In observance of Black History Month, Olivet students are learning about, celebrating and discussing the achievements of important people and events in African-American history. Sponsored by the Center for Student Success, campus events include:
African-American History Wheel of Knowledge in Ludwig Center, offering significant historical facts and faces, throughout the month
Celebration of Heritage Dinner for students, faculty and staff on Monday, February 18. Guest speakers from the Olivet community will share personal experiences and insights about African-American history and culture.
Black History Movie Night and Discussion for students on Sunday, February 24. A viewing of the movie “The Great Debaters” followed by a discussion time. This drama is based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a college professor in Texas, who helped form a debate team that went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
“Pausing to recognize Black History Month here at Olivet is yet another way we strive to celebrate the differences but also unity within the body of Christ,” said Jasper Taylor, multicultural campus coordinator.
Black History Month has been celebrated in the United States since it began as “Negro History Week” in 1926. It was expanded to a month-long event in 1970 at Kent State University. In 1976, it was officially acknowledged by the U.S. government. Today, The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full United States citizenship.