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Black History Month 2015

 “Honoring the Past, Building the Future”

 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Black History Month Kickoff

Join us as we kick off this illustrious month of Black History Month with our keynote speaker, Willard C. Pitts, President of the Board of Directors for C.A.R.E. and alumni of the University of Central Oklahoma. The African American Faculty/Staff Association and Black Student Association will proudly recognize individuals those who are making significant contributions to our UCO campus and community. 

Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Nigh University Center, Heritage Room
Sponsor: African-American Faculty/Staff Association & Black Student Association

 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Express Yourself!

Come express yourself for a night of art and expression featuring two nationally ranked poets, Hair, Talk and Teeth. Enjoy their art and yours as well.  Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their own poems to share.

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Nigh University Center, Cherokee Room
Sponsors: Student Programming Board

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

J. Kole Kleeman, Ph.D., Professor of Mass Communication will screen the documentary "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till.” The murder of 14 year old Emmett Till, a black boy who whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, was a powerful catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement. Although his killers were apprehended, they were quickly acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury and proceeded to sell their story to a journalist, providing grisly details of the murder.

Time: 1:30pm
Location: Nigh University Center, Carl Albert Room
Sponsor:  Dr. Kole Kleeman

Selma Movie Night

Selma is a chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights through an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.  The Black Student Association will be purchasing 25 tickets for students to watch this critically acclaimed film.  For more information contact Berontaye Wallace at bwallace7@uco.edu

Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Sponsor:  Black Student Association

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Miss Black UCO Pageant

You are cordially invited to experience the 31st Miss Black University of Central Oklahoma Pageant, as wonderful students vie for the title and crown of becoming the next queen.  The theme of this year’s pageant is “Unmasked, More Than a Crown.”

Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Pageant starts at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Nigh University Center, Constitution Hall
Cost: Free with UCO ID, $5 without UCO ID
Sponsor:  The Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Monday, February 9, 2015

Guiding Right:  Know Your Status

Guiding Right, Inc. will be giving out free and confidential HIV tests to UCO students. Guiding Right will be giving out information to students on how these sexually transmitted diseases that affect our community, provide opportunities for personal growth and improve quality of life. 

Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Nigh University Center, Room 201 & 202
Sponsor:  Black Student Association

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Beautyshop Talk:  Black Hair Care Forum

The topic of black women and natural hair is an ongoing discussion on how to best protect and nourish your hair.  Come out as natural hair care specialist give tips for women about different processes/techniques they can use to style their hair and gain confidence for going natural.

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Nigh University Center, Will Rogers Room
Sponsor:  Reach Out

 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Life of Freeway Rick Ross

Ricky Donnell Ross, better known as Kingpin "Freeway" Rick Ross, is an American author and convicted drug trafficker best known for the drug empire he established in Los Angeles, California, in the early to mid 1980s. Freeway Rick Ross will present his life story on how he got into the drug business, convey the lessons he has learned being incarcerated and empower UCO students to be effective leaders in their community for younger kids.

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Nigh University Center, Constitution Hall
Sponsor:  Office of Diversity & Inclusion & Black Male Fellows

Thursday, February 12, 2015

My Black Is……

My Black is Beautiful, My Black is Misunderstood, My Black is Powerful.  Come join in the discussion as students discuss the different perceptions of what it means to be black.  Students will explore the introspective view of their culture, while combating how the media may portray African-Americans.

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Nigh University Center, Cherokee Room
Sponsor: Black Student Association

Monday, February 16, 2015

The N Word: A Term of Endearment?

The “N” word is an ongoing debate:  Should African-Americans used the word or should they not?  Phillip Thomas, Pastor of the Net Church in Oklahoma City, OK will give the history of the word, how it’s evolved over time and give recommendations on how to educate themselves, so that they may make a constructive decision to use the word or not.  All are welcome for this open discussion.

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Nigh University Center, Cherokee Room
Sponsor:  Black Male Fellows

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Live Sit-In Demonstration

Have you ever wondered how life would be if you like during the sit-in demonstrations between the 1950s & 1960s?  Well come out as students will be put through a live demonstration of a sit-in.  Students will be asked to use non-violent techniques, while being verbally harassed by other students.  Discussion will follow after the demonstration.

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Nigh University Center, Constitution Hall
Sponsor:  African Student Association

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Skin Deep

Light skin, brown skin, and dark skin; we are all considered black! Why is the shade of color of your skin a very controversial topic in today’s society? Come educate yourself on the history of this topic and discuss personal viewpoints with the Freshman Action Team.

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Nigh University Center, Will Rogers Room
Sponsor:  Freshman Action Team

Thursday, February 19, 2015

#BlackGradesMatter

Why are African-American students doing so poorly, compared to other students of color?  What barriers do these students face that affect their GPA?  What responsibility lies on the student?  Come out as Stevie Johnson and MeShawn Conley give empirical research on the state of African-American students at UCO and recommendations so that students can be better prepared for the rigor of college.

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Nigh University Center, Heritage Room
Sponsor: The Office of Diversity & Inclusion 

Monday, February 23, 2015

What Does It Matter to You?

