Black Joy: Campuswide programming to celebrate Black History Month

February 2, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources, ,

Feb. 1 marked the beginning of Black History Month, a time when our nation celebrates and recognizes the advancement, experiences, successes, beauty and lives of historical and modern Black and Afro–descended people.

In recognition of the extensive amount of value Black culture has brought to our nation, world and the U-M and Michigan Medicine community, the organization has an array of programming sprinkled throughout the next few weeks focused on education and motivation.

For instance, the Michigan Medicine Black Voices Resource Group is hosting a Community Conversation to commemorate Black History Month and raise awareness of the group at Michigan Medicine. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 and is open to all faculty, staff and learners.

This Community Conversation, as well as additional upcoming resource group meetings can be found on the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion Events Calendar.

Additionally, U-M is hosting campuswide, month-long programming with the theme Black Joy.

Students on the Multi-Ethic Student Affairs (MESA) Black History Month planning committee define Black Joy in the following way: “Black Joy means focusing on the successes and accomplishments of Black people of all backgrounds. Despite the hardships we’ve faced and are still facing, we continue to rise. We are leaders, scientists, doctors, innovators, entertainers and so much more. Black Joy is capturing the triumphs of our people and celebrating them despite us living in a world that was built on the oppression of our skin. Black Joy is beating the odds continuously in a world that was not made for us. We celebrate Black Joy because nobody has us, like we have each other; therefore we must rise and show the world what we can do. Black Joy shows that as Black people, despite the centuries of trauma we have experienced, we are proud to be who we are. No matter where we come from or what we identify as, we are one and we are happy to be Black.”

Black Joy: Campuswide Black History Month events

Please note: Black Joy programming is being hosted with a variety of attendance options including some in-person, virtual and hybrid events.

Guess that Black Engineer 

6-8 p.m., Feb. 3

In-person: Anderson D, Michigan Union

Register on Sessions: https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/session/53049?

Dance workshop: Detroit Ballroom and Bachata 

6-7:30 p.m., Feb. 4

Hybrid: Michigan League, Vandenberg Room / Virtual

Register on Sessions for the in-person event: https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/session/53060

Register on Sessions for the virtual event: https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/session/53187

Anti-racism teach-in

6-7:30 p.m., Feb. 8

Virtual 

Register on Sessions: https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/session/53062

Black Love mass meeting

6-8 p.m., Feb. 10 

In-person: Trotter Multicultural Center, Sankofa Lounge

Register on Sessions: https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/10680 

Dance workshop: Detroit Hustle and Kizomba

6-7:30 p.m., Feb. 11

Hybrid: Michigan Union, Pendleton Room / Virtual

Register on Sessions for the in-person event: https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/session/53061

Register on Sessions for the virtual event: https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/session/53189

For a full list of Black History Month programming and to register, visit Sessions @ Michigan – Black History Month

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