Auburn recognizes, celebrates Black History Month with array of events

Published: January 28, 2022

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This month, Auburn University and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, or OID, celebrate Black History Month and honor the achievements, history and experiences of Black Americans.

In celebration of Black History Month this year, organizations across Auburn will be hosting several events and initiatives in which students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate. For more information about the events listed below and other events, please visit AU Involve and the Auburn Events Calendar.

Feb. 1

The 2022 Spring Forum
4-5 p.m. | Best Room HH
Hosted by the Financial Management Association (FMA) and National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)

Feb. 2

International Women in Sports
Follow WIGE Instagram page: @auwige
Hosted by the Office of Inclusion and Diversity’s Women Initiative and Gender Equity (WIGE) and Women in Sports

Soul Food Bazaar
5:30-8:30 p.m. | Harold Melton Student Center Ballroom
Hosted by Black Student Union 

Regan’s Book Club: Sister Outsider by Andre Lorde
Every Wednesday in February, starting Feb. 2, 5-6:30 p.m. | CCCE: 2103 Harold Melton Student Center
Hosted by the Office of Inclusion and Diversity’s Women Initiatives and Gender Equity (WIGE)

Feb. 14

Care of Marginalized Patient Populations
Hosted by the School of Nursing, Contact: Christopher Martin, Assistant Clinical Professor

Feb. 14-18

Unity Week
Hosted by the Black Student Union and Student Involvement

Feb. 17

NPHC Black History Month Film Screening: “AfriKan by way of American” directed by Theo Moore
6 p.m. | Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University
Hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council, business casual preferred

Feb. 22

EMERGE Black History Month Lunch and Learn featuring Martha’s Place (Montgomery, AL)
11:15 a.m. | Harold Melton Student Center Ballroom 2222/2223
Hosted by Student Involvement

Feb. 23

Jazz and Poetry
5-9 p.m. | Harold Melton Student Center Ballroom
Hosted by the Black Student Union

Feb. 24

Black History Month Keynote Speaker featuring Dr. Yusef Salaam from the Exonerated Five
5 p.m. | Harold Melton Student Center Ballroom
Hosted by Student Involvement

Feb. 26

Unsung Hero Awards Gala
6 p.m. | Auburn Alumni Center
Hosted by Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, formal attire

*All times are Central.

The International Cultural Center also will be hosting a slate of events dedicated to the African Diaspora throughout the month.

Recognition of Black History was initially celebrated during the second week of February in 1926 to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas. The recognition expanded to a month during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. While Lincoln was part of the original celebration, consider taking the time this month to learn more about Lincoln’s complex history with race.

To learn more about Auburn’s events and initiatives from this past year, along with information on Auburn’s commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus community and other notes of cultural recognition, please visit OID’s website, Instagram page, and Auburn’s DEI landing page, or by signing up for the OID newsletter.

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