“Black history isn’t a separate history. This is all of our history, this is American history, and we need to understand that.” — Karyn Parsons, writer and actor.
This statement captures the importance, value, and opportunities Black History Month presents as Eastern Michigan University formally begins our 2022 celebration. Our theme for Black History Month is: “Celebrating Black History 365 Days a Year.”
Event details and registration links will be added to this page as they become available.
From Black Power to Black Lives Matter in Detroit
The Department of Africology and American Studies is hosting a virtual discussion titled “From Black Power to Black Lives Matter in Detroit,” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3. The event features Nicole Brown, mayor pro-tem, Ypsilanti; Professor Charles Simmons, Hush House; Lloyd Simpson, Detroit Will Breathe; Rev. Jo Ann Watson, former Detroit City Council member.
Detroit History Bus Tour
The History Section presents a tour through Detroit’s history. Stops of significance to Black history will include the Second Baptist Church; the Brewster-Wheeler Recreation Center; the starting point of the 1967 Uprising; and the home of Ossian Sweet, an African-American doctor who dared to move into a white neighborhood in 1925. For more information, contact Professor Ashley Johnson Bavery.
YpsiWrites Writing Workshop: I, Too, Hear America Singing: A Poetry Writing Workshop
YpsiWrites will host a virtual poetry writing workshop from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5. We'll explore how poetry can help writers of all skill levels and review personal experiences. Poet and Part-Time Lecturer David Boeving will facilitate this workshop. Register below. Attendees will receive a Zoom link a few days before the event.
Marc Perry is the president and CEO of Advantage Communications, has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and advertising. Perry has worked with various organizations, from automotive manufacturers and minority suppliers to nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies, including Chrysler and Ford Motor Company.
Perry holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University and enjoys volunteering with the Eastern Michigan University Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Horizons-Upward Bound program to help young men develop their reading skills and get them college-ready.
Cut the Cost of Branding with Talia Edgar
Join Talia Edgar, EMU alumna and entrepreneur, in an engaging talk focused on the importance of entrepreneurship in the black community on Wednesday, Feb. 9 from 7 - 8:15 p.m. Event link will be posted when it is available.
EMU Theatre is proud to present our February 2022 mainstage production, Pipeline, written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Wallace Bridges. Pipeline shares the story of Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher and her son Omari who attends a private school. Nya and her ex-husband have chosen this option for their son. An incident at the predominately white school between Omari and a teacher puts him on the brink of expulsion and Nya on the brink of breakdown. Important questions and passionate voices are raised in this timely piece about race, family conflict, and the American education system. The title itself refers to the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a harsh reality facing many young Black men and others from marginalized communities.
February 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7:00 p.m.
February 13 & 20 at 2:00 p.m.
For tickets call 734-487-2282 or visit emich.edu/emutheatre
Dr. Rema Reynolds Workshop - Professionalism in Black
Join EMU’s NAACP chapter and Dr. Rema Reynolds, associate professor of Leadership and Counseling at EMU, in a workshop focused on professional development and embracing blackness in the workplace on Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Event link will be posted when it is available.
Toni Carter is an HR professional with more than 25 years of human resources experience and 13+ years of multi-unit experience; Senior Director at Vir Biotechnology, Inc., leading the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy and supporting the organization as one of their two Human Resources Business Partners.
Carter attended Eastern Michigan University and obtained her bachelor’s degree in business management with a major in human resources and a minor in communication in 2002. Toni was very active on her campus as she was chapter president of her sorority, Delta, Sigma Theta Sorority incorporated, member of Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity, and committee chair with the Black Student Union. Upon graduating from EMU, she was the scholarship chair for the EMU Black Alumni Association and awarded over $20,000 in scholarships to undergraduate students with financial need at Eastern Michigan. In 2008, she graduated from Central Michigan University with a master of science in human resources administration.
A Soul Food Moment
Cuppy’s Best Soulful Bistro will provide 150 students who register with a free meal on Thursday, Feb. 17. This is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Education for Liberation in Detroit
Please, join us as EMU’s Department of Africology and African American Studies (AAAS) presents a live panel discussion on “Education for Liberation in Detroit.” This Black History Month conversation features four outstanding guest speakers: Dorothy Dewberry Aldridge, Michigan Coalition for Human Rights; Rev. Dan Aldridge, Woodward Avenue Community Development Corporation; Dr. Kefentse Chike, WSU Department of African American Studies; and Dr. Joyce Piert, University of Michigan-Flint.
The event is scheduled to be delivered via zoom at 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 17, 2022. Call 734.487.3460, if you have questions.
Black Excellence: Financial Literacy Edition
Take your first step to financial independence with this workshop hosted by EMU CORE and EMU’s NABA chapter on Friday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. EMU graduate Myles Campbell will discuss tips and tricks for financial wellness. LBC credit eligible.
Virtual Discussion with Dr. Toni Pressley-Sanon -“It All Seemed So Far Away Then, or The Future is Black Women”
EMU’s Dr. Toni Pressley-Sanon, associate professor of Africology and African American Studies at EMU, will host a virtual discussion and writing session from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19. The event's theme is “It All Seemed So Far Away Then, or The Future is Black Women.”
