Black History Month

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Read: Why Black History Month?

by Dr. Alphonso Simpson, Jr., Director of African American Studies and Assoc. Prof of Sociology at UW Oshkosh

Most schools still teach a history curriculum which focuses on traditional events and the achievements of white figures. Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture.

Known as the “Father of Black History”, Carter G Woodson was born in Virginia in 1875 and was the son of former slaves. Growing up, access to a good education and job opportunities were limited, but he ended up studying at one of the few high schools for black students after saving money from working as a coal miner.  Over the years he gained an impressive number of qualifications, including a PhD in history from Harvard University. In 1926 he sent out a press release to mark the first Black History Week in the US. Throughout his life, Carter G Woodson worked tirelessly to promote black history in schools, leaving an indelible legacy.

The event was expanded in 1970, and since 1976 every US president has officially designated February as Black History Month in the US.  February was chosen in the US because it coincides with the births of former President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass – who escaped slavery and became a key social activist. Both men played a significant role in helping to end slavery.

Dr. Woodson wanted to increase the knowledge of Black history within black communities, but he was just as anxious to spread it to interested others.  He was convinced of the therapeutic power of Black history: Blacks would be seen as integral to the country if their contributions were known.  Explaining his plan, Woodson wrote “If a race has no history, if it has no worth-while tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”

In 1940, W.E.B. DuBois declared that Negro History Week was one of the great 1920’s cultural innovations. The week helped Blacks to overcome the sense of inferiority that was the inheritance of slavery and Jim Crow.  Much of what the public knows today about black people of the past comes from Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s plan for a February celebration.

Watch: The True History of Black History Month

from: The Cincinnati Herald

February 2021 Calendar of Events

All times listed are in Central Standard Time (CST). Face coverings and physical distancing required for all in-person events.
Download the 2021 BHM poster

Monday, February 1

Black History Month Tabling
10 AM – 1 PM
Reeve Union Concourse
Sponsor: African American Studies Club

Monday Night Movie (M-N-M) – “The Great Debaters” [CAPACITY 134]
6:30 PM
Sage Hall 1210
Talkback: Dr. Alphonso Simpson, Jr., Director of African American Studies and Assoc. Prof of Sociology at UW Oshkosh; and Timber Smith, Veterans Resource Coordinator at UW Oshkosh

Tuesday, February 2

Black History Month Tabling
10 AM – 1 PM
Reeve Union Concourse
Sponsor: Divine Voices of the Valley Gospel Choir

D.V.O.V. Gospel Choir Rehearsal
6:30 – 8 PM
River Valley Church in Oshkosh
Open to the Public – NO AUDITIONS

Wednesday, February 3

Black History Month Tabling
10 AM – 1 PM
Reeve Union Concourse
Sponsor: UW Oshkosh Black Student Union

Virtual Forum – National Girls and Women in Sports Day
7 PM – 8:30 PM
Virtual Event via Microsoft Teams
Featuring: Sharon Couch, 2x American Track and Field Olympian

Thursday, February 4

Virtual Lecture – “The Foundations of African American Studies”
11:30 AM – 1 PM
Virtual Event via Zoom
Featuring: Alphonso Simpson, Jr., Director of African American Studies and Assoc. Prof of Sociology at UW Oshkosh

Black History Month Spotlight
5 PM
Radio Broadcast via 90.3 WRST-FM OSHKOSH
Featuring: Damira Grady, Associate Vice Chancellor for Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer at UW Oshkosh

Friday, February 5

Virtual Forum – “Unpacking Systemic Racism in Corporate Culture”
4 – 5:30 PM
Virtual Event via Zoom (PRE-REGISTER)
Featuring: Tierney Bates, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Special Projects and Interim Executive Director of University Career Services at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; and Roderick Lewis, MBA, CPC, Director of External Relations at University Career Service at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Saturday, February 6

Virtual Black History Month Trivia Game
2 PM
Virtual Event via Zoom
Open to all undergraduate students! Rep your college or high school by wearing your school gear. Winner will receive a $100 VISA gift card.
Host: Alphonso Simpson, Jr., Director of African American Studies and Assoc. Prof of Sociology at UW Oshkosh

Sunday, February 7

Church Service – Breakthrough Covenant Church
10 AM
215 E. Washington Street, Appleton, WI.
Rides provided from Reeve Union (Algoma Blvd. Entrance). Pick-up between 9:20a -9:30a. RSVP for ride on or before Saturday at aridetochurch3@gmail.com, a driver will be in contact with you to confirm your ride. Limited seats available.

