Black History Month Opening Celebration

Thursday, February 1

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Fulton Chapel

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

Black History Month 2018 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 Assistant Professor of Sociology & Southern Studies, Dr. Brian Foster.

Dr. Foster’s research takes a critical, interdisciplinary, and multi-method approach to the study of race, culture, and inequality, with particular attention to post-soul (i.e., post-1970’s) black cultures in the rural American South. 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.

Brown Bag Lecture: “Telling Our Stories: The Museum of MS History and the MS Civil Rights Museum”

Wednesday, January 31

Noon

Barnard Observatory

Hosted by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture

Katie Blount, director of the MS Department of Archives and History, and Michael Morris, from the department’s Programs and Communication Office, will discuss the opening of the two new museums and their role in presenting the state’s history. For more information, contact Becca Walton at rwalton@olemiss.edu.

Black History Month Exhibits

February 1-24, 2018 

J.D. Williams Library

Hosted by University of Mississippi Libraries

“Three New Mississippi Museums: Mississippi Civil Rights Museum; Museum of Mississippi History; Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience.”

“‘Never Lose Infinite Hope’: An Exhibit About the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC) Viewing and Discussion: Dear White People

Monday, February 5

6:00 PM

Turner Center Auditorium, Room 205

Hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council 

Join us for a viewing and discussion of the award winning film, Dear White People. This film documents the journey of a diverse group of students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination at a predominantly white Ivy League college. For more information, contact Brooke Hubbard at bah@olemiss.edu.

Continuing the Legacy Walk: James Meredith

Wednesday, February 7

Noon

Lyceum Circle

Hosted by Men of Excellence

Join the Men of Excellence as we Continue the Legacy. The walk begins at the Lyceum steps and continues through several sites of historical significance to the events surrounding James Meredith’s integration of the University on Sept 29-30, 1962. For more information, contact EJ Edney at ej8@olemiss.edu.

 Lecture by Dr. Jodi Skipper: “Two Sides of the Same Diaspora: A Look at Sites of Slavery in Holly Springs and Bimbia, Cameroon”

Wednesday, February 7

Noon

Barnard Observatory

Hosted by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture

Dr. Jodi Skipper is associate professor of anthropology and Southern Studies at UM. She received her BA in history from Grambling State University, her MA from Florida State University, and her PhD from University of Texas at Austin. For more information, contact Becca Walton at rwalton@olemiss.edu.

Because of Her, We Can

Thursday, February 8

5:00 PM

Weems Auditorium

Hosted by the Undergraduate Black Law Student Association 

Ms. Slaughter-Harvey will discuss her term and beginning success story as the first African American woman to graduate from The University of Mississippi School of Law and the first African American judge in Mississippi. For more information, contact LaKayla Love at ldlove@go.olemiss.edu.

Marshall Movie Screening

Thursday, February 8 

8:00 PM

The Grove (Inclement Weather: Turner Center Auditorium, Room 205)

Hosted by The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, The Student Activities Association, and Black Student Union

Starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown, and James Cromwell. Marshall, is based on an early trial in the career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.  It follows the young lawyer to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur charged with sexual assault and attempted murder of his white socialite employer. Muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall partners with a courageous young Jewish lawyer, Samuel Friedman. Together they mount the defense in an environment of racism and Anti-Semitism.  The high profile case and the partnership with Friedman served as a template for Marshall’s creation of the NAACP legal defense fund.  Free pizza will be available. For more information, contact The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at 662-915-1689.

Black Student Union’s 5th Annual Black History Month Gala

Friday, February 9

6:00 PM-10:00 PM

The Inn at Ole Miss

Hosted by the Black Student Union

Join the Black Student Union for the 5th annual celebration of African American achievement at the University of Mississippi. This golden year, we are celebrating 50 years of service and Living the Legacy. 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 22nd. For more information, contact the Black Student Union at umissbsu@gmail.com.

Oxford Film Festival: “Circles” Screening and Discussion

Saturday, February 10

4:15 PM

Malco Oxford Commons

Hosted by Oxford Film Festival and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

A Hurricane Katrina survivor who works to keep black teenagers in school in Oakland, California finds his personal and professional lives colliding when his 15-year-old-son goes to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Get free tickets HERE. For more information, contact Melanie Addington at melanieaddington@oxfordfilmfest.com.

Oxford Film Festival: “The Long Shadow” and “Here I’ll Stay” Screening

Saturday, February 10

5:00 PM

Oxford Conference Center

Hosted by Oxford Film Festival and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

The Long Shadow: Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and tenacious as racism. In this powerful documentary, journalist Frances Causey and producer Sally Holst investigate the roots of our current racial conflicts. Tickets are discounted for students using code OXFF15 and can be purchased HEREFor more information, contact Melanie Addington at melanieaddington@oxfordfilmfest.com.

