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 Black Lives: Narratives of Activism Around the World and will include speakers, artist, panels and various other programs. For more information, contact Katherine Betts.

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Katherine Betts at betts.128@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 49th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 
Tuesday, January 26, 2021    
7 p.m.  
Register online at: Virtual MLK Celebration Registration

The 49th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will feature attorney Benjamin Crump.  Attorney Crump has received significant recognition for his role in fighting for justice on behalf of many, including Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Breonna Taylor.  He received the National Urban League's Whitney Young Award, the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award and the SCLC Martin Luther King Jr. Servant Leader Award.

Please join us for this virtual gathering to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy with Benjamin Crump, and a conversation with our esteemed scholar and historian, Hasan Jeffries, PhD, associate professor of history at Ohio State.  

Sponsored by The Student Life Multicultural Center, 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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One Voice, One Message: Black Lives Matter II      
Wednesday, February 3, 2021           
9 a.m.   
Hale Hall (Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center)

An exhibit featuring photography by Joshua Edmonds. Joshua highlights selected photographs of the protests (and artwork of the protest) in Columbus, Ohio. 

Sponsored by Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center and Urban Arts Space

Contact: Larry Williamson, Jr. (Williamson.1@osu.edu)

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United Black World Month Opening Celebration
Wednesday, February 3, 2021           
6 p.m.     
Register at https://osu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NpqU-FaVQOm_Nd-hXVPYVA

The Student Life Multicultural Center, along with the United Black World Month Planning Committee, presents the Opening Celebration for United Black World Month. This year’s programs for United Black World Month will celebrate the theme of Black Lives: Narratives of Activism Around the World. The opening celebration of United Black world month will feature culturally conscious artistic expression from the Maroon Arts group and political activist, LaTosha Brown.

The Maroon Arts Group (MAG) is a collective of creatives who have galvanized to develop and provide a platform for conscious art centered around the preservation and promotion of cultures of African descent. For more information about the Maroon Arts Group and how to get involved please visit maroonartsgroup.com. You can also follow the Maroon Arts Group on Facebook and Instagram.

LaTosha Brown is a cofounder of the Black Voters Matter Fund, and has played an active role most recently in the 2020 election. Commonly known as the "Black Renaissance woman," LaTosha Brown has been nationally recognized as a political organizer, community and political activist, and philanthropist.  Her expertise has brought her to be featured on several news sites such as CNN, HBO, MSNBC and Fox. Find more information about LaTosha Brown online.

Sponsored by the Student Life Multicultural Center, Student Life Social Change, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center and The Department of African and African American Studies  

Contact: Katherine Betts (betts.128@osu.edu)        

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The Intersections of Activism           
Thursday, February 11, 2021 
7 p.m.    
Register at go.osu.edu/interactivism

Activists and Social Movements are often thought of as separate struggles. For many, Black Lives Matter has nothing to do with Standing Rock, Hong Kong Protests have nothing to do with the Fight for $15. Listen to a recap of current social movements and connect the dots between them with us.

Sponsored by The Student Life Multicultural Center

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

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Fear of a Black Planet
Thursday, February 18, 2021
7pm
Register at https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pd-GgrzkiE9RLEE0PwZMJF_su5K7o3VE0

"Music and the Movement; from a Hip Hop perspective." Join us for a "political party" and conversation with DJ O' Sharp and Dr. Tony Anderson, Hip Hop Theorist & Educator. Wear your hip hop gear and bring your spin. *Prizes and trivia will be incorporated

Sponsored by Office of Student Life; Social Change

Contact: Charity Martin-King (Martin-King.1@osu.edu)

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Black Well-Being: A Radical Act of Community Care
Tuesday, February 23, 2021  
6:30 p.m.
Register at https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcud-irqTIoGd1ry3TgLhsKr-n8ttKtPxnI

 “Anyone who’s interested in making change in the world, also has to learn how to take care of herself, himself, theirselves.” – Angela Davis

Join Ivory Levert, from the Student Life Student Wellness Center, in a community care practice including reflective dialogue, meditation and mindful movement through a gentle yoga flow practice. Students will have an opportunity to discuss and journal about recent and historical experiences of discrimination and hate within the Black community and it’s influence on Black folks well-being. Students will leave with a deeper understanding of radical community care as well as strategies they can begin implementing for themselves and their community.

Sponsored by The Student Wellness Center

Contact: Ivory Levert (Levert.20@osu.edu)

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The 43rd African American Heritage Festival: OSU Reads  
Friday, February 26, 2021      
10:30 a.m. 
(Private Event)

The Student Life Multicultural Center and The 43rd African American Heritage Festival present Rejoicing in the Black Experience. The 43rd African American Heritage Festival promotes the celebration and legacy of the Black Experience. OSU Reads promotes the legacy of the Black experience by highlighting literacy and a love for learning within local elementary schools. This years program will be a day of virtual learning. Activities will be centered around building up confidence and love for self. This program will feature an interactive play, discussions, poetry writing, book reading and more.       

