Black History Month 2020

The theme for Wake Forest’s Black History Month 2020 is “Reconstruction: Discovering the Black Voice”. The theme emphasizes the continual struggle to have Black voices be respected and heard. The empowerment of the Black voice enhances the ability of Black people to be and to become themselves, not only for their own good but for the enrichment of the lives of all people. This theme reflects on the contributions that Black people make to American society and recognizes the numerous struggles that define the Black experience in America. Additionally, this theme highlights the fight to find and embrace the inner voice that will lead to much-deserved jubilation within Black communities.

Strength, Resolve, and Legacy

February 1

Brendle Recital Hall

African American women from 1960-1970 will share their WFU Experiences, perspectives and contributions. They will be joined by current students to bridge their collective journeys and discuss paths forward in a “table-talk” style discussion.

Sponsored by: Student Activity Fund, President’s Office, Provost’s Office, The Dean of the College, Wake Forest Athletics, and the Slavery, Race, and Memory Project

Centering Black Classicists

February 1

ZSR Ammons Room

On display all February long a display of Michele Valerie Ronnick’s traveling exhibit 14 BLACK CLASSICISTS, plus a brand-new portrait of North Carolina classicist Helen Maria Chesnutt (author of the first Latin textbook by an African American woman), painted by local artist and St. Philip’s (Old Salem) lead historic interpreter Leo Rucker. Available also is a pamphlet by Prof. Ronnick, A Brief History of Classicism in North Carolina: Nine Portraits.

Sponsored by: Department of Classics

School of Business Black Alumni Spotlight

February 3

Farrell Hall

Throughout the entire month of February, ISS will display and honor School of Business Black alumni on the TV screens inside of  Farrell Hall.

Sponsored by: School of Business Integrative Student Services

Inside Buffalo 

February 3 @ 5pm

ZSR Auditorium

Join the Italian Studies Department of History to hear the story of unsung African American heroes of the 92nd division in World War II. This extraordinary story pays homage to those who fought the Nazis in Tuscany during World War II, as part of the U.S. Fifth Army, fighting in the Italian Campaign.

Sponsored by: Italian Studies Department of History and The Intercultural Center

Blaq Italiano

February 4 @ 5pm

Green Hall Auditorium 

Join the Italian Studies Department of History to hear Fred Kuwornu, an Italian-Ghanaian activist and documentary film director based in Brooklyn, NY who directed the award-winning documentary Inside Buffalo. He will be lecturing on his framework of culture, race, identity, and citizenship in contemporary Italy.

Sponsored by: Italian Studies Department of History and The Intercultural Center

Film Screening and Discussion: “Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed”

February 4 @ 5:30pm

DeTamble Auditorium (Tribble Hall)

Before Kamala and Hillary, there was trailblazer Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to seriously run for president. Come watch the story of her run followed by a dialogue with Professors Simone Caron (History) and Melissa Harris Perry (Politics and International Studies) on her legacy, our current election cycle, and the role that race and gender still play in our political climate. Doors open at 5:30pm for pre-movie pizza and film will start at 6pm. 

Sponsored by: Women’s Center

BHM Pop Up

February 4 @ 11:30am

The Pit

Join the Harvest Table Culinary Group in the Pit for a “Pop Up” event featuring a cuisine from the African American Culture. The culinary dish for the day will be Malva Pudding.

Sponsored by: Harvest Table Culinary Group

The Coach Is In 

February 5 @ 2pm

Benson University Center 346 (Intercultural Center) 

Cheryl Hicks from the Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) will be in the IC to provide tips, and advice for students looking to expand their professional network. 

Sponsored by: Intercultural Center & the OPCD

The Defamation Experience 

February 5 @ 7:30pm

Wait Chapel  

The Wake Forest University community is invited to an evening of theatre, engagement, and dialogue through the Defamation Experience at 7:30 p.m. on February 5, 2020, at Wait Chapel. A riveting courtroom drama, written by award-winning playwright Todd Logan, will unfold before your eyes — and you will deliberate and vote on the verdict! After the votes are tallied, a facilitated post-show discussion will explore a dialogue of race, class, religion, gender, and the law that promises to stimulate critical discussions and challenge preconceived notions. 

Sponsored by: The Office of the President, the Office of the Provost Office, the Dean of the College, the School of Business, the Divinity School, the Law School, the Education Department, the Philosophy Department, the Office of Residence Life and Housing, the Politics and International Affairs Department, the Theatre and Dance Department.

iLab 101: Culture, Values and Communication Styles (Faculty/Staff) 

February 6 @10am

Registration on the PDC website required

An inclusion learning lab that offers interactive workshops and online resources designed to support faculty, staff and students in increasing their cultural awareness and interpersonal effectiveness. 

