2021 Black History Month Events

WC Office of Diversity & Inclusion

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6th Annual Black Unity Conference

February 5, 2021- Sinclair Community College

4:00 pm EST/3:00 pm CST

Sinclair Community College is proud to present a virtual webinar for the “6th Annual Black Unity Conference” and is pleased to extend an invitation to you to join us on Friday, February 5, 2021, beginning at 4:00 p.m. EST Journalist Timothy Moore will interview Dr. Eddie Glaude and discuss racial and social injustice, civil rights, and commentary on the 2020 election and what the future holds for the nation. Dr. Glaude will also discuss his new book on James Baldwin.

Wilmington College, Murray State University and Wittenberg University will be registering a team of student leaders for this event.

Register HERE for this virtual webinar.

Wittenberg Univ. Brotherhood Series- Brotherhood and Community Engagement Presents: Mr. Steve Stephens

"Brotherhood and Community Engagement"

February 10, 2021-Wittenberg University

7:30pm EST/6:30pm CST

Mr. Steve Stephens, II
Coordinator for Greek Life
Bowie State University, Bowie, MD

Steve Stephens II, oversees Greek Life and Community Service Endeavors at Bowie State University (BSU). He is a higher education professional with over 10 years of executive leadership experience. Steve is responsible for the comprehensive development of the BSU Fraternity and Sorority Life student population. Steve has facilitated over 35 programs for Student Government Associations, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Affairs Professionals, Secondary Education Executive Leadership teams, and fiscal management training cohorts.

To Attend Click Here for the ZOOM Link.

"The Movement" | Dialogues On Diversity: Social Justice Theater

February 11, 2021-Wilmington College

7:30pm EST/6:30pm CST

The Movement | Dialogues On Diversity

The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle is a visual chronicle which highlights many of the political, social and cultural markers of the roughly 50 years since passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This theatrical production features EMMY Award winning actor Ron Jones. Jones plays multiple characters and takes the audience on a journey through the ever-changing face of the African American experience. Through both the comedic and poignant, the show’s characters tell of the great struggles and of the challenges ahead. From the “Black Power 60’s”, to the “Blaxploitation 70’s”, into the “Cosby 80’s” and through the so-called “Post Racial” new millennia, "The Movement" is a survey of the best and sometimes worst of the African-American experience.


To Attend Click here for the ZOOM link. Pass Code "161574"

Murray State University OMI Speaker Series - Sister II Sister Presents: Ms. Corrine Witherspoon

"From Harriet Tubman to Kamala Harris ...The Black Women's Journey through Leadership"

February 12, 2021-Murray State University

6:30 pm EST/5:30 pm CST

Ms. Corrine Witherspoon

Director, McClain Center for Diversity

Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH

Ms. Witherspoon is a veteran higher education administrator with 15 years of experience in the areas of diversity, inclusion, gender, and social justice training, fiscal allocation and management, student advising and support, and personnel management. She earned her B.A. in Black World Studies and English Literature from Miami University in 2003; her master’s in education in college student personnel from Ohio University in 2005; and is currently working on her doctor of education in educational leadership at Northern Kentucky University. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2013 Miryam Award, the 2016 Miriam Spencer Diversity Ambassador Award, the 2016 UC-Blue Ash Distinguished Service “Rising Star” Award, the 2016 YWCA Rising Star: Cincinnati YWCA, and the 2016 Distinguished Pearl: Sister to Sister Award.

To Attend Click Here for the ZOOM Link.

Hip-Hop & Student Activism w/ Dr. D. Akil Houston

Lecture and Live DJ Performance

February 17, 2021-Wittenberg University

6:30 pm EST/5:30 pm CST

Dr. D. Akil Houston,
Associate Professor
African American Studies

Ohio University, Athens, OH

Houston specializes in Africana media studies. His scholarship and research is interdisciplinary. His research draws on the fields of Africology/African-American, Cinema, Cultural, and Gender Studies. The focus of his work relates to constructions of gender, race and class. Houston is an expert in hip-hop and pop culture, African American studies and cultural appropriation. His work looks at subcultures and social movements, examining how specific instances change in society, specifically within African American culture.

To Attend Click Here for the ZOOM Link.

Murray State University OMI Speaker Series/Brother II Brother Presents: Dr. Kelvin King

The Black Male Experience: Academics, Athletics, and Advancement

February 19, 2021-Murray State University

6:30 pm EST/5:30 pm CST

Dr. Kelvin King

Professor of English & Communication

Lawson State Community College, Birmingham, AL

Author and Activist

To Attend Click Here for the ZOOM Link.

Wilmington College Black Student Initiative Presents: What Would Dr. King & Malcolm X Teach in 2021? A Conversation w/ Odell A. Bizzell, II

February 22, 2021-Wilmington College

7:30 pm EST/6:30 pm CST

Odell A. Bizzell, II

As part of its annual Black History Month Program, WC's BSI welcomes Odell Bizzell who will lead a dynamic, entertaining 1-hour virtual presentation centered on DEI and Leadership. Q&A to follow.

To Attend Click Here for ZOOM Link.

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BHM Virtual Paint Party w/ Soul Palette - "Phoenix Rise"

February 15th, 2021

7:30pm - 8:45pm - Virtual

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

Ves Akimbo - Solo Guitar Performance

February 17th, 2021


WC and Sodexo are excited to resume their Flavor of the Month Lunchtime Music Series by

welcoming guitarist Ves Akimbo. Ves will share his unique talents as he performs a set of music

in honor of BHM.

Black Student Initiative Movie Screening - I'm Not Your Negro

February 18th, 2021

7:30pm - CSA 240

Based on James Baldwin's unfinished book, this visual essay explores racism through the stories of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. More Info..

A Conversation w/ Dr. Bernice King

February 23rd, 2021

7:00pm - Virtual

Join us for a conversation with global thought leader, orator and peace advocate, Dr. Bernice King. Dr. King is the CEO of the King Center which was founded by her mother, Coretta Scott King. From this position, the same one held by her mother, Dr. King continues to advance her parents’ legacy of Kingian Nonviolence, which she re-branded Nonviolence365™️

Presented by: The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)

To Attend Click Here for the ZOOM Link.

Finding Freedom in Greene County

February 24th, 2021

2:00pm - Virtual

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion along with the WC Quaker Heritage Center invites you to join the Greene County Archives on for a special virtual program in which they will explore and examine the lives of freed slaves that settled in Greene County in 1859. Q&A Following the session.

ZOOM link .... passcode .. 472562

DNA Discussion Series Presents "Red Black & Blue - 2"

February 25th, 2021

7:30pm - TOP & Virtual

WC student led team DNA (Diversity In Action) is hosting part 2 of an event surrounding the discussion of Red, Black and Blues Lives and who actually “matters”. As always the objective of this program is to foster discussion and dialogue. Once again WC welcomes a distinct panel that will feature representatives from the Police, the Cincinnati Fire Department and a Black Lives Matter activist.

This event will be held in person for the WC community and streamed simultaneously

@ www.facebook.com/wcmulticulturalaffairs/live