Black History Month Celebration

Our Theme for 2022 is “A Black Joy Love Letter“.

This month’s focus will be about expressing, acknowledging, and understanding what is Black joy? Using Lindsey Stewarts, “The Politics of Black Joy”, we will celebrate the contributions of Black people through the understanding of the dynamics of blackness, resistance, and agency.

Black History Month will focus on these subthemes:

1. Love: How do love, care, and advocacy for Black people look within and outside the community?

2. Joy: How do Black people experience joy by being their authentic selves in every place and space?

3. Resistance: Where are the moments of struggle and resistance able to fulfill one’s cup and passion?

 

If you have any questions, please contact CREDE Program Coordinator Simone Royal at (sroyal2@elon.edu) or (336)-278-7243.

Ongoing Intiatives

2/1-2/28 | Info Shots | Gerald Francis Center

Host(s): School of Health Science Student Diversity Committee

Subtheme(s): Capturing the Present

Target Audience: Graduate/Professional Students, Faculty & Staff

Description: “Info Shots: Injecting some knowledge about health inequities” is a signage program in which the School of Health Science Student Diversity Committee will post infographic signs all over the Francis Center with facts and information that highlight healthcare inequities for the Black community. The focus is to make common healthcare inequities visible for students, staff, and faculty to spur conversation and progressive practices.

Ongoing | Online Exhibit: Black Studies Protests | Digital Access Via Library Archives

Access to online exhibit

Host(s): University Archives

Subtheme(s): Remembering the Past

Target Audience: Undergrad Students, Graduate/Professional Students, Faculty & Staff, Public, Alumni

Description: As Black student enrollment at Elon continued to increase throughout the 1960s, so too did interest in a Black studies curriculum. Student members of the Third Front for the Organization of Afro-American Unity, the education wing of a black advocacy organization founded by Malcolm X and other black leaders, wrote an open letter in 1969 to then-Chair of the Department of Social Sciences Durward T. Stokes, urging him to introduce a course dealing exclusively with Black studies at Elon. The contents of the letter and the events that followed have been researched and compiled into an online exhibit by Lumen Scholar Emily Lange ’21 and Archivist and Assistant Librarian Libby Coyner. The 2019 exhibit, “Black Studies Protests: Elon University’s journey to an African and African-American Studies Program,” uses letters, newspaper articles, and other resources to detail the effort to bring a Black studies program to the Elon campus.

Ongoing | Podcast: Being Latinx & Black, Siéntate y Hablemos via El Centro | Spotify Access (Free)

Host(s): El Centro

Location: Via Spotify

Subtheme(s): Remembering the Past, Capturing the Present, Envisioning the Future

Target Audience: Undergrad Students, Graduate/Professional Students, Faculty & Staff, Public, Alumni

Description: Join us for a conversation about the intersectionality of being Latinx and the Black with Tyrone Jean, the assistant dean of Students and director of The CREDE.

BHM Events

February 1 | Black History Month Kick-off: A Living Legacy | 6 PM

Host(s): CREDE

Location: Upstairs Lakeside

Subtheme(s): Love, Joy, & Resistance

Target Audience: Undergrad Students; Graduate/Professional Students; Faculty & Staff; Alumni

Description: When you’re alive, you have a unique opportunity to draw meaning by helping others in some way that is meaningful to you. A legacy is all about the richness of an individual’s life, including what that person accomplished and the impact they had on people and places. We will have Elon Alum, Bryant Colson, who was the first Black student to serve as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The Pendulum. He was also the first Black student elected president of the Student Government Association.

February 3, 10, 17, 24 | Womanist Wisdoms on Black Joy | 6 PM

Host(s): CREDE

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Subtheme(s): Love, Joy, & Resistance

Target Audience: Undergrad Students; Graduate/Professional Students; Faculty & Staff; Alumni

Description:  This 4-course series will engage the definition of womanism and womanist theory to provide wisdom for the Elon community to immerse in and practice Black Joy as a praxis!

Week 1: Radical Subjectivity as Black Joy
Week 2: Traditional Communalism as Black Joy
Week 3: Redemptive Self-Love as Black Joy
Week 4: Critical Engagement as Black Joy

Zoom link: https://uncg.zoom.us/j/94668705875?pwd=emRxMVEwdE9pSUlVNW1kTjRtTzJ3UT09

February 11-12 | SUBCinema: Black Panther | 8 PM

Host(s): Student Union Board

Location: Turner Theatre (123 Williamson Ave, Elon, North Carolina)

Subtheme(s): Love, Joy, & Resistance

Target Audience: Undergrad Students; Graduate/Professional Students; Faculty & Staff; Alumni

Description:  SUBCinema will be playing movies that are relevant to Black History Month. Each movie is played on Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 8 pm, and 10:30 pm. 