Celebrate Black Voices
Join the Interpretation/Performance Studies program, hosts Gavin Allen and Mollie Cardella, and special guest emcee Genesis Beecham for a fun-filled hour showcasing the joy of performances that celebrate Black artistry! 4:00-5:00 p.m. in room 107 Judy Sturgis Hill Building. For information on watching via Facebook Live or Zoom contact Calli Coburn. Admission is Free. LBC Approved.
EMU’s Kings of Color will host a “Moments of Color” event on Tuesday, Feb. 22.
Remembering bell hooks
3:30-5:00 pm, zoom
The Department of Women's and Gender Studies invites you to join in remembering the life and love of feminist troublemaker and public intellectual bell hooks (1952-2021). Author of over 30 books, hooks was an important theorist whose accessible prose explored complex topics ranging from sexism and racism to love and belonging. She gave many public talks, engaging with thought leaders from Laverne Cox to the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. We invite you to join us, bringing your memories of her, selections of her many talks and interviews, and any texts that have influenced you so that we can celebrate her life and her legacy in community.
For more information, contact Beth Currans, [email protected]
Marnese Jackson is an environmental and climate justice activist, advocate, trainer, and educator from Pontiac, Michigan. She is the co-director of the Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition, which educates Midwesterners on how to end new installations of fossil fuel equipment in residential and commercial buildings by 2030 and how to achieve zero emissions from these buildings by 2050.
Jackson holds a bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary public relations, communications, journalism and African American studies from Eastern Michigan University in 2006 and a master of arts degree from Marygrove College in social justice specializing in environmental, economic and racial justice in 2016.
Music and Movement: The Sounds of Liberation in Detroit
Please join us as EMU’s Department of Africology and African American Studies (AAAS) presents a live conversation on “Music and Movement: The Sounds of Liberation in Detroit.” This Black History Month discussion features three outstanding guest speakers: Marsha Music, author, artist and activist; Piper Carter, co-founder of We Found Hip Hop; and Jae Bass, Detroit Will Breathe.
The event is scheduled to be delivered via zoom at 5:30pm on Thursday, February 24, 2022. Call 734.487.3460 if you have questions.
A Litany for Survival: Black Lives Matter and the remaking of the Dream
Dr. Frank Leon Roberts, social activist, and New York University professor, will lead an informative and interactive discussion on Thursday, Feb. 24. Dr. Roberts is a current faculty member at The New School and created the nation's first #BlackLivesMatter course. The event is hosted by CORE and will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. via Zoom. Students are able to receive LBC credit.
Screening and Roundtable Discussion of "Drawing the Line: Inside the Fight to End Prison Gerrymandering"
EMU's Southeast Michigan Criminal Justice Policy Research Project (SMART) will host an online screening and virtual roundtable discussion of the recent documentary "Drawing the Line: Inside the Fight to End Prison Gerrymandering" from 7:15 to 9:15 pm. Participants will include: EMU faculty members Dr. Barbara Patrick, Dr. Toni Pressley-Sanon, and Dr. Rita Shah; the film director Eugene Kutz; community organizer Cozine Welch, and Michigan State Senator Jeff Irwin. Further information and resources can be found at the event website.
Judy Sturgis Hill, Emeritus Professor of Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts who passed away in Jan. 2019, had a lengthy and distinguished history as an Eastern Michigan University student and faculty member.
Professor Sturgis Hill served in many roles on campus. She was an EMU student, a member of the national championship Forensics team, a student activist on campus during the civil rights struggles, a resident hall advisor, a graduate assistant, a part-time lecturer, a recipient of a King-Chavez-Parks fellowship, a faculty member, a faculty in-residence (living in the First Year residence hall for many years to support students in their transition to college life), the Director of Diversity programs, the Interim Director of Office of Affirmative Action, the co-chair of the Martin L. King, Jr. planning committee from its inception, and co-Director of the Summer Institute for the Arts and Sciences.
Judy Sturgis Hill was also EMU’s first National Forensics Champion, a recipient of the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, a chosen faculty member to present in the Last Lecture Series, and a recipient of EMU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award.
She left a tremendous mark on the lives of students, faculty, and staff, and her legacy will live in the hearts of many. Hill’s strong dedication to EMU was honored with the renaming of the Quirk Building to the “Judy Sturgis Hill Building” in Dec. 2020.
Regent Alex Simpson, attorney for Microsoft, supporting commercial transactions in the U.S. and Canada. Simpson is a proud alumnus who received his bachelor of science in social work from EMU in 2007.
Doris Fields, assistant vice president for Academic Programs and Initiatives, Division of Academic and Student Affairs, professor of communication, School of Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts
Kathleen Stacey, interim assistant vice president for Academic Human Resources
Ray Quiel, emeritus director of Forensics, assistant professor of communication, School of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts
Keith Jason, coordinator of New Student Programming at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Studies Program. Jason is a proud two-time EMU alumnus who received his bachelor of arts in business and marketing and his master of arts in educational leadership - higher education/student affairs.