Office of Student Life

Multicultural Center

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. This year's United Black World Month theme is centered around Love: Building Our Community Through Intention and Action. The theme is from bell hooks’ masterpiece, All About Love, in which she states that love is “an act of will, both an intention and an action”.  For more information, contact Angie Wellman at wellman.63@osu.edu.

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Todd Suddeth at suddeth.1@osu.edu. Requests made one week in advance of the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

 

The 50th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2022     
Time: 7 p.m.  
Register online at: Virtual MLK Celebration Registration

The 49th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will feature attorney Van Jones, a CNN host, political commentator, Emmy Award-winning producer, and author of three New York Times best-selling books: The Green Collar Economy (2008), Rebuild the Dream (2012) and Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How we Come Together (2017).  Van has also found success as a social entrepreneur, having founded and led many thriving enterprises including the REFORM Alliance, Color of Change, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Dream Corps, which works to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity in the green and tech economies.

Please join us for this virtual gathering to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy with Van Jones.  

Sponsored by The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center

Contact: Larry Williamson, Jr. (Williamson.1@osu.edu) and Dr. Andre Brown (Brown.7896@osu.edu)

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United Black World Month Opening 
Date: Thursday, February 3, 2022           
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.   
Location: Zoom 
Registration: http://go.osu.edu/bsalove

Please join the Student Life Multicultural Center and the Black Student Association for the opening program of United Black World Month. We will do a "Verzuz"-style trivia competition on several topics connected to the theme of United Black World Month - Love.  Please join us for what will be an engaging, entertaining, and interactive opening to United Black World Month.  In additon, there will be a drawing for copies of bell hooks' book, All About Love and other raffle prizes.   All About Love will be the featured book for the United Black World Month book club.   

Sponsored by the Student Life Multicultural Center and Black Student Association

Contact: Todd Suddeth (suddeth.1@osu.edu)           

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All About Love Book Club
Date: Friday, February 4, 2022
Start Time: noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register at http://go.osu.edu/lovebook

In connection to theme of United Black World Month - Love, you are invited to participate in a book club to discuss bell hook's All About Love. This book club is open to student, faculty, and staff with the hope of having rich dialogue across generations and span of experiences.

In order to participate in this book club, please sign up using this link. And, purchase and read All About Love. The book club will meet on Fridays in the month of February from noon - 1:30pm. You will receive details for the meeting (Zoom link) in advance of the first Friday in February.

While it will be great to honor bell hook's passing with this book club. I want to stress that the book club and theme for United Black World Month were created before bell hook's passed away. It was an unfortunate coincidence.

Sponsored by the Student Life Multicultural Center

Contact: Todd Suddeth (suddeth.1@osu.edu)    

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Black MBA Legends Lecture Series: Terina Matthews-Davis
Date: February 10, 2022

Time: noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: https://fisherrsvp.volunteerhub.com/event/c9e265c3-1280-4d21-948e-8110d48dd30b

Fisher’s Black MBA Association will host its annual Legends Lecture Series throughout the month. These virtual sessions, held weekly at noon on Thursdays, provide a chance to hear from and connect with diverse Fisher alumni who are eager to share their career and life experiences.  

Sponsored by The Fisher Black MBA Association

Contact:  Jordan Williams (williams.7371@osu.edu)

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All About Love Book Club, Part Two
Date: Friday, February 11, 2022
Time: noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register at http://go.osu.edu/lovebook

In connection to theme of United Black World Month - Love, you are invited to participate in a book club to discuss bell hook's All About Love. This book club is open to student, faculty, and staff with the hope of having rich dialogue across generations and span of experiences.

In order to participate in this book club, please sign up using this link. And, purchase and read All About Love. The book club will meet on Fridays in the month of February from noon - 1:30pm. You will receive details for the meeting (Zoom link) in advance of the first Friday in February.

This week's book club conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Elinam Dellor from the College of Social Work.  

