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African American Celebration Month


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African American Celebration Month

About
AACM

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 Dr. 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.

Events

2017 African American Celebration Month Events

Theme: Transformative Eduction: Gateway for the future

African American Celebration Month Opening Ceremony
January 16th, 2017
African American Celebration Month Opening Ceremony
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Pioneer Food Court, OC

Join us as we Kick-Off our 2017 African American Celebration Month and pay tribute to African American heritage and culture. Light refreshments will be provided.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 16 - February 15. 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. To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2017 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

African America Celebration Month Book Drive
January 16th – February 15th, 2017
African America Celebration Month Book Drive
Drop of locations: CMI Office (104 NFH) and Oakland Center (near Deans of Students Office, near Credit Union, GSC)

Book Club at OU will be hosting a book drive for children's books on the campus of Oakland University. Reading is the foundation for education and societal changes. Books will be donated PEACE Academy in Pontiac, MI (please no activity books).

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 16 - February 15. 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. To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2017 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

Hump Day
January 18th, 2017
Hump Day
Noon – 1 pm
Fireside Lounge, OC
Student Program Board

“Education Is…” is part of Student Program Board's Hump Day series that takes place every Wednesday and will be hosted during African American Celebration Month. Join us as we explore attendees’ knowledge of African American history and historical figures as well as highlight what education means to us.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 16 - February 15. 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. To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2017 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

What Now?
January 23rd, 2017
What Now?
noon – 1 pm
Fireside Lounge, OC
Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated

Did the Presidential Election leave you with unanswered questions and feelings?  Join us as we discuss the value of voting, cultural climate and steps for moving forward.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 16 - February 15. 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. To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2017 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

Global Health Lunch and Learn
January 23rd, 2017
Global Health Lunch N’ Learn “The Physician’s Role in Human Rights”
Guest Speaker Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS, FAAFP
11:30 am – 1 pm 
O’Dowd Hall, Room 204
RSVP to cyreedhe@oakland.edu

Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS, FAAFP is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine.  As a physician and writer with twin careers in family medicine and international journalism, she has a unique perspective on the many issues involved in delivering healthcare here and abroad. 

Dr. Mishori is the director of the Department of Family Medicine's Global Health Initiatives, where she founded the residency program’s Global Health Scholars track, as well as initiated and led various international collaborative projects. She has been a consultant for The World Bank and for Physicians for Human Rights, and participates in training, curriculum design, and research in their Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones program.

Dr. Mishori has focused on teaching and curriculum development at all levels of undergraduate, graduate, medical and post-graduate education at Georgetown. Previously, she was the Family Medicine Clerkship Director for two years, and has directed or co-directed other courses. 

Dr. Mishori is the director of Georgetown’s Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) CAPRICORN and is the co-founder and co-chair of MedStar Health Institute’s Primary Care Research Collaborative (PCRC), established to create a regional support group for primary care research and scholarly activities. 

Dr. Mishori is also the director of the department’s new Health and Media fellowship and the nascent Center for Media, Health & Primary Care, whose mission is to assess the intersection between media, evidence-based medicine and primary care.  

Dr. Mishori is the recipient of several academic awards, including the John Eisenberg Memorial Career Development Award, The STFM-NE Emerging Leader Award, The Georgetown University School of Medicine International Programs Award, the Natural Medicine Recognition Award, and two Residency Teaching Excellence Awards. This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 16 - February 15. 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. To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2017 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

Black Cinema Movie Night
January 26th, 2017
Black Cinema Movie Night
6 – 9 pm
Gold Room C, OC
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Join us as we show the documentary 13th. This documentary will be a great event and opportunity for students to engage and gain social awareness.13th highlights the 13th Amendment and the disparity of African-American males within the prison system.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 16 - February 15. 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. To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2017 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm

MLK Day of Service
January 28th, 2017
MLK Day of Service
10 am – 1 pm
Register at wwwp.oakland.edu/csa/volunteer Leadership and Volunteer Center, Center for Student Activities

MLK Day of Service is a volunteer event. We will have over 7 different non-profits in Pontiac, Detroit, and the surrounding communities that students can volunteer at. We will provide lunches to students who attend. This is a wonderful way to remember MLK Jr. and stand up for things he believed in. Since MLK Jr. really desired to help underprivileged individuals, students will help diverse non-profits. Some of the potential non-profits: Baldwin Center, Forgotten Harvest, HAVEN, CASS, Pontiac Sun Timebank, Gleaners, Beyond Basics, and much more!

