Black History Month 2017



Black History Month Kickoff

February 1 @ 6pm

The Pit

Come celebrate the start of Black History Month with a fun-filled event in The Pit! The kickoff will feature student performers, notable WFU Black alumni displays, and cuisine from the African Diaspora.

Co-Sponsors: Black Student Alliance & The Pit

First Friday’s

February 3 @ 11:30am

Benson 346

First Fridays, is a monthly event that provides a safe space that fosters dialogue among students.  Students enjoy food and games, while discussing current topics.

Sponsor: Intercultural Center

Black Professionals Forum

February 4 @ 11am

Farrell Hall: Bearn Beatty Colloquium

A networking event connecting black alumnae professionals with students with the purpose of sharing experiences via a panel and social environment.

Co-Sponsors: Office of Professional and Career Development, Black Student Alliance & Association of Wake Forest University Black Alumni

Fearless Dialogue with Dr. Greg Ellison

February 7 @ 4pm

Wingate Hall, Room 302

This will be an opportunity for students and campus community to have a conversation with Dr. Greg Ellison author of Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men. Rev. Dr. Ellison will also be the guest preacher in chapel on Tuesday, February 7 @ 11am.

Sponsor: School of Divinity

Tuesday Trivia

February 7 @ 7pm


Tuesday Trivia with Black History Month at Shorty’s. Teams compete to win a prize based on how many answers they get right.

Sponsor: Student Union

Prayer in the Black Church Tradition

February 8 @ 12pm

Wait Chapel

The purpose of this prayer service is not to simply pray, bt to activate those empowered by prayer to press onward. 

Sponsor: Office of the Chaplain

Akoni Chapel Service

February 9 @ 11am

Wingate Hall: Davis Chapel

All are invited to come and share in worship with members of Akoni and the Wake Forest School of Divinity community, as we welcome our guest speaker for the day Professor of Pan-African Studies from the University of Louisville, Dr. Michael Brandon McCormack.

Sponsors: School of Divinity and Akoni

Painting in Color

February 9 @ 4pm

Scales Art Studio

Join Student Union for a painting session lead by an art student where participants will paint self-portraits without the use of skin tone colors.

Sponsor: Student Union

Journeys to Success with Payton Head

February 9 @ 6pm

Benson University Center: Pugh Auditorium

Payton Head is a rising leader. A recent graduate of the University of Missouri where he represented nearly 28,000 students as President of the student government. In the aftermath of Ferguson, he spearheaded conversations about improving race relations on university campuses to create institutional change.

Sponsor: Intercultural Center, LGBTQ Center & Student Government

Friday Morning Breakfast

February 10 @ 8:45am

Benson 346

Join the Intercultural Center for our bi-weekly event that introduces students to campus resources while building community among students.

Sponsor: Intercultural Center

WFU School of Law Annual Banquet

February 10 @ 6pm

Downtown Marriott

This event is open to the public, local attorneys, undergraduate and graduate community. Dinner will be served and there will be an honorary guest. Look for invitations coming soon.

Sponsor: Black Law Students Association

Great Debaters Film Screening

February 10 @ 8pm

Benson University Center: Pugh Auditorium

A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school’s first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.

Sponsor: Student Union

Contexualizing Collidescope

February 11 @ 6:30pm

Scales Fine Arts Center

Faculty of Color share thoughts about Wake Forest’s racial history and where we need to go next in the Ring Theatre prior to the performance on February 11th. Panelists include Nina Lucas, Jose Villalba, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Anthony Parent

Sponsor: Collidescope Committee

Black Love ~ Open Mic Night

February 11 @ 7pm

Wingate Hall, Lower Auditorium

This event is open to the entire WFU community and public. It will be a time for all to share, see and hear what Black Love is. There will be dance, singing, poetry, and etc.

Sponsor: Akoni

13th Documentary Film Screening

February 13 @ 12pm

Benson 346

Filmmaker Ava Duvernay, takes an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.

