Founded as Negro History (and literature) Week in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month began as way to highlight Black progress following the Civil War and reconstruction. Currently, this month is a catalyst to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and struggles of African Americans and members of the African Diaspora. We aim to promote the diversity and complexities of Black identity through multiple lenses and experiences.
2018 Black History Month Celebration:
Play “The Mountaintop” and Discussion with Actors
Tuesday, January 30 at 7:30pm in the Brooks Center
Come view the play “The Mountaintop” that provides a glimpse of the private side of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ticket information here: https://www.clemson.edu/centers-institutes/brooks/events/event.html?eventid=960017). After the play, join a post-show discussion of the play with the actors. *You must attend the performance to join the discussion. Coordinated by the Brooks Center.
Thursday, February 1 from 6:00pm-9:00pm in the Life Sciences Building Atrium
Join us for our Black History Month kick-off event and celebrate the reclamation of culture. There will be free food, games, and dancing with a live DJ. This event is limited to Clemson students, faculty, and staff members and up to one outside guest per CUID. Coordinated by the Omicron Phi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Black History Month Library Display
Month of February, Cooper Library
In the spirit of the African American ancestry workshop sponsored by the Clemson University Libraries, Cooper Library’s February display, “In the First Person: African American Autobiographies,” contains books, audiobooks, and DVDs featuring 18th-21st century African Americans’ accounts of their lives and legacies. Coordinated by University Libraries.
Call My Name Tours
Wednesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 21 from 3:00pm-5:30pm
This initiative aims to acknowledge and highlight the African American history of Clemson’s campus through a guided tour and discussion. Light refreshments will be served at this event. Sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/cbrN7fv2BpctGsHE2. Coordinated by the Clemson Black Student Union.
A Night of Comedy with Burpie and B Daht
Saturday, February 10 from 9:30pm – 11:30pm in the Barnes Center
Head to the Barnes Center to watch the comedy stylings of Burpie and B Daht from “Wild n’ Out” and friends! Coordinated by the Barnes Center.
Monday, February 12 from 2:00pm-6:00pm (Drop-in) in The Brown Room, Cooper Library
This event is designed to give participants the opportunity to learn about the tool of Ancestry.com and explore their family lineage. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop. Coordinated by University Libraries.
A Personal Picture of a Land Ethic
Wednesday, February 14 at 5:00pm in Academic Success Center Room 118
Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Dr. Joseph “Drew” Lanham will be speaking on the topic of “Reclaiming our Ecology.” An ornithologist and a poet, Dr. Lanham is the author of Sparrow Envy: Poems (2016) and The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature (2016), in addition to numerous articles and multimedia essays, such as “Rules for the Black Birdwatcher.” Coordinated by the Humanities Hub.
Map of the Diaspora
Monday, February 19 from 5:00pm-8:00pm (Drop-in) in The Brown Room, Cooper Library
Join us for the opportunity to learn more about the diversity within the African Diaspora. Light refreshments will be served. Coordinated by the the Center for Geospatial Technologies.
A Seat at the Table - Due to low registration, this event is canceled.
Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00pm in the OLLI at Clemson Building (Sign-Up Required - Limited Seats Available)
Reminisce on the past and present through storytelling of diverse experiences. *This event is $10 per student, staff, or faculty. Coordinated by the Gantt Multicultural Center.
Keynote Address: Angela Burt-Murray
Monday, February 26 at 6:00pm in the Watt Family Innovation Center Auditorium
Angela Burt-Murray is an award-winning journalist, author, and producer. She has produced and directed content for several magazines, TV specials, and books. She served as the Editor and Chief of ESSENCE and Teen People magazines, and her works have been included in the ESSENCE Music Festival, TV specials for CNN, and the bestselling thriller “Games Divas Play”. Burt-Murray currently serves as the Deputy Editor of GLAMOUR magazine. Coordinated by the Gantt Multicultural Center.
Contact Jerad Green in the Gantt Multicultural Center at email@example.com or 864-656-7625 for more information regarding Black History Month events. Thank you to all sponsors: Gantt Multicultural Center, Division of Student Affairs, Department of Sociology/Anthropology/Criminal Justice, The Graduate School, University Housing & Dining, Department of Languages, College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – Dean’s Academic Fund, Office of College Preparation and Outreach, Commission on Black Faculty and Staff, PEER/WISE, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.