2017 Black History Month

performers at harrambee

students dancing at harambee

student speaking

students enjoying harambee dinner

student introducing keynote speaker

The Northwestern community highlights African and African American culture through a variety of events, including guest speakers, panel discussions, films, social gatherings, theatrical performances and literary forums, just to name a few.

All throughout the month we have new and exciting events, collaborations, and contributions from students, staff, faculty, and the campus community.


  • Friday, January 27th | 6:00p - 8:30p
  • Norris University Center, Louis Room
  • Sponsored by: For Members Only (FMO), Multicultural Student Affairs

Swahili for ‘pull together’, the term "Harambee" is most often used as a rallying cry in Kenya for people to come together in community and gather resources. Bringing together students, staff, faculty and alumni of the African Diaspora, Harambee kicks off Black History Month and features a variety of performances, music, and food for everyone to enjoy. This event is open to the campus community.

For Us, By Us (F.U.B.U.) presents:

Radical Self-Love: Learning to Live in Harmony Amongst the Contradiction

  • Tuesday, February 16th | 6:00p - 8:00p
  • Norris University Center, Northwestern Room
  • Sponsored by: Multicultural Student Affairs, Northwestern Residential Life, Norris University Center

The path to self-love is an empowering journey that can also be further complicated by race. All too often, Black women must confront societal pressures and standards about what they should look like, how they should act, and how they don’t measure up against other races. Join us as we explore radical self-love through crafting and discussion. Dinner will be served!

This space is open to anyone who self-identifies as a Black woman. 

Being My Sibling’s Keeper: A Dialogue on Race, Policing, and the Christian Call to Action

  • Thursday, Feb. 9th | 6:00p - 7:30pm
  • Sheil Catholic Center (2110 Sheridan Road), Lower Level

Building upon the Christian belief that we are one body in Christ, we will have an interactive dialogue discussing how we are compelled to be active allies to marginalized communities, specifically around the topics of racism and policing. Join us for a great conversation and light refreshments. All are welcome. Contact Aireale.rodgers@northwestern.edu with any questions. Sponsored by the Sheil Catholic Center and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Know Your Status! FREE HIV Testing

  • February 10th | 11:00a - 3:00p
  • Multicultural Center (1936 Sheridan Road)
  • Sponsored by: Asian Human Services and Multicultural Student Affairs

Asian Human Services of Chicago will be offering FREE HIV testing and counseling. Stop by and take advantage of these services.

Neither Free | Nor

  • Reception: February 16th | 4:00p - 6:00p
  • Exhibit: February 16 - March 28
  • Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Norris University Center
  • Sponsored by: Dittmar Gallery

In this new series, Brittney Leeanne Williams investigates the black body as a site of suffering, mourning, and memorialization, yet still one that is available to transcendence. Neither Free | Nor addresses the inevitability of physical suffering co-existing with the inescapable hope and possibility of redemption.

Cracking the Concrete Ceiling: Bringing Black Girl Magic to Corporate America

  • Wednesday, February 22nd | 6:00p - 7:30p
  • McCormick Foundation Center

Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and Multicultural Student Affairs invites you to join us for a keynote address as Lizette Williams, Kellogg alum, award-winning marketer and leader in the multicultural marketing industry, brings real-life lessons of her two-decade climb up the corporate ladder as an Afro-Latina woman. A dessert reception will follow.

For more information about Northwestern's Martin Luther King, Jr. programs visit our MLK site.

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