Before the 8 pm showing of Black Panther on Friday, February 11th, there will be a Kahoot about Black History Month trivia, and prizes will be given out to the winners!

February 16| NPHC Panel | 6 PM

Host(s): Fraternity and Sorority Life, and CREDE

Location: Moseley 215

Subtheme(s): Love

Target Audience: Undergrad Students

Description: Are you interested in learning more about The Divine Nine and Multicultural organizations on campus? Please join us for a panel featuring Elon faculty and staff, with representation across The Divine Nine.

February 17 | Film screening: "Two Gods" | 5:30 PM

Host(s): Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society; CREDE, and Muslim Life at Elon

Location: Turner Theatre (123 Williamson Ave, Elon, North Carolina)

Subtheme(s): Love, Joy, & Resistance

Target Audience: Undergrad Students; Graduate/Professional Students; Faculty & Staff; Alumni

Description: Two Gods is a feature documentary film about a Muslim casket maker and ritual body washer in Newark, NJ who takes two young men under his wing to teach them how to live better lives. https://twogodsfilm.com/

February 18-19 | SUBCinema: Queen & Slim | 8 PM

Host(s): Student Union Board

Location: Turner Theatre (123 Williamson Ave, Elon, North Carolina)

Subtheme(s): Love, Joy, & Resistance

Target Audience: Undergrad Students; Graduate/Professional Students; Faculty & Staff; Alumni

Description:  SUBCinema will be playing movies that are relevant to Black History Month. Each movie is played on Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 8 pm, and 10:30 pm.

February 22 | Black Solidarity Dance Concert | 7 PM

Host(s): Department of Performing Arts, and CREDE

Location: Turner Theatre (123 Williamson Ave, Elon, North Carolina)

Subtheme(s):  Love, Joy, & Resistance

Target Audience: Undergrad Students, Graduate/Professional Students, Faculty & Staff, Public, Alumni

Description: Elon’s Department of Performing Arts will do a screening of their Black History Month performance.

February 23 | Black Table Talk: Black Joy | 12- 2 PM

Host(s): CREDE

Location: Moseley 217

Subtheme(s): Love, Joy, & Resistance

Target Audience: Undergrad Students, Graduate/Professional Students

Description: This is an opportunity for the Black student population to enter into a space and embrace the love for themselves and their community. A moment to reflect in a safe space, express a sense of joy and fulfill one’s cup and passion.

February 23 | High on the Hog: Our Roots | 5 PM

Host(s): Office of Sustainability for Education and Outreach, and CREDE

Location: Turner Theatre (123 Williamson Ave, Elon, North Carolina)

Subtheme(s): Love, Joy, & Resistance

Target Audience: Undergrad Students, Graduate/Professional Students, Faculty & Staff, Public, Alumni

Description: Join CREDE and the Office of Sustainability for the first episode of Netflix’s four-part series High On The Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America.  This docuseries is a joyful exploration of the rich history of Black heritage cooking and how it has influenced American cuisine.

February 25-26 | SUBCinema: Just Mercy | 8 PM

Host(s): Student Union Board

Location: Turner Theatre (123 Williamson Ave, Elon, North Carolina)

Subtheme(s): Love, Joy, & Resistance

Target Audience: Undergrad Students; Graduate/Professional Students; Faculty & Staff; Alumni

Description:  SUBCinema will be playing movies that are relevant to Black History Month. Each movie is played on Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 8 pm, and 10:30 pm.

February 25 | Black Solidarity Day: A Black Joy Love Letter | 12-8 PM

Host(s): CREDE; Black Student Union

Location: Moseley Student Center

Register here by February 14th, 2022!

Subtheme(s): Love, Joy, & Resistance

Target Audience: Undergrad Students, Graduate/Professional Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni

Description: Black Solidarity Day began in 1969, due to the work of Brooklyn College professor Dr. Carlos Russell, as a demonstration of Black liberation. Now, Black Solidarity Day will take place at Elon University for its 8th Annual Conference. The Elon University Black Solidarity Conference aims to unite Black-identifying students, faculty, and staff by providing an avenue through which Black identity, Black intersectionality, and building solidarity are explored. This year we continue to offer an allyship, anti-racism, anti-black racism track designed specifically for non-black identified participants who want to learn more about anti-Blackness, oppression, power, privilege, and ways in which they can be better allies with Black communities. We encourage presentations from persons of all backgrounds with expertise in the following topics to submit to the appropriate tracks. If you have specific questions, please contact Simone Royal (sroyal2@elon.edu) or The Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (336-278-7244).