6 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month at Alma College

Black History Month in the United States has an intertwined relationship with education, dating back to its beginnings.

In 1926, the scholar Carter G. Woodson, now considered “the father of Black history,” founded what would later become Black History Month in order to “encourage Americans to study the little-known history of an entire people.”

In modern America, educational institutions are at the forefront of promoting Black History Month, and Alma College is no exception.

See below for six ways you can get involved in Black history on campus year, and read further to see how you can continue the discussion all year long.

  1. Learn about African history: The Alma College Black Student Union will host a guest speaker to lecture on African history and culture at “Motherland Monday,” which takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, in the Heather Room.
  2. Have a tasty treat: Desserts that are a staple of Black and/or African culture will be the centerpiece of “Treat Tuesday,” which is scheduled for 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Center for Student Opportunity.
  3. Celebrate Black women: Black women who have been forgotten about and lost in history are the focus of “Women Wednesday: We Are Still Here,” which is taking place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Heather Room. Black women of today in our very own community will also be honored!
  4. Have a good laugh: “Throwback 90s Sitcom Thursday,” set for 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Heather Room, is about looking back at TV shows centered around the Black experience from the 1970s to today.
  5. Enjoy Black culture: “A Night in Black Culture” is all about dressing nicely, dancing, eating soul food and having a great time. It’s set to take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 in the Wright Leppien Opera House.
  6. Learn about the concept of reparations: A representative of nonprofit organization The Reparations Project will be on-hand from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Dunning Memorial Chapel to talk about who they are and why they do what they do.

Want to continue the conversation about Black history and the Black experience? Consider getting involved in one or more of these campus organizations: