Black History Month Celebration

Our Theme for 2021 is “Imagining a Black Future.”

This month’s focus will be on honoring Black historical figures’ past contributions and embracing the challenge of imagining a Black future. Mark Dery coined the term “Afrofuturism” in the essay “Black to the Future,” which explores specific expressions of Blackness, Black struggles, and Black ideas through technology, culture, and speculative fiction. All month long, we commit to envisioning an intersectional future that centers the aspirations of the minoritized, where everyone can thrive, and all needs could be met.

Sub-themes for Black History Month:

  1. Remembering the Past: The events of the past are the foundation of our knowledge. We must learn the lessons of previous successes and failures as a guide to a better future.
  2. Capturing the Present: What is happening now shapes how we can foresee the future. We must understand the present context that we exist in and the roles that we play in perpetuating systems of oppression.
  3. Envisioning the Future: Achieving liberation means constructing a world that we have never seen before. We must embrace a radical creativity and elevate minoritized voices to accomplish our goal of a better world.

If you have any questions, please contact CREDE Assistant Director John Robinson-Miller IV at jrobinsonmiller@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

2/1 | 6-9 PM | "February 1: Lessons from the Lunch Counter"

Host(s): Center for Leadership

Location: McKinnon Hall

Subtheme(s): Remembering the Past

Target Audience: Undergrad Students, Faculty & Staff

Description: Join the Center for Leadership for an interactive way to learn about the methods and organizational approaches used by leaders during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Iconic songs, footage, photographs, and words from the Woolworth Lunch Counter Sit-Ins originally in Greensboro, NC,  will be used to capture the vibrancy, challenges, risks, setbacks, and gains of these events.  After learning about the non-violent protests, visitors are invited to participate in a lunch counter sit-in simulation and place themselves in the shoes of non-violent protesters on February 1st, 1960. Participants will also get a free 2021 calendar from the Equal Justice Initiative.

Register for a Timed Entry Pass below. (With a Timed Entry Pass, visitors can stop by the exhibit and simulation at any point during their designated pass time) Click below to register today!

  1.  February 1st, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
  2. February 1st, 6:45 PM – 7:30 PM
  3. February 1st, 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM
  4. February 1st, 8:15 PM – 9:00 PM

* To assist us with safety measures, we encourage participants to register ahead in advance. We welcome visitors that have not registered, but priority entrance will be made available to registered guests.

 

2/4 | 3-5 PM | Fake Break Black Faculty, Staff and Student Game Zone

Host(s): Black Employee Resource Group; CREDE

Location: McKinnon Hall. RSVP HERE.

Subtheme(s): Capturing the Present

Target Audience: Undergrad Students, Faculty & Staff

Description: Human connection, conversations, and fun are key elements of self-care. As we wrap up Winter Break this is a time for black faculty, staff, and students to informally connect over conversations and games.

 

2/5 | 5-6 PM | Rainbow of Excellence Social

Host(s): Gender and LGBTQIA Center and QTPOC

Location: Via Zoom

Subtheme(s): Envisioning the Future

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

Description: We are hosting a virtual social where Elon’s queer and trans students of color can come together to meet and conversate in a safe space. We will also have the pleasure of hearing from our guest speaker, Max Wright as they take us through a meaningful dialog and activity!

2/9 | 6:30-8 PM | The Collective Expo

Host(s):  East and Oaks Neighborhood; CREDE

Location: McKinnon Hall

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

Target Audience: Undergrad Students

Description: The Collective Expo is an event where we will showcase opportunities to network with and support black organizations at Elon, but also greater Alamance County. The goals is to create a space and event where students can come and learn more about organizations in and around Elon that are working to create a more equitable society and working to dismantle racism. The event will be expo style; come and learn about orgs, how to connect, and get involved!

2/17 | 12:15-1:30 PM | Against the Color Line: Segregation and Pan-Africanism in the Twentieth Century

Host(s): African and African American Studies

Location: via Zoom (Registration will be sent via facstaff)

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

Target Audience: Faculty and Staff

Description: Part of the monthly series, an invited scholar of the month will share their scholarship as it relates to the African and African American experience. The presentation and discussion will be held during the lunch hour for a group of 15 faculty and staff.

2/17 | 3:30-5 PM | Black Lawyers Matter

Host(s): Office of Career & Student Development; Black Law Students Association

Location: via Zoom

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

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

Description: TBA

2/19 & 2/20 | 8PM | Student Union Board Movie: Selma

Host(s): Student Union Board

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

Subtheme(s): Remembering the Past

Target Audience: Undergrad Students, Graduate/Professional Students

Description: Civil-rights activists march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery to secure voting rights for black Americans in this docudrama, which focuses on the actions of Martin Luther King, Jr.

