Black History Month commemorated

Judy Meredith, opening speaker for UM’s 2017 Black History Month events

The Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement has hosted numerous events this semester, which included more than 20 events in February to celebrate and commemorate Black History Month.

The opening speaker for this year’s Black History Month was Judy Alsobrooks Meredith, a journalism professor and wife of James Meredith, civil rights activist and the first African-American to enroll at the University of Mississippi. In addition, we welcomed Eunique Jones Gibson, founder of Because of Them, We Can. Through various campus collaborations, Black History Month provided a plethora of events, programs and dialogues to showcase the important contributions of African-Americans.

Black History Month 2017 Kickoff

Eunique Jones Gibson urges students to go the ‘James Meredith way.’


Black History Month events included:

Feb. 1 – Opening Celebration: 4 p.m. in Fulton Chapel. Featuring the UM Gospel Choir; a welcome from Katrina Caldwell, vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion; the keynote address by Meredith; and the presentation of the annual “Lift Every Voice” Awards.

Feb. 3 – Black Student Union’s fourth annual Black History Month Gala: 6 p.m. in The Inn at Ole Miss.

Feb. 6 – “Lift Every Voice & Sing: The Black National Anthem Lecture”: 5:30 p.m. in Paris-Yates Chapel. Presented by Tim Askew, associate professor of English at Clark Atlanta University.

Feb. 6 – “Of Ebony Embers”: 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. in Nutt Auditorium. The musical performance retold the story of the Harlem Renaissance.

Feb. 8 – “Digital Activism: How to Leverage Social Media for #BlackLives”: 6 p.m. in Overby Center Auditiorium.

Feb. 9 – Film Series: “Race”: 5 p.m. at FedEx Student Athlete Academic Support Center auditorium.

Feb. 10 – “When the South Still Got Something to Say: A Conversation about Hip-Hop in the South”: Scholar Regina N. Bradley and writer Kiese Laymon at 2 p.m. in Barnard Observatory.

Feb. 17 – Film Series: “I Am Not Your Negro”: 7 p.m. at Malco Oxford Commons. Hosted by Oxford Film Festival, documentary features writer James Baldwin discussing race in modern America.

Feb. 18 – Black History Month Concert: “Langston Hughes: Poetry in Song”: 7:30 p.m. in Nutt Auditorium.

Feb. 21 – Soul Food Luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Luckyday Residential College dining hall.

Feb. 21 – Bill Bynum: “Poverty and Mobility in Mississippi”: 5 p.m. in the Robert C. Khayat Law Center, Room 1115. Former chairman of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Advisory Board and CEO of Hope Credit Union lectured.

Feb. 21 – “Black Women Matter” Dialogue Series: 7 p.m. in Lamar Hall, Room 327.

Feb. 21 – “Women of the Blues: A Tribute to Memphis Minnie and Beverly ‘Guitar’ Watkins”: 2 p.m. in J.D. Williams Library, third floor.

Feb. 23 – Black History Month Concert: 7:30 p.m. in Nutt Auditorium.

Feb. 27 – “Brown Bag Lecture on Slavery and Public History”: Historian Mary Battles discussed slavery and its class legacies in Charleston, South Carolina, at noon in Barnard Observatory.

March 2 – Camille A. Brown Performance: 7:30 p.m. in Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

Sponsors for the university’s Black History Month observances included the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, University Lecture Series, Office of the Provost/Multicultural Affairs, Student Activities Association, ESTEEM, Men of Excellence, McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, Black Student Union, the UM chapter of the NAACP, UM Women of Color Network, Department of Student Housing, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, School of Education, UM Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the departments of History, Music, Sociology and Anthropology and African-American Studies.