Black History Month Celebrations Kick off Feb 4. at College of DuPage

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By Angela Mennecke

The College of DuPage Center for Diversity and Inclusion presents “Black Migrations,” a series of events to celebrate Black History Month in February at the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

Black History Month activities begin Monday, Feb. 4, with an opening ceremony to kick off a month of teaching and learning, exploring the movement of people of African descent to new destinations throughout the world and the migration’s impact on cultural and social realities. Selected student speakers, COD Chamber Singers and members of the Afrikan Dance & Music Institute will teach through artistic expression.

Additional events include the annual African American Read-In, the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. Guest readers are invited to share their personal stories or read selections from famous African American authors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Library, Room 3100.

The photo exhibit, “The Movement That Influenced American Culture,” will be on display in the Student Resource Center from Feb. 1 to March 15. The exhibit explores 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 COD Entrepreneurship Club will host “From Black Migration to Black Businesses and Beyond” from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 12 and 26, in the Student Services Center, Room 3245. Associate Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship Club Advisor 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. 

Historian, educator and community activist Dr. Frederick Douglas Dixon will add to the current mainstream conversation regarding the dominant narratives surrounding the phenomenon of American and Black migrations from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb.14, in the Health and Science Center, Room 1234.

In addition, 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. The top three submittals will be featured at the Black History Month closing ceremony on Monday, Feb. 28. Submittals are due by Friday, Feb. 22.

Other highlights include a Black Student Alliance Club panel discussion on Thursday, Feb. 21; a screening of ‘The African Doctor’ on Wednesday, Feb. 20; and a closing program featuring a live performance by Indika Reggae Band on Monday, Feb. 28 in the cafeteria.

View the full schedule of Black History Month events. For questions, contact David Swope, COD Manager of Student Diversity and Inclusion, at (630) 942-2136 or swoped28@cod.edu.

 

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