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Black History Month 2021

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.

Book Donation Drive

serveAkron is sponsoring a book donation drive benefiting the Little Free Libraries of the Greater Akron area (downtown Akron, Wallhaven, North Hill, and Kenmore).  We are seeking new books for children, pictures books, and other adolescent/young adult books (typically ages 1-13).  Donations can be brought to the Department of Student Life (across from the Roo Lounge in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union) or the lobby of Simmons Hall by Zip Assist.  The drive runs from February 1-26. Questions can be directed to serve@uakron.edu


Being Black in Law School

Akron BLSA presents Being Black in Law School. Every Thursday of the month of February, BLSA will have different speakers discussing their experience in law school and imparting wisdom to the present and future generations.

Feb 1st

We will showcase figures that are/were instrumental throughout history. This event will focus on figures who are often overlooked or forgotten. 


February 3rd

  • Preferences vs. Discrimination
  • Virtual
  • 6:30pm
  • Sponsor: SAAS

This event will discuss the difference between individuals’ preferences vs. understanding discrimination. Is it actual preference rather than colorism?


February 4th  

  • The Conversation
  • Virtual
  • 7:00pm
  • Sponsor: University of Akron Arts and Culture Community

In recognition of Black History Month, members of The University of Akron arts & culture community are presenting a three-part live conversation series with local and national African American artists and cultural figures. Join us on Facebook Live on Thursday, February 4th for part one of “The Conversation” with Dr. Sherry Molock, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at The George Washington University. Dr. Molock will share her experiences as a Black woman psychologist. Click here for more information and to RSVP!


February 5th

  • Race Talk
  • Virtual
  • 12:00pm
  • Sponsor: Counseling and Testing Center

Let’s start the conversation: listening, humility and openness. Please reserve your spot here.

Feb 8th

We will watch the documentary "Dark Girls" via zoom. After this documentary, we are going to have a discussion on the Black Experience, Colorism, and the appreciation of all shades of Brown. 


February 9th

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  • How To Secure The BAG in 2021 with Anthony ONeal
  • Virtual (Zoom)
  • 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Sponsor: Zips Programming Network and Campus Programs

At age 19, Anthony ONeal was deep in debt and short on hope with no direction of where his life was headed. But after hitting rock bottom, he turned his life around and committed to helping students find and purse their passions. Since 2003, Anthony has helped hundreds of thousands of students make smart decisions with their money. He’s the national bestselling author of Graduate Survival Guide: 5 Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make in College and his latest book, Debt Free Degree helps students through college without student loans. Join us on February 9th as Anthony encourages students to take their decisions with life and money more seriously. To register for this event, click here.


February 9th

BLSA presents False Equivalency, a safe place to discuss the disparity of treatment between BLM protesters & Capitol rioters. Join the conversation with BLSA on Tuesday, February 9th at 12:15pm.


February 10th

  • Interracial Couples Panel
  • Virtual (zoom)
  • 7pm
  • Sponsor: Campus Programs

In the early 1960’s interracial marriage was forbidden. Today, interracial relationships are at an all-time high and the multicultural population is the country’s fastest-growing demographic. It’s not enough for these couples to be seen, they must be heard. Join us on February 10th as these four couples open up about what it looks like to be in an interracial relationship in 2021. To sign up for this event, click here. 


February 11th

  • BlAkron
  • Virtual
  • 2pm-3pm
  • Sponsor: Counseling and Testing Center

Black and Connected is a new group for Black/African-American students to share their experiences on a PWI campus.  It is your space to find support, connection, and community.  This new weekly group will be hosted by the Counseling & Testing center and will begin on February 11th. For information, please call 330-972-7082.

February 11th

  • The Conversation: Facebook Live Talk with Councilman Russ Neal
  • Virtual
  • 7:00pm
  • Sponsor: Counseling and Testing Center

In recognition of Black History Month, members of The University of Akron arts & culture community are presenting a three-part live conversation series with local and national African American artists and cultural figures. Join The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration on Facebook Live on Thursday, February 11th at 7:00pm for the next part of our “The Conversation” with Councilman Russ Neal, Akron City Council Representative and President-Elect of the National Black Caucus of Locally Elected Officials.