What are the concrete social and cultural issues that have affected the black community? Faculty and staff from various institutions will give their personal views of how black women and men are viewed holistically in society and how factors such as hip hop, education, socioeconomic status and upbringing have defined the image of black culture, or at least how the world views it.

Time:  6:00 p.m.
Location: Nigh University Center, Cherokee Room
Sponsor: Black Male Fellows

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Stereotype Threat

What are the different stereotypes put on African-Americans that affect their way of thinking?  How are they even established?  Dr. Cia Verschelden and the Freshman Action Team will discuss the study of stereotype threat and students will give firsthand experiences how it has affected thought-process.

Time: 6:30 p.m.sa
Location: Nigh University Center, Will Rogers Room
Sponsor:  Dr. Cia Verschelden & the Freshman Action Team

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The State of Black Businesses

The Black Male Fellows will highlight the past, present and future of black business. After centuries of black business, we have been cut out of the business dialogue. Students will dive into the unknown stories by addressing the history of creating Black Businesses with fellow business owners in the Oklahoma City/Edmond area.

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Nigh University Center, Will Rogers Room
Sponsor:  Black Male Fellows

Thursday, February 26 – Saturday, February 28, 2015

Big XII Conference on Black Student Government

The purpose of the conference is to recognize that the work of the forefathers within the Black community has not been done in vain.  The goal of the conference is to stress to student-leaders that they cannot be satisfied with the present situation of the African American community within the United States, as well as within the world as a whole.  Overall, the conference will re-awake the same drive and determination within students to mirror that of the most influential and historical Black leaders in order to create positive, sustainable change. 
Location: Oklahoma State University.


  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Black History Month Kickoff

Join us as we kick off this illustrious month of Black History Month with guest speaker, A. Byron Coleman III.  He is the Pastor of the 5th Street Baptist Church, Chaplain of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Adjunct Professor in the African & African American Studies Department at the University of Oklahoma.  During the kickoff, we will discuss the state of African-Americans and their role in Higher Education, the legacy of Nelson Mandela and ways African-Americans can fulfill the purpose of their ancestors.

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Cherokee Room

Sponsor: Black Student Association & The Zeta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Soul Food Potluck/Open Mic Night

Come out as the Black Student Association collaborates with the Lambda Pi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.  This event will be filled with a great atmosphere of authentic southern food, spoken word and karaoke.  Come enjoy the family environment and free food.

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Will Rogers Room

Sponsors: Black Student Association & The Lambda Pi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Greenwood Cultural Center

Do you want to go on a field trip?  Sign up and prepare for a day-trip to Tulsa as we explore the Greenwood Cultural Center and its grand business district.  Students will be able to learn about the Tulsa Race Riots, “Black” Wall Street and the ways the city is redeveloping North Tulsa.  Space is limited, but the trip is free.  Sign-up sheets will be available in the Office of Diversity Inclusion (Nigh University Center, Room 211).

Time: Students will be departing from UCO at 9 a.m.  We will return the same day around 5 p.m.

Location: 322 North Greenwood Avenue

                    Tulsa, OK 74120

Sponsor:  Black Student Association & The Office of Diversity & Inclusion

 

Quad-A High School Step Show

Enjoy the sounds and movements that are incorporated in the African art form known as “stepping”.  The African American Alumni Alliance (Quad A) presents the High School Step Show, which will highlight various schools from around the state.  Cash prizes will be given to the winner.

Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Constitution Hall

Cost:  $5.00

Sponsor:  Quad A

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Miss Black UCO Pageant

You are cordially invited to experience the 30th Miss Black University of Central Oklahoma Pageant, as wonderful students vie for the title and crown of becoming our “queen to be”.

Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Pageant starts at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Constitution Hall

Cost: Free with UCO ID, $7.00 without UCO ID

Sponsor:  Black Student Association & The Office of Diversity & Inclusion

 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Beauty Me Down!

Enjoy the great discussion as women talk about African-American women hair care, which includes conversations about natural versus relaxed hair and various healthy hair care products to use.  Trained and specialized hair care professionals will be on site to answer questions and give tips to ladies about protecting their hair.

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Heritage Room

Sponsor:  Black Student Association & W.O.M.E.N.

 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

“The Black Church”

What happened to the Black Church?  Are students still involved in the church during their college life?  Is the church still the cornerstone of our communities? Come out as various pastors from the Oklahoma City area explore topics related to students and the Black Church.

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Robert S. Kerr Room (Room 301)

Sponsor:  Reach Out

 

 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

African-American Faculty/Staff Keynote Address

The African American Faculty & Staff Association proudly recognizes those who are making significant contributions to our campus and communities.  Come out as AAFSA addresses some major issues in the African-American community and recognizes a great African-American leader in our local community.

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Heritage Room

Sponsor:  African American Faculty & Staff Association

 

 

 

 

 

Throw What Ya Know!

