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Black History Month at Columbus State

Student News | Friday, January 31, 2020

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A number of events will be taking place in February, including the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, as part of Columbus State’s Black History Month.

African-American Discussions
Each Thursday (February 6, 13, 20, and 27) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Location: Reynoldsburg Regional Learning Center (RLC) room 101

Every Thursday in February, the Reynoldsburg RLC will feature a different discussion on topics impacting the African-American community. Topics include “A Look Back: 1619-2020” (Feb. 6), “Myths about Black Love” (Feb. 13), “Intersectionality of the Black Experience” (Feb. 20), and “What’s Next?” (Feb. 27). You are welcome to attend one or all of the workshops. For more information, contact Timothy Davis.


25th Annual African-American Read-In Chain
Tuesday, February 11 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Location: Nestor Hall 106

Join the Columbus State English Department and Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion for a celebration of African-American literature and literacy. Participants can select and read their favorite excerpts of prose, poetry, fiction, or other works written in honor of the African-American experience. If you are interested in reading a selection or would like more information about the event, contact Robyn Lyons-Robinson.

1619: Legacies of Slave and the Struggle for Freedom
Wednesday, February 19 at 2 p.m.

Location: Franklin Hall 104

Presented by the Arts and Sciences Faculty Lecture Series Committee and the Humanities Department. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, associate professor of history at Ohio State University, will speak about the legacies of slavery. He is the author of Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt.” Register at Eventbrite and search for Hasan Kwame Jeffries. For information, contact Matt Adkins.

Poets in Black
Thursday, February 20 from noon-1:30 p.m.

Location: Library Media Studio (Columbus Hall room 111)

Enjoy African-American poetry and prose at the 22nd Annual Poets in Black. To sign up to read poetry, or get more information, please contact Crystal Clark.

30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: “Sankofa, A Vision in Action”
Wednesday, February 26, 10 a.m.-noon

Location: Mitchell Hall Event Center

This will be Columbus State’s 30th year hosting a celebration in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tickets are free with registration. Register at this link. Seating is first-come, first-served. The event will feature historical anecdotes about the life of King, a keynote speaker, and musical performances. This year’s theme, "Sankofa: Vision in Action," will feature a keynote address by Columbus native Kimberly Brazwell, a trauma-informed social justice consultant with more than 15 years in community building and advocacy experience. Contact Terrence Brooks for information.

Black History Month social media campaign

All month long, check out the Columbus State social media accounts (including the primary Facebook and Twitter accounts, among others) for posts recognizing key people and events from African and African-American history.


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