2019 Black History Month Events

  • February 1-28 - Black/Multicultural Hair/Skin Care Drive (Benefiting Cut it Forward)
    • The African American Student Association will conduct a month-long drive for Black/Multicultural hair and skin care products to benefit Cut it Forward. Cut it Forward is a non-profit organization based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Their mission is to provide culturally-specific products and resources for foster and adopted youth and their caregivers so the children’s hair and skin needs can be met.
    • Drop off in OMA at 240 Student Union
       
  • February 1 - Nancy Randolf Davis Day!
    • The first African-American enrollee at OSU earned a master's degree in home economics (now Human Sciences) and served 43 years as a public educator in Oklahoma schools. 
       
  • February 1 - Game Night Social!
    • Hosted by Black Faculty and Staff Association, Black Graduate Student Association, and Afro-Am
    • 5:30-8 pm in the Willard Hall Living Room
    • RSVP to Dr. Rochelle Cassidy by 1/31 @ 5 pm
       
  • February 7 - Life After College/Grad School 101 Panel
    • The African American Student Association will facilitate a panel discussion regarding career exploration, personal finance, applying to graduate school, among other post-college life events.
    • 7 pm in 413 Student Union
       
  • February 9 - 49th Annual Miss Black OSU Scholarship Pageant
    • The MBOSU scholarship pageant has paid tribute to the diversity of the Black woman’s intelligence, style, elegance, beauty, and talent for almost 50 years on the Oklahoma State University campus! The pageant gives women the opportunity to win scholarships and celebrate and honor Black history, culture, and customs.
    • 7 pm in the Student Union Theater
       
  • February 12 - The Bricks to Success, Regardless of Your Circumstances
    • Alton Carter wrote The Boy who Carried Bricks in hopes of inspiring those struggling to make sense of a childhood full of challenges to persevere. We all experience the challenges of life and those from our past. Alton’s message is, “Never give up – you are not alone!”
      Register online at okla.st/Bricks2success
    • Food: 5:30 pm
    • Speaker: 6-7 pm in 010 Willard Hall
       
  • February 12 - Insecure (Sex Education and Stigmas in the Black Community)
    • The African American Student Association will explore the professional, personal, educational and spiritual experiences of Issa Dee (the main character of the HBO series Insecure) and her friends. Clips from the show will be analyzed to uncover parallels and/or differences in the lives of these characters compared to the experiences of people within the African diaspora in America today.
    • 7 pm in 413 Student Union
       
  • February 13 - "Durag Day" Tabling Event
    • Hair in the Black community has long been a topic of discussion. The expression of beauty via hairstyles in Black culture is also not a new phenomenon. Whether we are natural, relaxed or texlaxed (i.e. partial relaxer) or wearing braids, twists or an afro, our hair is a personal expression and a part of our identity. On February 13, we encourage everyone to stop by our table to share their hair story and snap a picture with an item(s) used to protect their hair. Some examples include durags, scarves, and bonnets.
    • 12:30 pm at the Chi O Clock
       
  • February 20 - Oklahoma's All Black Towns
    • Dr. Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, will offer a portrait of All-Black Towns in Oklahoma from the 1900s to the 1960s with an emphasis on the people whose lives were shaped by the experience of living in those self-governed communities. His stories will start in towns such as Boley, Rentiesville, Deep Deuce, and Greenwood and reach into the histories of business, the arts, government, and the struggle for civil rights. Dr. Blackburn will emphasize the fact that diversity was baked into the DNA of Oklahoma history from the very beginning.
    • 3:30 pm in Murray Hall Parlor
       
  • February 21-24 - Big XII conference on Black Student Government
    • The Big XII Council on Black Student Government is a regional Black Student Governing Body which consists of the Black Student Governments from institutions in the Big XII conference. Those schools include the University of Missouri; the University of Oklahoma, Kansas State University; Iowa State University; Oklahoma State University; the University of Kansas;  Baylor University; the University of Texas;  Texas Tech University; and  Texas A&M University.  This body of student leaders assembles four times each academic year in an effort to continue to promote leadership, professionalism, positive self-efficacy, political empowerment and awareness, and goodwill to the student body and black community on the campus of each member institution.
    • University of Missouri
       
  • February 26 - Set It Off Preview
    • The Set It Off Preview is strolling event featuring members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Strolling and stepping as seen today, can be traced back to traditional dances, celebratory dances and the struggles of Black people. We will honor our past, celebrate our collective future and learn the history of historically Black Greek organizations.
    • 7 pm in the Student Union Atrium
       
  • February 1-28 BHM Social Media Challenge #BlackAndEducatedOkState
    • Join us every day in solidarity!
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