February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made in their struggles for freedom and equality in American history.

On February 1, the Opening Ceremony Power: Getting Plugged into Black History Month featured guest speaker, Anthony Major, director for Aficana Studies at UCF. In addition, he is program director for the Zora Neale Hurston Institute for Documentary Studies. Major spoke to students about the importance of being educated and knowing your history within your community. Attendee Cheryll Kinlaw, executive administrative assistant SDES, said, “The Gospel Choir, poetry and guest speaker did a wonderful job in weaving together a tapestry that embodies the rich history and accomplishments that are meaningful, impactful and beneficial to all. Our voices tell the story of love, endurance, resiliency and power.”

Join the events, hosted by Multicultural Student Center and Social Justice and Advocacy, and experience the Black History Month celebration in the following events:

  • Feb. 15: Black Minds Matter | 1-3 p.m. | SU 3 16 AB
    Discussion on mental health issues including the misconceptions and deceptions of mental health and caring within the Black community. Dr. Kent Butler will assist to facilitate the event.
  • Feb. 17: Invisible Queer Black | 7:30-9 p.m. | VAB 132
    A one of a kind poetry slam in partnership with UCFs only poetry club, Project S.P.I.T. MSC will put on display of what being queer and black entails and unveil the difficulties of those who identify within this community. MSC encourages you to come with a mask as they are making the invisible, visible.
  • Feb. 23: Black History Month Gala | 5-9 p.m. | Live Oak Ballroom
    This Black Tie Affair will have music showcasing different eras within black history, food and art that gives the feel of being at a “Jive” in the day. Proper attire is required to be in attendance and we strongly recommend everyone RSVP.
  • For more information, email: mscmkt@ucf.edu.