For February 2018 University of St. Thomas will start this New Year by showcasing a variety of programs for Black History Month. Black History Month was largely ignored till the 20th century. Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. To learn more check out click on this link! Origins of Black History Month

A special menu at T’s will be featured February 12-16 and featured works will be on display in the OSF Library for the month of February 2018.

The Gathering with DJ Enferno and special guest/UST Student AG4ME will take place on Friday, February 2 from 8-10 pm in ASC Dance. Reconnect and meet new students on the dance floor.  Food will be provided.

Culture Stew – Black Pop Culture and Media is on February 5th, 5:30pm in Dorsey Commons. This is led by Dr. Marcellus Davis, African American Empowerment Program Coordinator at MCTC. This workshop will speak about the impact of Black pop culture within society today, as well as the historical context of influences we see in the media today. Continuing within the same week on February 5th, STAR’s Thursday Night Live will have singer/songwriter Mayyadda performing her neo-soul/RnB style music.

We continue with our And Still We Rise series in partnership with the Luann Dummer Center for Women (LDCW) and Black Empowerment Student Alliance (BESA). This month it is led by Youth Coach Tamonna Combs, Monday, February 12th, at 5:30 pm in the LDCW (OEC 103).  Titled “Fixing My Sister’s Crown – Black Women Sisterhood”. Tamonna will lead aninteractive discussion on the idea of Black women in today’s society and how to be a strong community for our Black women.

Our Movies that Matter event will be on Wednesday, February 21st, at 7:00 pm in JRC 126. “An Outrage” is a documentary about the lynching in the south of the United States. Filmed on-location at lynching sites in six states and bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants, community activist, and scholars, this unusually historical documentary seeks to educate even as it serves as a hub for action to remember and reflect upon hidden pasts. Please join us as we have the filmmakers Hannah Ayer and Lance Warren, and Dean Yohuru Williams for a discussion after the movie.

DAB, SDIS, American Culture & Differences, and the English Department is proud to announce that the annual Slam Poetry Week is happening on the week of February 26th – March 2nd 2018. Each day there will be performances, workshops, and ending with a slam poetry battle. We will be featuring artists Neil Hilborn, Khary Jackson, Ashlee Haze, and Mike Mlekoday throughout the week.

We hope you can join us for these fantastic events!