Dyson headlines OHIO Black History Month events

Ohio University will celebrate Black History Month 2022 with a virtual keynote address by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at 7 p.m. on February 23, and several other in-person and virtual events. This year’s theme is Black Health and Wellness.

Dyson is the Centennial President, Emeritus University Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, and Emeritus University Professor of Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University. He has also taught at Georgetown University, Brown University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Columbia University, and University of Pennsylvania.

“Each year, OHIO celebrates Black History Month and we adopt the national theme chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History,” said the vice-president. Ohio University’s chair for diversity and inclusion, Dr. Gigi Secuban. “This year’s theme is Black Health and Wellbeing and we are very pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Eric Dyson as a guest speaker. Dr. Dyson will address the theme, along with other salient issues in the black community.

Alongside his career in higher education, Dyson has won an American Book Award and two NAACP Image Awards. Ebony magazine named him one of the 100 most influential African Americans and one of the 150 most powerful black people in the country. Dyson has written several notable books, including “Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X,” which was named one of the most important African-American books of the 20th century and a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.

Dyson further extends his influence with appearances on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, “Real Time with Bill Maher”, “Good Morning America”, “The Today Show”, NPR’s “All Things Considered”, “Talk of the Nation”. “, “The Tavis Smiley Show”, “Def Poetry Jam”, “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”, “Meet the Press”, “Face the Nation” and several other programs on ESPN.

Dyson’s speech will be held virtually. Updates will soon be available on the Black History Month website.

“I am excited about Dr Dyson’s speech. I also look forward to the various on-campus and community events that are planned,” said Winsome Chunnu, Director of the Multicultural Center.

Other events organized this year include:

  • February 2: Black Jeopardy. Hosted virtually via Zoom. Hosted by Sigma Gamma Pho Sorority and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at 7 p.m.
  • February 2: Guess the Lyrics Hip Hop Concert with Key Glock. Location: Baker Center, room 219 (MCC multipurpose room). Hosted by Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB) at 6 p.m.
  • February 3: Social Media Management with Mike S. Location: Baker Center, Room 219 (MCC Multipurpose Room). Hosted by Black Student Union (BSU) at 6 p.m.
  • February 3: African dance class. Location: Baker Center, room 219 (MCC multipurpose room). Hosted by Unified Sisters and the OJAH Dance Team at 6 p.m.
  • February 4: Pink Goes Red 2022. Register to attend at ASO1930.org. Hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at 6 p.m.
  • February 4: Apollo Night. Venue: Baker Ballroom. Admission: $3. Hosted by the Black Student Cultural Programming Board at 8 p.m.
  • February 5: SIBS weekend hip concert. Venue: Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Admission: $25 to $35. Hosted by the Black Student Cultural Programming Board at 8 p.m.
  • February 10: Coffee Takeover. Location: Baker Center, room 219 (MCC multipurpose room). Hosted by Unified Sisters at 7 p.m.
  • February 12: Love, sex and romance. Location: Baker Center, room 219 (MCC multipurpose room). Hosted by Black Student Union (BSU) at 6 p.m.
  • February 17: Speed ​​Dating. Location: Baker Center, room 219 (MCC multipurpose room). Hosted by Black Student Union at 6 p.m.
  • February 17: Dinner with the teachers. Location: Walter Rotunda. Hosted by MAPS at 6 p.m.
  • February 17: Safe Sex Talk. Location: Baker Center, room 219 (MCC multipurpose room). Hosted by Unified Sisters at 7 p.m.
  • February 18: Black Jewish Shabbat. Location: Hillel – 21 Mill St. Hosted by Hillel, MCC and BSCPB with service at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:45 p.m.
  • February 20: Harlem Nights. Location: Walter Rotunda. Hosted by Black Student Union at 5 p.m.
  • February 22: Third annual historic community celebration. Venue: Athens College Auditorium, Athens City School District, Andrew Jackson Davison Club. Organized by MCC and BSCPB at 6 p.m.
  • February 22: A “taste” of Athens County from Black Wall Street. Venue: Athens College Auditorium. Hosted by Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society at 6 p.m.
  • February 24: QPOC SpeakOUT. Hosted by LGBTQ Center virtually via Microsoft Teams at noon.
  • February 24: Historical Figures in Black History. Location: Baker Center, room 219 (MCC multipurpose room). Hosted by Black Student Union and Unified Sisters at 6 p.m.
  • February 25: Black History Month LGBTQ+ Microsoft Teams Keynote Hosted by the LGBT Center, MCC and BSCPB at noon.
  • February 26: Premiere of The Black Wall with the films Legacy by Liz Pah, Dr. Childs and Ada Woodson Adams Venue: Athena Cinema. Reception to follow. Hosted by Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society, MCC and BSCPB at 7 p.m.
  • February 28: “Versuz”. Location: Baker Center, room 219 (MCC multipurpose room). Presented by OURS at 7:00 p.m.

For more information on events, visit the Black History Month website.

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