Grand Valley to celebrate Black History Month through series of events in February

Throughout February, Grand Valley’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will host several events in celebration of Black History Month. 

The first event will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 9, in the Kirkhof Center lobby. “The Blackout: Black Student Organization Showcase” provides students with the opportunity to engage with Black and Afro-led registered student organizations and learn how they can get involved while enjoying food, music and games. 

Phillip Todd, assistant director of the Office for Multicultural Affairs, said that these events provide a unique opportunity to spotlight the culture students are creating on campus, as well as new educational opportunities. 

“These events are important because they're student-focused,” Todd said. “For example, with our Black student organization showcase, we’re getting to see how students are actively creating Black history — the innovative ideas, the programs, the culture they’re creating for this university and their community.”

Other events scheduled for this celebration include:

Taste of Soul

  • Thursday, February 15, 2-4 p.m.
  • Location: Kirkhof Center Lobby

Film screening: Judas and the Black Messiah

  • Wednesday, February 21, 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Mary Idema Pew Library - Multipurpose Room

Charles H. Wright Museum Trip - Registration closed

  • Friday, February 23
  • Location: Charles H. Wright Museum (Detroit, MI)

For the Culture: Quiz Bowl

Those interested in learning more or registering for Black History Month events can visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs webpage for more information

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