Kathy Y. Wilson –– speaker at the Charles Phelps Taft Lecture Series for UC's 2018 Black History Month –– is known widely as the author of "Your Negro Tour Guide" and for her National Public Radio commentaries on "All Things Considered." In September 2014, the foundation of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County named Wilson as its first Writer-In-Residence and in March 2018 Wilson will be inducted into the University of Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame. photo/Tony Walsh

 

Black history month events entertain, educate and inspire

 

 

 

UC celebrates Black History Month with a lineup of theatrical dance performances, panel discussions, special presentations and other events throughout February on all campuses. Upcoming events include the Feb. 17 Valentine’s Gala and extend into March with a bus tour to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

By Melanie Schefft
513-556-5213

Jan. 30, 2018

 

As students, faculty and staff prepare to observe Black History Month, the University of Cincinnati celebrates the contributions and achievements of African-Americans locally and nationally throughout February with an array of theatrical performances, panel discussions and a sip-and-paint event.

Beginning with UC’s Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. in January, UC’s African American Cultural Resource Center will feature events to help everyone experience black history from new perspectives.

Black history is more than a recognition of past icons, but an ongoing celebration of all achievements and positive contributions to society. Black History Month at UC is a way of celebrating the achievements and legacy of African-Americans across our campuses and the cultures from which they come.

Please join us for one or many of the events and help support African-American culture on UC’s campuses and surrounding communities:

 

Several African American and white dancers

The Women's Alliance, a youth servicing organization including UC member Shelly Sherman, presents "A Gathering of the Arts," a night of music and dance on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Cincinnati's Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St. This showcase of performances highlights the celebrated Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and features Desiree Dawson, rising music sensation; the Clark Montessori Jazz Band; the Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy dance program and more. Proceeds from the event will support college scholarships awarded annually to deserving high school seniors in southwest Ohio.

 

Black History Month Opening Ceremony, sponsored by UC African American Cultural & Resource Center and Black History Steering Committee

Thursday, Feb. 1, 6-7 p.m., at AACRC, 60 W. Charlton

This opening ceremony is the kickoff to UC’s Black History Month programs with performances from student groups Black Arts Collaborative, the AACRC Choir, NGOMA African Dance Team and Spoken Word Artist Lauren White. The event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, contact Eric Watford eric.watford@UC.edu or Alberto Jones at Jones5ac@mail.uc.edu 

 

“Finding Common Ground – Engaging in Bold, Inclusive Conversations During Polarizing Times,” sponsored by UC Office of Equity & Inclusion 

Thursday, Feb. 1, offered three different times and locations on the same day to allow for wide participation

The program will be led by Mary-Frances Winters, president and founder of the Winters Group, a global diversity and inclusion consulting firm. Winters is the author of four books. Her most recent is titled, "We Can't Talk about That at Work!: How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics and Other Polarizing Topics."

For more information, contact Kathy Riehle at Kathy.riehle@uc.edu 

 

20th Century African American Civil Rights Movement in Ohio: Evaluating and Nominating Historic Properties Symposium, sponsored by UC Depatment of History

Saturday, Feb. 3, 1-4 p.m., Discovery Rm. #1, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, 45202

Owen & Eastlake, a historic preservation firm in Columbus, Ohio, Is working to identify historic places in Ohio associated with the African American Civil Rights Movement. Holly McGee, UC history professor, will speak on "The Civil Rights Movement in Historic Perspective," from 1:20-2 p.m. The public is invited to the symposium to share stories and themes associated with rights in Cincinnati and southwest Ohio.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Rory Krupp at rkrupp@oweneastlake.com 

 

Historical Black Church Tour, sponsored by UC Department of History

Every Sunday in February 2018, days and times listed below

The black church in America is a living, breathing historical entity, and this will be a wonderful opportunity to interact with it in a welcoming, informative environment. Join the Department of History every Sunday in February 2018 for a historical black church tour of Cincinnati. Visit four different churches in the area and enjoy a month-long celebration of black history. Friends, family or roommates are all welcome. If you need or can give a ride to church, please meet in front of McMicken Hall each Sunday in February. Please be prepared to dress appropriately for church and be sure to bring $1 for the collection plate.

  • Feb. 4 - 10 a.m. at Allen Temple AME Church (meet at McMicken at 9 a.m.)
  • Feb. 11 - 11:15 a.m. at New Prospect Baptist Church (meet at McMicken at 10:15 a.m.)
  • Feb. 18 - 11 a.m. at Corinthian Baptist Church (meet at McMicken at 10 a.m.)
  • Feb. 25 – 11 a.m. at Abundant Life Faith Fellowship [non-denominational] Church (meet at McMicken at 9:45 a.m. to account for the longer drive)

For more information, please contact Holly McGee at mcgeehy@ucmail.uc.edu

 

UC President Neville Pinto stands at podium during Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services

President Neville Pinto address the crowd at UC's Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. in January.  

“We are here today to honor the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. but I want to say how proud I am of our students who have ignited the hashtag #WeChooseLove – three powerful words that provide a blueprint for inclusive excellence, equity and justice.”

‒ Neville Pinto, UC President

 

Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture during spring break 2018, sponsored by UC Department of History

Monday, Feb. 5, Deadline to register

Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., in March 2018. This year will be a particularly amazing trip because we'll be traveling with students from different colleges, universities and institutions. From March 10-13, 2018, enjoy a four-day, three-night educational excursion to visit our nation's newest national treasure. The total cost of the all-inclusive trip is $250 per student and the deadline for application is Feb. 5, 2018. Submit your application online, or visit the website of UC’s Department of History and click the button that says, “GET ON THE BUS!”

For more information, please contact Holly McGee at mcgeehy@ucmail.uc.edu 

 

OPEN CLASSES: Black History Month Lectures, sponsored by UC Department of History 

Every Monday and Wednesday in February 2018

The Department of History would like to invite you to a month-long series of black history lectures –– two per day –– led by Holly McGee, UC associate professor of history.  Bearcats and guests are cordially invited to join either (or both) of McGee's courses every Monday and Wednesday in February in a month-long exploration of black history and culture in America. Feel free to bring a friend or a co-worker to class. 

Lectures:

Feb. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28:

  • African American History (1861-Present) meets 10:10-11:05 a.m. in McMicken 354
  • U.S. History (1861-Present) meets 1:25-2:20 p.m. in McMicken 127

For more information, please contact Holly McGee at mcgeehy@ucmail.uc.edu 

 

UC Black Media Panel, sponsored by UC African American Cultural & Resource Center, UC Association of Black Journalists and UC's Black Faculty Association 

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6-7:30 p.m., AACRC, 60 W. Charlton

Please join UC’s AACRC and Black Journalists Association for their second Black Media panel featuring a seven-member panel of producers, publicists, reporters and television hosts. The panel will expose UC students to diversity in the media and ways to appreciate journalism and African-American media. The goal of the program is to highlight successful African-American men and women connected with local news media at an elite level. Despite barriers that may exist in the news industry, students will see that success is attainable.

Panelists include:

  • Briana Harper, reporter, WCPO 9 on Your Side
  • Walter White, vice-president, director of advertising, Cincinnati Herald
  • Alexis Rogers, WLWT News 5
  • Keeyana Avery, creative strategist for Agency Seven Public Relations
  • Jennifer Moore, morning executive producer, WLWT News
  • Timikal Bobo, Greater Cincinnati Association of Black Journalists
  • Toyia Montgomery, CEO/owner/consultant for Charms Consulting

The event is free and open to the public and will be moderated by Alberto Jones, UCABJ president and Aaryn Green, AACRC graduate student.