These days almost every fraternity and sorority organization throws a hand sign with little understanding of the history behind their origination.  Join NPHC and Panhellenic as they discuss the history and meaning of their hand signs. Come "throw what ya know" with fraternity and sorority life.  This event is open to all students and light snack and refreshments will be served. 

Time:  7:00 p.m

Location:  TBA

Sponsor:  National Pan-Hellenic and Panhellenic Council

 

Hip-Hop Fitness Class

Black Student Association member Kayla Colbert will be teaching a hip hop routine that is guaranteed to keep you moving and fit.  Come out and enjoy as we prepare to stay healthy and have a good time.

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: Wellness Center

Sponsor:  Black Student Association

 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Barber Shop

Skip the trip to your barber and join us for free haircuts and manly discussion. Our own, Office of Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Stevie Johnson, will be facilitating the discussion. Food will be provided.

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Robert S. Kerr Room (Room 301)

Sponsor:  Black Student Association

 

Beauty Shop Talk

Ladies come and be pampered! Free nails, makeovers, masks, and indulging conversation.  Food will be provided.

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Carl Albert Room (Room 300)

Sponsor:  Black Student Association

 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

African Storytellers

Come listen and enjoy the rich history of folk-tales and the sounds of African drums. Jahruba Lambert engages us with the stories of what the ancestors of African Americans went through and the various ways they overcame their struggles.

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, African American Mural (2nd Floor by the bookstore)

Sponsor:  Black Student Association

 

 

 

 

“Why I Won’t Hire Black People”

"Why I Won't Hire Black People" is a labor of love for every black person that leaves an interview with a rejection without the quality feedback deserved. Author Asa Leveaux will be discussing his book and reveal his knowledge to all generations.

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Will Rogers Room

Sponsor:  Black Student Association

 

 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

African Dance Fitness

Did you catch the fun African dances at the Black Student Association Kwanzaa night? Shatima Bennett will teach an African dance fitness routine free to all students. Come out and enjoy!

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Will Rogers Room

Sponsor:  Black Student Association

 

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

African-American Male Forum

Why are so many African Americans males not attending college? What challenges are holding them back from graduating? Dr. Elon Dancy, tenured professor at the University of Oklahoma, will be facilitating discussions on the issues facing African American males, particularly those enrolled at predominantly white institutions, and finding ways to positively reach this demographic of students.

Time: 7:00 p.m. 

Location: Nigh University Center, Will Rogers Room

Sponsor:  Black Student Association & The Office of Diversity and Inclusion

 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hip-Hop Forum

What is Hip Hop?  How has it changed over the years and is it still a positive message in the eyes of the media?  Come out and enjoy the discussion as DJs and community leaders discuss the state of Hip Hop and how it is still a driving force in the African-American community.

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Will Rogers Room

Sponsor:  Black Student Association & The Office of Diversity & Inclusion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guiding Right & STD Testing

Are you positive you’re negative? All students are invited for free testing in the Nigh University Center. “Fight Against Aids” pins will be given to the first 50 participants.  Come know your status!

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Room 201 & Room 202

Sponsor:  Black Student Association & The Zeta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

 

Tuesday, February 24, 2014

Brown Bag Luncheon

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be hosting a Brown Bag Luncheon where they will be discussing the issues of African-American males in college.  Research will be presented and dialogue will be facilitated amongst faculty and staff members across the UCO campus.  The idea of the luncheon is to formulate ways to better reach AND keep this population at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Carl Albert Room

Sponsor:  The Office of Diversity & Inclusion

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

African-American Faculty Staff Breakfast

The National Panhellenic council will be providing a breakfast for all African-American Faculty & Staff on the campus of UCO.  NPHC will also be giving out an Appreciation Award to one faculty or staff member of their choice.

Time:  8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Location:  TBA

Sponsor:  National Panhellenic Council

 

Quiz Bowl Competition

Do you feel like you know Black History? Well get your team of 3 and let’s quiz you.  Come out as students face off against faculty and staff here at UCO.  Prizes will be given to the winners.  For more information regarding the quiz bowl, contact Aja Bowman at (afarin34@gmail.com).  Food will be provided.

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location:  TBA

Sponsor:  Black Student Association

 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Spelling Bee

The Black Student Association will reward one person a book scholarship in the annual Spring Spelling Bee. To get the list of words contact Black Student Association President Jeanee Canada (jcanada2@uco.edu).  Food will be provided. A $300 book voucher will be given

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Ballroom C (3rd Floor)

Sponsor:  Black Student Association

 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bowling Night

You’re invited to come help us bring Black History Month to a close! Entry and all lanes will be covered. However, shoes are not provided.

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: AMF Lanes

                   3501 S Boulevard St,

                 Edmond, OK 73013

Sponsor:  Black Student Association

 

Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 2, 2014

Big XII Conference on Black Student Government

The Big XII Conference on Black Student Government is an annual student leadership conference attended by UCO students who are determined to not only be active students on the UCO campus, but to better our campus and communities.

Location: Iowa State University

Contact Us

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • 100 N. University Drive NUC BOX 321
  • Edmond, OK 73034
  • Phone: (405) 974.3588
  • Email: cmatallana@uco.edu

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