2018 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.

2018 Events


  • Friday, January 26th | 6:00p - 8:30p
  • Norris University Center, Louis Room
  • Sponsored by: For Members Only (FMO), Multicultural Student Affairs

Swahili for 'all 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 free and open to the campus community.

"The Catholic Church and the Racial Divide in the U.S."

  • Thursday, February 1st | 7:00p
  • The Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern (2110 Sheridan Rd)
  • Sponsored by: The Sheil Catholic Center

The Sheil Catholic Center welcomes the most Rev. Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D. Bishop of Belleview IL for a discussion on the emergence of the Black Lives Matter Movement from the perspective of the Catholic Church; why only a small number of African Americans are Catholic; the debate and the negative impact of the erroneous expressions "minorities" and "minority groups." 

Black Student Movements in the 21st Century

  • Friday, February 9th | 2:00p
  • Rebecca Crown Center, Hardin Hall (633 Clark Street)
  • Sponsored by: Center for African American History, Department of African American Studies and Campus Inclusion and Community

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Black student takeover of the Bursar's Office, this event explores the recent upsurge in Black student protest nationwide. 

The Declaration of Independence: An American Dilemma Revisited

  • Tuesday, February 13th | 4:30p - 6:00p
  • Alice Millar Chapel
  • Sponsored by: Religious Life and One Book One Northwestern

Dr. Reggie Williams is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary. His book Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance (2014) was selected as A Choice Outstanding Title in 2015, in the field of religion. The book is an analysis of the influence of exposure to Harlem Renaissance thought and worship at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist on the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer during his year of post-doctoral study at Union Seminary in New York,1930-31.

Know Your Status! FREE HIV Testing | National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

  • Wednesday, February 14th | 11:00a - 3:00p
  • Black House (1914 Sheridan Road)
  • Sponsored by: Asian Human Services and Multicultural Student Affairs

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at African Americans in the United States and the Diaspora.  NBHAAD was founded in 1999 as a national response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in African American communities. MSA is partnering with Asian Human Services of Chicago and will be offering FREE confidential HIV testing and counseling. Stop by and take advantage of these services.

Black Panther Movie Screening

  • Friday, February 16th | 8:00p
  • Century 12 Evanston Movie Theatre (1715 Maple Ave)
  • Sponsored by: Multicultural Student Affairs and Student Organizations and Activities

Student Organizations & Activities and Multicultural Student Affairs are sponsoring a FREE screening of Black Panther on Friday 2/16! The movie begins at 8pm and will be shown at Century 12 Evanston located at 1715 Maple Ave. There are limited spots available for this movie on a first come, first served basis and students will be given higher priority. Wristbands will be distributed in the days leading up to the event and attendees will be required to present Wildcards. The RSVP form is now live, and posted on social media!

The Collective

  • Sunday, February 18th | Time 5:00p - 7:00p
  • Black House (1914 Sheridan Road)
  • Sponsored by: Multicultural Student Affairs

The Collective is a program geared towards all Northwestern students both undergraduate and graduate, alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators of color, who identify with masculinity or being a man. In this program, our goals are to explore masculinity and what it means to be a man, build a strong network and community amongst men of color at Northwestern, and also aid individuals on their journey towards manhood. After all, manhood is a journey and not a destination.

AN OUTRAGE A Documentary Film About Lynching in the American South

  • Monday, February 19th | Time 5:00p - 7:00p
  • Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive)
  • Sponsored by: Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI), Campus Inclusion and Community (CIC), and Campus Life (CL)
Join OIDI, CIC, and Campus Life for a Black History Month screening of An Outrage, an award-winning documentary featuring Provost Jonathan Holloway about the legacy of lynching in the American South.  The screening will take place from 5pm to 7pm on February 19, 2018 at Norris University Center.  A post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers and Provost Holloway will be moderated by Leslie Harris, Professor of History. 

Black House Community Meeting

  • Tuesday, February 27th | 6:00p - 8:00p
  • Black House 1st Floor Conference Room (1914 Sheridan)
  • Sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs

Every month, Multicultural Student Affairs hosts an open meeting for students to come together in community, discuss campus happenings, current issues, and share information about upcoming events. Free food is provided, and the meetings are open to all. 

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