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Black History Month 2019

Posted on: January 29th, 2019 by alex

Black History Month Opening Celebration

Thursday, January 31

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Ole Miss Union Ballroom

Hosted by the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement & the Black History Month Planning Committee

Black History Month 2019 will kick-off with a celebration of the significance of Black History Month nationwide and its ever-present importance at The University of Mississippi. This year’s opening ceremony will feature selections from The University of Mississippi Gospel Choir and a keynote address by Mrs. Marcia Cole.

 In addition, the Lift Every Voice Award will be presented to an individual, group, or entity that has contributed to the betterment of human relationships on our campus, with particular emphasis in the areas of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion. For more information, contact the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at 662-915-1689.

Learning Fannie Lou Hamer’s Legacy

Tuesday, February 5

6:00 PM

Bishop Hall 209

Hosted by the Center for Lambda Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated & the Career Center

Join us for the viewing of a film surrounding the life of Fannie Lou Hamer and a discussion lead by Belinda Lane.

The Black Student Union’s 6th Annual Black History Month Gala

Friday, February 8

6:00 PM-9:00 PM

The Inn at Ole Miss

Hosted by the Black Student Union

Join the Black Student Union for the 6th annual celebration of African American achievement at the University of Mississippi. The keynote address and awards presentation will be followed by an evening of fellowship, music, and dancing. Admission is free for University of Mississippi students, faculty and staff. The gala is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost, Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement, Office of Leadership & Advocacy,Ole Miss Student Union, Center for Student Success & First-Year Experience, Ole Miss Alumni Association, School of Applied Sciences, School of Education, African American Studies Program, School of Engineering, and William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation.

Tickets are available at the Ole Miss Box Office beginning Monday, January 21st . For more information, contact the Black Student Union at

Secure the Bag: Financial Literacy Banquet

Monday, February 11

7:00 PM

Luckyday Cafeteria

Hosted by the UM Chapter of the NAACP

Join the UM NAACP for a financial literacy banquet primarily aimed at discussing techniques to promote financial literacy in the African American Community. Refreshments will be provided.

NAACP 110th Founders’ Day Celebration

Tuesday, February 12



Hosted by  the UM Chapter of the NAACP

Join us as we celebrate 110 years as an organization with  line dancing and music!

We Shall Overcome Concert

Tuesday, February 12

7:30 PM

Ford Center

Sponsored by the University of Mississippi Artist Series

Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  “We Shall Overcome” showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.

This production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals.  From Aretha Franklin, to Wynton Marsalis; Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder; Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway; and traditional spirituals and music from “the Wiz”, Damien’s unique understanding of each genre allows him to fluidly cover so much musical ground in a single performance.. For more information, visit

Black History Month “The Hate U Give” Viewing and Discussion

Wednesday, February 13

8:00 PM

Lamar 126

Hosted by the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement and Student Activities Association.

Based on the best-selling novel, The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr Carter, who lives in two worlds: the poor, black neighborhood where she resides and the mostly white prep school she attends. This uneasy balance is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a policeman. Facing pressures from all sides, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

Black Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day

Thursday, February 14


UM Main Campus 

Hosted by the UM Chapter of the NAACP

Thank you Black Faculty and Staff! On this day, we will be giving out tokens of appreciation out to you!

A Carnival for the Culture

Friday, February 15

3:00 PM

Boys and Girls Club 

Hosted by the UM Chapter of the NAACP

During this UM NAACP Service Event we will be hosting a Black History Month carnival for those served at the Oxford Boys and Girls Club. All booths and games will be centered around black history.

BHM Concert:Celebrating William Grant Still, the Dean of African American Composers

Tuesday, February 19

7:30 PM

Nutt Auditorium

Hosted by the Department of Music

The annual Black History Month Concert will celebrate the music of African America, Africa, and the Caribbean. The University Symphonic Band, the Fraternity String Quartet, and talented faculty and student soloists will perform instrumental works by Mississippi native William Grant Still, known as the Dean of African American composers.  In addition, the Ole Miss African Drum & Dance Ensemble and the UM Steel Orchestra will perform. Special guests round out this vibrant musical experience.Admission is free. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement and other UM offices/departments.

Virtual Lecture: African Diaspora Art ft. Professor Eddie Chambers 

Wednesday, February 20

5:00 PM

Meek Hall 120

Hosted by The Department of Art and Art History

Prof. Eddie Chambers (Univ. of Texas at Austin) is a British historian who has written extensively about the work of African diaspora artists in the United Kingdom and other countries, including Australia, Jamaica and the U.S.A.

BarberShop Talk

Wednesday, February 20

5:00 PM

Location: TBD

Hosted by the Center of Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement & UM Athletics

Please join us for a candid discussion about various issues facing black men. Participants will be invited to share stories and network with men from various walks of life.

Sojourner Truth, a musical performance

Saturday, February 23

8:00 PM

Nutt Auditorium

Hosted by the Department of Music

The impassioned speeches of former slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth inspired the text of this contemporary cantata, composed by Ole Miss faculty member Dr. Stanley Friedman.  Sojourner Truth, the cantata, is for soprano and an instrumental ensemble of six.  It will be performed by guest faculty from Nicholls State University.  The 30-minute performance will be followed by a conversation with the composer about Sojourner Truth and the music she inspired. Admission is free.

Black History Month Keynote Address ft.  Tim Wise and Dr. Joy DeGruy

Monday, February 25

6:00 PM

Nutt Auditorium

 Ole Miss Student Union Ballroom

Hosted by the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement and Black History Month Planning Committee

Sponsored by -Co-Sponsored by the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement,  University Lecture Series, Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Community Engagement, Ole Miss Athletics, The Black Student Union

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country. He is also the host of the new podcast, Speak Out with Tim Wise.

Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. She is an ambassador for healing and a voice for those who’ve struggled in search of the past, and continue to struggle through the present. Dr. Joy is the acclaimed author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome — America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing,  Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: The Study Guide, with a second book in the works, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Part 2: Be The Healing.

Although free, students, staff, and faculty will be required to obtain a ticket to ensure space availability. Tickets will be available beginning Monday, January 22nd at the Ole Miss Box Office. Following the lecture, we will host a reception in Wise and DeGruy’s honor.

Move to Improve:Health Walk

Tuesday, February 26

5:00 PM

Lyceum Steps

 Ole Miss Student Union Ballroom

Hosted by the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS)

Join MAPS for the 2019 Move to Improve Health Walk. This walk is dedicated to bringing awareness to the many health disparities African Americans suffer from and reflect on the many innovators in health care.

Click here for a printable version!

The Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement extends special thanks to all Black History Month Sponsors:


The Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement

The Office of the Chancellor

The Office of the Provost

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Community Engagement

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

The University Lecture Series

Ole Miss Athletics

Career Center

University & Public Events

Department of Music

Department of Art and Art History

Oxford Film Festival

The LuckyDay Scholars Program

The Black Student Union

Student Activities Association

The UM Chapter of the NAACP

Lambda Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Xi Zeta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.