Black History Month Calendar of Events

 

All events are open to students, faculty and staff at no cost with the exception of the Unity Luncheon.


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BHM Cake Cutting Kick-Off

Date: February 1, 2022
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Student Union Building, 3rd Room 330, IDA Center

The MTSU Black History Month Committee will be cutting a cake today to begin the month of celebration. Come out to mingle, grab a slice of cake, and learn what other events are planned for the month!


Reading the Black Experience

Date Time Location
February 2, 2022 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm COE 164
February 10, 2022 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm IDA Center. SU 330
February 16, 2022 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm COE 164
February 25, 2022 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm COE 164


In celebration of Black History Month, the BHM Committee is inviting you to join in on our monthlong community reading project. The committee has selected 5 books dedicated to the month and will send specific excerpts out via email each week for students to read and then join in on a discussion about the excerpt at a designated location & time.

Information on Selected Books


BHM Movie Night Series

“RESPECT”
Starring Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, and Marlon Wayans

Date: February 3-5, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Location: Student Union Building, 2nd Floor Movie Theater

Following the rise of Aretha Franklin's career from a child singing in her father's church's choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon's journey to find her voice.

Sponsors: SPARE & MTSU Films Council


MTSU Black History Month Health Expo

Date: February 7, 2022
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Student Union Building, 1st Floor, Atrium

Join us for an exciting expo promoting Black health and wellness. Community businesses will provide promotional information, offer samples, and engage participants. This event prohibits the selling of items.


Panel Discussion: Black Health & Wellness “Racial Health Disparities in the Age of COVID-19”

Date: February 7, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Student Union Building, 2nd Floor, Parliamentary Room

Join us for a keynote panel featured with expert medical health professionals who will answer questions on important health topics including disparities that exist within the black community. People of color have suffered disproportionately from COVID-19. The health industry has long produced worse outcomes for underrepresented populations but it does not have to be this way.


Beauty Shop & Barbershop Talk

Date: February 9, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Tom Jackson Building  

This event is tailored to both male & female students. Barbershop talk will consist of things that typically happen in barber shops such as haircuts, music, some food and conversations. Beauty shop talk will consist of hair, nails, makeup, and skin talk as well as food & music.

Sponsored by: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


The 26th annual Unity Luncheon featuring Dr. Sekou Franklin

Date: February 10, 2022
Time: 11:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Student Union Building, 2nd Floor, Ballroom

Join us for our 26th Annual Unity Luncheon. Established in 1996, the Unity Luncheon pays homage to “unsung heroes” in the community — persons 60 years of age or older who have lived in Middle Tennessee for 25 years or more and who have made outstanding contributions to their community. Tickets are available online only through Feb. 1, and will not be available at the door. Prices are $20 for students and $35 for nonstudents. A table of 8 seats is available for $280.

For more information, contact Daniel Green, director of the Intercultural and Diversity Affairs Center and chairman of the Black History Month Committee, at 615-898-2831 or daniel.green@mtsu.edu.


MTSU Symphonic Band and MTSU Wind Ensemble Observe African American History Month in Concert

Date: February 10, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: T. Earl Hinton Music Call, Wright Music Building

The MTSU Symphonic Band and MTSU Wind Ensemble present their first concert of the semester. This event is co-sponsored by the MTSU Office of Intercultural & Diversity Affairs and will feature works by living African American composers who are leading voices throughout various genres of music. 


Color the Runway Fashion Show

Date: February 11, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Student Union Building, 2nd Floor, Ballroom

The Color the Runway Fashion Show began in 2017 as a campus-wide event to show Black culture, fashion and music through runway. Since 2017 the show has become bigger and better! Students from all over campus participate as models to make the show a success every year. For more information contact Deven Salazar at deven.salazar@mtsu.edu 


Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell

Date: February 17, 2022
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: MTSU Academic Classroom Building - Room 102

In the first-ever biography of Sowell, Jason L. Riley gives this iconic thinker his due and responds to the detractors. Maverick showcases Sowell's most significant writings and traces the life events that shaped his ideas and resulted in a Black orphan from the Jim Crow South becoming one of our foremost public intellectuals.

Register to Attend

Sponsors: The Political Economy Research Institute at MTSU


BHM Movie Night Series

“Judas and the Black Messiah”
Starring Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield

Date: February 17-19, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Location: Student Union Building, 2nd Floor Movie Theater

Fred Hampton, a young, charismatic activist, becomes Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party - putting him directly in the crosshairs of the government, the FBI, and the Chicago Police. But to destroy the revolution, the authorities are going to need a man on the inside.

Sponsors: SPARE & MTSU Films Council


BHM “Sneaker Ball”

Date: February 17, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: James Union Building

Join us for a night of elegance, fun, and laughter all while comfortable in your favorite kicks! Grab your coolest kicks and get ready to party in style, because “The Sneaker Ball” promises to be an evening to remember with sneakers, suits & dresses.


“Why Do Men, Why Do Women”

Date: February 21, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: James Union Building

Ever wondered why men do _____ or why women do ____ (you fill in the blank 😊)?  Well here’s your chance to discuss the complicated issues that occur throughout dating & relationships. Join us as we talk about love, healthy relationships and more!


John Pleas Faculty Award Ceremony

Date: February 23, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: James Union Building

The John Pleas Faculty Award was established in 1997 to honor Dr. John Pleas, MTSU Professor Emeritus of Psychology. Dr. Pleas was the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award in 1999 and is the author of Walking, published in 1981 by W.W. Norton & Company. The John Pleas Faculty Award is presented annually to a Black faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and service. The recognition ceremony occurs each year during African American History Month.


Showtime at the Apollo

Date: February 24, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Tucker Theater 

Join us for a night of talented acts & entertainment as we recreate the hit tv show “Showtime at the Apollo.”


BHM Selfie Experience Contest

The MTSU Community (students and departments) is invited to create their own selfie scene that encompasses the theme Black Love: Health & Wellness or Black History. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm, February 24, to Black History Month Instagram page with #2022MTSUBlacklove.


Patterson Park Community Center Presents: Black History Month Film Series

Date: February 26, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Patterson Park Community Center, Washington Family Theater, 521 Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Drive 

  • Created Equal: TN Legacy Series presents The Green Book film and discussion
    Free and open to the public.
    Moderator: Leroy Cunningham.
    Sponsors: Washington Family Foundation, City of Murfreesboro, MTSU Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs.
  • Created Equal: TN Legacy Film Series presents Freedom Riders documentary and discussion
    Moderator: Carolyn Lester.
    Sponsors: Washington Family Foundation, City of Murfreesboro, MTSU Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs.

MTSU Arts Presents: Jason Max Ferdinand Singers

Date: February 26, 2021
Time/Location:

  • 3:00 pm - Reception
    Saunders Fine Arts, Room 117
    RSVP to Meridith.Kerr@mtsu.edu by February 18
  • 4:00 pm - Concert
    Hinton Music Hall

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