Black History Month

Black History Month provides the campus and wider Wooster community an opportunity to come together to celebrate Black history and culture. The month consists of multiple opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and community members to engage intellectually and socially. All are welcome!

Month Long Celebrations

SPRING 1989: REMEMBERING THE GALPIN TAKEOVER​

Sponsored by the College Archives Collection​
Available for viewing Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM​

Correspondence, reports, and publications from our College Archives Collection document the events as they unfolded thirty years ago leading to the student takeover of Galpin Hall on April 20, 1989.

Student groups took their growing concerns to the administration via letters, rallies, and the protest now known as the “Galpin Takeover.”  This exhibit includes some of the documents that help shed light on the quality of black student life during this period of racial unrest.​

THE MARY CHURCH TERRELL TRAVELING EXHIBIT​

Sponsored by Andrews Library​
Andrews Library Lobby​

Mary Chruch Terrell was, among many things, a suffragist, the first president of the National Association of Colored Women, and a charter member of the NAACP. The Mary Church Terrell (MCT) Traveling Exhibit, on loan, from Oberlin College Libraries, is now in the Andrews Library Lobby until March 1, 2019.

The Wilson Bookstore will feature a variety of titles and genres from the past and present that celebrate Black history and culture.

Schedule of Events

Date Event Location
Feb. 5, 7 More Than a Month Tabling
Sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs​

More Than a Month is a photo storytelling campaign to celebrate those around us who are making history. The campaign was founded by Summer Wigley and the Class of 2016 at the University of Mississippi. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at the College of Wooster seeks to honor this campaign by hosting photo storytelling opportunities during each heritage month.
Lowry Student Center, 11AM-1PM​
Feb. 12, 14 More Than a Month Tabling
Sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs​
Lowry Student Center, 11AM-1PM​​
Feb. 14 Soul Food Dinner
Sponsored by Women of Images

Soul Food is a dinner open to the campus that celebrates the culture and food of the African American tradition of soul food.
Kittredge Dining Hall, 6PM-8PM
Feb. 15
Black Power Mixtape Film Screening
Sponsored by Black Women's Organization

The Black Power Mixtape is 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement including Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver, filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews.
Babcock Basement, 7PM-9:30PM
Feb. 19 AOKI film screening 
Sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs

AOKI chronicles the life of Richard Aoki (1938-2009), a third-generation Japanese-American who became one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party.​
Kauke Hall, 6PM-8:30PM
Feb. 21 More Than a Month Tabling
Sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs​
Lowry Student Center, 11AM-1PM​
Feb. 22 Pre Concert Reception w/ Mourning [A] BLKstar
Sponsored by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion​
Babcock Formal Lounge, 5-6:30​
Feb. 22 Live Performance Mourning [A] BLKstar
Sponsored by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion and Multicultural Student Affairs​

Mourning [A] BLKstar is a Cleveland-based multi-generational, gender and genre non-conforming amalgam of Black Culture dedicated to servicing the stories and songs of the apocalyptic diaspora.
The Alley 7-9PM​
Feb. 23 Sadie Hawkins Dance​
Sponsored by Women of Images​

The Sadie Hawkin’s Dance is a formal annual Images event filled with food, dancing, and fun. This year’s theme is Met Gala: Kings and Queens.
Lowry Ballroom, 8PM​
Feb. 25 “Navigating Dangerously Uneven (Trans)National Terrain: Two Convergent Cases of Women’s Activism in the African Diaspora”​ with Dr. Faye V. Harrison

In recognition of the UN-sponsored International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-24), this lecture addresses the gendered antiracist activism of two African descendant women's organizations: Grupo Afrocubanas, based primarily in Havana, and a Chota-Mira Valley chapter of CONAMUNE, the acronym for Coordinadora Nacional de las Mujeres Negras (National Coordinator of Black Women), in Northern Ecuador.  Both of these organizations belong to wider Afro-diasporic women's networks, whose activities coalesce into convergent forms of intermeshed praxis through which systemic social inequalities, a continuum of racialized gendered violence, and the epistemic marginality of Black women's knowledge are contested and redressed.

Sponsored by the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Department and the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program​
Lean Lecture Hall, 7:30PM​​
Feb. 26, 28 More Than a Month Tabling
Sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs
Lowry Student Center, 11AM-1PM​