For more information, contact Eric Watford at eric.watford@uc.edu or Alberto Jones at Jones5ac@mail.uc.edu

 

 

“Implicit Bias in the Exam Room,” sponsored by the UC Academic Health Center and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 4:30-6 p.m., Kresge Auditorium Medical Sciences Building

Come, listen and participate as Karen Bankston, executive director, Child Poverty Collaborative of Hamilton County and a clinical professor at UC College of Nursing, explains and recommends practice strategies for addressing implicit bias in the exam room.

This learning event will consist of an hour of didactic learning followed by small group discussions. Light refreshments provided. Online sign-up  

For more information, contact Kelly Lyle at kelly.lyle@uc.edu 

Portrait of Karen Bankston, UC professor of nursing.

Karen Bankston, UC professor of nursing                       

 

Poster promoting Ohio Representative Catherine Ingram to speak at a 2018 Black History Month event

 

 

Lunch and Lobby with Catherine D. Ingram, sponsored by UC’s Women’s Center, LGBTQ Center, African American Cultural & Resource Center & NARAL

Thursday, Feb 8, noon-2p.m., AACRC, 60 W. Charlton

Lunch and Lobby with Ohio House Representative Catherine Ingram. Learn about State Rep. Ingram’s leadership journey and express your concerns for issues that impact Cincinnati and Ohio.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Angie Fitzpatrick at 556-0173.

 

 

 

 

Poster of UCBA's 2018 Black History Month events.
Poster of UCBA's 2018 Black History Month events.

 

African American Read-In, sponsored by UC Blue Ash Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Thursday, Feb. 8, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Muntz Auditorium lobby

During the month of February, UCBA students, faculty, staff, community and professional organizations and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. Bring your books or poetry reading selections that promote inclusion, equality, peace and justice.

For more information, contact Molly Scruta (513) 936-1501 or Nick Castro (513) 936-1536.

 

"A Gathering of the Arts," sponsored by Women's Alliance

Saturday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m. (5 p.m. VIP reception), Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St. 

Join the Women's Alliance, including UC member Shelly Sherman, Executive director, UC Human Resources, as they present "A Gathering of the Arts." This showcase of music and dance performances spotlights the celebrated Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and features Desiree Dawson, rising music sensation; the Clark Montessori Jazz Band; the Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy dance program and more. Proceeds from the event will support college scholarships awarded annually to deserving high school seniors in southwest Ohio.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Shelly Sherman at shermash@ucmail.uc.edu

 

UBSA Black Love Week, sponsored by UC United Black Student Association

Monday-Friday, Feb. 12-16, campuswide

Black Love Week is a weeklong series of programs in which the United Black Student Association sponsors activities and events featuring various expressions of love from a black perspective. Through various creative expressions, the UC community uses this week as a way of encouraging each other and the Cincinnati community to demonstrate, receive and participate in various displays of black love.

 

Poster for Black History Month featuring Kathy Y. Wilson

 

“Black Journalists Matter: The Case for (More) Black Perspectives in the Media,” sponsored by the UC Charles Phelps Taft Lecture Series

Monday, Feb. 12, 4 p.m., Taft Research Center

Join Kathy Y. Wilson, a multi-hyphenated nerd: a writer-teacher-closet poet-community worker-playwright and sometimes, for the right audience, she will bust a rhyme. Known widely as the author of the incendiary column, “Your Negro Tour Guide,” and the book of the same title, listeners nationwide know her for her National Public Radio commentaries on “All Things Considered.” She’s won accolades from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and was a finalist for a national magazine award for her profile of Bill Cunningham. In September 2014, the foundation of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County named Wilson its first Writer-In-Residence. In March 2016 she was awarded the Sachs Fund Prize for adding to community discourse through her published works. In March 2018 Wilson will be inducted into the University of Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame.

