Black History Month events to celebrate social justice, diversity

February 1, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

From jazz concerts to award ceremonies, workshops to panel discussions, faculty and staff will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the diversity of the university community during Black History Month.

The events will take place throughout February — which has been celebrated as Black History Month in the U.S. since its inception in the 1920s — and the first few weeks of March.

Among the festivities is the 4th annual W.M. Trotter Lecture, which will be given by Janet Mock, author of “Redefining Realness,” and King Amiyah Scott, from Fox’s “STAR” television show. The pair will speak about the intersection of gender and race in a lecture entitled, “My Life, My Story! Centering the Voices of Trans Lives.”

Their presentation will take place on Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Rackham Auditorium, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are available by clicking here.

Other Black History Month events across campus include:

  • Lecture, “Stories of the Black West”: 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5, Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery Room 100
  • Jazz concert featuring Yissy Garcia & Bandancha: 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, Michigan League Ballroom
  • 7th Annual Shirley Verrett Award ceremony: 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, Stamps Auditorium (click for details)
  • Food For the Soul: Night of Heroes event: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18, Trotter Multicultural Center
  • Lecture, “Creating Change through Music: Black Women Who Changed the Look and Sound of Jazz”: 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, Michigan League, Vandenberg Room
  • 2018 SCOR Social Justice Symposium: 9 a.m., Friday, March 9, Michigan League, 2nd floor

Most events are free and open to all Michigan Medicine faculty and staff.

For a full rundown of activities, click here. See you there!