BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2023
FEBRUARY 1ST - FEBRUARY 28TH
The Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs welcomes students, faculty, and staff to partake in this year’s recognition of Black History Month. February is a time of celebration, education and awareness of Black/African American culture.
Black History on Display
Wednesday, February 1 - Tuesday, February 28
B Wing Visual Display
View an assorted collection of cultural artifacts, activists and traditions that are significant to Black culture.
African American Mixer
Friday, February 3, 5 – 8 p.m.
Black Student Union in partnership with the GSU Alumni Association will host an African American Mixer as an opportunity for students, staff, faculty and alumni to meet, eat and network. In honor of Black History Month, BSU thought it best to host this event as a celebration of culture! Please RSVP by January 27th.
Saturday, February 4, 7:30 p.m.
Center for Performing Arts (GSU Students: $20* w/valid myONECARD)
The Legendary Historically Black College and University (HBCU) band experience comes alive with this world-class cast of percussionists, musicians, and dancers. Be prepared to laugh, sing, dance, and cry because DRUMLine Live! is a high-octane musical roller coaster ride that will hit every emotion in your body.
How Do I Belong? Dialogue & Dine
Monday, February 6, 12 - 1 p.m.
Hall of Honors
Do you feel as if you belong? Join us for an hour of engaging conversation with Dr. Dawn Brown that is designed to enhance the importance of belonging as it relates to acceptance, respect, inclusion, and support. Following the discussion, students will be encouraged to develop strategies to cultivate their individual sense of belonging, thereby contributing to academic success. RSVP HERE.
GSU student participants will be entered into a drawing for a pair of Apple AirPods 2nd Gen. at the conclusion of the session. Winner must be present. Questions? Email the Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs. Complimentary lunch provided.
The Journey to Becoming a Lawyer: Perspectives from Black Legal Professionals
Thursday, February 9, 6 p.m.
Engbretson and Livestream
Network and gain
valuable insight from experienced legal professionals about pursuing a legal
This streaming panel will address the vast opportunities, strategies, and career paths of legal professionals.
Featuring Guest Speaker:
Kimberly M. Foxx
Extern at IL. Supreme Court
of Saulter Law P.C.
County Public Defender’s Office
Lynn J. Watkins
at ArentFox Schiff LLP
Justice Carl A. Walker
1st District IL. Court of Appeals
Pass the Mic: Black Love Edition
Thursday, February 16, 6 p.m.
Pass the Mic: Black Love Edition is an Open Mic Night that gives GSU students an opportunity to showcase their gifts and intellect through spoken word and diverse modes of expression. Participants should focus on the general theme of Black Love. We also welcome those who just want to perform to sign up and share their talents.
Performances must be respectful and under 4 minutes long. Only current GSU students are eligible to perform. Pieces should focus on this year's theme: Black Love and what it means to you. Email Student Activities Council to sign up by 2/13/23.
BSU presents FNF: Friend, Not Foe
Friday, February 17, 5 p.m.
How well do you know a person? Join BSU as we host
a game show for couples, BFFs, family members, roommates, etc. to see how well
you know one another! The winning pair will receive a special gift from Black
Student Union. All are welcome. Please RSVP on Jaguar Connection by
February 14th. Roses, cards and candy will be available for purchase
(CASH ONLY). Questions? Email us!
Food for Your Soul
Wednesday, February 22, 12 p.m.
Hall of Governors
Enjoy an afternoon of fellowship while learning about African American trailblazers and a complimentary sampling of soul food cuisine. Questions? Email Student Activities Council.
Alpha Kappa Alpha presents: Pretty in PJ’s
Friday, February 24, 7:08 p.m.
The Women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Lambda Tau Omega Chapter will host a social/crafting class for undergraduate women. During this social, students will have the opportunity to connect with active members of the chapter to discuss campus initiatives, participate in ice breakers and engage in social activities.
Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to wear PJs, bring their favorite pillow and blanket.
Questions at GSU Greek Life? Email Us!
Blossom: Black History Month Dance Tribute
Saturday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.
The GSUDance Company will present SHA productions- a live dance performance titled
‘Blossom’ to the GSU community. Creator Tashona Butts, guest choreographer and
current GSU Dance Company member, has combined dance and poetry in ‘Blossom’. It is a story that follows the journey
of a young woman’s life of joy and sorrow. The performance will explore the
blissfulness of childhood and the tumultuous waters of teenage life, eventually
leading her to isolate herself from the world. However, a fire is stirred
inside her, and she can no longer stay silent in her purpose. The young woman
finally finds strength in her pain and blossoms into the most beautiful woman
she has ever known herself to be.
is open to the public and is free to all. We would appreciate any and all attendance
as we take a journey with 12 dancers ranging in age from 5-40 years old. We, as
the dance company, are very excited to help expose Tashonna's vision to the
world. We can't wait to see you all there!
African American Read-In
Monday, February 27, 6 p.m.
Hall of Honors
Join over 1 million readers from all backgrounds in celebration of literacy and Black History Month.