Miami University’s regional campuses are sponsoring a number of events for Black History Month. All are open to the public and many are free.
- Feb. 2, African-American Read-In, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Dr. Andrea L. Sutton, Founder and Director of Distinguished Eagles, will moderate and share a variety of literature representing the African-American experience. Audience members are encouraged to bring materials to share with additional resources onsite for impromptu readings in Room 114 Rentschler Hall, the Multicultural Resource Center at Miami Hamilton.
- Feb. 10, Film Presentation: Dear White People, from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center at Miami Hamilton’s and on Feb. 11 from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Campus Community Center at Miami Middletown. In this dramedy, a campus culture war between black and white students at a predominantly white school comes to a head when the staff of a humor magazine stages an offensive Halloween party. Light refreshments will be provided.
- Feb. 21, A Taste of Soul, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Miami Hamilton’s Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. Enjoy traditional soul food, entertainment and vendors with merchandise, arts and crafts. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+), and $5 for children under 12. If interested in being a vendor, call513.785.3024.
- Feb. 15, Meditations of the Freedom Summer: The Voting Rights Act & Freedom, 3 p.m., Miami Middletown’s Dave Finkelman Auditorium. Experience the power and passion behind the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project with local performers for a lively celebration of the fight for justice and equality. Performances to include Miami University Professors Dr. Tammy Kernodle and Dr. Paul Jackson, Miami University Gospel Singers (MUGS), The Kip Moore Theatre Company and SMAG Dance Collective and Kiyaa Bowens. Co-sponsored with 3 R Development, Inc.
- Feb. 25, Sojourn to the Past, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Room 136/137 of the Campus Community Center at Miami Middletown and on Feb. 26 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Harry T. Wilks Conference Center at Miami Hamilton. Jeff Steinberg, Executive Director and Founder of Sojourn to the Past, takes audiences on a moving classroom journey of the Civil Rights movement through various sites in the South.
- Feb. 26, A Taste of Soul Food Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Miami Middletown’s Campus Community Center. Enjoy fellowship and traditional soul food. This year’s menu includes fried chicken, fried catfish, collard greens, green beans, macaroni and cheese, candied sweet potatoes, potato salad, cole slaw, red beans and rice, pound cake, sweet potato pie, cornbread, dinner rolls and punch. The public is invited to attend and carryout is available. Admission is $7.
- Feb. 26, Speak Out! A Community Conversation, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Miami Hamilton Downtown. Join your neighbors to explore three approaches to working towards racial equality in our local and national communities. Discussion and conversations will be moderated, and guidelines provided for civil discourse on this important public topic. Join us to Speak Out! and share your thoughts. RSVP by email at email@example.com or phone at 513.785.3005.
For more information on any of these events, call Miami University’s Regional Offices of Diversity & Multicultural Services at 513.785.3024 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd. Miami Middletown is located at 4200 N. University Blvd.
Featured image: scene from “Dear White People”