Sponsored by: Diversity Education 

Queen and Slim Film Screening

February 6 @ 6:30pm

A/perture Cinema

Join us for this week’s film –Queen and Slim. As always, popcorn will be there – so we hope to see you there, too!

Sponsored by: A/perture Cinema

First Friday’s

February 7 @ 11:30am

Benson University Center 346 (Intercultural Center)

First Fridays is a monthly event that provides a safe space for students to connect through dialogue, free food and fellowship. Stop by the Intercultural Center to immerse in the experience! 

Sponsored by: Intercultural Center

Celebration of the Black Arts 

February 9 @ 3pm

Scales Fine Arts (Brendle Recital Hall)

Celebration of the Black Arts is an annual concert featuring Black students who have exceptional artistic talent. This event highlights how dynamic and diverse Black Arts can be.  

Sponsored by: Black Student Alliance and Intercultural Center

My Shelf To Yours: Black History Month Edition

February 10 @ 12pm

Benson University Center 346 (Intercultural Center)

My Shelf To Yours: Black History Month Edition allows individuals to select a hand wrapped book by a Black author. The carefully curated collection will feature a wide range of genres that are tagged with intriguing clues alluding to the book inside. 

Sponsored by: Diversity Education & the Intercultural Center

“Black Is…Black Ain’t” Film Screening 

February 10 @ 4pm

ZSR Auditorium

Black Queer filmmaker Marlon Riggs’s film  “Black Is…Black Ain’t” is an unabashedly vivid exploration of Blackness in America. His final project before losing his battle with AIDS, Riggs provides a powerful critique of racism, sexism, and homophobia through narrative cinematic storytelling.

Sponsored by: LGBTQ+ Center

iLab Inclusion Influencer Lunch n’ Learn: Exploring the IDI

February 11 @12pm

Registration on the PDC website required

Come learn about the Intercultural Development Inventory and how its results can inform your individual inclusive practices. 

Sponsored by: Diversity Education 

Call 2 Conversation: Respecting the Black Voice

February 11 @ 6pm

Magnolia Room (Reynolda Hall)

We’ve all experienced the discomfort of being the only Black face in a classroom or organization. Join the WFU National Pan-Hellenic Council for a Call to Conversation on the power of the Black voice, and the role we play in the betterment of society. Your voice is powerful. Your voice is needed. Tap into your potential. 

Sponsored by: Wake Forest University National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Program for Leadership and Character

Pizza With The Police

February 12 @ 11:30am

Zicks

Join the WFU Campus Police Department for free pizza, swag, and fun at Zicks. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Sponsored by: Wake Forest University Campus Police Department

iLab Student Workshop Series – Art of Empathy

February 12 @ 4pm

Benson 410

Participants will learn how to use empathy as a tool for building relationships among organization members and others in the WFU community.

Sponsored by: Diversity Education 

A Conversation with Benjamin Crump

February 12 @ 6pm

Pugh Auditorium (Benson University Center)

Join us for a Conversation with Benjamin Crump. Benjamin Crump represents clients in some of the most important and contentious cases of our time, taking a place in legal history with his pursuit of justice. His role in the Trayvon Martin, Martin Lee Anderson Boot Camp, Jannie Ligons (State of Oklahoma vs. Daniel Holtzclaw) and Robbie Tolan cases shows a legacy built around the idea that the Constitution applies to everyone, at every level of society. Mr. Crump’s passion for advocacy has given him the privilege to fight for justice on behalf of the marginalized in our country, a calling to which he remains dedicated.

Mr. Crump is a frequent speaker and author, having been featured in documentaries like NPR’s “How Lawyer Got Nation Talking About Trayvon Martin,” and BET’s “I Am Trayvon Martin: A Family’s Fight for Justice.” Mr. Crump is also a frequent to Time magazine, discussing many of the civil rights and criminal justice issues African-Americans face today.

Sponsored by: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Student Activity Fee & the Intercultural Center

C3: Forgotten Queer Voices in Black History 

February 13 @ 3pm

LGBTQ+ Center (Benson 311) 

C3 (Building Community Over Coffee and Conversation)  is a weekly program hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center; each session is a new topic- drop in anytime between 3 and 4pm to join the conversation! In honor of Black History Month, we will be discussing influential Black Queer voices that have often been forgotten and overlooked throughout Black History. 

Sponsored by: LGBTQ+ Center

The Weekend Film Screening

February 13 @ 6:30pm

A/perture Cinema

Join us for this week’s film –The Weekend. As always, popcorn will be there – so we hope to see you there, too!

