2023 Black History Month Events

WC Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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Trivia Mondays!

Trivia Mondays every Monday during lunch in February! Two rounds of trivia with prizes for 1st and 2nd place!
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Virtual Tour of the Jim Crow Museum

Wednesday, January 25th

630-730 PM ET


The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia is the nation's largest, publicly accessible collection of artifacts of intolerance. The museum contextualizes the dreadful impact of Jim Crow laws and customs and uses objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote a more just society. The museum is located at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. The virtual tour is an opportunity to discover many of the highlights from the collection. Speakers in the virtual tour include:

Cyndi Tiedt- Collections Manager

Franklin Hughes- Multimedia Specialist

David Pilgrim- Founder and Director

Follow the link to the museum homepage which contains the virtual tour.

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia (ferris.edu)

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Liberation Library Book Buying Trip to the Book Loft

Saturday, February 4

Help us create a library of Black History books for and by Wilmington College Students!

The Liberation Library is an alternative to the main school library. Students are welcome to take books as they want and return them when they can. The Liberation Library focuses on books that empower and inspire students. These aren't academic books for classroom reading, these are books chosen by students and for students. The Liberation Library focuses on political readings, books by marginalized voices, important works in literature, and everything in between.

Join us on Saturday, February 4th as we take a trip to the Book Loft to purchase books for our library! Students will be given a small fund so that they may choose books to their liking to fill the library. The theme we will be buying under is Black History Month. We encourage students to purchase books by black authors, books important to Black History, Black political books and everything in between.

The Book Loft is one of the largest independent bookstores in the country with 32 rooms and over thousands of books. All books are discounted, with bargain books, and some books as discounted as 90%! Plus there is a coffee shop right next door!

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Soul Food Jam and Macaroni & Cheese Showdown!


Kelly Center-McCoy Room 4:00 PM

Come share your food and recipes with the greater community! Make your best Mac & Cheese recipe and come share it with the community! Winners will be judged based on presentation, taste, and "goop" factor.

Enter the Mac-N-Cheese Showdown

Submit a Dish to the Soul Food Jam

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Dialogues on Diversity Theater - HELLFIGHTER


Kelly Center-McCoy Room 7:00 PM
In Partnership w/
Clinton County Foundation and the Clinton County Historical Society

Hellfighter is an American story, 5 generations in the telling. Through the real life story of Needham Roberts, “Hellfighter” tells the story of one of the country's most decorated military regiments, the 369th Infantry Regiment, aka the "Harlem Hellfighters".

Unlike many other soldiers in WWI, the Hellfighters and other soldiers of color were not just fighting the enemy on the other side of the battle line. They were fighting for full acceptance into the American dream.

Follow the link for more info.

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Freedom Center Field Trip

Saturday, February 18th

Come experience one of the best museums Ohio (and America) has to offer! The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in 2004, and has filled a substantial void in our nation’s cultural heritage. Rooted in the stories of the Underground Railroad, the museum illuminates the true meaning of inclusive freedom by presenting permanent and special exhibits that inspire, public programming that provokes dialogue and action, and educational resources that equip modern abolitionists.

Register for the Trip

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Black History Month Luncheon

Tuesday, February 21
Location and Time TBA

On Tuesday, February 21st, we'll have rapper Tronee Threat returning to campus to share his personal story and lead a discussion about his life. Threat is a rapper-songwriter, producer and performer. He was released early after serving 11 years of a 14-year prison term. He correlates his release with his purpose in life, which is to “rescind all false prophecies of failure spoken over the lives of marginalized people, by crashing through glass ceilings and kicking through bolted doors of success.” Music is his way into the ears, hearts and minds of his audiences. Come listen to him rap, talk about his life, music, incarceration, and be inspired!

Lunch provided by the Office of D&I

Late Night Movie Night

Tuesday, February 21st

8:15 PM The TOP- Friends Dining Room (Formerly Dining Room 'E')

Come join Beth Combs for Late Night Movie Night! She will be showing Jordan Peele's Us.

Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them.

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A Live Conversation with Bozoma Saint John

Tuesday, February 21 at 7pm ET

Bozoma Saint John is an influencer and American businesswoman who’s had a stellar career in marketing, most recently as Netflix’s Global Chief Marketing Officer. She began her career at Spike Lee’s advertising agency before becoming a senior marketing executive at Pepsi, Apple Music, Uber, and Endeavor.

Link to Broadcast

A Live Conversation with Daymond John

Tuesday, March 7 at 7pm ET

Daymond John is CEO and founder of FUBU, the $6 billion global lifestyle brand created to represent overlooked communities. He’s also an original member of ABC's Shark Tank, helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. In addition, he works with philanthropic organizations to educate and empower future generations.

Link to Broadcast

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Emancipation Movie Screening and Discussion

Thursday, February 23rd
7:00 pm, CSA 238

Spend an evening with WC Professor of History Keith Orejel as he hosts a movie screening and discussion of one of the newly released movie Emancipation.

This is a true story about "Whipped Peter", a slave who flees a plantation in Louisiana and has to outwit cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on a torturous journey north.

Read MORE about Emancipation

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BHM Virtual Paint Party w/ Soul Palette

Monday, February 27
7:00 pm
Zoom (Link will be provided to registrants)

Enjoy a relaxing evening of artwork with the company Soul Palette. Create your own individual work of art from start to finish as you are coached by an art professional. This fun opportunity is open to individuals of all talent levels. Discover your inner artist. Reservation required. Space is limited.

Click HERE to Reserve a Spot in the Program

Zoom link to follow.

Diversity Trip - Student Reflections

Thursday and Friday, February 23-24

Every year the Office of D&I offers a civil rights tour of Washington DC. On this trip, students visit three notable cultural museums: The Museum of African American History and Culture, The American Indian Museum, and the US Holocaust Museum. Through interacting with the content within these museums, students will have gained a better sense of history and culture. This lunchtime session is an opportunity to hear their personal reflections.

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