2/22 | 7-8:40 PM | An Introduction to Afrofuturism and Rap: An open class of Rap, Race, Gender and Philosophy

Host(s): Philosophy Department and the Philosophy; Politics and Economics Minor; Phi Sigma Tau

Location: Via Zoom

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

Target Audience: Undergrad Students, Faculty & Staff, Public, Alumni

Description: The Rap, Race, Gender, and Philosophy (PHL 363) is a class that examines rap music, its history, and its relation to politics and economics, racial and gender injustice, and both how the world is and how it might be. This program is an open class: we are inviting others to join our class for a led discussion, intended to introduce the class, and those who are joining us, to Afrofuturism and its relationship to rap in two ways: the explicit and thematic use of Afrofuturism by rap artists (e.g., Afrika Bambaataa and clipings.) and the use of Afrofuturism as a lens for understanding rap writ large (e.g., how Afro-pessimism can help us understand “gangsta,” aka “reality” rap)

2/23 | 9:40-10:20 AM | Black Student and Fac/Staff Coffee Connection

Host(s): CREDE and Black Employee Resource Group

Location: Irazu or your own location. RSVP HERE. 

Subtheme(s): Envisioning the Future

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

Description: We invite black students to sign-up and connect with a black faculty or staff member over a hot beverage at Irazu to get to know each other, connect over goals and broaden your Elon network. It’s quick and easy… we are asking students to sign-up to participate by February 19th in order to be matched with a faculty or staff member. Once matched you will get information on how to get a beverage from Irazu on February 23th to connect either in person or virtually.

2/24 | 8 AM-5 PM | Our Shelf To Yours

Host(s): Center for Leadership

Location: Center for Leadership – Moseley 224

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

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

Description: Celebrate Black voices! This event allows individuals to select a free book by a Black author. The carefully curated collection will feature a wide range of genres. Limited spots available and registration required. Check out www.elon.edu/leadership for more information.

2/24 | 6:30-8PM | For Wyatt Outlaw: Film and Panel Discussion on Lynching in the US

Host(s): African & African American Studies; Poverty & Social Justice; The CREDE; History & Geography; Sociology & Anthropology; American Studies; The Truitt Center; Peace & Conflict Studies; Criminal Justice Studies

Location: via Zoom

Subtheme(s): Remembering the Past

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

Description: Members of the Elon University and greater community are invited to screen the documentary “An Outrage”, which is a short 33-minute film on lynchings in the US (available free after creating an account at https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/film-kits/an-outrage), prior to joining together for a panel discussion on lynching and other forms of anti-Black violence in Alamance County. The discussion will focus on the acknowledgment and remembrance of the Wyatt Outlaw, Wm. Puryear, and John Jeffress murders, including the Elon connections. The panelists will also discuss the work of the Community Remembrance Coalition and their recent proposal to the Equal Justice Initiative. Panelists will include faculty and members from the Coalition.

2/25 | 4:30-5:30 PM | Opening Doors: Internship Opportunities for Business Leaders of Color

Host(s): Porter Family Professional Center; Underrepresented Business Student Alliance Network; CREDE

Location: Via Zoom

Subtheme(s): Envisioning the Future

Target Audience: Undergrad Students, Alumni

Description: Learn from alumni who have navigated the internship search as an underrepresented student. Gain insights on companies that have notable programs for underrepresented students.

2/26 | 10AM-5PM | Black Solidarity Day: Embracing a Black Future

Host(s): CREDE; Black Student Union

Location: Via Zoom. Register here by 2/20

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

Target Audience: Undergrad Students, Graduate/Professional Students, Faculty & Staff, Public, 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 50 years since its inception, Black Solidarity Day will take place at Elon University for its 7th 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 bsd@elon.edu or John Robinson-Miller IV, Assistant Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (336-278-7244).

2/26 & 2/27 | 7:30 PM | BHM Dance Concert "Redemption of

2/26 & 2/27 | 8PM | Student Union Board Movie: 42

Host(s): Student Union Board

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

Subtheme(s): Remembering the Past

Target Audience: Undergrad Students, Graduate/Professional Students

Description: Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of play. “42” tells the story of two men—the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey—whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball. In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey’s hopes. Instead, Number 42 let his talent on the field do the talking—ultimately winning over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics, and paving the way for others to follow.