Black History Month Celebrations Kick Off

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The University of Olivet Invites Campus Community to Honor Black History Month

The annual Black History Month celebrations at The University of Olivet kicked off on February 1. Events ranging from keynote speakers to soul food in the Kirk Center will take place throughout the month to enlighten the campus community about Black history and culture.

“Black History Month is a time to honor the contributions and legacy of African Americans across the U.S. history and society, from activist and civil rights pioneers to leaders in industry, music, politics, science, culture, and more. It is a time to reflect on how far we have come and how much further we need to go,” said Joshua Gillespie, associate dean of student life.

Student organizations, including the Black Student Union (BSU) and Hiram Archer Student Success Academy (HASSA), and staff will host one program, event or discussion weekly. The campus community is encouraged to participate. Celebration highlights include the following:

  • BSU Black Talk: Featuring Black Panther Society Member Jakari Richardson and Black Diamond
    • 1, 7 – 10 p.m. in Mott 110
  • BSU Black Movie Night
    • 5, 7 – 9 p.m. in African American Center located in the lower-level of the Kirk Center
  • Black Entrepreneur Symposium: Featuring Princess Castleberry
    • 8, 1 – 2:30 p.m. in Cutler Student Center Community Room
  • Fire Side Chat: Featuring Nyshell Lawerence, Judge Kristin Simmons, and Attorney Robert Easterly
    • 22, 6:30 – 8 p.m. in Cutler Student Center Community Room
  • Gospel and Dialogue: Featuring Dr. Nolana Nobles
    • 28, 8 – 9:30 p.m. in Cutler Student Center Community Room
  • Soul Food Thursday and Food Trivia
    • 29, 5 – 7 p.m. in Kirk Center

Learn more about The University of Olivet by contacting the Office of Admission at admissions@UOlivet.edu or 269-749-7635.


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