Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI)

North Foundation Hall, Room 104
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309
(location map)
(248) 370-4404
cmi@oakland.edu

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m


African American Celebration Month
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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 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

Opening Ceremony

Join us as we Kick-Off our 2018 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 15 - February 14. 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.

MLK Day of Service

Register here
Hosted by: Leadership and Volunteer Center, and Center for Student Activities

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. 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.

Actively Empowering Yourself

Being a black student at a PWI can cause stress when you are feeling unsupported and unmotivated with no one to confide in or drive to keep going. Meanwhile, the constant tearing down of individuals as opposed to the uplifting in the black community has become a problem. L.O.V.E Naturally and Actively Moving Forward are two student organizations who want to combat this with the idea of encouragement. Students will come and participate in an ongoing discussion about how to empower themselves and others around them. We will have a round-table group discussion to talk about ways to uplift one another, specifically as black students on campus. We will also have self-care instructions, comfort food, as well as bereavement discussion when dealing with a loss in the community.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. 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.

A Legacy of Achievement:

We are inviting a panel comprised of the OUAA Black Alumni Chapter to discuss their achievements, both as OU students, and since graduation. We are celebrating their contributions to OU and their greater communities and recognizing their roles as leaders in those communities.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. 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.

Film: Detroit

Screening of the movie titled Detroit.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. 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.

Taste of Africa

4 - 7 p.m.
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 15 - February 14. 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.

Protests, On and Off the Field

Protests, on and off the Field will be an open forum discussion on the current situation of protests on the football field in support of police brutality, what these protests seek to do and whether or not those goals are achievable through peaceful or violent protest. The event will also discuss what to do when your personal views conflict with the roles of your job.

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. 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.

Trip to Charles H. Wright

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

To register, please contact Luna Nasry at ousc@oakland.edu 

This event is a part of the African-American Celebration Month festivities at Oakland University which takes place from January 15 - February 14. 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.

Black Women Rock Awards

5 - 7 p.m.
Oakland Center, Gold Room B

Come celebrate the accomplishments of Black Women from OU’s campus, community and alumni as well as give thanks to the many sponsors and supporters of African American Celebration Month. This event will serve as the Closing Ceremony for the 2018 African American Celebration Month. 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 15 - February 14. 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.

2017
Committee
2017 African American Celebration Month Committee

Adrienne Shavers
Oakland University Housing
ashavers@oakland.edu

Amy Joa
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
ajoa@oakland.edu

Anita Hicks-White
Oakland Center
hickswhi@oakland.edu

Anthony Webster Jr.
Oakland University Housing
adwebster@oakland.edu

Anushree Jagtap
Student Program Board
amjagtap@oakland.edu

Christopher Hunter
Center for Multicultural Initiatives
cahunter@oakland.edu

Danicea Woods-Mcswain
Association of Black Students
djwoodsmcswain@oakland.edu

Kendra Agee
Pre-College Programs
klagee@oakland.edu

Latasha Curry
Student Business Services
curry@oakland.edu

Luna Nasry
Oakland University Student Congress
lnasry@oakland.edu

Tiffany Elliott-Fowler
Pre-College Programs
elliottf@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
  • Bachelor of Integrative Studies
  • Black Employee Resource Group
  • Oakland University Student Congress