Indiana University campuses celebrating Black History Month with music, films, speakers and more

  • Jan. 30, 2017


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Beginning Feb. 1, Indiana University will celebrate Black History Month on its campuses with discussion panels, guest lecturers, musical performances, film screenings and other activities open to students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding communities.

“I’m thrilled about the extensive array of Black History Month activities occurring at Indiana University,” said James Wimbush, IU’s vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs and dean of the University Graduate School. “The creativity of the programming demonstrates a deep appreciation for the contributions of the black community to society, both in the past and in the present.”

IU’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs endorses Black History Month initiatives throughout IU, including those on the Bloomington campus. The theme of IU Bloomington’s Black History Month celebration is “IU Black History Made Daily.”

The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, an Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs program, is hosting several of the Black History Month events at IU Bloomington, including:

  • The Neal-Marshall Black History Kick-Off -- The event welcomes the entire IU community and local residents to learn about the month’s slate of activities and see what’s new with the center, at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall.
  • “The African American Read-In” -- This popular staple of Black History Month, organized by IU’s School of Education, will bring students together to read poetry, passages and their own work, at 11 a.m. Feb. 6 in the Grand Hall.
  • Black Excellence Alumni Panel -- IU alumni will return to campus to share their post-graduate experiences with current students, at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Neal-Marshall Bridgwaters Lounge.

IUPUI will also have a full slate of activities to commemorate Black History Month, including:

  • Black History Month Kick-Off -- Featuring the Kenyetta Dance Company, this is the official start to the Black History Month celebration on the IUPUI campus, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Campus Center Atrium.
  • “Networking With Neal-Marshall and DEAP” -- A collaboration between the Diversity Enrichment and Achievement Program and the Indianapolis chapter of the Neal-Marshall Alumni Association, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in Taylor Hall on the IUPUI campus.
  • Steward Speaker Series: Kirk Franklin -- A lecture by famed gospel music singer Kirk Franklin, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

IU Kokomo activities include:

  • Diversity Training Series -- Eric Love, the director of diversity and inclusion at the University of Notre Dame, will facilitate a valuable workshop for faculty and staff titled, “Safe Spaces, Microaggressions: What is it all about?” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Kelley Center.

IU Northwest activities include:

  • Black History Month Film Series – The Savannah Center will host screenings and discussions of the following films at 1 p.m. Wednesdays in February: “Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968” on Feb. 1; “Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race” on Feb. 8; “Race Against Prime Time” on Feb. 15; and “The Road to Brown” on Feb. 22.

IU Southeast activities include:

  • Researching African American History in Floyd County -- Presented by the Institute for Local and Oral History, local historian Pam Peters will share her knowledge of the black community in the area surrounding IU Southeast’s campus from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. Feb. 21.

The events listed above are just a small sample of the many Black History Month activities planned at each IU campus. More information about Indiana University’s Black History Month celebration is available online.

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