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Cultural Heritage Month Celebrations

Black History Month 

The celebration of the different cultures represented at Bradley is something that the Office of Multicultural Student Services takes very seriously. In February, we are celebrating Black History Month. The Black History Month Planning Committee has worked hard to provide a variety of events highlighting the history and heritage of the individuals who identify with the African American culture. 

About Black History Month

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

Calendar of events: February 1-28, 2015

The Black History Month Planning Committee has provided Bradley students with the opportunity learn about the African American heritage and traditions through a variety of upcoming programs and events. Check out our Black History Month events below or see our flyer.

Source: http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month

February 2: Black History at Bradley

Sponsored by: Office of Multicultural Student Services
Time: 12-1pm
Location: Student Center Ballroom A

Program Description: The former Director of African American Studies at Bradley University, and author of “Blacks at Bradley: 1897-2000,” Dr. Arwin Smallwood will provide a historical presentation detailing “Black History” at Bradley, while guests will be invited to enjoy food to kick-off Black History Month.

February 5: The Conversation Continues….Part 2: Teaching Ferguson; Social Justice Tips for Educating the Community by Bryant K. Smith

Sponsored by: Office of Multicultural Student Services
Time: 7-8pm
Location: GCC 126 

Program Description: Author, Speaker, Human Potential Specialist Bryant K. Smith will provide an interactive and engaging workshop intended to inform and engage the campus community in an ongoing conversation related to Ferguson, social justice, and the Bradley community.

February 12: Lecture—Michelle Alexander, author of the “New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Sponsored by: Sociology Club, Office of Multicultural Student Services, ICAC
Time: 6-8pm  
Location: Student Center Ballroom

Program Description: New York Times Bestseller author, Michelle Alexander, will provide a lecture surrounding the topics highlighted in her book.

February 13: Opening Ceremonies: Black History Month

Sponsored by: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Garrett Cultural Center

February 16: Black History Bowl

Sponsored by: Bradley’s Black Student Alliance
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: Garrett Cultural Center 

February 19: “On the Mountaintop” Student Gathering and Reception

Sponsored by: Bradley’s Black Student Alliance
Time: 6pm
Location: Garrett Cultural Center 

February 20: Guest Speaker

Sponsored by: Bradley’s Black Student Alliance
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Garrett Cultural Center 

February 21: Excellence Ball

Sponsored by: Bradley’s Black Student Alliance
Time: 7-10pm
Location: TBD

February 26: Dialogues on Diversity

Sponsored by: ACBU
Time: 7pm
Location: Marty Theater 

February 27: Nicole Beyer—Girl Code

Sponsored by: ACBU
Time: 7pm
Location: Student Center Ballroom 

February 27Black History Showcase

Sponsored by: Speech Team
Time: 7pm
Location: Marty Theater