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Black History Month Event Schedule

February 2019
  • 2.1.19-2.28.19 | New Book Shelf: Black History Month Titles

    Location: 2nd Floor South, Daley Library
    Titles featured will focus on historical and contemporary figures in Black History. For more information about the featured titles, visit: researchguides.uic.edu/newbooks.
    Sponsored by UIC Libraries

    2.1.19 | 10:00AM–1:00PM | Black History Month Kick-Off

    Location: Douglas Hall Lobby
    Celebrate the beginning of Black History Month with NABA and UIC Business with cupcakes and hot chocolate!
    Sponsored by NABA and UIC Business

    2.1.19 | 5:00PM–8:00PM | Black History Month Kick-Off Mixer

    Location: Bracket Room, 1315 S. Halsted St.
    Join other black faculty, staff, and students as we officially kick off black history month.
    Sponsored by the BHM Student Planning Committee

    2.4.19 | 1:00PM | Culture & Heritage Film Series: Being Serena

    Location: Daley Library, Room 1-470
    This film is part of the Culture & Heritage Film Series at The Richard J. Daley Library. Being Serena gives viewers unprecedented access to tennis champion Serena Williams during her pregnancy, new motherhood and marriage, while documenting her journey back to regain her longtime supremacy on the court.
    Sponsored by the UIC Libraries

    2.5.19 | 8:00AM–10:00PM | Black History Month Breakfast

    Location: Fort Dearborn Room B
    Sponsored by CHANCE

    2.7.19 | 3:30PM | History of Black Hair

    Location: Adams Hall, Room 207
    Black hair culture has a long and complicated history. Join the discussion on the history and politics of hair and beauty culture in the black diaspora.
    Sponsored by the African-American Cultural Center

    2.7.19 | 5:30PM–8:00PM | Building Bridges

    Location: SCE 302
    This networking event is for newly admitted UIC Business students, however we are seeking current business students who would like to sign up to volunteer for the event. The event will include dinner, a campus resource panel, meeting alumni, and networking with the new incoming class. Students will listen to a special keynote speaker and have the chance to win UIC Business swag!
    Sponsored by UIC Business

    2.7.19 | 6:00PM–7:30PM | Charlene A. Carruthers, author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements

    Location:
    Sponsored by the Women's Leadership and Resource Center

    2.7.19 | 6:30PM | Flames in the City - Black Cinema Night "What Men Want" Screening

    Location: Showplace Icon Theater, 1011 S. Delano Ct. (Roosevelt Collection)
    Sponsored by the BHM Student Planning Committee - PBMA, SISTERS

    2.12.19 | 6:30PM–8:00PM | Black Love

    Location: SCE Atrium, Rathskeller
    Participate in an open discussion on black love. The event starts with an ice breaker to make everyone comfortable. Guests will have the opportunity to provide questions as they come in; answers will be provided shortly afterwards.
    Sponsored by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

    2.13.19 | 3:00PM–4:30PM | Cookies with Care

    Location: SCE, White Oak Room
    Assist with bagging cookies and writing personalized notes for underprivileged Chicagoans. Personalized cookies will be donated at neighboring homeless shelters within the Chicago Metropolitan Area.
    Sponsored by the African American Academic Network

    2.13.19 | 6:00PM | Film Screening & Discussion: "The Hate U Give"

    Location: SCE, Illinois Room
    View the groundbreaking 2018 film "The Hate U Give." A discussion will immediately follow the film.
    Sponsored by the BHM Student Planning Committee - BSU

    2.14.19 | 3:30PM | Film: Good Hair

    Location: Adams Hall, Room 207
    In this 2009 documentary, comedian Chris Rock explores the meaning of hair in black culture.
    Sponsored by the African-American Cultural Center

    2.16.19 | 8:00PM–10:00PM | Karaoke with African Student Council

    Location: SCE, Illinois Room
    This event showcases all of the different music the world has to offer while allowing people to get outside of their comfort zone. Students are encouraged to volunteer at event to promote inclusion by music, singing, and dance.
    Sponsored by the African Student Council

    2.18.19 | 10:00AM–2:00PM | Keeping it 100

    Location:
    Sponsored by the Collegiate 100 & 100 Black Men

    2.19.19 | 4:00PM | AfroBeats Aerobic Workout Party

    Location: SRF, 737 S. Halsted St.
    Get moving in active in a fun, lively and cultural-focused environment at this fitness dance party experience. Learn about the culture through experiencing the different dance moves, rhythms, and dance-steps from Africa and the Caribbean.
    Sponsored by the African American Academic Network

    2.20.19 | 10:30AM–2:00PM | Make Your Mark: The Entrepreneurship Expo

    Location: SCE, East Terrace
    This event provides a platform where minority entrepreneurs and student entrepreneurs have the opportunity to bring exposure to their business while networking with like-minded individuals and interested guests.
    Sponsored by the BHM Student Planning Committee - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

    2.21.19 | 3:30PM | Black Hair Workshop

    Location: Adams Hall, Room 207
    This workshop will include a demonstration of techniques of black hair care.
    Sponsored by the African-American Cultural Center

    2.21.19 | 6:00PM–9:00PM | Black Creatives Expo

    Location: SCE, Illinois Room
    Participants will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in the form of spoken word, poetry, song, rap, and more as it relates to their experiences identifying as Black males and females (and everything in between). Food will be provided. Sponsored by the BHM Student Planning Committee - PBMA, SISTERS, BSU

    2.23.19 | 8:00PM–11:45PM | Heritage Ball

    Location: SCE, Illinois Room
    Enjoy the annual Black History Month dance.
    Sponsored by the BHM Student Planning Committee - BSU

    2.25.19 | 5:00PM | My Community’s Keeper

    Location: SCE, Illinois Room
    Participate in a discussion of the black experience at UIC and the journey to professionalism.
    Sponsored by BHM Student Planning Committee & National Society of Black Engineers

    2.27.19 | 7:00PM–8:00PM | RHA General Assembly

    Location: Seminar Room
    RHA will celebrate Black History Month by focusing its General Assembly theme on prominent figures and events.
    Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association (RHA)

    2.27.19 | TIME TBD | Smyth IB World School Community Service Day

    Location: John Smyth Elementary School, 1059 W. 13th St.
    Support the academic achievement of Smyth IB World School students. Transportation will be provided for volunteer UIC students.
    Sponsored by the African American Academic Network

    2.28.19 | 3:30PM | Nappily Ever After

    Location: Adams Hall, Room 207
    The 2018 feature film follows one black woman's hair crisis and, in the process, reveals the ways that a black woman's hair journey can lead to self-awareness and personal growth.
    Sponsored by the African-American Cultural Center

    2.28.19 | 4:30PM | Culture & Heritage Film Series: I Am Not Your Negro

    Location: Daley Library, Room 1-470
    This film is part of the Culture & Heritage Film Series at The Richard J. Daley Library. This Oscarnominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism. In his incendiary documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and flood of rich archival material. Light refreshments will be served.
    Sponsored by the UIC Libraries

    2.28.19 | TIME TBD | Dominque Christina: Anarcha Speaks

    Location: TBD
    View the performance and join in a conversation with the artist.
    Sponsored by the Women's Leadership and Resource Center