Sponsored by: A/perture Cinema

Friday Morning Breakfast

February 14 @ 8:30am

Benson University Center 346 (Intercultural Center)

Kickback and enjoy your favorite throwback shows with FREE breakfast.

Sponsored by: Intercultural Center

Just One Word: Belonging

February 14 @12pm

Invite Only

“Just One Word” is a moderated dialogue that takes place over a lunch or dinner, during which participants share their understanding and experience of a specific word.

Sponsored by: Diversity Education & Intercultural Center

The Photograph Film Screening

February 16 @ 2pm

The Grand 18 – Winston Salem

Join us for a romantic film screening, The Photograph. Information on receiving a FREE student ticket will be available at the beginning of February. Check your email for updates on how to reserve a ticket.

Sponsors: Student Union, Intercultural Center & Black Student Alliance

True Justice Film Screening  

February 17 @12pm

Benson University Center 346 (Intercultural Center)

For more than three decades, Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. An intimate portrait of this remarkable man, “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality” follows his struggle to create greater fairness in the system and shows how racial injustice emerged, evolved and continues to threaten the country, challenging viewers to confront it.

Sponsored by: Diversity Education & Intercultural Center

Legacies of Leadership:The Winston-Salem Sit-In, 60 Years Later – Civil Rights Museum Visit

February 17 @ 4pm

International Civil Rights Center & Museum (Greensboro, NC)

25 students from WFU and 25 students from WSSU will experience the official tour at the International Civil Rights Museum and Center. After the tour and intergroup dialogue, these 50 students will be given one month to design a collection of art projects in response to a prompt. Their collaborative creations will be installed in the museum in the Spring of 2020.

Sponsored by: Leadership & Character and Winston-Salem State University

iLab 102: Approaches to Cross-Cultural Conflict (Faculty/Staff) 

February 18 @10am

Registration on the PDC website required

An inclusion learning lab that offers interactive workshops and online resources designed to support faculty, staff and students in increasing their cultural awareness and interpersonal effectiveness. 

Sponsored by: Diversity Education 

Provide & Thrive: Spiritual Wellbeing, Say Amen, Somebody Film Screening 

February 18 @ 3pm

Benson University Center 346 (Intercultural Center)

Join us on Tuesday, Feb 18th at 3pm in the Intercultural Center for a trip back in time through the foot stomping, hand clapping, story of Gospel music and it’s evolution within the black church experience. 

Sponsored by: Intercultural Center, Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life & the Office of Wellbeing

Legacies of Leadership: I Am Not My Brother’s Keeper Film Screening & Panel Discussion

February 19 @ 6:30pm

Pugh Auditorium

Join Leadership & Character for this week’s film! “I Am Not My Brother’s Keeper” explores the efforts of the 21 students from WSSU and WFU who collaborated to conduct a sit-in protest in 1960. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring faculty from WSSU and WFU. We look forward to seeing you in Pugh!

Sponsored by: Leadership & Character and Winston-Salem State University

Just Mercy Book Discussion 

February 20 @ 12 pm

Benson University Center 409

An interactive discussion on Bryan Stevenson’s’ book, Just Mercy. Books will be available for those interested in participating.

Sponsored by: Diversity Education & the Intercultural Center 

Legacies of Leadership: The Winston-Salem Sit-In, 60 Years Later – Heart & Soul Open Mic

February 20 @ 5:30-8:30pm

DJR Student Activities Center (Winston-Salem State University)

Come kickback and enjoy painting with us from 5:30-6:30. After for a  gallery walk & refreshments from 6:30-7:30, and open mic 7:30-8:30. Sign-ups for the open mic are available here

Sponsored by: Leadership & Character and Winston-Salem State University

Meritocracy: The Myth of Social Mobility

February 20 @ 11am

Professional Development Center 

This seminar will explore the myth of meritocracy in American culture, especially as it relates to people of color.  We will identify systems of oppression that have historically created barriers to social class mobility for people of color, including in higher education.

Sponsored by: University Counseling Center

Express Yourself: Queen & King Edition

February 20 @ 5pm

A330 Wellbeing Seminar Room 

This is an art expression event in the likes of a “Sip and Paint.”  We will invite attendees to complete a canvas with quotes or images that give them a sense of pride, joy, and culture while also incorporating things symbolic of their hopes, dreams, wellbeing, and sense of belonging.

Sponsored by: University Counseling Center

The Last Tree Film Screening

February 20 @ 6:30pm

A/perture Cinema

Join us for this week’s film –The Last Tree. As always, popcorn will be there – so we hope to see you there, too!