Sponsor: Intercultural Center

Black History Month Keynote with the Women’s March on Washington Co-chairs

February 16 @ 7pm

Wait Chapel

One day after Donald J. Trump was inaugurated, millions in the United States and around the world gathered to march as an act of resistance. The Women’s March brought together 4.2 million people making it the largest demonstration in the history of the United States. At the heart of the Women’s March were organizers Tamika D. Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour. In their first appearance since the March, the three co-chairs will come together to discuss their work around the Women’s March and the next steps in the movement. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Melissa Harris-Perry.

Co-sponsors: The Office of the Provost, Black History Month Committee, Pro Humanitate Institute, Intercultural Center,Student Activity Fee Fund, Student Union, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Personal and Professional Development, Department of Communication, Black Student Alliance & Women’s Center

Maya Angelou Residence Hall Dedication

February 17 @ 3 PM

Maya Angelou Residence Hall

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the opening of Maya Angelou Residence Hall named in honor of the distinguished Wake Forest professor and acclaimed poet.  Limited Capacity.

Sponsor: Residence Life and Housing

Community Complexities 

February 17 @ 5pm

Scales Fine Arts Center

Explore the challenges of addressing diversity and inclusion on college campuses on the Tedford Stage prior to the performance on February 17th. Hear from representatives from Wake Forest University, Duke University, and Catawba College, and then enjoy a reception in the lobby with food provided by the women of El Buen Pastor.

Sponsor: Collidescope Committee

UNC-TV Presents: “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” Documentary Screening

February 18 @ 6 PM

Farrell Hall, Broyhill Auditorium

UNC-TV will host a special screening of “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.” This is the first film made about the incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou. The film presents her incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life with remarkable unmatched access. A panel discussion with friends and colleagues of Dr. Angelou will follow the screening along with a reception for attendees. The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsor: UNC-TV and Pro Humanitate Institute  

Anna Julia Cooper Lecture with Monique Morris

February 21 @ 6pm

Byrum Welcome Center

Author and social justice scholar Dr. Monique Morris delivers the 2017 Anna Julia Cooper lecture on February 21st. Dr. Morris has more than 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice.

Sponsor: Anna Julia Cooper Center

Skin Bleaching Panel & Discussion

February 22 @ 6:30pm

Benson University Center 410

A panel and discussion focused on skin bleaching as a manifestation of western beauty standards in black communities worldwide.

Co-Sponsors: AFRICASA & Women’s Center

Friday Morning Breakfast

February 24 @ 8:45am

Benson 346

Join the Intercultural Center for our bi-weekly event that introduces students to campus resources while building community among students.

Sponsor: Intercultural Center

Waiting for Superman Film Screening

February 24 @ 8pm

Benson University Center: Pugh Auditorium

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying “drop-out factories” and “academic sinkholes,” methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.

Sponsor: Student Union

Celebration of Black Arts

February 25 @ 5pm

Scales Fine Arts Center: Brendle Recital Hall

The Gospel Choir will be collaborating with the Black Student Alliance for a program that will include a reception and also showcase talents of current students by highlighting the significance, importance, and impact of Black Arts and excellence throughout history.

Co-Sponsors: Gospel Choir & Black Student Alliance

Queer Icons: An Exhibition

February 28th @  5-7 pm

Reynolda Hall: Green Room

The Queer Icons exhibit mimics Catholic Mexican religious iconography that highlights Queer and Trans people of color. Join the LGBTQ center and the Pro Humanitate Institute for an exhibition and a conversation with the artist behind the series, Gabriel Garcia Roman. Preview the work in the Green Room throughout the day, then join for the conversation and reception at 5:00 pm.

Co-Sponsors: LGBTQ Center, Pro Humanitate Institute, & the Intercultural Center

The Real: Black Bodies at PWI’s

February 28 @ 6pm

Location: TBD

This is a discussion around the bodies at Predominantly White Institutions, how to operate and navigate through spaces at Wake Forest.

Sponsor: Akoni