Marshall Movie Screening

Sunday, February 11

8:00 PM

The Grove (Inclement Weather: Turner Center Auditorium, Room 205)

Hosted by The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, The Student Activities Association, and Black Student Union

Starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown, and James Cromwell. Marshall, is based on an early trial in the career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.  It follows the young lawyer to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur charged with sexual assault and attempted murder of his white socialite employer. Muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall partners with a courageous young Jewish lawyer, Samuel Friedman. Together they mount the defense in an environment of racism and Anti-Semitism.  The high profile case and the partnership with Friedman served as a template for Marshall’s creation of the NAACP legal defense fund.  Free pizza will be available. For more information, contact The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at 662-915-1689.

Soul Food Luncheon

Tuesday, February 13

12:00 PM-1:30 PM

Luckyday Residential College Dining Hall

Hosted by The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement and The Luckyday Program

With soul food’s significant history in the African American culture the Luckyday Residential Dining Hall will host a luncheon featuring soul food cuisine. Attendees will be able to use meal plans or purchase the meal at the regular rate. Free meal tickets will be available at select Black History Month events. For more information, contact The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at 662-915-1689.

CICCE Goes to Memphis

Thursday, February 15

Departing Campus at 4:00 PM

The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN

Hosted by  the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement 

The CICCE will travel to the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN for an evening of arts and culture. With a soul-raising, Grammy-winning® score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple is an unforgettable and intensely moving revival of an American classic. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Academy Award-nominated feature film, The Color Purple leaves its mark on the soul. Don’t miss your chance to be mesmerized! This experience is limited to 35 students. Applications are available now until February 7, 2018: CICCE to Memphis. Selected students will pay $15 which includes dinner, transportation and ticket. For more information, please contact the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at 662-915-1689.

Fisk Jubilee Singers: Multidisciplinary Readings on History and Agency

Monday, February 19

Noon

Barnard Observatory, Tupelo Room

Hosted by The Department of Music  and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture

Join us for an interdisciplinary discussion about the Fisk Jubilee Singers and learn more about their upcoming performance. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Ethel Young-Scurlock, Associate Professor of English, Senior Fellow of the Lucky Day Residential College
  • Mr. Greg Johnson, Blues Curator and Associate Professor, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library
  • Dr. Ted Ownby, Director, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Professor of History and Southern Studies
  • Dr. George W. K. Dor, Professor of Music and Sally McDonnell Barksdale Chair of  Ethnomusicology
  • Dr. Karen V. Davidson Smith, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education and Fisk Jubilee Singers Alumna

For more information, contact Dr. George Dor at gwkdor1@olemiss.edu or (662) 915-7269.

“Teach Us All” Screening and Discussion

Monday, February 19

6:00 PM

Turner Center Auditorium, Room 205

Hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement

Produced by the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, TEACH US ALL is a documentary and social justice campaign on educational inequality set against the backdrop of the 1957 Little Rock school crisis. Sixty years after the Little Rock Nine faced violent resistance when desegregating Central High in Arkansas, America’s schools continue to represent the key battleground of the Civil Rights Movement. TEACH US ALL demonstrates powerful lessons from history within a timely context, emphasizing the need for unity and collective action to rectify the disparities among America’s children. The TEACH US ALL social justice campaign seeks to build the capacity of students and educators to take leadership in carrying forth the legacy of the Little Rock Nine while activating broader community engagement in today’s urgent movement for educational equity. For more information, contact For more information, contact Brooke Hubbard at bah@olemiss.edu.

The Conversation Continues: K-12 Educators Discuss the State of Education for African American Students in MS

Tuesday, February 20

6:00 PM

Guyton Annex 209

Hosted by the School of Education

This panel discussion will continue to explore the state of education for African American Students in MS and strategies to ensure that these students receive an equitable education. For more information, contact Dr. Nichelle C. Robinson at ncboyd@olemiss.edu.

Discovering Black History though UM Libraries Databases

Wednesday, February 21

Open House: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Intensive Sessions: 4-6 p.m. 

Information Commons, JD Williams Library

Hosted by University of Mississippi Libraries

Join librarians and database vendors to explore African American online resources free through UM Libraries. We have primary source materials dating back to the early 1800s, including newspapers, photographs, documents, pamphlets, diaries and more!  For more information, contact Kristin Rogers at kerogers@olemiss.edu.

 Barber Shop & Beauty Shop Talk 

Wednesday, February 21

5:00 PM

 Residence Hall 2 Student Commons

Hosted by the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement, UM Chapter of NAACP, and Queer People of Color (QPOC)

Please join us for a candid and intersectional discussion about various issues facing the black community. Participants will be invited to share stories and network with others from various backgrounds. Take advantage of beauty tips, free line ups from a local barbers, and refreshments! For more information, please contact the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at 662-915-1689.

