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ONU Celebrates Black History Month

Feb 7, 2007

Ohio Northern University will be commemorating Black History Month this February with a number of scheduled events.

Many of ONU's campus organizations have teamed up to provide many opportunities to celebrate African-American heritage.

Here is a rundown of this month's activities:

  • Throughout February
    An Exhibit of African American Art
    ONU Multicultural Center
    The art exhibit is provided by the Findlay Black Heritage Library.
  • Thursday, Feb. 1
    "Progress on Democracy in Africa," a presentation by Dr. Jean Marie Kamatali
    4 p.m. - ONU Pettit College of Law
    Dr. Jean Marie Kamatali is the former Dean of the Faculty of Law at the National University of Rwanda, teaching courses such as constitutional law, public international law, international humanitarian law and European law. He is currently working on a project based on the violations of human rights in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The presentation is sponsored by the Ohio Northern University LL.M. program.
  • Monday, Feb. 5
    Kold Kutz: A Black Barbershop Experience in Ada
    6:30 p.m. - ONU Multicultural Center
    This program will feature African American barbers from Lima, Ohio who will offer free haircuts to the first 50 ONU students that sign up and are present for the entire event.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 7
    Finding Your Abundance: Black History Chapel Service, Part 1
    11 a.m. - ONU English Chapel
    The first of two Black History Chapel Services will feature guest speaker Pastor Albert Rush of Detroit, Mich. The service will also feature selections by the ONU Gospel Ensemble and other special music. This event is sponsored by the ONU Office of Multicultural Development, the ONU Black Student Union and the ONU English Chapel.
  • Thursday, Feb. 8
    Where are the African American Leaders?: Cultural Conversation Hour, Part 1
    Noon - ONU Multicultural Center
    The first of two cultural conversation hours, lunch will also be provided in addition to lively discussion.
  • Saturday, Feb. 10
    Annual Kuumba Festival
    7 p.m. - McIntosh Center Ballroom
    "Kuumba" is a word from the Swahili Language that means "creativity." This annual showcase of talent includes dance, song, poetry, culture, and music. The event is all-campus inclusive and welcomes the creative influence of all ethic backgrounds and cultures. This year, the event will feature a special performance by Soul and Kontradiction.
  • Monday, Feb. 12
    New Dimensions in Diversity Film Series: Bamboozled
    7 p.m. - Dicke Hall Forum
    This event is sponsored by the ONU Black Student Union
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14
    Reflecting Forward: Black History Chapel Service, Part 2
    11 a.m. - ONU English Chapel
    The second of two Black History Chapel Services will feature guest speaker Vonzelia Woods of Columbus, Ohio. This event is sponsored by the ONU Office of Multicultural Development and the ONU English Chapel.
  • Thursday, Feb. 15
    An Evening with Dr. Jack Ford
    7 p.m. - McIntosh Center Ballroom
    Dr. Jack Ford, former mayor of Toledo, Ohio, also previous served in the Ohio House of Representatives for seven years and was Democratic Leader of the Ohio House for three. Dr. Ford also spoke at the 2000 Democratic National Convention.
  • Saturday, Feb. 17
    Annual Black Student Union Fashion Show
    7 p.m. - McIntosh Center Activities Room
    Come enjoy the annual fashion show sponsored by the ONU Black Student Union. For more information, contact Evan Roberts, President of the ONU Black Student Union, at e-roberts.1@onu.edu.
  • Sunday, Feb. 18
    Soul Food Dinner
    6 p.m. - ONU Multicultural Center
    ONU's Office of Multicultural Development and the ONU Black Student Union invite you to a dinner with soul. Participants can look forward to a time of good food and fellowship.
  • Thursday, Feb. 22
    Why Us, Why Now? Young Black Males and Violence: Cultural Conversation Hour, Part 2
    11 a.m. - Dicke Hall Forum
    This forum will examine the critical issue of violence and African American males. Lunch will be provided following the event.
  • Date TBA
    Black Student Union Skating Outing
    Time, Place TBA
    Enjoy an evening of fun with the ONU Black Student Union. For more information, contact Evan Roberts, President of the ONU Black Student Union, at e-roberts.1@onu.edu.
  • For more information about the Black History Month activities or the Office of Multicultural Development at Ohio Northern University, please contact Clyde Pickett at (419) 772-3145.

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