CSU celebrates Black History Month, with much more to come

An overview of CSU’s Black History Month agenda includes activities, webinars, guest speakers, basketball and more

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There have been four scheduled events run, and Cleveland State University’s Black History Month schedule includes many more to take place on campus throughout the month of February.

Feb. 2 included a general celebration of Black culture at CSU. Attendees were offered food and got the chance to enjoy music. CSU’s Black Student Union set out painting supplies as an accompanying activity.

The following week, the Black Student Union organized a game of Black History Kahoot.

The Courageous Conversations series invited health and psychology professionals to discuss the state of Black health and well-being throughout the worldwide fight against COVID-19.

Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell led the conversation as moderator, and attendees were educated and asked to discuss, from their perspectives, the effectiveness of diverse practices.

The Black Student Union ran the “Black Love Matters” event, which put an emphasis on intimate connections within the Black community. “A classic love story” was also a part of the event, which gave a nod to attitudes, behavior in marriage, and romantic relationships as a part of Black Student Union Week.

The events continued with another entry in the Courageous Conversations series: Why are Most Chief Diversity Officers Black/Brown Folks? The webinar discussed signing Black and brown workers onto diversity-related positions instead of leadership roles. Cockrell moderated the panel again.

Blaque Cleveland: Thursday Night Art Talk also was hosted as an extension of the CSU Galleries exhibition. Artist Isaiah Williams discussed his studies of art and cultural influences on the artwork of the Blaque Cleveland part of the gallery.

Feb. 19, the NBA HBCU Classic was played at CSU’s Wolstein Center as a part of NBA All-Star Weekend. Howard University faced off against Morgan State University, both historically Black universities.

Also on Saturday was a Virtual Conversation with Frank “Bishop” McDuffie, President of Laurinburg Institute, an African American preparatory school in Laurinburg, North Carolina. McDuffie dove into Laurinburg’s journey from the Tuskegee institute to a nationally recognized education system.

A soon-to-launch Social Justice Film Series plans to show “137 Shots,” directed by native Clevelander, Mike Milano. This Netflix film will be presented by the CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and the CSU School of Film and Media Arts on Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WKYC-TV3 anchor, Russ Mitchell, will stand as moderator. Those who wish to participate must register.

Feb. 24 will feature the Black Beauty Pageant, presented by the Black Student Union and scheduled to take place in the Student Center Atrium from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. This event, as a part of Black Student Union Week, will cover what it means to be empowered by identity and culture.

The last event listed to be hosted by the Black Student Union is the Unite & Prosper Gala. This day of music, food, and discussion is set for Feb. 25 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Student Center.

To celebrate Black History Month’s entirety, the annual Carter G. Woodson and Madam C. J. Walker Extravaganza, a celebration including poetry, music, and a fashion show, will be held virtually at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26. Participants must register for the event.

Cleveland’s Larchmere Boulevard is the location of the virtual block party, with various businesses located there being selected to be highlighted. Significantly, this location is where the newly elected Cleveland City Council President Blaine Griffin resides.