Black History Month 2019 Events
Black History Month 2019 Opening Celebration featuring AFRIKAN DANCE & MUSIC INSTITUTE
Monday, Feb. 4, noon to 1 p.m.
Student Services Center (SSC), Atrium
College of DuPage opens with a rousing history inspired celebration to start a month of teaching and learning. We will hear from select student speakers, COD Chamber singers and Afrikan Dance & Music Institute returns to teach through artistic expression. Relevant literature will be available for purchase by Follett and Free lunch is provided.
The Movement that Influenced American Culture
Friday, Feb. 1 to March 15
Student Resource Center, Lower Level Walkway
Explore and learn as you engage in images and captions from past to present day stories of African American’s during the great migration period and the impact this had on America’s history.
THE ANNUAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN READ-IN
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Library, Third Floor, Room 3100
The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. A national literacy initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the event is sponsored on campus by the College of DuPage Library. The COD event will feature student, faculty and staff volunteer readers presenting their favorite selections from African American books, essays, music and poetry collections, as well as brief biological sketches of the authors.
Living Leadership in Collaboration with the Black Student Alliance Film
“Tell Them We are Rising”
Thursday, Feb. 7, noon-1:30pm
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3245
The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century (during the black migration era), and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. With “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” the latest documentary from Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders) and Marco Williams, the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life.
Black Migration through Music
Monday, Feb. 11, noon to 1 p.m.
Student Resource Center (SRC, Room 2032)
WDCB Station Manager Daniel Bindert explores "From the Plowhand Blues to the Cadillac Assembly Line"—a look at the journey from the rural south to the big city in blues, jazz and r&b music.
College of DuPage Entrepreneurship Club (CODEC)
From Black Migration to Black Businesses and Beyond
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2201
If you have remotely thought about starting your own business, these sessions will benefit you greatly! During this month, CODEC and advisor Dr. Peter James will explore aspects of how the black migration inspired businesses in the black communities and utilize that dialogue as inspiration for anyone seeking to start a business.
Dr. Fredrick Douglas Dixon – Special Guest Speaker
Migrations From Then to Now
Thursday, Feb.14, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1234
Historian, educator, community activist and lifelong resident of Chicago, Dr. Dixon will add to the current mainstream discourse regarding the dominant narratives surrounding the phenomenon of American and Black migrations. He will explore America's origin, progression, and current social conditions utilizing a historical lens from a distinctive Black framework to provide pathways that will ignite a diverse collection of conversations amongst the College of DuPage students, administrators, faculty, staff and its broader community.
Global Flicks: The African Doctor
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
MAC Playhouse (Free and open to the public)
Seyolo Zantoko, a recent medical graduate of Congolese descent in France, struggles to integrate in a rural village, but winds up one of the most respected doctors in the region.
Black Student Alliance Club panel discussion
Student Panel Discussion
Thursday Feb. 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 1200
Open to the entire COD community, BSA will lead a lively interactive discussion for faculty, staff and students as they examine the perspectives of Black History, The Pan African Experience, Student Success and contemporary life as a black college student in a diverse society.
Black History Month 2018
Submittals due Feb. 22, 2019
Guided by a quote from an African American, students are invited to submit an essay, a story, a piece of art or music, a poem, or any other form of expression. Top three submittals will be awarded and their selections will be featured at the BHM closing ceremony.
College of DuPage Africa and Africa Diaspora Committee
Ivory Coast Discussion
Monday, Feb. 25, noon to 1 p.m.
Location to be determined
For more than three decades after its independence from France, Ivory Coast was known for its religious and ethnic harmony, as well as its well-developed economy. The Western African country was hailed as a model of stability. Learn about the impact of this country, its history and relevance to migration in America.
Black History Month 2019
Closing Ceremony - A Taste of History
featuring Indika Reggae Band
Feb. 28, Noon to 2 p.m.
Cafeteria (special price)
Reception in the SRC Cafeteria with awards, great food, artifacts and documents that celebrate the rich and diverse culture of blacks in America. Special guest Indika Reggae Band returns to perform live music.
COD’s Got Talent
Student Talent Competition
Friday, April 26, 2019, noon
Belushi Performance Hall
First Prize $1,000.00
TO SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION: Send 30 to 60 second video audition to
Diana Martinez, Producer/Director at: CODtalent@cod.edu
BY MIDNIGHT, MARCH 29, 2019
The First College of DuPage Hip Hop Summit
Monday, April 29 to Thursday, May 2,
This inaugural exploration of learning will explore the intersections of Hip-Hop culture, social justice and societal issues related to race, ethnicity, and class. It will feature artists, authors, wellness workshops, and musical performances for students, faculty and staff. The summit will also provide professional development opportunities for faculty to engage with interdisciplinary hip-hop scholars and infuse their curriculum.
Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2225E
David A. Swope Sr.
Manager, Student Diversity and Inclusion
FAX: (630) 942-2136
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137
(630) 942-2800 (Main)
(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)
2019 College of DuPage