Sponsored by the Office of Student life, Student Life Multicultural Center, Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and more.

Contact: Katherine Betts (betts.128@osu.edu) and Ju’Quay Collyear (collyear.1@osu.edu)         

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The African American Heritage Festival: Kickoff: BuckDown Rodeo
Saturday, February 27, 2021 
2 p.m.
Instagram Live: @osuaahf

The Student Life Multicultural Center and The 43rd African American Heritage Festival present Rejoicing in the Black Experience. The 43rd African American Heritage Festival promotes the celebration and legacy of the Black Experience. This will be a virtual party through Instagram Life with a unique rodeo experience filled with good music, southern vibes and fun games! There will be a live DJ, rodeo inspired activities and Black Business Highlights.                  

Sponsored by the Office of Student Life, Student Life Multicultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and more.

Contact: Katherine Betts (betts.128@osu.edu) and Ju’Quay Collyear (collyear.1@osu.edu)         

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The 43rd African American Heritage Festival: Gospel Fest 
Sunday, February 28, 2021    
2 p.m.
Instagram Live: @osuaahf

The Student Life Multicultural Center and The 43rd African American Heritage Festival present Rejoicing in the Black Experience. The 43rd African American Heritage Festival promotes the celebration and legacy of the Black Experience. Gospel Fest will consist of a virtual pre-recorded Gospel concert with a variety of different gospel acts. The event will be presented on Instagram and Facebook Live.                 

Sponsored by the Office of Student Life, Student Life Multicultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and more.

Contact: Katherine Betts (betts.128@osu.edu) and Ju’Quay Collyear (collyear.1@osu.edu)         

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The 43rd African American Heritage Festival: Word On The Street (WOTS)         
Monday, March 1, 2021         
6 p.m.  
Register at go.osu.edu/AAHF

The Student Life Multicultural center and The 43rd African American Heritage Festival present Rejoicing in the Black Experience. The 43rd African American Heritage Festival promotes the celebration and legacy of the Black Experience. WOTS will be an interactive Zoom dialogue that focuses on identity through language: spoken, signed (ASL) and dance within the Black community. There will be a panel that consist of dancers, ASL speakers and ASL linguists.                    

Sponsored by the Office of Student Life, Student Life Multicultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and more.

Contact: Katherine Betts (betts.128@osu.edu) and Ju’Quay Collyear (collyear.1@osu.edu)         

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The 43rd African American Heritage Festival: Poetry Showcase: The Naked Truth           
Tuesday, March 2, 2021         
7 p.m. 
Register at go.osu.edu/AAHF

The Student Life Multicultural Center and The 43rd African American Heritage Festival present Rejoicing in the Black Experience. The 43rd African American Heritage Festival promotes the celebration and legacy of the Black Experience. Poetry Showcase: The Naked Truth, rejoicing through the reflection of self will be a virtual poetry showcase featuring poets from the Ohio State and Columbus community with a featured guest poet through Instagram Live.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Life, Student Life Multicultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and more.

Contact: Katherine Betts (betts.128@osu.edu) and Ju’Quay Collyear (collyear.1@osu.edu)         

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The 43rd African American Heritage Festival: Variety Show and Theme Thursday          
Wednesday, March 3 and Thursday March 4, 2021        
6 p.m.    
Instagram Live: @osuaahf

The Student Life Multicultural Center and The 43rd African American Heritage Festival present Rejoicing in the Black Experience. The 43rd African American Heritage Festival promotes the celebration and legacy of the Black Experience. Variety Show and Theme Thursday present Ohio State Talent Competition. The first day will feature a variety of performers with an opportunity to cast your vote on the next generation of Ohio State talent. March 4 will feature performances from the finalists as well as the result for the new Ohio State Talent.      

Sponsored by the Office of Student Life, Student Life Multicultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and more.

Contact: Katherine Betts (betts.128@osu.edu) and Ju’Quay Collyear (collyear.1@osu.edu)         

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The 43rd African American Heritage Festival: Mahogany Moments
Saturday, March 6, 2021        
1 p.m.  
Register at go.osu.edu/AAHF

The Student Life Multicultural Center and The 43rd African American Heritage Festival present Rejoicing in the Black Experience. The 43rd African American Heritage Festival promotes the celebration and legacy of the Black Experience. Mahogany Moment serves as a culminating event for the African American Heritage Festival. This year this event will feature an Ohio State best dressed segment, scholarship awards and a featured speaker.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Life, Student Life Multicultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and more.

Contact: Katherine Betts (betts.128@osu.edu) and Ju’Quay Collyear (collyear.1@osu.edu)