For more information, contact Sean Keating at Taft@uc.edu 

 

"The Redemption of Sam Cooke," Lunch & Learn, sponsored by the Black Faculty Association

Tuesday, Feb. 13, noon-1:15 p.m., AACRC, 60. W. Charlton

Come and learn about the music, life and death of the legendary, Sam Cooke. There will be excerpts of the book One More River to Cross: The Redemption of Sam Cooke by author B. G. Rhule. Light lunch will be served.

For more information and to RSVP

 

Body Appreciation Dance Workshop, sponsored by UC Black Arts Collaborative 

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 5-7 p.m., TUC 400 B&C

The UC Black Arts Collaborative will combine its energy with that of Shades of You to present an interactive dance workshop. The workshop will feature African, African-American and other various black cultural dances that are popular and becoming trending influences to dance in the black community.

 

UC Clermont Poetry Series with Cheryl Hopson, sponsored by UC Clermont English, Languages and Fine Arts Department

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., various times and locations

Join Cheryl Hopson –– poet, writer and assistant professor of African American studies at Western Kentucky University –– for the UC Clermont Poetry Series. Hopson specializes in 20th-century American and African-American literature and culture and generational black feminism. She has published essays on Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker and Rebecca Walker and what she calls the "U.S. second-wave black feminist sisterhood." Times and locations for Hopson's events:

  • 9:05 a.m., writing workshop, Student Sevices building 240
  • 10:10 a.m., Q&A with the author, Snyder 142
  • 11:15 a.m., reading, book signing and reception to follow, Snyder 142

For more information, contact Phoebe Reeves at phoebe.reeves@uc.edu or (513) 558-5231

 

“Seasons of Love,” a UC African American Cultural & Resource Center Choir Love Concert 

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m., AACRC, 60 W. Charlton

Celebrating Black Love Week, the United Black Student Association will feature the African American Cultural & Resource Center Choir in a Black Love Concert. Themed “Seasons of Love,” the choir will perform popular love songs from oldies to current trending love music. This event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, contact Eric Watford at eric.watford@uc.edu

 

"Star Parker" at UC, sponsored by Young American's for Freedom and UC's Carl H. Lindner College of Business

Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 -8 p.m., Richard E. Lindner Center room 450

Join Star Parker, author, speaker, commentator, columnist and activist as she shares market-based strategies to fight poverty. Parker founded UrbanCure to bring new ideas to policy discussions on how to transition America’s poor from government dependency. Parker is also the founder and president of The Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a public policy think tank that promotes market-based solutions to fight poverty.

For more information, consult the Young America's Foundation website or contact Alfreda Green-Harvey at greena@ucmail.uc.edu 

 

“King Me,” artist chat with Nina Wells, sponsored by UC Blue Ash Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Friday, Feb. 16, 1-2 p.m., Muntz Hall 117

Join Nina Wells, also known as NinaMDot, a creative and self-taught photographer. She has been featured on WVXU, CityBeat and the Cincinnati Enquirer for her work. She was the recipient of a 2016 Globe Grant at People’s Liberty in Over-the-Rhine. On Feb. 23, Wells will come back to UCBA to collaborate with photography and e-media students for an immersive photography experience. Her life motto is, “What you see is what you become.”

For more information, contact Molly Scruta (513) 936-1501 or Nick Castro (513) 936-1536.

 

Poster of the Cincinnati Project 4th Annual Symposium

 

 

 

 

Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues," sponsored by UC Women's Center

Friday & Saturday, Feb. 16-17, 7 p.m., UC's Zimmer Auditorium

Enjoy one or both nights of Eve Ensler's Production "The Vangina Monologues," featuring a gathering of women's voices from different backgrounds, experiences and identities. Join us before the show in the Vagina Village where there will be snacks and items for sale. All proceeds go to Women Helping Women.

For more information, contact Deb Marke at markedg@ucmail.uc.edu

 

 

4th Annual Cincinnati Project Symposium 

Friday, Feb. 16th, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., AACRC 

Join the 4th Annual Cincinnati Project as keynote speaker Yvette Simpson, as well as UC student and faculty present community-partnered projects, a panel on power and partnerships and a panel discussion on the value of university-community research partnerships. The schedule will also include students and faculty from many UC A&S departments as well as community partners and Karen Bankston. A light breakfast and lunch will be offered for attendees.

