Black History Month

Grand Rapids Riots

George Bayard, Executive Director of Grand Rapids African-American Museum
Wednesday, February 6, 12:00 - 1:00 pm 

2270 Kirkhof Center

LIB 100/201 Approved

A presentation and discussion on the Grand Rapids Riots of 1967 that occurred as a result of deep racial tensions, discrimination, and lack of opportunity for people of color.

We Are Not Invisible

Dr. Rik Stevenson, Professor of African American Studies, Grand Valley State University
Friday, February 8, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

2204, Pere Marquette, Kirkhof Center

LIB 100/201 Approved

A presentation on the significance and importance of Black History Month and it's transition from Negro History Week. This presentation will include an exhibit of the experiences of several Black students through their own artistic lens; followed by a Taste of Soul which includes a presentation on the scraps that African-American people were given to feed themselves.

Black Film Fridays

School Daze
Friday, February 8, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
2204, Pere Marquette, Kirkhof Center

Movie: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Discussion: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Talk Back Tuesday

Collaboration with The Center for Women and Gender Equity
Tuesday, February 12, 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 in the Black Community.

Positive Black Woman Luncheon

Thursday, 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.

Black Film Fridays

Lean On Me
Friday, February 15, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
1240 Kirkhof Center

Movie: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
Discussion: 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Celebration of Gospel

Sunday, February 17, 4:00 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.


Get Yo Mind Right

Latrece McDaniel, Coordinator of Multicultural & Diversity Initiatives at Grand Valley State University
Tuesday, February 19, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
2263 Kirkhof Center

A discussion on the mental wellbeing of students of color with strategies to identify when you should seek help.

Conversations of Color

Wednesday, February 20, 12:00 - 1:00 pm 
Office of Multicultural Affairs, 1240 Kirkhof Center

A discussion involving the treatment of African-American women within health care and how they are constantly ignored and fatally suffering as a result.

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.

Black Islam in the United States

Thursday, February 21, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
2263 Kirkhof Center

A presentation that explores the history of Black Islam in the United States and the impact that Black Muslims have had in American culture. Black Muslims have played an important role in several areas including sports, music, and business. Special attention will be paid to the rich history of the Black Islam in Michigan.

Black Film Fridays

Friday, February 22, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
1240 Kirkhof Center

Movie: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
Discussion: 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Building Your Brand

Friday, February 22, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Holton Hooker Living Center, Multipurpose

A panel discussion on how to create a personal brand of integrity as well as an entrepreneurial brand. Panelists include successful African-American entrepreneurs.

Black Girls Rock!

Tuesday, February 26, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
2204, Pere Marquette, Kirkhof Center

An award ceremony that honors some of Grand Valley's influential Black women professionals.


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