2021 Black Heritage Month

Upset the Set-Up: Show Up, Disrupt, and Get in Good Trouble

The Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs and the Black Heritage Committee invite the University community to celebrate Black Heritage Month 2021 by participating in a series of virtual events taking place Feb.1-Feb.28.

These events are co-sponsored by:

Black History Month EVENTS 

*Signature events hosted and planned by the Black Heritage Committee


Harambee means "pulling together." Come celebrate the wonder and beauty of African descended people and their culture.

When: 6-8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 1
Virtual Location: Livestream
Contact: Sharon Bethea, s-bethea@neiu.edu

Black Heritage Month Virtual Book Display

The NEIU Libraries feature a virtual book display celebrating the authors and writings that reflect the lives and heritage of the Black community. The display includes e-books, streaming media and other online resources available to the NEIU community through the library. 

When: All Month, Monday, Feb. 1
Virtual Location: NEIU Library website
Contact: Robin Harris, r-harris14@neiu.edu

Science Rules EveryTHING Round Me: One Man's Journey

Dr. Kadeem Richardson will join us to talk about his scientific journey and his research in reproductive physiology. This event is sponsored by Student Center for Science Engagement. 

When: 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9
Virtual Location: Zoom Access
Contact: Shreya Patel, s-patel93@neiu.edu

Black Accountants Virtual Panel

The Accounting Associates Club at NEIU in partnership with Career Development and College of Business and Management hosts the Black Accountants Virtual Panel for Black History Month. Everyone is welcome.

When: 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9
Virtual Location: Google Hangouts
Contact: Lynette Correa-Velez, l-correavelez@neiu.edu

BLack with context at NEiu

This workshop aims to give some historical context about the Black student experience at NEIU and how it plays a part in the work we do today.

When: 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9
Virtual Location: Zoom Access
Contact: Mildred Crespo, m-crespo1@neiu.edu

Africana Arcade*

This event is a celebration of Black love and community through games, food, and fun. Come and celebrate with us!

When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11
Virtual Location: Sign up
Contact: Felicia Keelen, f-keelen@neiu.edu 

Annual Conference on Genocide and Human Rights Research in Africa and the Diaspora

The theme of conference is Genocide and Human Rights Research in Remembering Heroes/Heroines: Unique and Collective Strategies of Resistance and Prevention of Genocide in Africa and the Diaspora. This year’s conference also celebrates the official inauguration of the GHRAD Center. Students, scholars and the general public are invited to attend. 

When: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11-12
Virtual Location: Conference registration
Contact: Jeanine Ntihirageza, j-ntihirageza@neiu.edu

Academic Talk: Featuring Dr. Bettina Love*

Titled “We Gon’ Be Alright, But That Ain’t Alright: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom,” Dr. Love’s talk discusses the struggles and the possibilities of committing ourselves to an abolitionist goal of educational freedom, as opposed to reform, and moving beyond what she calls the educational survival complex. Abolitionist teaching is built on the creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity and rebellious spirit, and methods of abolitionists to demand and fight for an educational system where all students are thriving, not simply surviving.

When: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16
Virtual Location: Registration Closed
Contact: Timothy Mays, t-mays2@neiu.edu

GCOE/CCICS Black Heritage Month Lecture featuring Dr. Kamau Rashid

Dr. Rashid's work is related to exploring African and African diasporan social critique and activism. This has meant an on-going exploration of the ideas of W.E.B. Du Bois and their relevance to contemporary critical theories such as Critical Race Theory, Black Feminism, the African-centered paradigm, Du Bois’s critique of capitalism, his advocacy of Pan-Africanism, and so on.

When: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18
Virtual Location: Zoom access
Contact: Akua Cason, alcason@neiu.edu

Cartoons & Cereal*

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

When: 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18
Virtual Location: Sign Up
Contact: Felicia Keelen, f-keelen@neiu.edu 

Screening of documentary: "Talking Black in America"

“Talking Black in America” gives an overview of the history of African American Language (AAL). Prominent African American linguists talk about how AAL developed, describe linguistic features typical for AAL and show that AAL is a systematic dialect of English, dispelling many popular myths around this linguistic variety and its speakers. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with one of the producers or a discussion led by professors in the Linguistics department. For more information about the film, visit the official website.

When: 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22
Virtual Location: Sign Up
Contact: Ariana Bancu, av-bancu@neiu.edu

Historical Ties between African Diaspora and Latinx Communities

The presentation shares insight on the many overlaps of history that the African Diaspora and Latinx community share with each other in the United States and Latin America. From music, language, and solidarity to caste systems, community space, and schools, the presentation touches on different platforms shared by both communities, including Chicago. 

When: 12-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
Virtual Location: Zoom Access; Passcode: 3ztZnc
Contact: Gabriel Cortez, g-cortez@neiu.edu

Black Heritage Month: NPB COmedy Night

The Northeastern Programming Board (NPB) is hosting a comedy night with Chris James. He is a British African comic whose charming style of comedy includes stories, impressions and characters. Chris recently played Barack Obama in the upcoming feature film "Obamaland." His comedy special and one-man show performances led to sold-out shows in New York City.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
Virtual Location: Zoom Access; Passcode: AC2UW9
Contact: Northeastern Programming Board, npb@neiu.edu


Join two college students as they share their stories and shed light into their undocumented and Black identities that often times go unseen. 

When: 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25
Virtual Location: Sign Up
Contact: Luvia Moreno, lu-moreno@neiu.edu

Hold Fast to Dreams

Voice students and faculty from the Department of Music and Dance record and compile a recital featuring works by Florence Price, Betty Jackson King, Hall Johnson, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, H. T. Burleigh, Margaret Bonds, Undine Smith Moore and others. The program includes solo performances along with small ensemble collaborations

When: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25
Virtual Location: YouTube
Contact: Katherine Petersen, k-petersen7@neiu.edu

Black Heritage Awards*

The annual Black Heritage Awards celebrates and recognizes the contributions of African and African American members of the NEIU community.

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26
Virtual Location: Livestream
Contact: Sylvia Dobbins-Daniels, s-daniels4@neiu.edu