Sponsored by the Student Life Multicultural Center, College of Social Work

Contact: Todd Suddeth (suddeth.1@osu.edu)    

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Black Family Meeting: Daddy Issues, Mommy Issues and Black Love
Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Zoom Opens: 5:45 p.m.
Registration: http://go.osu.edu/blackfamlove

Please join the MCC for a facilitated community town hall where we will share stories that examine our parental relations in the Black family.  Influenced by bell hook's book, All About Love, the dialogue emphasize what we learned from our Black guardians and how we came to experience and define care, affection, trust, respect, honesty, communication, and commitment.  

This community town hall will be led by Kimberly Brazwell.  She is a two-time TEDx speaker, author and the CEO and founder of KiMISTRY, a story strategy consulting firm which specializes in the art of storytelling to address the unique intersection of justice and wellness for a trauma-informed experiential application to human engagement.

Sponsored by the Student Life Multicultural Center and the Black Student Association

Contact: Todd Suddeth (suddeth.1@osu.edu)

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“What is Grief, If Not Love persevering?": A Discussion for Engaging a World in Constant Change,While Grieving the World We Had
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Start Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Registration: https://go.osu.edu/lovepersevering

This program is meant to create space for people to consider how they make room for the present, in all its uncertainties, while also honoring the security and safety of the past. Led by ODI's embedded clinician, Peter Oduwole, MS Ed., LPCC, this program will offer suggestions of how to balance grief and preparedness for a future that all too often looks grim.

Sponsored by the Student Life Counseling and Consultation Center

Contact: Todd Suddeth (suddeth.1@osu.edu)

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Black Girls Plan with Izetta Thomas
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Time: 7 - 8 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register at http://go.osu.edu/blackgirlsplanfebruary17

Join the Student Life Multicultural Center for an empowering session with Black Girls Plan and Izetta Thomas focused on utilizing planning and organizing skills to achieve your professional and personal goals. While this event is open to all, it will center the experiences and voices of Black Women and is part of our United Black World Month celebration.

Sponsored by the Student Life Multicultural Center

Contact: Madison Eagle (eagle.41@osu.edu)

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Black MBA Legends Lecture Series: Rohan Williamson
Date: February 17, 2022

Time: noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: https://fisherrsvp.volunteerhub.com/event/14e58a0d-d577-4a00-a47e-87982c3a2ab7

Fisher’s Black MBA Association will host its annual Legends Lecture Series throughout the month. These virtual sessions, held weekly at noon on Thursdays, provide a chance to hear from and connect with diverse Fisher alumni who are eager to share their career and life experiences.  

Sponsored by The Fisher Black MBA Association

Contact:  Dominique Mosbly (mosbly.1@osu.edu)

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All About Love Book Club, Part Three
Date: Friday, February 18, 2022
Time: noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register at http://go.osu.edu/lovebook

In connection to theme of United Black World Month - Love, you are invited to participate in a book club to discuss bell hook's All About Love. This book club is open to student, faculty, and staff with the hope of having rich dialogue across generations and span of experiences.

In order to participate in this book club, please sign up using this link. And, purchase and read All About Love. The book club will meet on Fridays in the month of February from noon - 1:30pm. You will receive details for the meeting (Zoom link) in advance of the first Friday in February.

Sponsored by the Student Life Multicultural Center, College of Social Work

Contact: Todd Suddeth (suddeth.1@osu.edu)    

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ODI and The Columbus Symphony Trip
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022
Time: 5:30 - 9:30pm
Location: Ohio Theater

The ODI Morrill Scholarship Program (MSP) has established a partnership with the Columbus Symphony and will be taking students on a trip to the Ohio Theater to experience Rhapsody In Blue, a 1924 musical composition written by George Gershwin. Rhapsody in Blue combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. Students will have an opportunity to meet the conductor, Mr. William Eddins, who is African American. This event is reserved for ODI Scholars only.

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Morrill Scholars Program

Contact: Robert Decatur (decatur.3@osu.edu)

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Natural Hair: The Experience
Date: February 20, 2022
Time: 12:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ohio Union

OUAB and N.A.P.S. (The Natural and Prosperous Society) will host a collaborative event titled...

