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 Todd Suddeth at suddeth.1@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 
Tuesday, January 26, 2022     
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 
Thursday, February 3, 2022           
7:00 p.m.     

Please join the Student Life Multicultural Center and the Black Student Association opening of United Black World Month. This year’s programs for United Black World Month will celebrate the theme, Love.  The United Black World Month opening will interactive conversations about the topic of love in the live of Black and spoken word poetry.  In additon, there will be a drawing for copies of bell hooks' book, All About Love. This 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
Friday, February 4, 2022
noon - 1:30 p.m.
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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All About Love Book Club, Part Two
Friday, February 11, 2022
noon - 1:30 p.m.
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. Camille Quinn 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
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Start Time: 6 p.m.
Zoom Opens: 5:45 p.m.
Register online

A facilitated community town hall sharing stories and examining our parental relations in the Black family.  Influenced by bell hook's book, All About Love, the dialogue facilitation will place emphasis on what we learned from our Black guardian 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

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

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