Black History Month

Southern Connecticut State University Celebrates Black History Month 2022.

Events

   
Black History Month Luncheon

Tuesday, February 1st at 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Connecticut Hall

Celebrate the essence of Black culture with delicious cuisines. Learn about the history and origins of amazing dishes. Listen to a wide variety of music celebrating Black history, and enjoy a special lunch rate of $7.00 for all students, staff, and faculty.


Buley Library Display and Digital Exhibit: bell hooks
Tuesday, February 1st - Monday, February 28th
Buley Library

The death of the trailblazing Black feminist author, cultural critic, and activist bell hooks in December 2021 left a deep hole for those who have followed, admired, and been inspired by her speaking and writing over the years. In honor of her life and work, Buley Library created a small book display and digital exhibit. The physical display can be viewed on the First Floor of Buley Library and the digital exhibit can be accessed at the link below:

bell hooks Digital Exhibit

 

Books, Articles and Online Resources for Black History Month with a focus on Connecticut and New England

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My Afro Hair, My True Identity
Wednesday, February 2nd 12PM (ASC 201) and 7:30PM (ASC 301)

Join us for a dynamic haircare event with an educational purpose of sharing helpful tips on how to grow and care for Afro hair.

About the author: Jane Ezuruike is the author of My Afro Hair, My True Identity. She is a writer with a unique personality. She is passionate about discovering better ways of solving hair- and health-related problems. She attended University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she assisted with conducting academic research and obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She likes to engage in activities that keep her refreshed and healthy. One of her goals is to use whatever she acquires in life to positively impact people’s lives.


Commemorating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Wednesday, February 2nd at 1:00PM
Adanti Student Center Ballroom

Join us for a University celebration honoring Dr. King with retired Connecticut Supreme Court Judge Angela Robinson. Judge Robinson is a ​courageous leader ​and fierce and powerful social justice warrior who helped crack the glass ceiling.  She will share her life's story​, inspired by Dr. King and many others, and provide a road map for all those who ​intend to ​live a meaningful life of service. Also, there will be featured performances from SCSU vocalist Tessiny Colon.


Conversation Station:  Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Stream
Wednesday, Feb. 9th at 10AM
Live on Instagram @scsusage

This month's topic is Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. We will be discussing some of the history of HIV/AIDS and how it has impacted communities of color, as well as how the epidemic continues to be an important issue that many Black LGBTQ+ folks face today.


Black Herstory
02/09, 02/14, 02/16, 02/23 at 12:30PM-2:30PM
Engleman Hall Rotunda

The celebration and learning of she-heroes who have taken a stance against sexual violence. Stop by our tabling events to learn about the impact they have made.  


Bringing it Home: Incorporating Local History into Connecticut's New Black & Latino Studies Curriculum
Thursday, February 10th , 4:30 to 6:30

Join Zoom Meeting

In this interactive workshop, educators will explore ways in which they can incorporate local and state history into the teaching of Connecticut’s new Black and Latino Studies curriculum. The launch of this groundbreaking course offers a unique opportunity for teachers and students to use local and state history “wherever and whenever possible” while examining the history of Black and Brown people in our state and our nation. By considering the triumphs and challenges that were specific to Black and Latino Connecticans, students can use their own communities to better understand the past, contextualize the present, and gain new perspective on contemporary movements for social justice and change.


Black Inventions That Changed History!
Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30PM
Wilkinson Hall Lobby

RAs Tyeesha Williams, Jillian Valeta, and Vanessa Hunter will create an activity to showcase the revolutionary inventions by African Americans that have made a huge impact on our lives. Students will have the chance to gain knowledge about the origin of the many inventions that changed history that we would not be able to live without today. They will have visuals of the inventors and inventions, as well as have an opportunity to win a gift card of their choosing!


Black Professionals Career Round Table
Tuesday, February 15th at 7:30PM
Adanti Student Center 301

Join us as we hear from several Black professionals as they share how they have navigated their career journey, discuss their fears, and how they’ve overcome obstacles in their life’s journies.


Black Music and Sounds
Thursday, February 17th at 1:00PM 
Adanti Student Center 301

Do you enjoy Black music? Join us as we explore the historical transformations, influences, and cultural staples of Black music. From beats and instruments found on the West African coast to sounds from the Caribbean, the audience will be able to engage with the facilitator about this history and see how the history influenced contemporary sounds. You’ll have the opportunity to talk about your favorite Black artists and, if you have talent, share your musical talent.


Black History Month Kahoot
Thursday, February 17th at 8PM
Brownell Hall Main Lobby

Resident Advisors Cherika Urquhart and Shynia Moore will be hosting an in-person Black History Month Kahoot where residents will gain some educational information regarding famous Black historians who made an impact in the world around them and the community. Prepackaged snacks and drinks will be provided! 


Mic Readings: Black Authors and Artists
Wednesday, February 23rd at 1:00PM to 2:00PM
The Common Room on the second floor of Engleman Hall

The English Department is hosting an open mic, for those who'd like to read a passage or poem from their favorite Black author or artist. The event will include music and non-explicit lyrics from the song of choice are allowed. The students may present old and new Black History Month authors and artists.


Black Trans Heroes
Wednesday, February 23rd at 12:00PM – 2:00PM
Student Center Patio

Join us as we view an exhibit showcasing Black Transfigures and their contributions to the social justice movements. Attendees will have the opportunity to create pronoun badges and learn about the different resources to support the trans community.


HIDDEN KOLORS: A Celebration of African American Culture
Wednesday, February 28th at 7:30PM
Adanti Student Center Ballroom

Join us for a night of cultural entertainment as the Divine Nine stroll and highlight their contributions to Black History. Listen to inspirational words from keynote speaker Freda Grant, SCSU alumna, and learn about the contributions of many African American Greeks.


Heritage Ball: Honoring our History, Past, Present and Future
Thursday, March 10th at 7:30PM
Adanti Student Center Ballroom

Join the SCSU ethnic organizations for a night of elegance as they come together to celebrate their cultures, heritages, and honor legendary figures from the past and present.

AWARDS CEREMONY - Prizes Awarded for Mr. & Mrs. Heritage Ball
DINNER WILL BE SERVED
CULTURAL PERFORMANCES
ENTERTAINMENT
ALL ARE WELCOME!

Sponsored by the African Student Association, Black Student Union, Multicultural Center, BROSE, S.I.S.T.A.S, Organization of Latin American Students, the Asian Student Association, and the Caribbean Student Association.

    
Sponsors

  • Buley Library
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Curriculum and Learning
  • Department of History
  • English Department
  • Department of Residence Life
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Program Political Science
  • Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Office of Integrated Communications and Marketing
  • SAGE Center
  • SCSU Multicultural Center
  • SCSU Multicultural Organizations
  • Southern’s Dining Services
  • Violence Prevention Victim Advocacy and Support (VPAS) Center