Natural Hair: The Experience, featuring a panel of hair experts, hair expo, and a special screening of Hair Love followed by a Q&A with Matthew A. Cherry.

Join us for Natural Hair: The Experience—an all-day, 3 part event on February 20, 2022, in The Ohio Union!

“Curl Talk” will kick off the event at 12:30 pm in the US Bank Conference Theater where a panel of experts will lead the conversation surrounding natural hair and the history behind the Natural Hair Movement.

From 1:30-4:30, we’ll be hosting “What Curls Want”, an expo in the Great Hall Meeting Room featuring local vendors where students can participate in training sessions and learn more about natural hair care.

Finally, to end the night, Matthew A. Cherry will be joining us virtually at 7 pm in the Performance Hall to discuss his life, career, and work on the book/short film “Hair Love.” *Please note, the panel and expo will be on a first come first serve basis while the Cherry conversation will be TICKETED*

Time & Location: Event kicks off at 12:30 PM in the Ohio Union. Please see below for the event schedule.

Curl Talk: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM in the US Conference Bank Theater
What Curls Want: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM in the Great Hall Meeting Room
Hair Love with Matthew A. Cherry: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Performance Hall

Sponsored by the Natural and Prosperous Society (N.A.P.S.) and the Ohio Union Activities Board

Contact: Averi Allison (allison.320@osu.edu)

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L.Y.O.L. (Love Yourself Out Loud)
Date: Monday, February 21, 2022
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hale Hall (154 W. 12th Avenue)

This program is called L.Y.O.L (Love Yourself Out Loud) which is designed to allow students to come and create t-shirts with words that describe a positive word that society doesn't display frequently. We are providing a safe space for individuals to love the skin they are in. We will have roundtable discussions around self-love, self-esteem and high level confidence while creating our shirts. Our theme will be to master peace while creating your masterpiece! The close of the event will be a runway show of participants modeling their designs.

Sponsored by The Office of Diversity and Inclusion Morrill Scholars Program

Contact: Taja Martin (martin.2283@osu.edu)

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An Evening with Michael Twitty
Date: Monday, February 21, 2022 
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Registration: go.rutgers.edu/Twitty

Michael Twitty is an award-winning culinary historian and food writer. As a Black and Jewish gay man, his work speaks to the intersections of identity and the relationships between food, culture, and social justice. His book The Cooking Gene won the 2018 James Beard Award for Book of the Year. He has recently been featured on Netflix shows such as High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America and Waffles and Mochi, hosted by Michele Obama. Michael Twitty’s newest book, Koshersoul, will be released in 2022.

Read more: https://afroculinaria.com/about/ 

Sponsored by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center (Rutgers); Rutgers Hillel; Bildner Center for Jewish Life (Rutgers); Department of Jewish Studies (Rutgers); and the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, and the Student Life Multicultural Center.

Contact: Todd Suddeth (suddeth.1@osu.edu)

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Documentary and Discussion: Paris is Burning (DICE)
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Location: Ohio Union - Interfaith Prayer Room
RSVP: https://forms.office.com/r/0ytNiVi46f

In celebration of United Black World Month, LGBTQ Initiatives is hosting a screening of the documentary Paris is Burning, which offers a look into New York City’s ballroom scene. Following the film, there will be a facilitated discussion on ballroom culture, the interconnections between Black and LGBTQ communities, and the ways in which race, sexuality, gender, and expression intertwine in these spaces.

This event will be in the Interfaith Prayer Room, located on the 3rd floor of the Ohio Union. Dinner will be served.

Contact: Ari Grubaugh (grubaugh.20@osu.edu)

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All About Love Book Club, Part Four
Date: Friday, February 25, 2022
Time: noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register at http://go.osu.edu/lovebook

In connection to theme of United Black World Month - Love, you are invited to participate in a book club to discuss bell hook's All About Love. This book club is open to student, faculty, and staff with the hope of having rich dialogue across generations and span of experiences.

In order to participate in this book club, please sign up using this link. And, purchase and read All About Love. The book club will meet on Fridays in the month of February from noon - 1:30pm. You will receive details for the meeting (Zoom link) in advance of the first Friday in February.

