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Black and white photograph of a demonstration with African Americans during the 1960s.

February is Black History Month

Black History Month 2020

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is celebrated each February in the United States. It recognizes the significant achievements made by the African American community in all aspects of American society. Activities and events all center around cultural, social, educational and spiritual programs.

The theme for 2020 was "African Americans and the Vote." 2020 marked the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) which gave the right of black men to vote following the Civil War. It also marked the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. We recognized the struggle for voting rights among both black men AND women throughout American history. 

It is an ongoing struggle for people of color that continues into the 21st century.

2020 Black History Month Events

Week of February 2 to February 9

  1. Sunday, Feb 2
    2:00 PM
    Logo for the Habesha Superwomen Expo
    Habesha Superwomen Expo
    Baker 240/242
    Sponsor: International Student Union, MCC
  2. Sunday, Feb 2
    6:30 PM
    Illustration of a football
    Superbowl Watch Party
    Broney's
    Sponsors: Association of Multicultural Sports Professionals & BSCPB
  3. Monday, Feb 3
    Time TBD
    Graphic of colorful music notes
    BSCPB Mixer
    Multicultural Center
    Sponsor: BSCPB
  4. Tuesday, Feb 4
    All Day
    Illustration of a golf cart
    Golf Carts to Class
    Multicultural Center
    Sponsor: BSCPB
  5. Wednesday, Feb 5
    6:00 PM
    Graphic of musical symbols
    Finish the Lyric GB
    Multicultural Center, Multipurpose Room
    Sponsors: BSCPB, MCC
  6. Thursday, Feb 6
    All Day
    Colorful graphic of Bob Marley
    Bob Marley Day
    Multicultural Center
    Sponsor: MCC, Caribbean Scholars Association
  7. Thursday, Feb 6
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Graphical silhouette of African American woman
    Women of Color Who Paved the Way
    Baker 240/242
    Sponsor: Women's Center, University Libraries
  8. Thursday, Feb 6
    11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    Illustration of a woman in a hijab
    World Hijab Day
    Baker 1st Floor Tables
    Sponsor: ISU, Women's Center
  9. Thursday, Feb 6
    5:00 - 9:00 PM
    Illustration of bird and bee loving each other
    Sex Through the Ages
    Baker Ballroom
    Sponsor: Power Gamma, Better Bystanders
  10. Thursday, Feb 6
    6:00 - 8:00 PM
    Photo collage of speakers for the Thriving While Black event
    Thriving While Black
    OU Inn, John W. Galbreath Room
    Sponsor: Scripps College
  11. Thursday, Feb 6
    7:00 PM
    Graphic of a DJ mixing records
    DJ Battle
    Baker Ballroom
    Sponsor: BSCPB
  12. Friday, Feb 7
    8:00 PM
    Graphic of a microphone
    Apollo Night Variety Show
    Baker Ballroom
    Sponsor: BSCPB
  13. Friday, Feb 7
    8:00 PM
    Portrait of comedian Preacher Lawson
    Comedian Preacher Lawson
    Memorial Auditorium
    Sponsor: CLDC, Performing Arts Series
  14. Saturday, Feb 8
    1:00 PM
    Illustration of a basketball
    Celebrating Women: Leaders on and Off the Court
    Convocation Center
    Sponsors: Women's Center, WGSS
  15. Saturday, Feb 8
    8:00 PM
    Portrait of artist G Herbo
    Sibs Weekend G Herbo Concert
    Memorial Auditorium
    Sponsors: MCC, BSCPB
  16. Sunday, Feb 9
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Photo of a breakfast plate with orange juice and coffee sitting on a table
    Sibs Weekend Brunch
    Multicultural Center, Multipurpose Room
    Sponsor: Kappa Alpha Psi

Week of February 10 to February 16

  1. Monday, Feb 10
    7:00 PM
    Graphic of a cartoon heart that is black
    Black Love Day
    Wilson Hall
    Sponsors:BSCPB, Kappa Alpha Psi, Wilson Hall
  2. Wednesday, Feb 12
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Graphic of multi-color hands
    CLDC Diversity First Luncheon
    CLDC, Baker 5th Floor
    Sponsors: CLDC, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
  3. Friday, Feb 14
    8:00 PM
    Illustration of red roses
    Love, Sex & Romance
    Baker Theater
    Sponsors: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Collective & Kappa Alpha Psi
  4. Sunday, Feb 16
    7:00 PM
    Illustration of dinnerware with a red "Dinner" banner
    A Sisterly Dinner
    Texas Roadhouse
    Sponsor: Alpha Kappa Alpha
  5. Sunday, Feb 16
    7:30 PM
    Promotional poster image for "The Color Purple" musical
    The Color Purple Musical
    Memorial Auditorium
    Sponsor: Performing Arts Series
  6. Sunday, Feb 16
    5:00 - 7:00 PM
    Text graphic that reads, "Black History Month"
    Black History Month Mixer
    Baker 240/242
    Sponsors: BSU, NSBE, NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Woman to Woman, Alpha Psi Lambda, Sigma Psi, MAPS, Ebony Minds, Delta Sigma Theta, AMSP, LSU, ASAUC, Alpha Phi Alpha, BSCPB, OURS, Unified Sisters, BSCC