The History of the Fisk Jubilee Singers by Prof. Paul Kwami

Thursday, February 22

1:00 PM

Nutt Auditorium

Hosted by The Department of Music

Professor Paul Kwami, Director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, will share a comprehensive history of the dynamic performers. For more information, contact Dr. George Dor at gwkdor1@olemiss.edu or (662) 915-7269.

Black History Month Concert

Thursday, February 22

7:30PM

Gertrude Ford Center for the Performing Arts

Hosted by The Department of Music

The 2018 Black History Month Concert theme is “Be a Harmonizing Voice for Diversity” and will feature the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The Fisk Jubilee Singers are vocal artists and students at Fisk University in Nashville, TN., who sing and travel worldwide. The original Jubilee Singers introduced ‘slave songs’ to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals. The Fisk Jubilee Singers continue the tradition of singing the Negro spiritual around the world. This allows the ensemble to share this rich culture globally while preserving this unique music. Admission is free. For more information, contact Dr. George Dor at gwkdor1@olemiss.edu or (662) 915-7269.

Deeper Than the Skin: Building Bridges with Music

With Recording Artists Reggie Harris & Greg Greenway

Saturday, February 24

Nutt Auditorium

7:00 PM

Hosted by Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oxford

Together and individually, Reggie and Greg have brought the issues of Race to the hearts of audiences across North America. Reggie and Greg were born three days apart, ancestry flowing through the same portal of history—Richmond, VA. They are on a pilgrimage together, one that began more than thirty years ago. Though the racial divisions that are the reality in America started them in two different worlds, the amazing power of music, respect, admiration, and shared vision have brought them together as friends and colleagues. Join us for this lively and engaging musical program about building bridges across racial differences. For more information, contact  Gail Stratton at byges@olemiss.edu.

Southern Music Symposium

Monday, February 26

Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics 

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Hosted by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture

Music from the American South has made an indisputable impact on culture and politics in the U.S. and around the world. The symposium will include conversations and lectures with scholars Randall Stephens, Zandria Robinson, and Charles Hughes. For more information, contact Becca Walton at rwalton@olemiss.edu.

University of Mississippi Black History Month Keynote featuring

Clint Smith

Writer, Teacher, Spoken Word Artist

Monday, February 26

6:00 PM

Fulton Chapel

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

Co-Sponsored by University Lecture Series, Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Community Engagement, Ole Miss Athletics, The Associated Student Body, Department of Student Housing, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, School of Education, Arch Dalrymple III Department of History, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, African American Studies, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Black Student Union

 Clint Smith is a writer, teacher and doctoral candidate at Harvard University studying education, incarceration and inequality. Previously, he taught high school English in Prince George’s County, Maryland where, in 2013, he was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council.

His research interests include critical pedagogy, mass incarceration, the intersection of art and activism, how literacy shapes the formation of adolescent identity, and youth civic education. His TED Talk, The Danger of Silence has been viewed more the 2 million times and was named one of the top 20 TED Talks of 2014. Clint is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, an Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and author of the poetry collection Counting Descent. He has received fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Cave Canem and the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, Boston Review, American Poetry Review, Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere. He was born and raised in New Orleans, LA.

Seating is limited to the first 750 attendees. Tickets are available now at the Ole Miss Box Office for UM students, faculty, and staff, and the general public. Admission is free. For more information, please contact the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at 662-915-1689.

 Showcase of Southern Music

 Monday, February 26

8:00 PM

Proud Larry’s, Oxford Square

Hosted by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture  

As part of the Southern Music Symposium, Proud Larry’s will host a concert featuring punk rocker Lee Bains III, rapper Marco Pave, and composer and instrumentalist Wu Fei. For more information, contact Becca Walton at rwalton@olemiss.edu.

Black History Month Move to Improve Health Walk

Tuesday, February 27

5:00 PM-6:00 PM

Steps of Lyceum

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

Join MAPS for the inaugural Black History Month 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. MAPS will get the University moving in remembrance of those who came before and to improve our heath. For more information, contact OleMissMaps@gmail.com.

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

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

The School of Education

Department of Student Housing

Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

Department of African American Studies

The Black Student Union

The Associated Student Body

Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

University & Public Events

Department of Sociology & Anthropology

The Ole Miss Student Union

Department of Music

J.D. Williams Library

The School of Engineering

Center for the Study of Southern Culture

Oxford Film Festival

Ole Miss Alumni Association

Office of Leadership & Advocacy

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oxford

William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

Office of Fraternal Leadership & Learning

Undergraduate Black Law Student Association

The Center for Student Success & First Year Experience

The LuckyDay Scholars Program

National Pan-Hellenic Council

Student Activities Association

Men of Excellence

Meek School of Journalism and New Media

Modern Languages

Office of Global Engagement

The Inn at Ole Miss

Queer People of Color (QPOC)

UM Chapter of NAACP