Monday, February 8

Virtual Meet & Greet with the UW Oshkosh Black Professionals
11:30 AM – 1 PM
Virtual Event via Microsoft Teams
Sponsored by: Campus Center for Equity and Diversity at UW Oshkosh

Virtual Film Screening – “Driving While Black: Race, Space & Mobility in America”
5:30 PM
Virtual Event via Microsoft Teams
Talkback: Damira Grady, Associate Vice Chancellor for Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer at UW Oshkosh

Monday Night Movie – “Rosewood” [CAPACITY 134]
6:30 PM
Sage Hall 1210
Talkback: Dr. Alphonso Simpson, Jr., Director of African American Studies and Assoc. Prof of Sociology at UW Oshkosh; and Ahveon Smith, President of UW Oshkosh Black Student Union

Tuesday, February 9

Virtual Inclusive Excellence Panel – “Black Women Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts in the Fox Valley”
11:30 AM – 1 PM
Virtual Event via Microsoft Teams
Panelists: Damira Grady, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer at UW Oshkosh; Kimberly Barrett, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Lawrence University; Laurice Snyder, District Coordinator of Equity at Fond du Lac School District; Leslie Laster, Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion at Moraine Park Technical College; and Karen Nelson, Diversity Coordinator at the City of Appleton
Moderator: Ayak Deng, Women’s Center Intern

D.V.O.V. Gospel Choir Rehearsal
6:30 – 8 PM
River Valley Church in Oshkosh
Open to the Public – NO AUDITIONS

Wednesday, February 10

Student Voices Black History Month Panel – “Understanding Titans”
12 – 1 PM
Virtual Event via Collaborate Ultra

Virtual Forum – “Racial Battle Fatigue and the Black Community: A Critical Analysis”
3:30 PM
Virtual Event via Zoom
Panelists: Olivia Ngadjui, LPC at Portneuf Valley Family Center and Idaho State University alumna; and Ms. Taylor Dupree, Clinical Mental Health Counselor at Wise Mind Behavioral Health; Adjunct Professor at University of Nevada-Reno
Moderator: Teysha Bowser, Assistant Professor of Professional Counseling and School Counseling at UW Oshkosh

African American Studies Liaisons Virtual Lecture – “The Shade of it All: Coping with Mental Health in the Black Community”
7:30 – 8:30 PM
Virtual Event via Zoom
Host: Alphonso Simpson, Jr., Director of African American Studies and Assoc. Prof of Sociology at UW Oshkosh
Presenter: Veronica Warren, Associate Director of the UWO Counseling Center at UW Oshkosh

Thursday, February 11

3rd Annual Phi Alpha Theta Lecture
Sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta of Tuskegee University
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Virtual Event via Zoom
Keynote Speaker: Alphonso Simpson, Jr., Director of African American Studies and Assoc. Prof of Sociology at UW Oshkosh

Black History Month Spotlight
5 PM
Radio Broadcast via 90.3 WRST-FM OSHKOSH
Featuring: Ahveon Smith, President of UW Oshkosh Black Student Union

Virtual Forum – International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Indigenous Women in STEM
7 – 8:30 PM
Virtual Event via Microsoft Teams

Friday, February 12

Virtual Inclusive Excellence Panel – “Black Trauma for Profit”
11:30 AM – 1 PM
Virtual Event via Microsoft Teams
Panelists: Dr. Khadija Kelly, LPC, Owner of Stars Counseling; Carla Eichelberger, LPC, Director Student Accommodations & Interpreting Services at Milwaukee Area Technical College and Mental Health Professional at Milwaukee County Jail; Shannon Smith, LPC, NBA Players Association Clinician and Psychotherapist at SLS Counseling; Katie Huskey, LCSW, Owner Private Practice at Purple Lotus Counseling
Moderator: Damira Grady, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer at UW Oshkosh

Soul Food Demonstration
6 – 7:30 PM
Virtual Event via Collaborate Ultra
See a full list of ingredients
Demonstrator: Erika Stanley, Milwaukee Public Schools Elementary Educator