Click here for more information and to RSVP! Stayed tuned for more on the rest of “The Conversation” series from our arts & culture partners around campus.

Feb 15th

This is going to be a virtual watch party via zoom. We are taking submissions from students, compiling them into one video, and then showcasing them via zoom. 


February 17th

  • Black Love: It’s Complicated
  • Virtual
  • 7pm
  • Sponsor: Office of Multicultural Development and Campus Programs

Join OMD and Campus Programs as we discuss Black relationships – the good, the bad, and the indifferent. We will dive deep into heavier topics including the current trends in relationships, baggage, and vulnerability. Participating UA students will be entered into a raffle prize. To reserve your spot for this event, click here. 


February 18th

  • Coming Together Phase 2 with Dr. Fannie Brown
  • Virtual
  • 3pm
  • Sponsor: Office of Inclusion and Equity

This presentation will focus on the history and development of The Coming Together Project born thorough a series of articles published by the Akron Beacon Journal in 1993. The series was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, in 1994 for Public Service Reporting. Organizational accomplishments will be shared in addition to goals for a newly resurrected agency. Given the current status the community, state and nation are in today, goals, procedures and partnerships must be targeted and aggressive. Ideas to accomplish such will be explored. 

To sign-up for this event, please email natali5@uakron.edu to receive the event link.

February 18th

  • Psychology Film Club Discussion – Get Out
  • Virtual: Facebook Live
  • 7:00pm
  • Sponsor: Cummings Center for the History of Psychology

Join the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology on Facebook Live for a discussion of Jordan Peele’s Academy Award-winning film Get Out (2017). We will be discussing the film in the context of social identity and the field of Black psychology. Get Out is currently available to stream via FX On Demand (with a live TV provider) and to rent or purchase via YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime, and iTunes. Psychology Film Club explores depictions of psychology, psychiatry, and mental health in pop culture, gathering a panel of experts from the field to discuss popular films. Audiences can watch these conversations via Facebook Live and chime in with their own thoughts and questions. Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

Feb 22nd

This event is via zoom. Our members are each going to cook their favorite meal. We are going to have a discussion on Soul Food, the history of it with the Black community, and ways to make tasty and healthy meals. 


February 23rd

  • African Dance Night
  • Virtual
  • 6pm
  • Sponsor: Zips Programming Network

African Dance Night is a virtual dance class in collaboration with Cumbe the Center for African and Diaspora Dance. This event will include a short informational session as well as learning dance moves from West Africa. There will also be a live drummer to help keep the beats! Click here to reserve your spot.


February 24th

  • Coping Well: Who are your influencers?
  • Virtual
  • 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Sponsor: Counseling and Testing Center

Things to consider regarding your mental health in your online experience and exploration. Reserve your spot here.


February 24th

  • How to Break Generational Curses Panel
  • Virtual
  • 6:30pm
  • Sponsor: SAAS

This panel will discuss the various generational curses that need to be broken in the Black community, such as financial hardship, disfunction, and toxicity.


February 24th

  • Black Greeks in Politics: A Discussion with NPHC
  • Virtual – Zoom
  • 7:00pm
  • Sponsor: NPHC

Join members of our NPHC fraternities and sororities to learn more about the contributions of Black Greeks in American politics through a discussion and trivia, with a chance to win prizes! If you would like to attend this event, please click here to register.


February 25th

In recognition of Black History Month, members of The University of Akron arts & culture community are presenting a three-part live conversation series with local and national African American artists and cultural figures. Join the Dance Institute on Facebook Live on Thursday, February 25th at 8:00pm for the final event in “The Conversation” series, a talk with Dominic Moore-Dunson, Research Resident Artist at the National Choreography Center at The University of Akron.

Click here for more information and to RSVP!