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Black History Month

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 is "African Americans and the Vote." 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) which gave the right of black men to vote following the Civil War. It also marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. It recognizes 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.

Black and white photo of a crowd of African Americans protesting for their right to vote.

2020 Events

Mark your calendars with these upcoming events!

Monday Feb 3rd Time TBD
Multicultural Center

Golf Carts to Class
Tuesday, Feb 4th throughout the day
Multicultural Center

Finish the Lyric
Wednesday, Feb 5th 6:00pm
MCC Multipurpose Room

DJ Battle
Thursday, Feb 6th 7:00pm
Baker Ballroom

Bob Marley Day
Thursday, Feb 6th All Day
Multicultural Center

Apollo Night Variety Show
Friday, Feb 7th 8:00pm
Baker Ballroom

Comedian Preacher Lawson
Friday, Feb 7th 8:00pm
Memorial Auditorium

Sibs Weekend Hip Hop Artist Concert
Saturday, Feb 8th 8:00pm
Memorial Auditorium

CLDC Diversity First Luncheon
Wednesday Feb 12th 11:00am-12:30pm
CLDC in Baker 5th Floor

The Color Purple the Musical
Wednesday, Feb 16th 7:30pm
Memorial Auditorium

1st Black Lawyer in Athens Unveiling
Tuesday Feb 18 10:00am for students, 6:00pm for the community
Athens Middle School

Coffee House & Art Display
Friday Feb 21st 7:00pm-9:00pm
Walter Rotunda
In collaboration with FACES Modeling to provide an opportunity to show off your hip hop/trap streetwear

Harlem Nights
Sunday Feb 23rd 5:00pm
Walter Rotunda

Black Town Hall
Monday Feb 24th 7:00pm-9:00pm
Baker 240/241

Hip Hop Karaoke
Tuesday Feb 25th 7:00pm-9:00pm
Front Room

R&B Yoga
Wednesday Feb 26th 7:00pm-9:00pm
Jeff 160

Here are some photos from events last year in 2019.  We will update with photos from this year 2020 once we are given photos.

Apollo Night Variety Show is a talent show modeled after “Amateur Night at the Apollo,” a talent competition that originated in 1934 at the Apollo Theatre in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.  This picture was taken at the event in 2019.

Apollo Night in Baker Ballroom 2019

Sibs Weekend Hip Hop Concert (Ft. Young Dolph)
Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m.
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

Sibs Weekend Concert Young Dolph 2019

Anita Hill Documentary
Thursday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. 
Athena Cinema

Minute to Win It (sponsored by BSCPB & Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.)
Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.
Multicultural Center - Multipurpose Room (Baker University Center 219)

BSCPB and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. collaborated for a fun Minute to Win It for the celebration of Alpha Week during Black History Month

Students playing minute to win it games 2019

Trends in Latin American Immigration: Past, Present and Future (Panel Discussion)
Friday, Feb. 8 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Alden Library (Room 316)

Know Your Rights (hosted by BSCPB and Kappa Alpha Psi)
Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.
Multicultural Center - Multipurpose Room (Baker University Center 219)

Celebration of Black Love (Day 1)
"Love and Basketball" Movie Screening (hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi)
Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.
Porter Hall

Celebration of Black Love (Day 2)
Love Sex and Romance (hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi, Kaleidoscope and BSCPB)
Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.
Baker University Center TheaterAbout Black Love Day (BLD): BLD was founded in 1993 by Ayo Handy Kendi, founder/director of the African American Holiday Association. BLD is an African-centered, alternative to the commercial Valentine's Day with the spiritual goals of: encouraging: 1) black self-love instead of self-hatred; 2) increased peace to stop violence; 3) racial healing.

Construction of Blackness
Meet & Greet Forum

Turn out at the 2019 Construction of Blackness meet and greet forum

Black Empowerment Conference

Black Empowerment Conference turn out in 2019