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  • Caroline Bennett Caroline Bennett
  • Frank Leon Roberts Frank Leon Roberts
  • Jasmine Mans Jasmine Mans
  • Nikki Giovanni Nikki Giovanni
  • Speak Williams Speak Williams
  • Tyiesha Radford Shorts Tyiesha Radford Shorts

United Black World Month

The Student Life Multicultural Center, in collaboration with various departmental offices and student organizations, annually celebrates 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.

A Pre-Black History Month Tribute for the 46th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

This event will feature a performance by Nikki Giovanni - a renowned poet, writer, activist and educator. Also featuring: The African American Voices Gospel Choir at The Ohio State University. Following performances, there will be a Candlelight Vigil for Dr. King led by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Chapter. This event is free and open to the public but tickets are required.

Tickets are available:

  • Online on the Wexner website
  • In person, at the Wexner Center Patron Services desk, open 7 days a week
  • Over the phone by calling 614-292-3535
  • In person at the Ohio Union (quantity limited) 

Monday, Jan. 29, 6:50 p.m.
Mershon Auditorium, Wexner Center for the Arts
Program sponsors: Sponsored by The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center in Collaboration with Columbus State Community College. Supported by Student Life Multicultural Center and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Chapter

 

Opening Celebration of United Black World Month 

The SL Multicultural Center presents the opening celebration of United Black World Month as we celebrate the theme Black Movements: Stories of Our Resistance.

The evening will feature Frank Leon Roberts - a writer, activist-scholar and political organizer based in New York City where he is currently on the lecturer-faculty of New York University's Gallatin School. Roberts is best known for his course “Black Lives Matter: Race, Resistance and Popular Protest” - one of the first courses on the Black Lives Matter movement in the nation. Roberts is the co-founder of the National Black Justice Coalition and previously served as the assistant to legendary civil rights attorney Johnnie Cochran whom he worked with on the legal movement for racial reparations. Roberts has written for Vibe Magazine, The Huffington Post, Uptown Magazine, The Village Voice and The San Francisco Chronicle.

In addition, the opening celebration will feature Ohio State University’s own Caroline Bennett, as well as Columbus Ohio natives Speak Willaims and Tyiesha Radford Shorts.

You won't want to miss this incredible evening!

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6 p.m.
Performance Hall, Ohio Union 
Program sponsors: SL Multicultural Center, Hale Black Cultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

 

QPOC Q*mmunity Dialogue, featuring TRIIIBE

As part of our contribution to United Black World Month, LGBTQ Initiatives is hosting a special QPOC Q*mmunity Dialogue featuring spoken word performance group TRIIIBE.

Come out to enjoy amazing vibrations through art and music performed by TRIIIBE! This event is to support and unite the Queer People Of Color at The Ohio State University. There will be spoken word, singers & mediation through music. You will not want to miss this! It is free and snacks will be provided.

For more information about TRIIBE check out this video.

FMI about the event check out our Facebook Event.

Friday, Feb. 2, 5 p.m.
Alonso Family Room, SL Multicultural Center 

 

Being African in America in the Age of Trump

This program will feature a panel and community discussion on the challenges of being a first or second-generation African immigrant in the era of Donald Trump's presidency and rising xenophobia in American society. Food and refreshments will be served.

Monday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m.
MLK Lounge, Hale Hall
Program sponsors: Department of African American and African Studies


Film Screening: The Wiz 

The Department of African American and African Studies along with the SL Multicultural Center presents our series: Black Movements in Film. On Monday, February 05 join us for The Wiz, a creative reimagining of the Wizard of Oz through a Black lens. 

As we seek to understand more about historic Black resistance movements, this film helps us to explore the theme of resistance through creativity and film. After the viewing, there will be a facilitated dialogue around current and historic Black resistance movements led by Professor Simone Drake.

Monday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m.
Alonso Family Room, SL Multicultural Center
Program sponsors: African American and African Studies and the SL Multicultural Center 

 

Film Screening: Paris Is Burning 

As a part of United Black World Month, there will be a film screening of Paris Is Burning at the Wexner Center for the Arts. 

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.
Wexner Center for the Arts
Program sponsors: Department of African American & African Studies; Sexuality Studies; and the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Foodways Social: Frybread and Sweet Potato Pie 

Join American Indian/Indigenous Student Initiatives and African/African American Student Initiatives for a foodways social in celebration of United Black World Month. Attendees will learn about the cultural and historical elements of frybread and sweet potato pie as well as have the opportunity to make and taste their own dishes. Cooking stations are limited to the first 36 attendees.

Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m.
Instructional Kitchen, Ohio Union

 

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

Join us for a screening of "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities," which explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture and identity. Stanley Nelson's film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice.

Indie Lens Pop Up is part of the Alonso Family Dialogue Series hosted by the Social Justice Engagement team in the Student Life Multicultural Center. This screening is made possible by a partnership with Indie Lens Pop Up, an affiliate of PBS and part of the Independent Lens series. A discussion will take place after watching the film.

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here: go.osu.edu/dice.

Monday, Feb. 12, 4 p.m.
Alonso Family Room, SL Multicultural Center

 

Film Screening: Juice

As a part of United Black World Month, the Department of African American and African Studies along with the SL Multicultural Center presents our series: Black Movements in Film. On Monday, February 12 join us for the film Juice. The film explores some of the issues surrounding urban Black men and boys, especially racism.

After the viewing, there will be a facilitated dialogue around current and historic resistance movements led by Professor Terrence Dean.

Monday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m.
Alonso Family Room, SL Multicultural Center
Program sponsors: African American and African Studies and the SL Multicultural Center

 

Black Wall Street

The Ohio State chapter of the NAACP has planned an event to highlight local Black businesses and organizations. This event will feature several businesses from both in and outside the Columbus area featuring their unique products, tips for aspiring entrepreneurs and networking opportunities. This is a great opportunity to connect with the local community and business professionals outside of campus.