Sponsored by: A/perture Cinema

Growing up Black & Jewish

February 21 @ 11:30am

Benson 301 

Dr. Amanda Mbuvi, Assistant Professor of Religion at High Point University, was drawn to the Hebrew Bible because of its vivid stories and rich language, and because of the way it connects the various streams of her identity. Born into an interracial family, she grew up Jewish in the black church. In the classroom, she draws on that experience to help students encounter voices from a wide variety of perspectives, expanding their horizons while also developing their own point of view.

Sponsored by: Office of the Chaplain

Celebration of Caribbean Heritage

February 21 @ 12pm

Intercultural Center (Benson 346)

Join Africasa as we celebrate Caribbean culture and heritage through food, music and fellowship.

Sponsored by: Africasa

Classics Beyond Whiteness: Chi-Raq Screening & Discussion

February 21 @ 3:30pm

DeTamble Auditorium (Tribble Hall)

Spike Lee’s movie Chi-Raq is the most important 21st-century adaptation of the Ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes.  Screening and panel discussion with Professor Ronald Neal (Department for the Study of Religions) and Professor T. H. M. Gellar-Goad (Department of Classics).

Sponsored by: Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Provost’s Office, Humanities Institute, Student Government, Society for Classical Studies, Classical Association of the Middle West and South

Black Card Revoked: Black Love Edition

February 21 @ 6:30pm

Pugh Auditorium

The event will be modeled after the popular television show “Black Card Revoked” where celebrities are asked questions based on American Black popular culture and respond with the correct answer based on the scenario or their “Black card” is revoked. In our version of the game, the questions will be centered around the theme Black love, including shows and movies featuring Black love, famous Black couple, or sayings in Black relationships.

Sponsored by: The Pi Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

BHM Pop Up

February 24 @ 11:30am

The Pit

Join the Harvest Table Culinary Group in the Pit for a “Pop Up” event featuring a cuisine from the African American Culture. The culinary dish for the day will be Chermoula Salmon.

Sponsored by: Harvest Table Culinary Group

Legacies of Leadership: The Winston-Salem Sit-In, 60 Years Later – Vigil

February 23 @ 3pm

Millennium Center

This event commemorates the 60th anniversary of the student-led sit-in protest featuring students from WSSU and WFU. Participants will gather at the Millennium Center for a brief program featuring gospel choirs from WSSU and WFU and guest speaker Jonathan Walton (Dean, School of Divinity). After participants will processed to the corner of 4th St. & Liberty St. where President Hatch and Chancellor Robinson (WSSU) will lead a brief memorial service for the students who participated in the sit-in from their respective universities. Students are welcome to return to the Millennium Center for a mixer, following the vigil.

Sponsored by: Leadership & Character and Winston-Salem State University

Black, Queer, and Brillant: A Black Queer Community Space for Black Queer Folks at WFU

February 25 @ 5pm

LGBTQ+ Center (Benson 311) 

The LGBTQ+ Center will be hosting an intimate community space for Black LGBTQ+ identified folks at WFU. All Black LGBTQ+ identified folks are invited to share in a meal and build community with one another, as we celebrate the brilliance that exists at the intersections of Blackness and Queerness. Dinner will be provided.

Sponsored by: LGBTQ+ Center

Roll Bounce

February 26 @ 6:00pm

Benson 401

Join Student Union for the Roll Bounce skating event! Students, Faculty and Staff will be able to skate indoors with throwback music food and more! 

Sponsored by: Student Union & the Intercultural Center

Friday Morning Breakfast

February 28 @ 8:30am

Benson University Center 346 (Intercultural Center)

Kickback and enjoy your favorite throwback shows with FREE breakfast.

Sponsored by: Intercultural Center

iLab 103: Barriers to Inclusion (Faculty/Staff) 

February 28 @10am

Registration on the PDC website required

An inclusion learning lab that offers interactive workshops and online resources designed to support faculty, staff and students in increasing their cultural awareness and interpersonal effectiveness. 

Sponsored by: Diversity Education 

Roll Bounce Film Screening

February 28 @ 8:00pm

Pugh Auditorium

Join Student Union for the Roll Bounce skating event! Students, Faculty and Staff will be able to skate indoors with throwback music food and more! 

Sponsored by: Student Union

Black Professionals Forum

February 29 @ 10am

Magnolia Room (Reynolda Hall)

A networking event for WFU African-American alumni professionals to discuss and share knowledge of various career fields and experiences with African-American students. The intent is to develop mentor relationships and valuable connections between students and alumni.

Sponsored by: Black Student Alliance, Intercultural Center & The Office of Personal & Career Development