Three young women celebrate Black History Month on stage

Black History Month 2020 Events

Celebration of Greatness Through Hip-Hop Featuring Shaun Boothe

Tuesday, Jan. 28
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Belushi Performance Hall

Shaun Boothe is a one-man show that delivers a powerful and transformative message in a way that sticks, demonstrating the power of learning from the greats, using hip-hop and multimedia.

Opening Celebration featuring Afrikan Dance & Music Institute 

Monday, Feb. 3, 1 to 2 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 Annual African-American Read-In 

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m to 1 p.m.
Student Resource Center (SRC) Library, Second Floor Alcove

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 Presents a Documentary Film

Electoral Dysfunction (36 min.)

Thursday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. 
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 1200

Electoral Dysfunction uses humor and wit to take an irreverent—but nonpartisan—look at voting in America. Officially endorsed by the National Council for the Social Studies, this video is hosted by Emmy-winning political humorist Mo Rocca, who takes a road trip to explore voting in America. Join us for the 36 minute film, followed by a debrief and discussion. There'll be popcorn, so bring your friends!

Hiplet Ballerinas

Ticketed Event

Saturday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Belushi Performance Hall

Hiplet™ fuses classical pointe technique with hip-hop and urban dance styles creating a dance experience unlike any you’ve seen before. Mixing current popular songs with the rhythms of African drums with Tchaikovsky, Hiplet’s trademark sass will leave you energized about the future of ballet. 

Photo Exhibit - African Americans and the Vote - Reception 

Monday, Feb. 10, noon to 1 p.m.
Student Resource Center (SRC), Lower Level Walkway (across from bookstore)

Explore and learn as you engage in images and captions from past to present day stories of African American’s and the Vote. This reception will allow opportunities for group discussions and exchange. Light refreshments will be served.

Black Student Alliance (BSA) Club Meet and Greet

Tuesday Feb. 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2131

Come and meet the Black Student Alliance club of COD! Engage in supporting their work of academic success, cultural awareness, civic involvement and professionalism. They want to share ideas to help build legacy for the future of black students and the community at College of DuPage!

Dr. Fredrick Douglas Dixon – Special Guest Speaker, African Americans and the Vote

Thursday, Feb. 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1234

Dr. Dixon returns to COD to add to the discourse regarding African Americans and the Vote. He will explore the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement, as well as the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War and voter’s suppression in modern times.

History Through Music, This is My Country….It was Just a Dream

Tuesday Feb. 18, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2032

A survey of musical reflections on the White House, America and self-determination through the musical genres of jazz, blues & soul culture, presented by WDCB Station Manager Dan Bindert. Light refreshments will be provided.

Black Student Alliance (BSA) Club - The Voting Jubilee 

Wednesday Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Student Services Center (SSC), Atrium Room 2206

A student’s perspective on the history of voting and how that interest has changed over the years.

Black Student Alliance (BSA) Club, Movie Discussion, The Best of Enemies 

Tuesday Feb. 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 1200

BSA leads a review of clips and topical discussion from the film, The Best of Enemies. The true story of the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader. During the racially charged summer of 1971, Atwater and Ellis come together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of schools in Durham, N.C. The ensuing debate and battle soon lead to surprising revelations that change both of their lives forever.

Expressions Competition

Submittals Due Feb. 20, 2020

Students are invited to submit an essay, a story, a piece of art or music, a poem or any other form of expression that reflects the theme: African Americans and the Vote. Top three submittals will be awarded and their selections will be featured at the BHM closing ceremony.

Read more about the Expressions Essay Contest.

Hip Hop Summit II

Wednesday, April 8 to Thursday, April 16

The 2020 College of DuPage Hip-Hop Summit will promote the understanding of the intersections of Hip-Hop culture, social justice and societal issues related to race, ethnicity, and class. Hip-hop culture will be expressed through featured artists, authors, and culminating in a “Rhythm and Flow” style student MC competition. Professional development opportunities for faculty to engage with interdisciplinary hip-hop scholars, to gain tools to infuse hip-hop into their curriculum will also be provided.

For additional information, contact Devin Chambers, Counselor at (630) 942-3274 or via email at or David Swope, Manager, Student Diversity and Inclusion, at (630) 942-2565 or via email at

Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Tour 2020

Departs: Sunday, March 29; Returns: Wednesday, April 1

On behalf of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Counseling, Advising and Transfer Center, we are excited to offer 15 students an opportunity to travel to Nashville, TN for a tour of Fisk University, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University and engage in cultural experiences.

For additional information, contact Devin Chambers, Counselor at (630) 942-3274 or via email at or David Swope, Manager, Student Diversity and Inclusion, at (630) 942-2565 or via email at

Closing Ceremony - A Taste of History

Featuring Indika Reggae Band & Garifuna Flava

Thursday, Feb. 27, 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 Black History. 

Contact Information

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

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.