Black History Month

Black History Month Logo is pictured.

Logo design and t-shirts were designed by Rockland Page of Rockablock, a local black-owned design and apparel business.

Thanks to all who joined us in celebrating Black History Month! From skate parties to art contest, we had fun while recognizing the essential impact of Black history, accomplishments and culture.

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, honors the achievements, rich culture and history of African Americans and recognizes the important contributions and of Black individuals in society.

The current month-long observance began in 1926 as a week-long event sponsored by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). During the 1960s, the week-long observance grew into a month-long celebration on many college campuses. Since 1976, the month of February has been officially designated as Black History Month.

Black History Month Kick-Off

February 8

12 to 2 p.m.

MCL

Celebrate open-house style in the MCL with music, tabling and food from Parlay Grill, a local Black-owned restaurant.


Film Screening: “Great Debaters”

February 11

7:30 p.m.

Griffin Hall 334 (Hammond Campus)

Join us for a screening of “Great Debaters” followed by a discussion with Associate Professor of History Wendy St. Jean.


Black Voices of Today Town Hall

Feb. 15

4 p.m.

NILS 306

Join us for a presentation by Black Student Union President David Matthew Bolton on the history of Black migration from the South to the Midwest as well as open-forum discussion and dialogue on personal experiences of living in Northwest Indiana as Black Americans. Pizza will be served!

Sponsored by History Club, Black Student Union and HPPE


Roll Bounce Skate Parties

February 15 in WestVIlle DSAC; 1 p.m to 4 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month “Roll Bounce” style, with an afternoon of roller-skating and laser tag fun with friends on the ThrillAmaze portable skate rink, provided by Dwayne Hunter, former president of Black Student Union and Entrepreneurship student.


Black Excellence Brunch

February 18

11:30 a.m. t0 1 p.m.

Alumni Hall

A special catered brunch for PNW Black students, faculty, staff and esteemed allies. This is a space where young Black people can come together and build with one another. Keynote speech will be given by Councilman William Godwin, Councilperson for the 1st District of Gary and President of the Gary Common Council.


SGA Black History Month Danceathon

February 19

6 p.m. to Midnight

SULB Concourse and Calumet Falls

Join Student Government in celebrating Black History Month at our Dance-a-thon! Stop by SULB to get your boogie on while winning some prizes. You can swing on over in your dancing clothes any time from 6 p.m. to midnight.

All proceeds will be going to the Up Scholarship which supports underrepresented minority students at PNW!


Race, Racism, Anti-Racism and Civic Responsibilities: Candid Conversations with Tim Wise

FEBRUARY 22, 12:30 – 2 P.M. AT THE DWORKIN CENTER

FEBRUARY 23, 3:30 – 5:45 P.M. AT THE Y JEAN CHAMBERS AUDITORIUM; MIX AND MINGLE TO FOLLOW IN SULB THIRD FLOOR

Wise examines DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) efforts in educational, government and/or corporate settings, and how those efforts either support real change or perpetuate institutional inequity.


Marsha P. Johnson, Queen of Stonewall: A Multimedia Presentation

Feb. 23

5pm

Anderson 148

A multimedia presentation by Colin MacKenzie of the History Club, followed by a Q&A pertaining to the life of Johnson and the history of Black LGBTQ culture in modern America. Pizza will be served!

Sponsored by History Club, Black Student Union and HPPE


Roll Bounce Skate Party

February 23 in Hammond armory at 173rd; 4 p.m to 8 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month “Roll Bounce” style, with an afternoon of roller-skating and laser tag fun with friends on the ThrillAmaze portable skate rink, provided by Dwayne Hunter, former president of Black Student Union and Entrepreneurship student. 


Black History Art Submissions

Through February 28

All month, we invite student, staff and faculty for submissions of art in any media, to be displayed in the MCL (Hammond) and DSAC (Westville).


The Underground Railroad in Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana

February 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Anderson 148

Local historian and community activist Tom Shepherd and Governors State Professor Emeritus and community development consultant Larry McClellan will present on the Underground Railroad in the region.


Racism, Being Color Blind and Beauty

MARCH 1, 12:30 – 1:45 P.M.

Zoom

Meiko Yamada, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology at Purdue University Fort Wayne and Deepa Majumdar, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at PNW.

Despite the decades since the Civil Rights Act, racial inequality lingers in America. Color-blindness as the legitimate view of race neglects racial disparities, concealing many isms and obscuring the lack of discussion accompanying political correctness.

 

Black History Month Online Resources

The Story Behind Black History Month (NPR)

“Crash Course in Black American History”

The Youtube series by journalist Clint Smith, author of “How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America.”

Roundtable Perspective Episode 419: Understanding Art Therapy

Leah R. Gipson, LCPC, ATR-BC, Assistant Professor of Art Therapy and Counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago joins host Thomas J. Roach, Ph.D., to discuss the practice of using art as a means of therapy and how art therapy can be used as a way to advocate for social justice and can empower a multitude of people. Leah Gipson is currently working with art therapy to help many young black women find their voices.

Roundtable Perspective Episode 428: Black Horror Noire

From Oct 8, 2021: Robin R. Means Coleman, Ph.D., Professor of Communication at Northwestern University joins host Thomas J. Roach, Ph.D., to discuss the black horror renaissance in film and the untold history of Black Americans through their connection to the horror film genre and how that has changed over time.