Ferris State University’s Office of Multicultural Student Services is celebrating Black History Month throughout February. The celebration will focus on a variety of events packed with information and fun for the university community.
“We’d like to encourage the campus community to join the Office of Multicultural Student Services as we collaborate with several organizations to celebrate Black History Month at Ferris throughout the month of February,” said Michael Wade, assistant director for the Office of Multicultural Student Services.
The events, which are free and open to the public, include:
Monday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. in the Michigan College of Optometry, Room 210
NAACP hosts a Black History Month movie screening and Discussion of “Fruitvale Station” (Rated R, one hour and 24 minutes). Director Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station” follows the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident.
Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in Williams Auditorium
The Black Leaders Aspiring for Critical Knowledge (B.L.A.C.K.) student organization presents the 2014 Image Awards, a show produced each year at Ferris that recognizes students, faculty and staff for their outstanding work and dedication.
Saturday, Feb. 8, from 12 to 5 p.m. in the IRC
B.L.A.C.K. and You Beautiful Black Woman (YBBW) present the “My Black Is Beautiful” student conference which will feature breakout sessions and speakers with a goal to address African American female and male student issues.
Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in IRC, Room 115
The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority will present “Do You Know Your History?” The presentation is a Black History Month game show that consists of various team-based prizes.
Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the IRC, Room 120
B.L.A.C.K. presents “Black History: the Untold Story” with renowned speaker and psychologist Umar Johnson. Johnson will discuss the topics of mis-education of African American history and the roles of black males in the family structure.
Thursday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. in the IRC, Room 120
Ferris professor Pasquale Di Raddo will present the “20th Century Depiction of African Americans through the Medium of Cartoons.”
Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center, Room 113
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.-Zeta Rho chapter will host a featured discussion “What’s Your Role?”
Friday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in IRC
Ferris alumnus Khalid el-Hakim, founder and curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, will be on campus to display his exhibit “NECESSARY.”
Co-sponsoring student organizations include Alpha Kappa Alpha-Zeta Epsilon chapter, B.L.A.C.K., Delta Sigma Theta-Zeta Rho chapter, NAACP Ferris chapter and YBBW.
For any questions about an event you may contact Multicultural Student Services at[email protected]. If assistance is needed to attend an event due to disabilities please call (231) 591-2617 with at least 72 hours in advance of the event.