United Black World Month
United Black World Month returns to Ohio State
COLUMBUS -- Where do we go from here? Taking control of our destiny is the theme for Ohio States United Black World Month, which will be observed throughout February.
Terina J. Matthews, interim coordinator of African-American Student Services, said that many of the activities planned for United Black World Month will focus on this years theme of evaluating the present while looking to the future.
In our committee meetings, many students talked about people becoming apathetic about all of the strides the African American community has made in the last decades. We need to continue to move forward, Matthews said.
Several national speakers are scheduled to appear, including this years kick-off event speaker Kadiatou Diallo, mother of New York City shooting victim Amadou Diallo, on Feb. 1.; naval diver Carl Brashear, whose life inspired the recent movie Men of Honor, will speak on Feb. 8; Denene Millner and Nick Chiles, experts on love, marriage and the battle of the sexes, will lead a discussion on Feb. 26; and Randall Robinson, best-selling author and president of the Washington based TransAfrica Forum, will present a lecture on Feb. 28.
Other events include a sexual responsibility week, movie screenings, community-service projects, discussion groups and social gatherings. For more information, contact Matthews at (614) 688-4988.
Feb. 1, KICKOFF: Speaker, Kadiatou Diallo, 7 p.m. in the Ohio Union Ballrooms, 1739 N. High St. Diallo, mother of shooting victim Amadou Diallo, will be the United Black World Month kick-off speaker. The event also will include a performance by Ohio States African American Voices. Sponsored by African American Student Services and the Residence Halls Advisory Council.
Feb. 28, Randall Robinson,Ohio Union West Ballroom. Robinson, author of the national best seller The Debt- What America Owes to Blacks, is a Harvard-trained lawyer who is the president of the Washington-based TransAfrica Forum. TransAfrica Forum was established to educate the American public about Africa, the Caribbean and policies toward the African Diaspora. Sponsored by OMA, Hale Cultural Center and OMA Retention Services Mentoring Program.
ArtsFeb. 1-28, The 30th Anniversary Celebration of African American And African Studies Photo Exhibition, 2nd floor lobby of Bricker Hall, 190 N. Oval Mall. Photographs from University Archives and photographer Kojo Kamau feature historical events in the 30-year history of the Department of African American and African Studies at Ohio State. Sponsored by African American and African Studies Department. Feb. 1-March 16, Richard Duarte Brown and the Everett Middle School Art Exhibition, Hale Cultural Center. Sponsored by the Hale Black Cultural Center, Office of Minority Affairs and Everett Middle School. Feb. 1, 70s Late Night at the Ohio Union, from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Ohio Union. Students are invited to enjoy an evening of fun, interactive activities, including: a psychic fair; game night; tye dying; dance featuring Disco Inferno; bingo with 70s theme prizes; and karaoke in Woodys. Sponsored by Student Activities and Campus Programs, Wellness Center, African American Student Services and Ohio Union Activities Board.
Feb. 6, Movie Night: School Daze, 8 p.m. at the Hale Cultural Center. After the movie, discuss with members of Pan-Hellenic Council whether or not the film accurately depicts Black Greek Organizations at OSU. Refreshments. Sponsored by African American Student Services.Feb. 13,Movie Night: American History X,7 p.m. in the Halloran House lobby, 23 Curl Drive. Discussion to follow the movie. Refreshments. Sponsored by Coca-Cola and HBH Hall Council.
Feb. 14, Valentines Day Movie Night, 8 p.m. in the MLK Lounge of the Hale Cultural Center. Sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Feb. 21, SHADES: Film and Discussion Series,7 p.m. location TBA. Screening of the film, Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice,about the life and times of an African American heroine. Sponsored by Student Gender and Sexuality Services and the Hale Cultural Center.
Feb. 21, Movie Night: American History X, 8 p.m. in the Houck House lobby, 61 Curl Drive. Discussion to follow movie. Refreshments. Sponsored by Houck House.
Feb. 21, Playing Jazz in Yellow & Black,8 p.m. in the Wexner Center Performance Space, 1871 N. High St. World-renowned musicians Jon Jang (pianist) and David Murray (saxophonist) will perform a jazz concert as a way of exploring the possibilities of intercultural collaborations. Sponsored by Asian American Studies Program, Office of Academic Affairs, Wexner Center for the Arts and the Office of Asian American Student Services.
Feb. 22, Second Annual Party Step Invitational/Black Greek Mixer, 7 to 9 p.m. in Hitchcock Hall. This event focuses on the tradition of Black Greek Party Steps and its origins in African dance and performance practice. A King and Queen of the Party Step will be crowned based on the creativity, energy, and showmanship of the participating Greek organizations. Greek Mixer to follow at the Hale Cultural Center. Sponsored by the Hale Black Cultural Center.
Feb. 27, Movie Night: How to be a Player, 7 p.m. at the Hale Cultural Center. Refreshments. Sponsored by African American Student Services.
Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25, Soul Church,4 p.m. at the Hale Cultural Center. Columbus area ministers will take part in the services. Sponsored by African American Student Services and Hale Cultural Center.
Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, Childrens Cultural Hour,9:30 to11:00 a.m. at the Hale Cultural Center. Fourth- and fifth-grade students from Columbus Public Schools will participate in various activities to assist them in learning about famous African Americans. Sponsored by African American Student Services.
Feb. 10, Community Service Event Open Shelter, 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will be painting, stocking food and various other duties. Call 688-4988 to register. Sponsored by African American Student Services.
Feb. 18, Community Service Event Ronald McDonald House, noon to 3 p.m. Participants will assist the Ronald McDonald House staff in cleaning. Call 688-4988 to register. Sponsored by African American Student Services.
Feb. 28, Ash Wednesday Service Prayer Service with Ashes, 5:30 p.m. at the Hale Cultural Center. All are welcome to receive ashes. Sponsored by St. Thomas Moore Catholic Newman Center, 291-4674.
Feb. 2, 16, 9 and 23,Soul Food Luncheon,11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hale Cultural Center. Menu varies, including corn chowder soup, chicken gumbo soup, BBQ ribs, fried chicken, greens, fried green tomatoes, fried whiting and sweet potato pie.
Feb. 7,A Taste of India, location/time TBA. A buffet style dinner/discussion about Indian culture and food and the differences between the American culture and other cultures. Sponsored by Residence Hall Advisory Council and HBH Hall Council.
Feb. 1,Asian American Brown Bag: Can Tiger Change His Stripes? 12:30 p.m. in Room134 of the Hale Cultural Center. Georgina Dodge, assistant professor of English and African-American and African Studies, will discuss her identity in relation to her work, as well as her experiences as a multiracial person living in Southern California, particularly during the 1992 LA Riots. Sponsored by Asian American Student Services.
Feb. 5 and 20, Sister Series, 7 p.m. at the Hale Cultural Center. Sister Series is a discussion group for African American Women that covers a wide variety of topics that concern the African American community, locally and abroad. Sponsored by Womens Student Services, OMA, Hale Cultural Series and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Feb. 7, Images of Ourselves: An African American Reflection Series, 7 p.m. at the Hale Cultural Center. The evening will focus on the progression or lack there of, of how we as a race are portrayed and to what extent we are responsible for the images of ourselves that others see. Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc Theta Chapter.
Feb. 8, 15 and 22, Cookies & Conversation, 8 p.m. at the Hale Cultural Center. Discuss hot topics that relate to the OSU African American Community. Refreshments. Sponsored by African American Student Services.
Feb. 19, A Case for Reasonable Doubt, 6 p.m. location TBA. A film and discussion about Mumia Abu-Jamal, former Black Panther and political prisoner.
Feb. 26, Black Community Politics, 7 to 9 p.m. in the MLK Lounge of the Hale Cultural Center. Open forum and dialogue between community civic and business leaders, politicians, and campus faculty, staff and students on current issues relevant to public policy and politics in the city, state, and nation. Sponsored by the Hale Cultural Center.
Feb. 11, Black Sexual Responsibility Week Kick-Off/Battle of the Sexes (Tri-BSA), 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hale Cultural Center. This week-long program will explore and highlight the importance of sexual awareness among young black adults. Co-sponsored with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Hale Cultural Center.
Feb. 12, Lifestyles Condom Program, noon to 3 p.m. in the Ohio Union West Ballroom. Do you know how to put on a condom? Would you like to learn how to use a condom? Participate in a hands-on, interactive program featuring Lifestyles Condoms. Sponsored by African American Student Services and Lifestyles Condoms.
Feb. 12, Abstinence Panel Discussion and Valentines Creation, 5 to 7 p.m. in Room 149 of the Hale Cultural Center. Sponsored by the Hale Cultural Center.
Feb. 13, Black Passion and Poetry, 7 to 9 p.m. in the MLK Lounge of the Hale Cultural Center. Sponsored by Hale Cultural Center.
Feb. 15,Massage and Relaxation Therapy Workshop, 7 to 9 p.m. in the MLK Lounge of the Hale Cultural Center. Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Feb. 16, Black Lily Open Mic/Franks Place, 7 to 10 p.m. in the MLK Lounge of the Hale Cultural Center. Sponsored by the Hale Cultural Center.
Feb. 17, Black Ballroom Dance Workshop/Abstinence Week Wrap-up, 1 to 3 p.m. in the MLK Lounge of the Hale Cultural Center. Sponsored by the Hale Black Cultural Center.
Feb. 1, 2, 9 and 10, Project Coach Diversity Workshop, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hale Cultural Center. Project Coach is a four module holistic training that will focus on communication/workplace diversity. Understand your work behavior style, innovative teams, cultural diversity and listening/feedback styles. Sponsored by the Hale Cultural Center.
Feb. 1, Falun Gong Workshop, 4:30 p.m. location TBA. Falun Gong (also named Falun Dafa) is a mind and body practice originating from ancient China, based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. It has five sets of gentle exercises that are easy to learn and suitable for all ages.