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Black History Month 2020

Mission: Black History Month, at The University of Akron, celebrates and educates the campus and surrounding communities on the knowledge, pride, understanding and empowerment of the African American culture and its impact on our daily lives.

Check back later for more information on Black History Month events in 2020!

Campus Cupboard Drive

The mission of the Campus Cupboard is to provide students in a financial pinch access to the basic necessities of daily living. Drop off locations will be in the Simmons Hall lobby, Buchtel Hall lobby, and the Department of Student Life from February 1st-29th. This drive is sponsored by the Department of Student Life and Summa Health.

Some items that are convenient for students are non-perishables and any cans with pull top lids. These can include, but are not limited to:

canned fruit or cups of fruit   tuna pouches
cereal Hormel meals      
peanut butter Granola, protein, or cereal bars    
microwavable bags of rice any gluten-free items
canned soups   2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner        
canned vegetables with pull tops gloves
microwavable macaroni and cheese    can-openers

We kindly ask that you adhere to the donation guidelines:

  • All items must have labels and be sealed
  • All items must be new
  • No homemade goods, including baked goods and home-canned items
  • Expired items will not be accepted

February 3

Event: Black Church

Time: 6:30pm-8pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union 312

Sponsor: Black Students United

Description: The Black Church will be a discussion about the ins and outs of religion and things we have come to associate with church in the Black community. 


February 4

Event: Family Reunion

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Grand Ballroom

Sponsor: SAAB & ZPN

Description: Come celebrate Black history and culture with us! Enjoy food, fun games, music, a spades tournament with prizes, and dancing while meeting members from student organizations on UA’s campus.


February 5

Event: Black and Beautiful

Time: 11am-12pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union 314

Sponsor: Counseling and Testing Center


Event: SAAB & MBHG Collaboration

Time: 6:30pm-8pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union 316

Sponsor: SAAB & MBHG

February 10

Event: HBCU vs. PWI

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union 312

Sponsor: Black Students United

Description: This program will feature thought provoking discussion surrounding, the comparison between the two types of institutions, historically black colleges and universities and predominately white institutions.


February 12

Event: SAAS Auction

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Gardner Theatre

Sponsor: SAAS


February 13

Event: Karaoke Night

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Starbucks Lounge

Sponsor: BEC and Campus Programs

February 17

Event: Appropriation vs. Appreciation

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union 335

Sponsor: Black Students United

Description: This event will be a discussion about the way people express themselves in different cultures and how that can affect others. 


February 19

Event: Black History Kahoot

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Gardner Theatre

Sponsor: SAAS


Event: NPHC 101

Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union 312

Sponsor: NPHC

Description: Come learn about the terms, history, and traditions of the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s fraternities and sororities. There will be time for Q & A, snacks, and prizes!

February 24

Event: N-Word Discussion

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Gardner Theatre

Sponsor: USG & BSU

Description: The n-word discussion is an annual event to bring awareness to the ever changing politics surrounding the word and how to address uncomfortable situations it can bring.


February 25

Event: Race Talk

Time: 11am

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union 314

Sponsor: Counseling and Testing Center


Event: Preacher Moss

Time: 1:15pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Gardner Theatre

Sponsor: Residence Life and Housing

Description: “End of Racism” Comedy Tour: He will be discussing poverty, racism, multiculturalism, civil rights, and critical race theory throughout a ninety-minute engagement.


Event: Flute Juice

Time: 3:00pm & 7:00pm

Location: Leigh Hall 107

Sponsor: Office of Inclusion and Equity

Description: Galen is an extraordinary flutist with an extensive performance career. He is also a riveting speaker with encyclopedic knowledge on the history of jazz and the Civil Rights Movement. Galen studied at Berklee College of Music and holds a Master’s Degree in Education and Performing Arts from Rutgers University, New Jersey.

Notably, Jazz was an instrument of expression during some of the most difficult periods in American history and is also considered an important pathway to a greater appreciation of music in general. Lectures are exquisitely colored power-point presentations and are entitled Women in Jazz, History of Jazz,Afro-Cuban Jazz, Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement.


February 26

Event: SAAB & MBHG Collaboration

Time: 6:30pm-8pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union 316

Sponsor: SAAB & MBHG


February 27

Event: True Black History Museum

Time: 10am-2pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union 312

Sponsor: Office of Inclusion & Equity, Undergraduate Student Government, and Campus Programs

Description: A traveling Black History exhibit with artifacts dating from the late 1700's to the 21st century. The Museum was established to preserve the history of African-American people and to educate others of the many great contributions that African-Americans have made to mankind. The mission is to instill self-esteem and pride, and to increase knowledge, awareness, cultural sensitivity and understanding for the historic experience of African-Americans.

The collection takes you on a journey through the African-American experience, and is comprised of over 1000 authentic artifacts, with original documents from historic figures such as Booker T. Washington, Mary McLeod Bethune, George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Angela Davis, President Barack Obama, and many other great African-Americans.

The museum has been viewed by over 35,000 people throughout the U.S on college campuses, schools, churches, and corporate events.


February 28

Event: ZPN Movie: Just Mercy

Time: 8pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Gardner Theatre

Description: Free with a valid Zipcard and $2 for guests.


February 29

Event: ZPN Movie: Just Mercy

Time: 7pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Gardner Theatre

Description: Free with a valid Zipcard and $2 for guests.