programs

Catera Greer
Black Graduate Student Association
Anita Hicks
Oakland Center
Christopher Hunter
Center for Multicultural
Myshia Liles-Moultrie
Center for Multicultural

PJ Roberts
Oakland University Student Congress

Destinee Rule
Oakland University Student Congress
Denise Thompkins-Jones
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
VaNessa Thompson
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
Grace Wojcik
Gender and Sexuality Center
Lawrence Young
Center for Multicultural Initiatives

Sponsored by:

  • Center for Multicultural Initiatives

Co-sponsored by:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Oakland University Credit Union
  • Oakland University Student Congress
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Engineering and Computer Sciences