Virtual Think Tank – “Critical Conversations of Professional Black Men in the Fox Valley: Compliance or Defiance? Authority or Inferiority?”
6:30 PM
Virtual Event via Zoom
Panelists: Alonzo Kelly, Principal at Kelly Leadership Group; Pastor Charles L. Butler, Jr., Senior Paster at Breakthrough Covenant Church; Derius Daniels, Team Lead of Talent Acquisition & Global Mobility at Schreiber Foods; Logan Farrar, LPC-IT & Diversity Coordinator at Oshkosh North High School; Shawn Anthony Robinson, Reading Faculty at Madison Area Technical College; and Timber Smith, Veterans Resource Coordinator at UW Oshkosh
Moderator: Dr. Alphonso Simpson, Jr., Director of African American Studies and Assoc. Prof of Sociology at UW Oshkosh

Saturday, February 13

Black Student Union Movie – “Love and Basketball
6:30 PM
Sage Hall 1210
Talkback: Members of the UW Oshkosh Black Student Union  

Sunday, February 14

Church Service – Breakthrough Covenant Church
10 AM
215 E. Washington Street, Appleton, WI.
Rides provided from Reeve Union (Algoma Blvd. Entrance). Pick-up between 9:20a -9:30a. RSVP for ride on or before Saturday at aridetochurch3@gmail.com, a driver will be in contact with you to confirm your ride. Limited seats available.

Monday, February 15

Virtual Forum – “Questions on our Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (QTBIPOC) Navigating a Predominately White Institution”
4 – 5:30 PM
Virtual Event via Microsoft Teams
Sponsor: UW Oshkosh LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Monday Night Movie – “Crash” [CAPACITY 134]
6:30 PM
Sage Hall 1210
Talkback: Wisconsin Institute of Social Equality (W.I.S.E.) Fellows

Virtual Forum – “Race and Religion: Discovering the Black Presence in the Bible”
7 PM
Virtual Event via Zoom
Presenter: Pastor Charles L. Butler, Jr., Senior Pastor at Breakthrough Covenant Church

Tuesday, February 16

BSU Wild N’ Out [CAPACITY 55]
4 – 6 PM
Sage Hall 1216

D.V.O.V. Gospel Choir Rehearsal
6:30 – 8 PM
River Valley Church in Oshkosh
Open to the Public – NO AUDITIONS

Wednesday, February 17

Inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration and Awards Program
6:30 – 8 PM
Reeve Union Ballroom 227 (PRE-REGISTER) or via Zoom
Sponsors: African American Studies Program at UW Oshkosh; Sigma Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Keynote Speaker: James Fletcher, Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration at UW Oshkosh

Thursday, February 18

Virtual Forum – “One Year After Atlanta: Reflections from the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) Conference”
4 PM
Virtual Event via Zoom
Presenters: Ahveon Smith, Presdient of UW Oshkosh Black Student Union; Justin Smith, Vice President of UW Oshkosh Black Student Union; Janaya Godfrey, African American Studies Minor; Alex Passewe, Treasurer of UW Oshkosh Black Student Union; Arianna Boatner, UW Oshkosh Alumn; Dominick Books, African American Studies Minor; Joy Evans, UW Oshkosh Alumn; Mia Wilson, UW Oshkosh Alumn
Moderator: Alphonso Simpson, Jr., Director of African American Studies and Assoc. Prof of Sociology at UW Oshkosh

Black History Month Spotlight
5 PM
Radio Broadcast via 90.3 WRST-FM OSHKOSH
Featuring: James Fletcher, Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration at UW Oshkosh

Friday, February 19

Black Nostalgic Recreational Game Night and Competition – “Grab Your Sneakers”
6 – 8:30 PM
Student Recreation and Wellness Center, MAC Gym
Sponsor: UW Oshkosh Black Student Union; African American Studies Club

Saturday, February 20

Big Brother/Big Sister Mentorship Event with Oshkosh North High School
1:30 – 4:30 PM
Reeve Union Ballroom 227
5 – 8 PM
Rev’s Bowl
Sponsors: UW Oshkosh Black Student Union; African American Studies Program at UW Oshkosh

Sunday, February 21

Church Service – Breakthrough Covenant Church
10 AM
215 E. Washington Street, Appleton, WI.Rides provided from Reeve Union (Algoma Blvd. Entrance). Pick-up between 9:20a -9:30a. RSVP for ride on or before Saturday at aridetochurch3@gmail.com, a driver will be in contact with you to confirm your ride. Limited seats available.