Please visit our website for more details and RSVP to this free and fun event!

 

 

 

 

Poster of The Vagina Monologues coming to UC's Zimmer Auditorium

 

 

Gentlemen’s Quarterly Valentine’s Day Gala, sponsored by the Gentlemen's Quarterly student organization  

Saturday, Feb. 17, 7-10 p.m., TUC Great Hall

Bring your Valentine to the Gentlemen’s Quarterly Valentine’s Day Gala. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and the formal program will follow dinner beginning at 8 p.m. The attire is semi-formal, business casual or African attire.

For more information, contact Tim Berry at berrytl@mail.uc.edu  

 

"Time's Up: For Polite Silence," Black Women's History Week, sponsored by Black Women on the Move

Whole week of Sunday, Feb. 18.-Sunday, Feb. 25

The following 10 events acknowledge the rich history of black women achievers and activists throughout society. UC's Black Women on the Move –– an affinity organization at UC purposed to help black women staff connect, cultivate and climb –– presents Black Women's History Week, themed "Time's Up: For Polite Silence." The group offers a platform for black women staff to network with black women students and community members. The following programs and events are collaborations amongst the AACRC, Sisters Impacting Sisters (SIS), LGBTQ Center, Women's Centeer, Office of Equity & Inclusion, Sweet Sistah Splash and SA-Counseling & Psychological Service.

 

Let’s Go to Church, sponsored by UC Black Women on the Move

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m., The Way Community Church, 946 Dana Ave., 45229

Church service at The Way Community Church with Pastor Geneva Miller, UC Black Women on the Move executive team member.

For more information, contact Geneva Miller at geneva.miller@uc.edu

 

"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Leaving Academia When the Rainbow is Enuf: Race, Gender and Women of Color in the Academy," sponsored by UC Black Faculty Association and the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association

Monday, Feb. 19, noon, Taft Research Center

As part of the UC Black Faculty Association and Taft Lecture Series, Jennifer Sims, professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville will speak about the issues with women of color in academia.

For more information, contact Holly McGee at mcgeehy@ucmail.uc.edu

 

Fifth annual Sip and Paint, sponsored by UC African American Cultural & Resource Center

Monday, Feb. 19, 5:30-7 p.m., AACRC, 60 W. Charlton

You are invited to attend the fifth annual Sip and Paint presented by Sisters Impacting Sisters at the African American Cultural & Resource Center. The Sip and Paint event is specifically intended for African-American women administrators, faculty, staff and students to dialogue via creative painting activities while enjoying mocktails.

Please RSVP by Feb. 12 with Micah Smith at smith9m3@mail.uc.edu (Space is limited) 

 

Feminist Snack Break, sponsored by UC Women's Center

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m., UC Women's Center, Steger 571

Join the UC Women’s Center for this special edition of Feminist Snack Break where we will watch an episode of "Insecure" and talk about the importance of friendship between black women.

For more information, contact Deb Marke at markedg@ucmail.uc.edu or 556-4401.

 

Lunch & Learn, sponsored by UC Black Women on the Move

Wednesday, Feb. 21, noon-1 p.m., AACRC, 60 W. Charlton

Become part of a diverse and enlightening dialogue about race-based stress and the importance of mental health presented by Calisha Brooks, UC’s CAPS staff psychologist. Light refreshments will be served. 

For more information, contact Ewaniki Moore-Hawkins at mooreek@ucmail.uc.edu

What began in 1926 as a celebration of Negro history became an annual weeklong celebration during the second week of February to coincide with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. By 1976, the United States government officially recognized Black History Month as an annual celebration of the contributions of and achievements by African-Americans and a time for recognizing their important role in U.S. history.

