Cabrini is celebrating Black History Month with a month-long series of discussions and activities that will showcase Black talent and culture, while also gathering the community to examine Black history, its champions for justice, and its connections to the present day.
“Understanding American history is one of the most powerful tools we have to combat the inequities of the present moment,” said José Rodriguez, Chief Diversity Officer. “I’m proud of this wide range of programming produced by our Cabrini community to encourage a better understanding of the contributions of our past and present members from our Black/African American communities.”
Events will be both virtual and in-person and will highlight Black art, music, and creativity, while examining issues of faith, injustice, violence, and racism. The month’s programming is a community-wide effort by the Office of University Diversity Initiatives (OUDI), the Black Student Union, Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL), the Holy Spirit Library, various academic departments, and Cabrini Athletics, among others.
“Cabrini’s faculty, staff, and students are engaged in conversations to promote the healing that needs to happen in the country, particularly after the events of last summer and the impact of COVID,” said Chioma Ugochukwu, PhD, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Black History Month has always been seen nationally as an opportunity to shed light on the challenges and struggles of African Americans, but beyond that, this month is also important to highlight the achievements of African Americans.”
The full and detailed listing of Black History Month events is available on the OUDI website.
Black Table Talk!
Tuesday, February 2, 6pm
Zoom Link (Meeting ID: 991 5567 2068 / Passcode: 927517)
Sponsored by SEaL
Moving from Being a Non-Racist to an Anti-Racist
Monday, February 8, 4:30pm
Sponsored by OUDI and LEADStrong
Storytelling Brutality: The Lived Experiences of Black Men in the Face of Police Excess Use of Force and Abuse of Power
Wednesday, February 10, 2pm
Zoom: Contact Anton Shufutinsky, email@example.com
Sponsored by: Leadership and Organization Development Department
ZuZu Acrobats Virtual Experience
Thursday, February 11, 8 pm
Sponsored by CAP Board & Neumann University
Showing of “Just Mercy” with Dialogue
Monday, February 15, 8pm
Widener Lecture Hall
Sponsored by BSU and OUDI
Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire
Wednesday, February 17, 7pm
Sponsored by Center on Immigration
Dark Skin, Light Skin, MELANIN!
Friday, February 19, 5–8pm
Widener Lecture Hall and The Grille Area (event will also be live-streamed)
Sponsored by BSU, SEaL, OUDI
A Week of Service
February 22– 25
Sponsored by the Office of University Diversity Initiatives, BSU, and LEADStrong
“The Black Aesthetic”: A conversation between Marlon West, VFX Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Joseph R. Fitzgerald, PhD, Associate Professor, History and Political Science
February 22, 7-8pm
Sponsored by Cabrini Black Studies/Department of History and Political Science/OUDI and Visual + Performing Arts Department
Black History Month Live in The GRILLE!
Tuesday, February 23, 3–6pm
Sponsored by OUDI & SEaL
“Encountering God in the Margins” with speakers Aiden Donaldson and Chitalu Chishimba
Wednesday, February 24, 2pm
Sponsored by Center for Global Learning
Black Artist Showcase featuring Violinist T-Ray
Friday, February 26, 8pm
Widener Lecture Hall as well as Zoom
Sponsored by: BSU and CAP Board