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February is Black History Month, a time dedicated to highlighting the history, accomplishments, and contributions of Blacks, Africans, and African Americans in the United States. To celebrate, Michigan State University will host online and on-campus events throughout the month.
One of the events is the 22nd Annual Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series, Slavery to Freedom, hosted by the College of Osteopathic Medicine. This online series will feature three prominent speakers, each representing different disciplines. The series will bring together a broad audience of students, professors, local community members, and lawmakers to help spread conversations about building Black futures.
Another event will be the College of Education Office of K-12 Outreach Black History Month Sankofa Project. This online series is free and open to the public. This event will highlight the historical and cultural connection between the civil rights movement, the Black Power movement and the Black Lives Matter of Michigan movement.
In addition to Black History Month events, the Office of K-12 Outreach provided educational resources for educators. These resources include educational content from public channels covering topics ranging from black cowboys to the history of black architecture in Detroit.
Black History Month Campus Events
All events are on Eastern time.
Thursday February 3
5:00 p.m. – From slavery to freedom Conference 1: Yusef Salaam
The first of three conferences, hosted by the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, will feature speaker Yusef Salaam. Salaam is a member of the Exonerated Five, a group of five black men in New York who were arrested as teenagers and served time for a crime they did not commit. Salaam is also known for his work as a motivational speaker, life coach, and New York Times bestselling author. This event will take place online. Register for the event via Zoom or for more information visit Slavery to Freedom Webpage.
Saturday February 5
1:00 p.m. – Black History Month Sankofa Project Session I: Civil Rights Movement
MSU’s K-12 Outreach office will host the first session of its Black History Month Sankofa project. The topic of this session is the Civil Rights Movement and will feature panelists William Cross, Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Urban Education at CUNY, Kalvin DaRonne Harvell, Professor of Sociology at Henry Ford College, Kevin Brooks, University Specialist in diversity and civic engagement for MSU’s Residential College of Arts and Humanities; and Bernard Duffy, professor of communication studies at CalPoly. This event will be held online via zoom. Sign up for the Sankofa Project Session I or for more information download the leaflet.
4 p.m. – BSA and UAB present: Black Empowerment Festival
The Black Student Association and University Activities Council will host the third annual Black Empowerment Festival. The event will include small group activities, keynote speakers, free food and free t-shirts, while supplies last. This event will take place in the second floor ballroom and the third floor meeting rooms of the MSU union. Visit the Cultural and Academic Transitions Office Web page for more information.
Saturday February 12
1:00 p.m. – Sankofa Project Black History Month Special Session: Changing the Narrative through Positive Community Policing
This special Black History Month Project Sankofa session will discuss how positive community policing can prevent black people from being killed by police. The panelist for this event includes Marlon Lynch, MSU Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police, and Daryl Green, MSUDPPS Chief of Staff. This event will take place virtually via zoom. Sign up for the Sankofa Project Special Session or for more information download the leaflet.
3:00 p.m. – Black History Month Sankofa Project Session II: Black Power Movement
For the second session of the Black History Month Sankofa Project, panelist William Cross, professor emeritus of psychology and urban education at CUNY, Lee June, professor at MSU’s Honors College, and author Louis Napoleon will discuss the Black Power Movement. This event will take place virtually via zoom. Sign up for the Sankofa Project Session II or for more information download the leaflet.
Thursday February 17
5:00 p.m. – Conference 2 from slavery to freedom: Brandan Odums
The second lecture in the Slavery to Freedom series will feature Brandan “BMike” Odums. Odums is a New Orleans-based visual artist and will discuss his approach to sparking transnational conversations about the intersection of art and resistance to oppression through public artwork, programs and exhibitions. This event will take place online. Register for the event via Zoom or for more information, visit the Slavery to Freedom webpage.
Thursday February 24
5:00 p.m. – Lecture 3 From Slavery to Freedom: LaTosha Brown
The final lecture in the Slavery to Freedom series will feature community organizer and political strategist LaTosha Brown. Brown is the co-founder of the Black Votes Matter Fund and the BVM Capacity Building Institute. During her talk, Brown will discuss her work to ensure all humans have access to basic human rights and how she used grassroots organizing to help make Georgia blue in 2020. This event will take place online. Register for the event via Zoom or for more information visit Slavery to Freedom Webpage.
Saturday February 26
3:00 p.m. – Black History Month Sankofa Project Session III: Current/Future Guard
The final Black History Month Project Sankofa session will feature panelist Jennifer Cobbina-Dungy, associate professor of criminal justice at MSU, Raven Jones Stanbrough, assistant professor of teacher education at MSU, and Lisa A. Reeves , chief of staff of the MSU. College of Education. This group will discuss ways to protect current and future goals to advance black people. This event will take place virtually via zoom. Register for Sankofa Session III or for more information download the flyer.