For February 2019 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 11-15 and featured works will be on display in the OSF Library for the month of February 2019.

SDIS will be doing a new initiative within the Intercultural Center every Wednesday at 3pm called Mid-Week Convo: My Story, Your Story, Our Story. Please join us to dialogue across differences. Purple Couch will continue to have gatherings every Friday at 3pm within SDIS.

Black Empowerment Student Association (BESA)will be hosting Black Owned Business Day on Thursday, February 7th, 11:30am – 2:30pm in Dorsey Way and Dorsey Commons. There will be a variety of vendors on campus to share some of their amazing products and businesses within the local communities.

DAB will be hosting a movie screening and discussion on the film Green Book on Tuesday, Feburary 12th, 6pm – 8pm in ASC Woulfe South. The film is about Dr Don Shirley, is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. The two goes on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. With all the controversy with the film, we will also be having a discussion around these themes of the film. Discussion will include what is the Green Book, and the true story behind this film.

DAB is proud to be bringing Tommie Alumni Lauren Ash, Founder and Executive Director of Black Girl in Om on Wednesday, February 13th, 5pm – 7pm in ASC Woulfe South. Black Girl In Om (BGIO) promotes holistic wellness and inner beauty for women of color. They encourage self-care, self-love, and self-empowerment for communities of color. Lauren Ash is a wellness visionary, yoga and meditation teacher. She was recently named at the top of ESSENCE’s list of “33 Self-Care Sistahs That Helped Redefine Wellness in 2017” and declared “one of the most important voices in the wellness industry” by Shape. Come join us a yoga meditation session of a personal journey through wellness and healing.

BESA will be hosting their Soul Night on Sunday February 17th, 2019 in ASC Woulfe Hall at 6pm. There will great performances, stories, and food!

Our Movies that Matter event will be on Monday, February 18th, at 5:30 pm in ASC Hearth Rm 340. “BlacKkKlansman” is a film from visionary filmmaker Spike Lee, comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It's the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award winning Get Out. Come join us for this film and discussion.

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 counselor Shani Tran, Wednesday, February 19th, at 5:30 pm in the LDCW (OEC 103).  Titled “Owning Your Inner Black Girl Magic”. Shani will lead aninteractive discussion on owning one’s own narrative. Recently she released her first memoir that confronted her blackness and childhood trauma.

Culture Stew – Hope in the Hard: A Dialogue on Black Liberation Theology, Black Love, and Hope in the Face of Injustice is on February 20th, 5:30pm in ASC Hearth Rm 340. This will be led by Pastor Jess and Pastor Tim Jackson from IMPACT LIVING Christian Center. Come join us on this dialogue.

BESA will doing a workshop called Real Love Panel, on Friday, February 22nd, at 6pm – 8:30pm in ASC Dance. This workshop is to speak about what love means and look like with the Black/African American communities. 

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 27th – March 1st 2019. Each day there will be performances, workshops, and ending with a slam poetry battle. We will be featuring artists George Yamazawa, Jasmine Mans, Danez Smith, and Mike Mlekoday throughout the week. To sign up for the Slam Poetry Contest come to SDIS Office in ASC 224.

We hope you can join us for these fantastic events!