Black History Month Events

National Theme:

African-Americans in Times of War

African-Americans in Times of War is a story filled with paradoxes, of valor and defeat, of victories and setbacks, of struggles abroad and at home, of artistic creativity and repression. These stories teach about and celebrate service men and women and the impact of these times on the African-American culture.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2018

OPENING CELEBRATION

Monday, Feb. 5, noon to 1 p.m.
Student Services Center (SSC), Atrium


PHOTO EXHIBIT

Thursday, Feb. 1 to Sunday, April 15
Student Resource Center (SRC), Lower Level Walkway
Physical Education Center (PEC), First Floor Corridor


BLACK STUDENT ALLIANCE (BSA)

College of DuPage BSA will host three events during the month featuring:

Student Panel Discussion, Thursday, Feb. 1, noon to 1:30 p.m., Student Life Lounge (SSC, Room 1200)

Demonstration of Peace: The Pan African Experience, Thursday, Feb. 8, noon to 1:30 p.m., Student Life Lounge (SSC, Room 1200)

Black Inventors Fair, Thursday, Feb. 22, noon to 2 p.m., Student Services Center (SSC), Atrium


THE ANNUAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN READ-IN

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 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.


LIVING LEADERSHIP FILM

ACCIDENTAL COURTESY

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 3 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Student Life Lounge (SSC, Room 1200)

African-American musician Daryl Davis has played all over the world with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard. In his off hours, Davis likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan in search of the answer to his question: “How can you hate me if you don’t even know me.”


ART EXHIBIT—UNITE

Thursday, Feb. 8 to Saturday, April 7 Featuring works from artist Faheem Majeed McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Cleve Carny Art Gallery

OPENING POSTPONED: Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 to 8 p.m.
RESCHEDULED TO: Saturday, Feb. 17, 4 to 6 p.m.

Faheem Majeed has created an installation centered on a 20-foot long sculpture constructed of handmade OSB (particle board). The board is meant to reference the ubiquitous panels used to board-up empty buildings and homes in the Chicago area. Unlike those boards, all of the individual wood chips that make up Majeed’s panels are hand colored with bright Kool-Aid like hues. The resulting multicolored boards reference painting and suggest a different, and more positive, view of what is often seen as a symbol of decline and neglect.


GUEST SPEAKER

ARTIST FAHEEM MAJEED

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1 to 1:50 p.m.
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Playhouse Theatre

A resident of the South Shore neighborhood in Chicago, Faheem Majeed often looks to the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into larger questions around civic-mindedness, community activism and institutional racism.


GUEST SPEAKER

VICKI CLARK

SERVANT LEADERSHIP AND THE IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN ORGANIZATIONS

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7 to 9 p.m.
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2000

Vicki Clark has devoted 25 years of her life to building capacity in organizations. A noted facilitator, consultant and trainer, she has extensive experience working in the non-profit, government and private sectors.


GLOBAL FLICKS

LIKE COTTON TWINES

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Playhouse Theatre (Free and open to the public)

An American volunteer teaching at a remote school in Africa tries to save one of his young students from a religious custom in which she will be offered as a slave to the gods.


A TASTE OF HISTORY: HOSTED BY SODEXO

Thursday, Feb. 15, noon to 2 p.m.
Cafeteria (special price)

College of DuPage students, faculty and staff are invited to explore the cuisines of the Pan African culture and discover the inspirations behind the preparation of cuisines that have touched generations. Music in the cafeteria will accompany the experience.


90.9fm WDCB Program

Sun, Feb. 18
The college’s public radio station - 90.9fm WDCB - will dedicate the entire one-hour program “First Light” from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. to broadcasting excerpts from this year’s African-American Read-In.


COLLEGE OF DUPAGE PANEL DISCUSSION AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN TIMES OF WAR

Monday, Feb. 19, 1 to 2 p.m., Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3245

An interactive faculty, staff and student discussion on the trials and triumphs of African- American service men and women and the impacts on a culture during times of war.

Moderated by President Ann Rondeau


GUEST SPEAKER

ENTREPRENEUR RODNEY WALKER
TOUGH TIMES DON’T LAST; TOUGH PEOPLE DO

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1 to 2 p.m.

Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2000

From his father being incarcerated, to being placed in 12 different foster homes, Rodney chose to grow and persevere regardless of his past. He received his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, his master’s degree from Yale University, and he is now working on his Ed.D. at Harvard University. By sharing his story, he is helping students overcome their past and begin the healing process so that they can be successful individuals—in school, business and their lives.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2018

EXPRESSIONS COMPETITION

Guided by a quote from an African-American veteran, students are invited to submit an essay, a story, a piece of art or music, a poem, or any other form of expression.

APOLLO LIVE

STUDENT TALENT COMPETITION

Friday, March 9
AUDITION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, Feb. 23


BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2018
CLOSING CEREMONY FEATURING AFRIKAN DANCE AND MUSIC INSTITUTE

Monday, Feb. 26, 1 to 3 p.m. McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Belushi Performance Center


 

Contact Information


Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2225E

Summer Hours: June 4 through Aug. 12
Summer hours at COD are in effect June 4 through Aug. 12. During this time, most buildings on the Glen Ellyn campus are closed Fridays to Sundays.

David A. Swope Sr.
Manager, Student Diversity and Inclusion
(630) 942-2565 
FAX: (630) 942-2136
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

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