Black History Month

Hip Hop Education (Reality Pedagogy in Urban Education)

Dr. Chris Emdin, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University
Monday, January 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm 

Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center

LIB 100/201 Approved

A discussion that challenges the perception of students of color being unteachable.  This discussion will provide practical tools to unleash the brilliance and eagerness of students and educators alike.

Celebration of Black Arts

Saturday, February 3, 7:30 - 9:00 pm 
2215/2216 Kirkhof Center


Members of the African-American/Black student body will pay homage to African American entertainers.

Black Activism Through Sports

Dr. Louis Moore, Associate Professor of History, Grand Valley State University
Tuesday, February 6, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 
Pere Marquette, 2204 Kirkhof Center

LIB 100/201 Approved

Black athletes have always been at the forefront of the struggle.  The purpose of this presentation is to pay tribute to brave men and women who have advanced their race and fellow minorities both athletically and socially through their careers.

Body Image and Blackness

Care Allen, Program Coordinator TRiO Student Support; Fashion with Care style consultant
Friday, February 9, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 

2215/2216 Kirkhof Center

LIB 100/201 Approved

This presentation will discuss the historical features and structures of the Black body. We will dissect truths, rumors, and myths about Blackness in regard to body image and social acceptance. We will begin with slavery and travel into modern day discussing what “Black body image” is and is not. Who has it, who wants it, and who creates it.

Positive Black Woman Luncheon

Wednesday, 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 made a way and shaped "our" history. PBW presents: Loving Our History. This event will highlight black women who have made notable contributions, but have had their work intentionally overlooked or left out. Women that have carried the load and worked tirelessly with no honorable mentions. The tribute will include various forms of art for inspiration and provide space for examination of this pernicious phenomenon of erasing and editing "our" stories.  All are welcomed to attend. Lunch will be provided.

A Taste of Soul

Friday, February 16, Noon - 1:00 pm 
Russel H. Kirkhof Center Lobby 
Allendale Campus 

Join us to share in the deep Southern, African-American tradition of soul food. This style of cooking originated when African Americans, enslaved, were given the leftover scraps. They didn't complain about what they got: they just cooked some of the tastiest food. Traditionally, their rations consisted of corn, bacon or salt pork, molasses, flour. seasonal fruits and vegetables. With those few items, a variety of wholesome dishes were created. They learned how to use everything, nothing was wasted.  

Voter Registration Drive

Friday, February 16, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Russel H. Kirkhof Center, Lobby

Tuesday, February 27, 4:00  - 6:00 pm 
Richard M. DeVos Lobby


Historically, individuals from underrepresented populations are less likely to vote due to institutional barriers and lack of awareness. The Voter Registration Drive is designed to encourage all students to register to vote, but more importantly students from underrepresented populations.

Accidental Courtesy

Daryl Davis, Author of Klan-Destine Relationships and documentary Accidental Courtesy
Tuesday, February 20, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center

LIB 100/201 Approved

Daryl Davis will discuss his experiences and encounters with members and leaders of the Ku Klux Klan and how racial tensions can be healed. This lecture will demonstrate the need for success in building relationships in our ever-increasing diverse society.

Conversations of Color

Wednesday, February 21, 12:00 - 1:00 pm 
Office of Multicultural Affairs, 1240 Kirkhof Center

Navigating GVSU as An African-American student.  African-American men will share their experiences navigating GVSU.

Black Business in America

Monday, February 26, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Niemeyer Living Center, Multipurpose
Allendale Campus

Alpha Kappa Psi Co-ed Business Fraternity will explore the history of Black businesses in America, from the early 1900’s to the present time.  We will discover how cultured individuals left a mark on our business opportunities today.

Racial Battle Fatigue Syndrome

Lois Owens,  Professor in the College of Community and Public Service and Liberal Studies
Tuesday, February 27, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
107D, DeVos Center, PEW campus

LIB 100/201 Approved

This will be an interactive seminar that discusses what Racial Battle Fatigue Syndrome is, strategies for coping, and ways to be an advocate for underrepresented populations.


Office of Multicultural Affairs, Division of Inclusion and Equity, Reviv, African/African American Studies, Black Student Union, Alpha Kappa Psi Co-Ed Business Fraternity, Department of Music, Community Service Learning Center, NAACP, OMA Ambassadors, TRiO-SS, Positive Black Women, & WGVU TV & Radio.

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

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Black History Month Contact

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

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