 

Caring for and supporting Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth, sponsored by the UC Academic Health Center 

Wednesday, Feb. 21, noon-1 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building

Come listen as Lee Ann Conard, director of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Transgender Program speaks about the transgender and gender nonconforming population. At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to define gender dysphoria and its importance within the current treatment paradigm; understand how to create a safe environment for interacting with transgender youth and their caregivers; understand the basic treatment options of medical gender transition and describe common morbidities for transgender and gender nonconforming youth. 

Online sign-up  For more information, contact Kelly Lyle at Kelly.lyle@uc.edu

Portrait of Lee Ann Conard, director of CCHMC's Transgender Program.

Lee Ann Conard, director of CCHMC Transgender Program

 

“The Opera Express – Cincinnati Opera,” proudly co-sponsored by the UC Department of History, the Office of Student Affairs and the Black Faculty Association

Wednesday, Feb. 21, noon-2 p.m., McMicken Commons

The Opera Express is a one-of-a-kind mobile opera theater that travels around the community bringing opera to unexpected places —like McMicken Commons at UC. Step inside the truck for a free, 15-minute performance themed especially for Black History Month.

For more information, contact Holly McGee at mcgeehy@ucmail.uc.edu

 

“Survive, Strive & Thrive,” presented by UC Business Fellows Annual Alumni Speakers Series   

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m., Union Hall, 1311 Vine St.

Everyone has their own highs and lows throughout their career. Join representatives from UC’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business on a panel of professional leaders as they explain their experiences while they were surviving, striving and thriving. Learn from one another during a roundtable discussion on how to change a survival scenario into a thriving opportunity. Please park in the Mercer Garage across from the venue. Light refreshments provided. No cost for event but registration is required.

For more information, contact Lauren Jacquot johnsl8@ucmail.uc.edu 

 

"Black History Through Poetry," Poetry at a Glance, sponsored by UC Langsam Library 

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2-3:30 p.m., Langsam 462

Join UC students, staff and guests for a "Taste of Cultural Cuisine" as they read from a genuine skin-bound book of poetry by Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784). At the age of eight, Wheatley was kidnapped from West Africa, enslaved and sold to a family in Boston where her owner's wife and children taught her to read and write English, Greek and Latin. Wheatley was 12 years old when she became the first African-American and one of the first women to publish a book of poetry in the colonies in 1773.

For more information, contact Meshia Anderson at (513) 556-6596.

 

“Being Bernadette: From Polite Silence to Finding the Black Girl Magic Within” book signing, sponsored by UC Black Women on the Move and Office of Equity & Inclusion

Thursday, Feb. 22, 4-6 p.m., AACRC, 60 W. Charlton

Hear from author Carol Tonge Mack as she share excerpts from her memoir and discusses key themes. The book will be available for sale by the UC Bookstores at the event.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Kathy Riehle at riehleky@ucmail.uc.edu

 

"For the Love of Black Women," Black Feminist Symposium, supported by UC's Women's Center

Friday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.), TUC 4th floor

The Black Feminist Symposium is back for a one-day conference focusing on black feminist activism, leadership, and research. The Second Black Feminist Symposium will honor, love, and celebrate all Black women (cis, trans, & non-binary). Keynote speaker Treva Lindsey, associate professor at Ohio State University, specializes in African-American women's history, black popular and expressive culture, black feminism(s), hip hop studies, critical race and gender theory and sexual politics. Event is free and open to the public. Click here to register

For more information, contact UC's Women's Center at (513) 556-4401

 

 

“Hailing from UC Blue Ash,” a photo shoot inspired by “King Me,” sponsored by UC Blue Ash Office of Multicultural Affairs

Friday, Feb. 23, 1-3 p.m., Bleeker St. Cafe

Become part of an immersive photography experience in which African-American UCBA students are encouraged to see themselves in their most regal incarnation. The event is made possible with the support of UCBA photography and e-media students and the collaboration of Nina Wells, inspired by her earlier “King Me” event at UCBA on Feb. 8. 