This week's book club conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Elinam Dellor from the College of Social Work.

Sponsored by the Student Life Multicultural Center, College of Social Work

Contact: Todd Suddeth (suddeth.1@osu.edu)

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Black MBA Legends Lecture Series: Mae Smitherman-Smith
Date: February 24, 2022

Time: noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: https://fisherrsvp.volunteerhub.com/event/3f29d028-d1e5-41bb-bf79-9b585c149227

Fisher’s Black MBA Association will host its annual Legends Lecture Series throughout the month. These virtual sessions, held weekly at noon on Thursdays, provide a chance to hear from and connect with diverse Fisher alumni who are eager to share their career and life experiences.  

Sponsored by The Fisher Black MBA Association

Contact:  Dominique Mosbly (mosbly.1@osu.edu)

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African American Heritage Festival

Kick Off: Festnik
Date: February 25, 2022

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Ohio Union - Performance Hall

A blast from the past! Join the 44th African American Heritage Festival as we travel back in time to FestNik! Kick off the week with a night in the late 90s/early 2000s with games, black owned business vendors, food, music, and dancing!

Contact:  Jaden Royal (royal.36@osu.edu)

Gospel Fest: The Revival
Date: February 27, 2022

Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Ohio Union - Archie Griffin Ballroom

The African American Heritage Festival has always been a celebration of the culture while promoting unification through shared experiences. Gospel Fest is a highly anticipated event that highlights the genre originated by the Black community. Dating back to the 17th century, gospel music continues to shape our culture. 

Sunday's Best Gospel Fest will promote a joyful, loving, and inclusive spirtual rejuvenation. The event will highlight worship through singing, dancing, spoken word, and more! We aim to acknowledge the variety of experiences within Christianity and hope to create a positive, memorable experience rooted in a love of music and worship.

Contact:  Jaden Royal (royal.36@osu.edu)

Word on the Street: Pop Culture or Black Culture?
Date: February 28, 2022

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Ohio Union - Round Meeting Room

Join the 44th African American Heritage Festival as we bring the community together and discuss all things Black Culture. Word on the Street is intended to provide the community with an open atmosphere to engage in dialogue and hear the perspectives of experts in various fields!

Be a part of the conversation as experts, students, and various members come to create a dialogue with an open mind and leave feeling revived and uplifted.

Contact:  Jaden Royal (royal.36@osu.edu)

Poetry Showcase: Beauty in the Struggle
Date: March 1, 2022

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Ohio Union - Great Hall Meeting Room

This year's Poetry Showcase will highlight various poets and visual artists. The showcase will feature performances and be hosted by award-winning guest poet, Ebony Stewart.

The artists will explore "Revival" through their storytelling to illustrate "The Beauty In The Struggle," and signify the light that comes from our struggle.

Contact:  Jaden Royal (royal.36@osu.edu)

Variety Show: The Rise of the Culture
Date: March 2, 2022

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Ohio Union - Performance Hall

We are back and stronger than ever with the vision to celebrate the gifts of our community. The Variety Show is one of the highly anticipated events showcaing the various talents of Ohio State students and local talent in Columbus. This event has the sole mission to commemorate the artistry and expression of our diverse community.

This year, we aim to bring back the atmosphere where we come together once again and elevate each other to take pride in our passions. In addition, this will create the opportunity for individuals to interact and build bonds as we spend this precious time celebrating our community's arts.

Contact:  Jaden Royal (royal.36@osu.edu)

Mahogany Moments: Revival Royale
Date: March 5, 2022

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Blackwell Hotel

Do you have a poker face? Mahogany Moments presents to you Revival Royale. Join us for the grand finale of the week-long African American Heritage Festival. As we transition back to an in-person celebration, co-chairs Averi and Nia aim to put a twist on this traditional event with a new and exciting revival. This event will be filled with entertaining games, lively music, and delicious hors d'oeuvres for an elegant and dynamic casino experience.

Contact:  Jaden Royal (royal.36@osu.edu)