COD Celebrates Black History Month

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By Mike McKissack

Black History Month at College of DuPage will officially begin with a kick-off celebration from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, in the Student Services Center atrium on the College’s Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

In February, the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion at College of DuPage, in collaboration with various departments, students and community leaders, will celebrate the month by hosting a series of events.

Click here to view photos and a video from previous Black History Month celebrations at COD.

This year’s national theme is “African-Americans in Times of War.”

“College of DuPage will look to engage students, faculty and staff as well as the community in the reflection of history and an awareness of the present,” said David Swope, Manager of the Student Diversity and Inclusion program. “Our goal is to remember and recognize contributions and efforts of African Americans and how they have pursued life, liberty and happiness in times of war and in times of peace. It will be a month identified by the celebration, as well as the teaching and learning of a culture’s impact on America.”

Additional events and activities include the following:

  • Black Student Alliance: Student Panel Discussion: Thursday, Feb. 1, noon to 1:30 p.m. Student Life Lounge, Student Services Center, Room 1200
  • Annual African-American Read-In: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., COD Library, Room 3100. A national literacy initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English, the African American Read-In will feature volunteer readers from across the campus community presenting their favorite selections from African-American books, essays and poetry collections, as well as brief biological sketches of the authors.
  • Living Leadership Film Screening of “Accidental Courtesy”: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 3 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m., Student Life Lounge, Student Services Center, Room 1200. This documentary follows African-American musician Daryl Davis, who has made it his mission to meet and greet racists to change their minds.
  • Black Student Alliance: “Demonstration of Peace: The Pan African Experience”: Thursday, Feb. 8, noon to 1:30 p.m., Student Life Lounge, Student Services Center, Room 1200.
  • Artist Faheem Majeed “Unite” Sculpture Exhibit Opening: Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until Saturday, April 7, in the Cleve Carney Art Gallery in the McAninch Arts Center.
  • Guest Speaker Faheem Majeed: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1 to 1:50 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, Playhouse Theater. A resident of the South Shore neighborhood in Chicago, Majeed looks to the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding as an entry point into larger questions related to 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, Room 2000. A noted facilitator, consultant and trainer, Clark has extensive experience in non-profit, government and private sectors and has devoted 25 years of her life to building capacity in organizations.
  • Global Flicks: “Like Cotton Twine”: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, Playhouse Theater. Free screening of this film about an American volunteer teaching in a school in Africa who must save one of his students from religious slavery.
  • A Taste of History: Thursday, Feb. 15, noon to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria, Berg Instructional Center, Room 1140. Sodexo invites COD students, faculty and staff to explore Pan African cuisine and discover the inspirations behind the preparation of cuisine that have touched generations.
  • Panel Discussion: “African-Americans in Times of War”: Monday, Feb. 19, 1 to 2 p.m., Student Services Center, Room 3245. Moderated by College of DuPage President Dr. Ann Rondeau, this interactive discussion will feature COD faculty, staff and students, as well as Major General Marcia Anderson, the first African-American woman to achieve the federally recognized rank of major general in the United States Army, United States Army Reserve or United States Army National Guard.
  • Black Student Leadership Conference: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For high school students.
  • Guest Speaker Rodney Walker: “Tough Times Don’t Last; Tough People Do”: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1 to 2 p.m., Student Resource Center, Room 2000. Walker shares his inspiring story of success after growing up in 12 foster homes to help students overcome their past and become successful in school, business and their lives.
  • Black Inventors Fair: Thursday, Feb. 22, noon to 2 p.m., Student Services Center, Atrium.
  • Black History Month Closing Ceremony: Monday, Feb. 26, 1 to 3 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, Belushi Performance Hall. The closing ceremony will include entertainment featuring the Afrikan Dance and Music Institute.

Additional features of the 2018 Black History Month Celebration will include a photo exhibit from Thursday, Feb 1, to Sunday, April 15, located in the lower level walkway of the Student Resource Center and the first floor corridor of the Physical Education Center.

Events, locations and times are subject to change. Please click here for an updated list.

In addition, COD students are invited to participate in the 2018 Black History Month “Expressions” contest. Participants must create an artistic expression, including an essay, a story, a piece of art or music, or a poem, based on a quotation by an African-American veteran that is relevant to the 2018 Black History Month theme “African-Americans in Times of War.” Prospective contestants must submit an original work in the appropriate format in person at the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion office in the Student Services Center, Room 2225E, or via email at by Thursday, Feb. 22.

For more information on events and activities during Black History Month at College of DuPage, contact the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion at or (630) 942-2565.

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