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 16 - February 15. 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. To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2017 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

Teaching Social Justice/Human Rights through Poetry: “We ARE our brothers and sisters.” - Maya Angelou
February 2nd, 2017
Teaching Social Justice/Human Rights through Poetry: “We ARE our brothers and sisters.” - Maya Angelou
Noon – 1:30 pm
Kresge Library, Room 242
Kresge Library

Maya Angelou’s writing life provides us with a great lesson in how literature can transform lives. The library plans to screen the documentary: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise a film which celebrates her life as a poet/writer, activist and storyteller.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 16 - February 15. 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. To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2017 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

Taste of Africa
February 3rd, 2017
Taste of Africa
4 – 7 pm
Banquet Rooms, OC
Free & Open to the public 

Taste of Africa will Feature African and African-American cuisine, African drumming and spirituals, spoken word performances, and much more!

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 16 - February 15. 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. To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2017 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

The Civil Rights Movement, Freedom Schools and the Transformation of America
February 6th, 2017
The Civil Rights Movement, Freedom Schools and the Transformation of America
Noon – 1:30 pm
Gold Room, OC
History Department

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's was a multi-faceted approach to transforming American society and opening opportunity for all by ending segregation in public schools, transportation, public accommodations, housing and all phases of American life. Freedom Schools and Voter Education projects played transformative roles in improving the lives of African Americans in the south and establishing new visions and goals for African Americans nationwide. John W. Hardy was actively involved from high school through college in civil rights activities, voter registration schools and Freedom Schools. He will draw upon his experiences to discuss how the civil rights movement transformed America so that all students can seek and receive a transformative education and be better prepared for the future.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 16 - February 15. 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. To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2017 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

Third Annual Black Faculty Research Symposium
February 6th, 2017
Third Annual Black Faculty Research Symposium
4 pm – 6 pm
Oakland Room, OC
School of Education and Human Services

Join us for the Third Annual Black Faculty Research Symposium. Our keynote speaker will be Professor Dykes from the History Department will be joined by two School of Education and Human Services PhD candidates will also give an overview of their African American focused research study in progress.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 16 - February 15. 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. To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2017 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

Brother Outsider Film Screening & Panel
February 7th, 2017
Brother Outsider Film Screening & Panel
Noon – 2 pm
Gold Room, OC
Gender & Sexuality Center

AND

6 – 8 pm
Fireside Lounge, OC
Gender & Sexuality Center

The Gender & Sexuality Center would like to host a conversation about Bayard Rustin, one of Dr. King's closest advisors and the architect of the March on Washington, who was an openly gay man. We will be screening Brother Outsider, a film about Mr. Rustin's life, and hosting a speaker to discuss film and its relevancy today.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 16 - February 15. 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. To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2017 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

Black Lives Matter Panel Discussion
February 8th, 2017
Black Lives Matter Panel Discussion
6 pm – 9 pm
Lake Michigan, OC
Association of Black Students

The Black Lives Matter Discussion Panel will feature official Black Lives Matter activists from Lansing, MI. These individuals, along with other students, will be discussing the current state of our country from the black student's prospective and how to go about taking action against the hatred and bigotry towards minorities that the country is dealing with.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 16 - February 15. 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. To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2017 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.

Closing Ceremony
February 15th, 2017
Closing Ceremony
Noon – 1 pm
Gold A&B, OC

Join us as we reflect upon many of the events featured during the 2017 African American Celebration Month and give thanks to the many sponsors and supporters. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 16 - February 15.

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. To see the full schedule of African-American Celebration 2017 events, visit www.oakland.edu/aacm.
2017
Committee
2017 African American Celebration Month Committee
Kendra Agee
Pre-College Programs
klagee@oakland.edu
Ashley Chillis
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
akchilli@oakland.edu
Latasha Curry
Student Business Services
curry@oakland.edu
Tiffany Elliott-Fowler
Pre-College Programs
elliottf@oakland.edu
Sean Foe
Student Program Board
smfoe@oakland.edu
Anita Hicks-White
Oakland Center
hickswhi@oakland.edu
Christopher Hunter
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
cahunter@oakland.edu
Amy Joa
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
ajoa@oakland.edu
Myshia Liles-Moultrie
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
mvlilesm@oakland.edu
Ahmed Naseem
Oakland University Student Congress
anaseem@oakland.edu
Janail Silver
Oakland University William
Beaumont School of Medicine
silver@oakland.edu
Denise Thompkins-Jones
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
drjones@oakland.edu
Grace Wojcik
Gender and Sexuality Center
gawojcik@oakland.edu
 
2017
SPONSORS

Sponsors:

  • Office of the Provost
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Business Administration
  • Oakland University Student Congress
  • Honors College