Celebrating Black History Month

The UO Holds a Full Month of Events honoring Black History Month

By UO student Chelsea Fullmer

The UO is celebrating Black History Month with numerous events spanning campus and the Eugene community. With film screenings, concerts, speakers, and various events, departments on campus are coming together during February to put on fun, interesting, and informational gatherings.

This is one of the first years that the UO has pulled together a cohesive calendar highlighting many departments and community programs for Black History Month, according to Kari Herinckx, Director of Diversity Education & Support.

With 17 events on the Black History Month calendar, there are plenty of opportunities for involvement, no matter what a person’s interests. Some prominent events include a Black History Month Photo Display at the Knight Library, the “Race & Football: Humanities Context for Contemporary Understanding” lecture, the “African American Male Psychology: Challenges and Conflicts In the Journey of Living featuring Dr. Joseph White, PhD” lecture on February 19, and the Black Night of Achievement event on February 26, hosted by the Black Student Union.

2013 recipients of the BSU's Ebony Man Award for
academic and community achievement.

“I think these events are important to inform the campus community and larger public that Black History Month is so diverse in so many different ways,” said Herinckx.

The Black Student Union is actively involved in this year’s events, hosting or co-hosting three different events. Two annual BSU events take place this month, beginning with the Black Student Union Winter Bash on Saturday, February 15, at the Eugene Athletic Club. This year, the BSU reached out to various colleges and universities in the state to promote and welcome other schools to participate in the dance party. Oregon State University, Portland State University, and Western Oregon University are among the schools working with the UO BSU group for promotion and involvement.

“Our hope in doing that is just to increase the solidarity a little bit more among black people in college in Oregon, just because there are so few of us and we want to do more events and support one another,” said Esther Hardy, current student and External Outreach Coordinator for the BSU.

The month wraps up with a Black Night Achievement banquet, also hosted by the Black Student Union, to honor current members of the BSU as well as faculty, staff, and community members of color. The event takes place in the Gerlinger Lounge.

The month’s events are all open to the public. For a complete list of the remaining events, click here.