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Black History Month

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.

2019 Black History Month
February 1st through 28th. This year, our theme is #BlackEffect: Melanated & Educated. Follow us on social media using  the hashtag #CUBlackEffect throughout the month of February.

#FlashbackFriday: Kick-Off Celebration
Friday, February 1, 2019
Palmetto Ballroom, University Union
Help us celebrate Black History Month by coming out to the kick-off celebration, Flashback Friday! We got DJ Doc, food, and surprise giveaways throughout the night! Come and soul train the night away! 
Coordinated by the Office of College Preparation and Outreach and Brother 2 Brother

Stepping Through History
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Memorial Auditorium, Old Main (Tillman) Hall
This event will highlight the history and evolution of stepping as a dance and art form adopted by Black Greek Letter Organizations. We will discuss the connection between traditional African dance and stepping, share additional information about the Divine 9 organizations, and invite local youth step teams to headline this event. 
Co-sponsored by the Clemson University's National Panhellenic Council and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Call My Name Tour
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
3pm - 5pm
This initiative aims to acknowledge and highlight the African American history of Clemson’s campus through a guided tour and discussion. Tours are led by Dr. Rhondda Thomas. Light refreshments will be served at this event.
*RSVP Required here.

The Fannie Lou Hamer Story
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Brooks Center Auditorium
Healing Through the Sound of Music is a One Woman Stage Play performed by Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye. The performance consists of riveting storytelling, emotionally stirring songs of the Civil Rights Era and a graphic montage celebrating an unsung sheroe of Civil Rights and Social Justice. 
Co-sponsored by Inclusion and Equity and Pan-African Studies

Soul Food Sunday
Sunday, February 10, 2019
4th Floor, West End Zone, Memorial Stadium
This event seeks to bridge the gap between student athletes and no-athletes on Clemson’s campus through games, food, and dialogue. 
Co-sponsored by Tigers Unite and Student-Athletes of Color Group

Spoken Word Performance
Performer: Kai Davis
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Barnes Center
Join us and the Barnes Center as we hosted renowned writer, performer and teaching artist Kai Davis. As a Queer Woman of Color, much of her work deals with the topics of race, gender, power, sexuality and its many layers. She aims to explore how it affects who we are, who we will become, and how we love.
Co-sponsored by the Barnes Center

Finding Your Ancestors with Ancestry
Monday, February 18, 2019
Brown Room, Cooper Library
Through the Clemson libraries, students, faculty, staff, and community members will have the opportunity to explore their family history through Ancestry and learn more about African-American history. This is set up as a drop-in event. 
Co-sponsored by the Clemson Libraries.

More than an Athlete
Monday, February 18, 2019
Recruiting Space, West End Zone, Memorial Stadium
Concerned student 1950 and the Mizzou football team in 2015 shook colleges around the country. Join us as we host former Mizzou football players, and current NFL Defensive End Charles Harris, as they share the importance of social change and ways student-athletes can engage in healthy activism. 
Co-sponsored by Tigers Unite and Student-Athletes of Color Group

“Golden” Episode Premier and Discussion
Filmmaker: Jerome King
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Strom Thurmond Building Auditorium
Coordinated by Alpha Phi Alpha and the Gantt Multicultural Center

Researching African-American Ancestry
Saturday, February 23, 2019
2:30pm - 6:30pm
*Instructional Session from 2:30pm-3:30pm
Central-Clemson Public Library
This event will give our greater Clemson community the opportunity to learn more about African-American ancestry and their own family lineage. 
Co-sponsored by the Clemson Libraries and Central-Clemson Public Library 

Researching African-American Ancestry Keynote
Speaker: LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson
Monday, February 25, 2019
6:30pm, reception to follow
Strom Thurmond Building, Self Auditorium
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson is an author, lecturer, facilitator, and certified genealogist specializing in African American genealogy in the South. She has spent more than 35 years researching her African-American Garrett line, and others, who lived in or near Laurens, SC when slavery was abolished. 
Co-sponsored by the Clemson Libraries.

Black History Month Keynote Speaker
Speaker: David Banner
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Memorial Auditorium at Old Main (Tillman) Hall
Our culminating event for Black History Month is our keynote speaker David Banner. David Banner -- born as Lavell Crump in Jackson, Mississippi -- is a Grammy Award winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, civic activist and actor who recently appeared in Lee Daniel’s The Butler and in Tim Story’s movie Ride Along. Banner finds reward in encouraging young people to gain knowledge, and he leverages his affluence and influence to help make the world a better place. He has been a prominent and passionate voice in the face of social injustice. 

Co-sponsored by the Clemson Black Student Union.

Global Awareness Film and Discussion Series
Film: Mariannes Noires
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
McKissick Theatre, Hendrix Student Center
In Mariannes Noires, seven different French-born women of African descent confront their own unique identities and challenge the expectations of French society. In this documentary, they take us through their battles and retrace their most grueling paths in order to understand the social confines that have affected them professionally, psychologically, and emotionally. They share their ideas and solutions to France’s most daunting issues at the heavy intersection of racism and misogyny, and they bravely lead the way forward. 
Co-sponsored by the Department of Languages.

Sponsors: Gantt Multicultural Center, Provost, CECAS, College of Business, Inclusion and Equity, University Libraries, CAFLS, Sociology/Anthropology/Criminal Justice, President’s Commission on the Status of Black Faculty and Staff, Global Awareness Film and Discussion Series,

For more information, or for accessibility needs, please contact Jerad Green at

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