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African American Celebration Month

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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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Monday, January 19

23rd Annual Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration
Banquet Rooms, Oakland Center
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Keynote Address, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

African American Celebration Month
Opening Ceremony
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Pioneer Food Court

Thursday, January 22

Walk Through History
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Gold Rooms A & B, Oakland Center
Oakland University Student Congress

Saturday, January 24

MLK Day of Service
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fireside Lounge, Oakland Center
Register at www.oakland.edu/volunteer
Center for Student Activities

Monday, January 27 

Protecting Our Future: HIV Awareness and Empowering Our Community
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Fireside Lounge, Oakland Center
Minority Association of Pre-Health Students

Tuesday, January 28

Brother Outsider Film Screening & Panel Discussion
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Oakland Room, Oakland Center 
Gender and Sexuality Center

Wednesday, January 29

The Role of Institutions of Higher Education Surrounding Tragedies like Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lake Michigan, Oakland Center
School of Education and Human Services

Tuesday, February 3

Diversity Dialogue on Microaggressions
11:30 a.m.
110 A-C O'Dowd Hall
OUWB Diversity and Inclusion

Wednesday, February 4

ABS Week: It's My Life
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fireside Lounge, Oakland Center
Association of Black Students

Friday, February 6 

Taste of Africa Gala
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Banquet Rooms, Oakland Center

Monday, February 9

Sit-Ins & Freedom Rides of the 1960's: My Experience

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Gold Rooms B & C, Oakland Center
History Department

Wednesday, February 11

Current Health Trends Historically Affecting African Americans
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fireside Lounge, Oakland Center
Black Employee Resource Group

Friday, February 13

Surveillance in Post War American Literary Expatriate Paris
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Banquet Room B, Oakland Center
SurPrise

Thursday, February 19

Closing Ceremony
Gold Rooms B & C, Oakland Center
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


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2015 African American Celebration Month Committee

Kendra Agee
Pre-College
Programs
klagee@oakland.edu
Ammar Asbahi
Minority Association of
Pre-Medical Students
asasbahi@oakland.edu
Latasha Curry
Student Business
Services
curry@oakland.edu
Emily DeLano
Center for
Student Activities
delano@oakland.edu
Tiffany Elliot-Fowler
Pre-College
Programs
elliottf@oakland.edu
Anita Hicks-White
Oakland
Center
hickswhi@oakland.edu
La'Asia Johnson
Center for
Multicultural Initiatives
lrjohnso@oakland.edu
Denise Jones
Center for
Multicultural Initiatives
drjones@oakland.edu
Jason Newman
University
Housing
bajohns2@oakland.edu
Nathan Strickland
Project Upward
Bound
nstrickland@oakland.edu
Michelle Southward
School of
Health Sciences
mdguy@oakland.edu
Erin Ward
Oakland University
Student Congress
ejward@oakland.edu



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University Sponsors
Black Employee Resource Group
Center for Student Activities
College of Arts and Sciences
Gender and Sexuality Center
History Department
Kresge Library
Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives
OUWB Diversity and Inclusion
School of Business Administration
School of Education and Human Services
School of Nursing
SurPrise

Sudent Organizations
Association of Black Students
Oakland University Student Congress
Kappa Alpha Psi
Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students

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