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. 
MLK Lounge, Hale Hall

 

Film Screening: Black Panther

**Tickets for the Black Panther movie screening are no longer available. However, due to high demand, we are starting a waitlist. Click here to join the waitlist: https://tinyurl.com/yaz89prm  If you are on the waitlist, please still go to the Gateway Film Center. Any unclaimed tickets will be given to those on the Waitlist in the order registration was received.

The Department of African American and African Studies along with the SL Multicultural Center is excited to present a community showing of the movie Black Panther. This highly anticipated Marvel movie will be the first mainstream superhero movie with a predominantly Black cast. The film follows the superhero Black Panther as he returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his place as king, but finds his sovereignty challenged by a long-time adversary in a conflict that has global consequences. The movie will be screened at the Gateway Film Center – located at 1550 North High St, Columbus, OH.

Immediately following the screening, a film discussion on Black resistance and the power of the Black imagination will be led by OSU students in the MLK Lounge at Hale Hall. Pizza will be served and there will be an opportunity to network with the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Graduate Chapter.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m.
Gateway Film Center & MLK Lounge, Hale Hall

 

UNITY Through the Arts: Stories of Our Resistance

This open-mic will feature national spoken word artist Jasmine Mans with additional performances by local community members and Ohio State University students. Jasmine Mans is an author, performer, poet, teacher and artist! Her spoken word performances have earned her various recognition such as: Star Ledger, NJPAC; Arts Millennia; and (New York) Knicks Poetry Slam Scholarship. Check out her work at www.jasminemans.com

This event is free and open to the public. 

Interested in performing? We would love for you to participate as an artist!

This is an opportunity for you to express your artistry as we continue to explore  the theme of UNITY and Stories of Our Resistance. If you would like to participate as an artist, please complete the following application: go.osu.edu/UNITYPerformance

Deadline for artist performance applications is Monday, February 12, 2018 at 5 p.m

For additional information, reach out to Gelli Ann, dayrit.3@osu.edu, or Katherine, betts.128@osu.edu 

Monday, Feb. 19, 6 p.m.
Great Hall Meeting Rooms, Ohio Union

 

Film Screening: Homecoming

In celebration of United Black World Month, the College of Food, Agricultural, & Environmental Sciences is screening the film Homecoming as part of their Diversity Film Series.

The film is the first to explore the rural roots of African American life, chronicling the generations-old struggle of African Americans for land of their own - which pitted them against both the Southern white power structure and the federal agencies responsible for helping them. Director Charlene Gilbert weaves this history together with a fond portrait of her own Georgia farming family into what she calls, "A story of land and love.”

Wednesday, Feb. 21 & Thursday, Feb. 22 - 5:30 PM
Kottman Hall, room 104

 

What's Your Story?

What's Your Story? is part of the Alonso Family Dialogue Series hosted by the Social Justice Engagement team in the Student Life Multicultural Center.

What's Your Story? invites one member of the Ohio State community to share their research interests, publications and personal experience through a lens of social justice, identity and culture. The speaker is usually a staff or faculty member who will share their journey about why they do the work they do, how they got to where they are and what identities have been most salient for them in that journey. These programs will take place on the fourth Monday of each month from 4 - 5 p.m. for the Spring 2018 semester (January 29 - Hannah Simonetti, February 26 - Katherine Betts, March 26 - Dr. Gisell Jeter-Bennett).

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here: go.osu.edu/dice.

Monday, Feb. 26, 4:30 p.m.
Multicultural Center Alonso Family Room

 

Film Screening: Selma

The Department of African American and African Studies along with the SL Multicultural Center presents our series: Black Movements in Film. On Monday, February 26 join us for the film Selma. This film is a chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

After the viewing, there will be a facilitated dialogue around current and historic Black resistance movements

Monday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m.
Alonso Family Room, SL Multicultural Center
Program sponsors: African American and African Studies and the SL Multicultural Center

 

Living Museum

Ohio State's chapter of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Advocates for Inclusion and Diversity through Education is hosting a living museum to honor the legacy and contributions of historical Black figures from both the past and present. The event will give students an opportunity to learn and reflect the significant steps others have taken to get us here. We hope everyone joins us for education, fellowship and inspiration.

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
MLK Lounge, Hale Hall
Program sponsors: SL Multicultural Center and Advocates for Inclusion and Diversity through Education 

 

Black Movements Resisting Flawed Social and Public Policy: The Historical Context and Ongoing Impact of Chattel Enslavement in the African Diaspora

The African American and African Studies Community Extension Center (AAAS CEC) will invite esteemed History Professors Gerald Horne, University of Houston and Daina Berry, UT-Austin, for a community based conversation regarding the historical context of the underlying racism, sexism, classism and cultural appropriation sanctioned by flawed social policies impacting nonimmigrant persons of African descent in the US and Diaspora. The conversation would also look at the mischaracterized concept of reparations reexamined in the theoretical debate of health social and public policy for all persons impacted by chattel enslavement in the African Diaspora. This program would be open to the Ohio State community and would market heavily to the local community surrounding the AAAS CEC. 

Wednesday, Feb 28, 4 p.m.
African American and African Studies Community Extension Center
905 Mt Vernon Ave, Columbus, OH 43203


Women Student Initiatives Cinema presents: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

WSI Cinema is excited to show The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the story of an African-American woman who becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s. Community dialogue immediately after showing. Free popcorn and beverages.  

Wednesday, Feb 28, 6 p.m.
Drinko Hall
Program sponsors: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Xi Gamma Chapter