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African American Celebration Month


The Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI) is once again looking forward to hosting the festivities for African American Celebration Month (AACM). The 2015 festivities will begin on Monday, January 19, 2015 with the annual Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration and conclude with our closing ceremony on February 19.

We invite your student organization and/or academic department to submit a proposal so that your event may be included on the AAC Calendar.  As a part of your participation, academic departments can receive up to $300 in funding.  All student organizations will need to secure funding from SAFB or discretionary funds.

As you prepare your program(s), please make sure that your event clearly addresses and fits the 2015 theme: “A Celebration and Reaffirming of Our Culture and History”

The goal is to provide quality, inspirational, and educational programs and activities that support the theme. Participation of the entire university (students, faculty and staff) is important to gain a better understanding of the struggles and triumphs that African-Americans have had and continue to encounter in today’s society.

Suggestions of potential programs and/or activities that your organization or department may host are listed below. This is in no way an exhaustive list:
  • Debate
  • Panel Discussion
  • Workshop
  • Musician(s)
  • Symposium
  • Theatrical Performance
Please note the following important information:
  • ALL proposals must be submitted online by 5 p.m. Friday, November 7, 2014.
  • If you are not requesting funding and would like your event to be included on the African-American Celebration Month Calendar you must submit a proposal request.
  • Upon approval of proposal, you are responsible for securing a  space for your event as well as securing appropriate funds.
  • Student Organizations: The funding for student organization events will come from the winter semester SAFB allotment - make sure you plan accordingly!
Please fill out this form to request that your event be included on the official AACM calendar of events. For questions, please call Denise Jones at (248) 370-4404

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African American History Month is an annual observance for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February.

African American History Month had its beginnings in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week". This week was chosen because it marked the birthday of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Woodson created the holiday with the hope that it eventually be eliminated when black history became fundamental to American history.

Negro History Week grew in popularity throughout the following decades, with mayors across the United States endorsing it as a holiday. Led by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February of 1969 African American History week was expanded from a week to a month. The first celebration of African American History Month occurred at Kent State University in February of 1970. Six years later during the bicentennial (1976), the expansion of Negro History Week to African American History Month was recognized by the U.S. government.

African-American History Month at Oakland University kicks off each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This month long celebration reflects OU’s ongoing commitment to celebrating the historical and cultural contributions that African Americans have made in the past, present and future.

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2015 African American Celebration Month Committee

Kendra Agee
Ammar Asbahi
Minority Association of
Pre-Medical Students
Latasha Curry
Student Business
Emily DeLano
Center for
Student Activities
Tiffany Elliot-Fowler
Anita Hicks-White
La'Asia Johnson
Center for
Multicultural Initiatives
Denise Jones
Center for
Multicultural Initiatives
Jason Newman
Nathan Strickland
Project Upward
Michelle Southward
School of
Health Sciences
Erin Ward
Oakland University
Student Congress

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Below are the 2014 sponsors. 2015 sponsors will be announced in October 2014.

University Sponsors
Office of the President
Office of the Provost
Office of Intercultural Initiatives
American Studies
Communication and Journalism
Disability Support Services
English Department
History Department
Kresge Library
OUWB Diversity and Inclusion
Sociology and Anthropology
School of Business Administration
School of Education and Human Services
School of Nursing
School of Engineering and Computer Science

Sudent Organizations
Alpha Omega Co-Ed Christian Fraternity, Inc.
Association of Black Students
Oakland University Student Congress
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority

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