Black History Month

Our Roots Run Deep

Dr. Rik Stevenson, Professor of African American Studies, University of Florida
Wednesday, February 5, 12:00 - 1:30 pm 

Pere Marquette, 2240 Kirkhof Center

LIB 100/201 Approved

A presentation on how the contributions of Black/African-Americans have impacted the world.  Special significance is placed on the legacy and cultural impact of Blacks/African-Americans.

AIM High (Basketball Games)

GVSU vs Wayne State (Men's and Women's Basketball)
Thursday, February 6, 2020

6:00pm Women's Game; 8:00pm Men's Game

GVSU Arena

GVSU alumni and community members will be honored during this event.  The first 500 attendees will receive a free t-shirt.

The Fight is Not Over (HIV/AIDS Awareness)

Rae Lewis Thornton, AIDS Activist
Friday, February 7, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
2204, Pere Marquette, Kirkhof Center

LIB 100/201 Approved

Rae Lewis Thornton will share her groundbreaking story of living with such a deadly disease.  February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Celebration of Gospel

Monday, February 10, 7:00 pm 
Cook DeWitt Center

LIB100/201 approved

A musical tribute to Black Gospel with a reflection on the impact it has had on the African-American community.

Talk Back Tuesday

Collaboration with The Center for Women and Gender Equity
Tuesday, February 11, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
1201, Center for Women and Gender Equity, Kirkhof Center

LIB 100/201 Approved

A conversation on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault against African-American women and girls.

Afro-Latinx Identity & The African Diaspora

Dr. Yomaira Figueroa, Assistant Professor, Global Diaspora Studies, Michigan State University
Tuesday, February 11, 2:00-3:00pm
2263 Kirkhof Center

LIB 100/201 Approved

A presentation “Theorizing Destierro: Home & Embodied Resistance in Afro-Atlantic Literature." Food Provided

Positive Black Women Celebration of Black Arts

Friday, February 14, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center

LIB 100 & 201 Approved

An annual event hosted by GVSU Positive Black Women to give honor and recognition to those that have shaped "our" history. PBW presents: A Celebration of Black Arts.  All are welcomed to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Conversations of Color

Wednesday, February 19, 12:00 - 1:00 pm 
Office of Multicultural Affairs, 1240 Kirkhof Center

LIB 100/201 Approved

A discussion involving the experiences of African students as they navigate living in the United States and being African-American.  

Conversations of Color are conversations initiated and facilitated by students.  Topics and issues will vary every session.  This small and open venue offers students the opportunity to share, talk, discuss, and learn from each other, as well as initiate programming on areas and topics of issue or concern.

Taste Of Soul (Presentation)

Thursday, February 20, 6:00-9:00pm
Holton Hooker Multipurpose Room

A presentation on the scraps that African-Americans were given to feed themselves.  A movie presentation “Coming to America.”


Office of Multicultural Affairs, Division of Inclusion and Equity, Black Greek Council, African/African American Studies, Black Student Union, We Are Chicago, Black Graduate Student Association, You Beautiful Black Woman, IPromise, OMA Ambassadors, Positive Black Women, Untold Stories of People of Color, Campus Interfaith Resources, Center for Women and Gender Equity, The Voices of GVSU, Rubies, and L.LY.F.E.

Events are free and open to the public. For information on parking or for individuals requiring special accommodations, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (616) 331-2177. You may also visit our website at or email us at

Previous Events

Black History Month Contact

Juanita Davis
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Grand Valley State University
Phone: (616) 331-2177