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Our Voices: Connecting Our History to the Culture

The Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs and the Black History Month Committee invite the University community to celebrate Black History Month 2020 by participating in a series of events taking place Jan. 31-Feb.28 on the Main Campus as well as El Centro and the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS).

These events are co-sponsored by:

Black History Month Book Display

Feb. 3-29, 2020
During regular library hours
Ronald Williams Library

Throughout the month of February, there will be a Black History Month book display on the first floor of the Ronald Williams Library with items available for checkout. 

A Tribute Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Jan. 31, 2020 
7-9 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
CCICS, Donn F. Bailey Auditorium

Join us for lecture on the "Father of Black History Month," Dr. Carter G. Woodson and the continuing challenges of miseducation presented by renowned African-centered scholar Dr. Greg Carr, chair of Afro-American Studies at Howard University.

This event is free an open to the public.

Harambee

Feb. 3, 2020
6-10 p.m. 
Main Campus, Recital Hall (FA 160A)

Harambee means “pulling together.” Come celebrate the wonder and beauty of African descended people and their culture with live performances from Ayodele Drum & Dance, Phemon with Emcee Skool, Windy Indie, Bomba con Buya and Ayinde Cartman. Chakula, which is Swahili for food, will be served. 

This event is free and open to the public.  

Featured Menu Items

Feb. 6, 2020
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Main Campus, Golden Eagles Nest Cafeteria 

In honor of Black History Month, the cafeteria will feature some menu items inspired by Black cultural dishes.  

"Do The RIght thing" Movie screening and discussion

Feb. 6, 2020
6-8:30 p.m.
CCICS, Donn F. Bailey Auditorium

Join CCICS for a screening and discussion of the Spike Lee classic "Do the Right Thing." Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Free bus transportation to CCICS will depart from The Nest at 5 p.m. and bring students back to Main Campus after the event. 

Black Accountants Panel

Feb. 11, 2020
3-4 p.m.
Main Campus, COBM 149

A panel of African and African American-identified accountants will discuss their real-world professional experiences to help students prepare for and grow in their careers.

Africana Arcade

Feb. 13, 2020
6-9 p.m.
Main Campus, Alumni Hall 

Come celebrate Black Love & Community with games, food and fun! 

A Tribute To Dr. anderson Thompson 

Feb. 15, 2020
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
CCICS, Kemetic Institute

This event will honor the life and works of Dr. Anderson Thompson. Dr. Thompson was a major contributor to African scholarship who helped develop many educators through his work at the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and beyond. 

black history month Academic Talk: civiC Engagement

Feb. 18, 2020
3-5 p.m.
Main Campus, Golden Eagles (SU 103)

Join us for an academic talk that will uplift the voices of African and African American students throughout the diaspora who are civically engaged. 

Black Microsoft

Feb. 19, 2020
2-3 p.m.
Main Campus, Pedroso Center 

Join us for an exploration of the many paths into a career at Microsoft for non-Computer Science majors. 

Divine Intervention, greek life event

Feb. 19, 2020
6-9 p.m. 
Main Campus, Alumni Hall

Come network and learn more about the history of Black fraternities and sororities at Northeastern.

"school daze" Movie screening and discussion

Feb. 19, 2020
6-8:30 p.m.
CCICS, Donn F. Bailey Auditorium

Join CCICS for a screening and discussion of the Spike Lee musical dramedy  "School Daze." Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Free bus transportation to CCICS will depart from The Nest and bring students back to Main Campus after the event. 

Cartoons & Cereal

Feb. 20, 2020
7 p.m.-12midnight
Main Campus, Pedroso Center

Enjoy a throwback to the days of watching Saturday morning Black cartoons and eating breakfast cereal. Cartoons will feature main characters from the African diaspora. Wear your pajamas, bring your pillows and blankets and get ready for a fun time!

Black Card Revoked

Feb. 21, 2020
6-8 p.m.
Main Campus, Pedroso Center

This event serves as a fun and lighthearted way to learn about African American history and culture. 

NEIU Alumini All Access 

Feb. 24, 2020
6-9 p.m. 
CCICS, Donn F. Bailey Auditorium 

Northeastern alumna, Sherry Williams (B.A. 2017) will deliver a lecture titled, "Are We Losing Ground," which will focus on celebrating the history of CCICS as well as the contributions of African Americans in the Chicagoland area, particularly in Bronzeville. Williams is the president and founder of the Bronzeville Historical Society. 

Featured Menu Items

Feb. 25, 2020
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Main Campus, Golden Eagles Nest Cafeteria 

In honor of Black History Month, the cafeteria will feature some menu items inspired by Black cultural dishes.  

Black History month Symposium

Feb. 27, 2020
9 a.m-3 p.m.
Main Campus, Student Union (Room TBA)

During this day-long event, high school students will visit Northeastern's campus, learn about various career fields and gain an understanding of Black History. 

Essence Fashion Show

Feb. 27, 2020
6-9 p.m.
Main Campus, Student Union (Room TBA)

This is a celebration of traditional and African-inspired clothing, music and joy. 

Black Heritage Gospel Choir Concert

Feb. 27, 2020
7-8 p.m.
Main Campus, Recital Hall (FA 160A)

Join Northeastern's Black Heritage Gospel Choir for their inaugural concert!

Black Heritage Awards Gala

Feb. 28. 2020
6-9 p.m.
CCICS, Room 212

The 18th annual NEIU Black Heritage Awards celebrates and recognizes the contributions of African and African American members of the NEIU community. The event features awards, entertainment and light fare.