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United Black World Month

The Student Life Multicultural Center in collaboration with various departmental offices and student organizations annually celebrate United Black World Month. United Black World Month, also known as Black History Month, is a month-long celebration of the diasporic experience. The month begins with a featured speaker and continues with panels, lectures, socials and other various programs.  

United Black World Month is excited to present Black Lives in America, Fueling the Fire, Sustaining the Vision, February 1-29, 2017. This years United Black World Month is a critical time to come together to build community, celebrate and explore critical issues impacting black lives in America! We need the collective voice of the community to continue to make a difference. Speakers such as Bree Newsome provide a relevant perspective on the continued roll of activism within our community. For more information, please contact Katherine Betts at

Schedule of Events:

January 31, 2017

45th Annual 2017 MLK Celebration featuring Dr. Angela Davis

The event is a special pre-Black History Month tribute to Dr. King, featuring Dr. Angela Davis, a political activist, academic scholar and author. There will be a special gospel tribute to Dr. King by the African American Voices Gospel Choir at The Ohio State University and a candlelight vigil to Dr. King by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Chapter.

Presented by: Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Frank W. Hale Jr., Black Cultural Center.

Supported by: Student Life Multicultural Center, the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, African American and African Studies and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Chapter.

February 1, 2017

New Jim Crow/Mass Incarceration Event

Join us for an open, collaborative discussion about Michelle Alexander's book and thoughts/comments on mass incarceration.


February 2, 2017

Opening Celebration for United Black World Month

6 - 9 p.m., Ohio Union Performance Hall

This year United Black World Month answers the call to the theme, "Black Lives in America: Fueling the Fire, Sustaining the Vision." This exciting month of programs, dialogues and artistry will begin with the annual opening celebration featuring filmmaker and activist, Bree Newsome. The program will feature other special guests such as spoken word artist, Kim Brazwell, and Ohio State University's own Caroline Bennett. This program is open to the Ohio State University community. If you have questions or need reasonable accomodations to attend this event, please contact Katherine Betts (


February 6, 2017

Black Rights, Black Freedom

Bring a packed lunch for this brown bag lecture with the Department of African American and African Studies.


February 7, 2017

Civil Racism in America

Currently America is not unified; instead, its several groups of people who are divided. To begin change you must be willing to open the floor to discussion. Civil racism is prevalent in America yet no one wants to talk about it. We will be discussing the relationship between the Asian/Asian American community and the African American community. Dr. Lynn Itagaki will be speaking about her views behind the relationship between the two communities and how the actions of the Asian American community affect the relationship between Caucasians and African Americans. She is a coordinator for the Asian American Studies Program and the author of Civil Racism: The 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion and the Crisis of Racial Burnout.


February 13, 2017

What does America owe Black People? The Case for Reparations

This is part of a "Read-In" series that includes a short suggested reading to launch conversations about issues relating to Black citizenship in the U.S.


February 15, 2017

Black Women's Mental Health

When it comes to Black Women's mental health, are prayer and therapy mutually exclusive? Join us for a discussion about Black women and mental health and the ways culture, spirituality and science influence Black women's approach to mental wellness.


February 16, 2017

Ninth Annual Historical Lecture Series

Our featured speaker is Onaje X. O. Woodbine, former Yale basketball player and current teacher of religious and philosophy studies at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He will give a talk on his recently published book, Black Gods of the Asphalt, which connects sports to the lived experiences of Black males.


February 20, 2017

Foodways Social: Frybread and Sweet Potato Pie

Join American Indian/Indigenous Student Initiatives and African/African American Student Initatives for a foodways social in celebration of United Black World Month. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to make frybread and sweet potato pie.


February 21, 2017

Fighting Islamophobia on Campus and Beyond: A Conversation

Engage in an intellectual discussion with the Department of African American and African Studies about Islamophobia.


February 23, 2017

The African American Athlete and Activism Panel

This event, sponsored by the Black Student Association, will be a presentation and round table discussion on Black athletes and social activism featuring Dr. Jessica Johnson, and special guest Ohio State Athletic Director, Gene Smith. Come out for great discussion on Black athletes then and now, along with free food and a fun game of Family Feud!



If you have questions concerning access  to our events and/or facilities, wish to request a sign language interpreter or accommodations for disability services, please contact the Student Life Multicultural Center at 614-688-8449 or Early requests are encouraged, 10 business days will generally allow us to provide seamless access.

Sponsored by:
Office of Student Life, Student Life Multicultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center, the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and African-American and African Studies