Week of February 17 to February 23

  1. Monday, Feb 17
    All Day
    Illustration of a pair of shoes
    I Care: Soles for Souls Donations
    Multicultural Center
    Sponsor: Alpha Kappa Alpha
  2. Monday, Feb 17
    6:00 PM
    Painted portrait of a late-19th century African American woman
    "Aint I a Woman" Performance
    Ohio University Lancaster, Wagner Theater
    Sponsors: Office of Diversity & Inclusion, OU Lancaster, OUL Special Events Committee, OUL Diversity Committee, OU Clancaster Theater, Core Ensemble
  3. Tuesday, Feb 18
    10:00 AM for students
    6:00 PM for the community
    Graphic of a courtroom gavel
    First Black Lawyer in Athens, Unveiling
    Athens Middle School
  4. Tuesday, Feb 18
    6:00 PM
    Various plates of food arranged on a wooden table
    Flawless: A Sip of the Renaissance
    Ellis 015
    Sponsor: Alpha Kappa Alpha
  5. Wednesday, Feb 19
    Available All Week
    Image of a US one dollar note
    Check On It: The Black Dollar
    Multicultural Center
    Sponsor: Alpha Kappa Alpha
  6. Thursday, Feb 20
    4:15 - 5:15 PM
    Illustration of people doing Zumba exercise
    Lose My Breath Zumba Fitness
    Ping Studio 217
    Sponsor: Alpha Kappa Alpha
  7. Thursday, Feb 20
    6:30 PM
    Portrait of speaker Haben Girma
    Haben Girma
    Walter Rotunda
    Sponsors: Student Senate's Minority Affairs Commission, AccessibleOHIO, MCC, Center for Law Justice & Culture, Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities, BSCPB, Patton College of Education, Division of Student Affairs, Student Senate
  8. Thursday, Feb 20
    6:00 - 8:00 PM
    Illustration of a spoon, plate, and fork
    Interfaith Dinner & Discussion
    Baker 242
    Sponsors: The Bridge Lutheran Campus Ministries, Hillel
  9. Friday, Feb 21
    7:00 - 9:00 PM
    Photo collage of models walking down a fashion runway
    Coffee House & Art Display, Hip-Hop/Trap Streetwear and Fashion
    Walter Rotunda
    Sponsors: FACES, Housing and Residence Life
  10. Friday, Feb 21
    All Day
    Illustration of stage spotlights
    Bug a Boo Roll Call: HBCU Spotlight
    Social Media Dedication
    Sponsor: Alpha Kappa Alpha
  11. Friday, Feb 21
    7:00 - 9:00 PM
    Movie poster for the film "Black and Blue"
    "Black and Blue" Screening
    Athena Cinema
    Sponsors: BSCPB, MCC, NAACP, Diversity & Inclusion
  12. Saturday, Feb 22
    3:00 PM
    Illustration of a teacup
    Wo Run the World, Girls: Divine Tea Time
    MCC Multipurpose Rm
    *Must RSVP
    Sponsor: Alpha Kappa Alpha
  13. Sunday, Feb 23
    5:00 PM
    Illustration of jazz musicians
    Harlem Nights
    Walter Rotunda
    Sponsor: BSU

Week of February 24 to February 29

  1. Monday, Feb 24
    7:00 - 9:00 PM
    Graphic of multi-color silhouttes with speech bubbles
    Black Town Hall
    Baker 240/241
    Sponsor: Housing and Residence Life
  2. Tuesday, Feb 25
    7:00 - 9:00 PM
    Image of a karaoke microphone
    Hip Hop Karaoke
    Baker Front Room
    Sponsors: Housing and REsidence Life, MCC, LGBT
  3. Wednesday, Feb 26
    7:00 - 9:00 PM
    Graphic of a silhouette in a yoga pose
    R&B Yoga
    Jeff Hall 160
    Sponsor: Housing and Residence Life
  4. Thursday, Feb 27
    7:00 PM
    Graphic of a cartoon speech bubble
    Black Heritage Poetry
    Jackie O's
    Sponsors: #SpeakUp, WGSS, MCC
  5. Thursday, Feb 27
    8:30 - 11:45 PM
    Illustration of paint palette
    Trap & Paint
    West 82 Food Court
    Sponsors: Women's Center, Latinx Group, Housing and Residence Life