Virtual Screening and Discussion – Stage Play: “The Gospel at Colonus” (1983)
6:30 PM
Virtual Event via Zoom
Written by Lee Breuer and Bob Telson. For more information about the play, click here.
Talkback: Alphonso Simpson, Jr., Director of African American Studies and Assoc. Prof of Sociology at UW Oshkosh

Monday, February 22

Virtual Forum – “Public Distress and Social Distrust: COVID-19 and the Black Experience in America”
4 – 5:30 PM
Virtual Event via Zoom
Presenter: Juyeon Son, Professor of Sociology at UW Oshkosh

Monday Night Movie (M-N-M) – “Black Panther” [CAPACITY 134]
6:30 PM
Sage Hall 1210
Talkback: Michelle Kuhl, Professor of History at UW Oshkosh; Josiah Benjamin, Treasurer of African American Studies Club

Tuesday, February 23

Virtual Town Hall Webinar – “Black Votes Matter”
4 – 6 PM
Virtual Event via Zoom (PRE-REGISTER)
Featuring: LaTosha Brown, Co-founder of Black Votes Matter Fund and the Black Votes Matter (BVM) Capcity Building Institute

Virtual Forum – “Black Soldier in the Continental Army: Cuff Roberts, 1778-1783”
6 – 7:30 PM
Virtual Event via Collaborate Ultra
Presenter: Gabriel Loiacono, Professor of History at UW Oshkosh

D.V.O.V. Gospel Choir Rehearsal
6:30 – 8 PM
River Valley Church in Oshkosh
Open to the Public – NO AUDITIONS

Wednesday, February 24

Virtual Forum – “The 1619 Project: Putting Slavery at the Center of American History”
6:30 – 8 PM
Reeve Union Ballroom 227 or via Collaborate Ultra
Presenters: Lisa Hill, US History Teacher at Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden, Connecticut; Dr. Richard M. Mizelle, Jr., Associate Professor of History at the University of Houston; Dr. Hilary N. Green, Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama; Mr. Reggie Jackson, Co-founder of Nurturing Diversity Partners
Moderator: Michelle Kuhl, Professor of History at UW Oshkosh

Thursday, February 25

Black History Month Spotlight
5 PM
Radio Broadcast via 90.3 WRST-FM OSHKOSH
Featuring: Alphonso Simpson, Jr., Director of African American Studies and Assoc. Prof of Sociology at UW Oshkosh

Virtual Forum – “Where Have We Come To Now? Black America at the Crossroads”
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Virtual Event via Zoom
Panelists: Byron Oden-Shabazz, Western Illinois University Alumnus; Michelle Summers, “Michelle Speaks” and Alabama State University Alumni; Lakeisha Steele, U.S. House Committee on Education & Labor and Western Illinois University Alumni; Greg Batten, Assistant Director for Student Rec. Programming at UW Oshkosh; Heidi Nicholls, Guest Lecturer of Cultural Anthropology in the Department of Religious Studies and Anthropology at UW Oshkosh
Moderator: Dr. Alphonso Simpson, Jr., Director of African American Studies and Assoc. Prof of Sociology at UW Oshkosh

Friday, February 26

Movie Night ­– “Harriet” [CAPACITY 134]
6:30 PM
Sage Hall 1210
Host: African American Studies Program at UW Oshkosh; History Department at UW Oshkosh
Talkback: Michelle Kuhl, Professor of History at UW Oshkosh

Saturday, February 27

Praise and Worship Concert
6:30 PM
River Valley Church in Oshkosh
FREE ADMISSION
Featuring: Divine Voices of the Valley Gospel Choir; Breakthrough Covenant Church Worship Team and Band

Sunday, February 28

Church Service – Breakthrough Covenant Church
10 AM
215 E. Washington Street, Appleton, WI.
Rides provided from Reeve Union (Algoma Blvd. Entrance). Pick-up between 9:20a -9:30a. RSVP for ride on or before Saturday at aridetochurch3@gmail.com, a driver will be in contact with you to confirm your ride. Limited seats available.

Soul Food Sunday
3 – 6:15 PM
Rodney’s Cafe (RSVP by 8 PM on 2/21)
374 S. Koeller, Oshkosh, WI
Meal times are 3–4:30 PM, 4:45–6:15 PM or CARRY OUT
Sponsors: African American Studies Program at UW Oshkosh; UW Oshkosh Black Student Union; Campus Center for Equity and Diversity at UW Oshkosh; UW Oshkosh Administration

For more information about information about individual events,
contact Dr. Alphonso Simpson at simpsona@uwosh.edu or call (920) 424-0964.

African American Studies Program

Sage Hall, Room 3464
(920) 424-0964
aasp@uwosh.edu
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