For more information, contact Molly Scruta (513) 936-1501 or Nick Castro (513) 936-1536.

Poster of UCBA Black History Month events.

 

Kuumba market, sponsored by UC Black Women on the Move

Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Muntz Hall Community Commons, UC Blue Ash 

UC Black Women on the Move presents the second Kuumba market allowing faculty, staff and student women the ability to showcase their arts and crafts.

For questions or to register as a vendor, contact Geneva Miller at millergw@ucmail.uc.edu

 

Onyx & Ruby Gala, sponsored by the UC African American Alumni Affiliate

Saturday, Feb. 24, 6-10 p.m., Sharonville Convention Center

For the third year, The African American Alumni Affiliate will host the Onyx & Ruby Gala, an awards gala to recognize and celebrate the many contributions and overall excellence of African American alumni, faculty, students and community partners. Proceeds from the Onyx & Ruby Gala will support 4A's Shani Scholarship, which awards money to diverse students who seek study abroad opportunities.

This year’s Onyx & Ruby Honorees are:

  • Georgia E. Beasley Legacy Award- Honorable Michael B. Coleman
  • Emerging Leader Award- Dr. Ryan C. Marable
  • Pillar of the Community Award- Judge Fanon Rucker
  • Tower of Strength Award- Dr. Vanessa Allen-Brown
  • Student Trailblazer Award- Annette Echikunowoke
  • Linda Bates Parker Legend Award- Dr. Monica Posey
  • Humanitarian Award- Bakari Booker

Individual tickets are $75.  Please visit the Onyx & Ruby Gala website for more details.  For questions, contact Justin Gibson, Associate Director for the UCAA, at Justin.Gibson@uc.edu or 513-556-4312.

 

AfroSwag – The Hair Show, sponsored by UC African American Cultural & Resource Center

Sunday, Feb. 25, 3-6 p.m., AACRC, 60 W. Charlton

Sweet Sistah Splash presents the AfroSwag – The Hair Show celebrating the beauty of black hair. Come and be amazed by the creativity and uniqueness of the stylists and models.  Tickets are $10 and free for UC students and children under 13. 

For more information, contact J. Nzingha Byrd at sweetsistahsplash@yahoo.com 

 

“The Value of Black Death,” sponsored by the Charles Phelps Taft Lecture Series

Wednesday, March 7, 1 p.m., location TBA

Join Kwame Holmes, assistant professor of ethnic studies at University of Colorado-Boulder, as he reads the history of modern cities and social movements through a black queer studies frame. His work has appeared in Radical History Review and Occasion and was included in “No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies.” He is revising a book manuscript entitled, “Queer Removal: Liberalism and Displacement in the Nation’s Capital.” Follow him on Twitter at @KwameHolmes

For more information, contact James Roane at roanejs@ucmail.uc.edu 

 

Malcolm London's "Louder Than a Bomb," produced by UC's Adrian Parr and Sean Hughes is part of the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center's H20 Talks in partnership with UNESCO. London is an internationally recognized poet, activist and educator and coordinator of the Know Your Rights Project out of Northwestern Law School.

 

Later events in the community:

Community Conversation: Being Curious Together About Race 

March 10-June 16, 2018

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, along with the YWCA Greater Cincinnati and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, are hosting three community conversations to further the dialogue that is needed around race. These sessions will be held in a space that provides enough safety so authenticity can emerge and genuine healing can begin.

  • Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m.-noon, Taft Center at Fountain Square, 425 Walnut St., downtown
  • Wednesday, April 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Interact for Health, Rookwood Tower, 3805 Edwards Rd., Room 500
  • Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.-noon, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, on the Ohio riverfront

These are free sessions, but seating is limited. RSVPs are required.  

~ This list will be updated daily as new events are added ~