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Celebrate Black History Month!

Ohio Northern University celebrates Black History Month this February with a number of scheduled events. Several campus organizations will collaborate to provide diverse opportunities to celebrate African-American heritage. Here is the schedule of February’s activities:

Black History Month Vignettes

Interested in learning more about the historical contributions of African Americans in society? During the month of February, WONB will broadcast short profiles of significant figures in Black History. Make sure to tune in to WONB to listen.

Black History Month Film Series Presentation of “The Wiz”

Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in the McIntosh Activities room

The Black Student Union and the Office of Multicultural Development will partner to show the film “The Wiz” with a discussion on the cultural significance of the film to follow.

Cultural Conversation Hour: Perceptions and Realities – The Black Community and the Republican Party

Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m. in Heterick Memorial Library’s room 301

Black History Month Lecture: Why We Celebrate Black History Month

Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Dicke Forum

Clyde W. Pickett, ONU’s director of multicultural development, will present a lecture focusing on the origins of Black History Month. The lecture will focus on the life and historical contributions of Dr. Carter G. Woodson.

Annual Kuumba Festival featuring a special performance by poet and artist Brandon “Xplicit” Thorton

Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the McIntosh 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 featured artist for this year’s event is poet Brandon Thornton, whose stage name is Xplicit. The event is campus-inclusive and welcomes the creative influence of all ethnic backgrounds and cultures. The event is sponsored by the ONU Black Student Union and Student Senate.

Trip to the Charles H. Wright Center for African American History

Sunday, Feb. 19 The Office of Multicultural Development will sponsor a trip for ONU students to the Charles H. Wright Center for African American History in Detroit, Mich. The trip is open to the first 20 currently enrolled Ohio Northern University students that sign up.

Annual Black Student Union Fashion Show

Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the McIntosh Center Activities Room. Come enjoy the annual fashion show sponsored by the Ohio Northern Black Student Union. For more information, please contact Rodre’Ana Chapman, president of the Ohio Northern Black Student Union, at

BLSA Annual Diversity Forum

The 20-Year Legacy of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
Thursday, Feb. 23, at 11:30 a.m. in the Celebrezze Moot Court Room 129
The Ohio Northern University Chapter of the Black Law Students Association, in conjunction with the Ohio Northern University Chapter of the Federalist Society, presents the Annual Diversity Forum, which will examine the 20-year legacy of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The event will feature Scott Gerber, ONU professor of law, and Samuel Marcosson, professor of law at the University of Louisville and author of “Original Sin: Clarence Thomas and the Failure of the Constitutional Conservatives.”

Soul Food Dinner

Sunday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Affinity Commons. The Office of Multicultural Development, Black Student Union, and Student Senate invite you to a dinner with Soul. You can look forward to a time of good food and fellowship.
For more information on the Black History Month activities or the Office of Multicultural Development at Ohio Northern University, contact:
Clyde Wilson Pickett
Director of Multicultural Development
Ohio Northern University
Ada, Ohio 45810
Tel: 419-772-3145
Fax: 419-772-2007