Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

African American Heritage Festival

Kick OFF: Light Up the Dark ft. DJ Fresh, DJ Flugazy and Vendors

Saturday, February 22, 2020 -- 7 p.m.
Ohio Union, Great Hall Meeting Room

The Kick-Off celebration is a highly anticipated event that sets the tone for the African American Heritage Festival. It is a time for students to come together and have fun during a high energy event. This year as we celebrate 42 years, we plan to light the party up! With vendors for the culture, interactive activities and tunes from some great DJ’s, we plan to keep the crowd intrigued all night. So get ready to transcend as we light up the dark.


Gospel Fest: HIS Majesty Transcends ft. Young Izzy and Bri Babineaux

Sunday, February 23, 2020 -- 5 p.m.
Ohio Union, Archie M. Griffin Ballroom West

Embracing the theme “Transcend”, this year’s co-chairs, Autumn Conner and Danielle Dyson, seek to create an atmosphere of love, peace, joy and spiritual rejuvenation. This year is offering a dynamic gospel experience to including dance, mime, song and gospel rap. Please join us in worship as we have performances by Evangelist Carpenter, Whitney Chantel, One Accord, Young Izzi and Ohio State's own African American Voices Gospel Choir, Dancing to Zion and Expressions of Worship, all culminating with guest headliner Bri Babineaux. This is a spiritual experience you won't want to miss. Come as you are, all religious affiliations welcome!


Word On The Street: Transcending Bounaries ft. Chizi Duru and Mahaliah Little

Monday, February 24, 2020 -- 6 p.m.
Ohio Union, Great Hall Meeting Room

Word On The Street: Transcending Boundaries will be an interactive dialogue focusing on colorism, texturism and Pan-Africanism within the Black community. This event will provide an open atmosphere to engage in dialogue and hear truths from our panelists. Through this event, we hope to empower the community to collectively transcend these boundaries.


Variety Showcase: Transcend: Going Above and Beyond the Limitations set up Against US ft. Wild'n Out's Darren "Big Baby" Brand

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 – 6 p.m.
Ohio Union, Performance Hall

Variety Show is a highly anticipated experience that showcases the talent of students on Ohio State’s campus as well as throughout the Columbus area. The event diligently strives to celebrate African American creativity and innovation. This year we will focus on the diverse talents of our culture as well sticking closely to our theme of Transcend: Going Above and Beyond the limitations set up against us. It will create a space of interaction and inclusion while encompassing the uniqueness of our student body.


Poetry Showcase: Rewriting Herstory ft. Dominique Christina

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 -- 7 p.m.
Faculty Club

The tradition of spoken word as a black cultural art form throughout history carries traditions passed down generation-to-generation to illustrate black life in its many iterations. This year's Poetry Showcase intends to celebrate and uplift black women's stories articulated through this medium to continue that tradition of soothsaying. 'Rewriting Herstory' calls your attention to the innovators, trendsetters and history-makers of black culture for a night of soul-bearing beauty and universal love.


Theme Friday: Friday Night Lights: Project XLII

Friday, February 28, 2020 -- 6:30 p.m.
RPAC South Gym


Mahogany Moments Gala ft. Sarob

Saturday, February 29, 2020 -- 6 p.m.
Faculty Club

Mahogany Moments is a formal gala containing a red carpet and mock tail hour, dinner with a musical performance and dancing following dinner. Representing the culmination of the Festival, it is the intent of Mahogany Moments to recognize and celebrate the excellence that has taken place during Fest week, our amazing heritage and the brilliance, beauty and transcendence that flows throughout our community. Our masquerade theme aims to add an element of mystique while keeping in line with Mahogany Moments tradition of making all guests feel beautiful in their skin, proud of their legacy and excited for the future. Wear your finest, bring a mask and get ready for a night of elegance, celebration and fun! Doors open and Red Carpet hour begins at 6 p.m. Dinner begins promptly at 7 p.m.