Black History Month 2018

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to recognizing the histories, cultures, experiences, and contributions of diverse populations. Through cultural heritage month programming, OMA supports the University of Dayton’s academic mission by providing educational opportunities that assist students in exploring new experiences while also enhancing their understanding of their cultural identity. In collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and the Dayton community, OMA seeks to provide thought-provoking co-curricular programming that supports the personal development of all students, while also influencing the campus climate.

Please join The University of Dayton and The Office of Multicultural Affairs in recognizing Black History Month.

Educate, Empower, Engage 

Thursday, February 1: OMA Day Lunch – Celebration of Black History Month

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (Alumni 101)

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs as we celebrate family and dine together in fellowship. This lunch is free to students, faculty, and staff.

Food Catered by UD Dining Services and Dayton Whole Foods Market

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs


Saturday, February 3: Film and Reflection: Marshall

8:00 p.m. - in the Sears Recital Hall

Young Thurgood Marshall faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing accuses black chauffeur Joseph Spell of sexual assault and attempted murder. He soon teams up with Sam Friedman, a local Jewish lawyer who's never handled a criminal case. Together, the two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty. Join UDLateNight for this film viewing with a reflection to follow.

Sponsored by UDLateNight


Monday, February 5: DISH: Discussion Over Dinner

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall 206

DISH is a monthly dinner hosted by the Women's Center that invites conversation around current events, gender, and the campus community. The goal of the program is to provide space for students to engage in conversation surrounding the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality at the University of Dayton and in the greater world. The topic for February is intersectionality and will be facilitated by Daria Graham.

Sponsored by the UD Women’s Center


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Monday, February 5: Film and Discussion: Agents of Change

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in Sears Recital Hall

From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April, 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960's. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests.  The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history. Today, over 45 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing how much work remains to be done. Join BATU for this film viewing and a discussion to follow.

 Sponsored by Black Action Through Unity (BATU)


Wednesday, February 7: Black History Month Cookie Facts

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Marianist Hall Lobby

Stop by Kennedy Union to grab a free cookie and learn a little more about the significant roles that African Americans have played in the shaping of U.S. and world history.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and New Student Programs

Saturday, February 10: Black Excellence Ball

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. in the Kennedy Union Ballroom

Formal gathering of BATU members and friends that will include music, refreshments, and fellowship in celebration of Black History Month. All are welcomed to attend!

Tickets: Tickets available for purchase at KU Box Office, BATU Meetings, and OMA (see Veronica Halfacre)

$5 (BATU Members) $7 (Non-Members) - $10 at the Door.

Sponsored by Black Action Through Unity (BATU)


Sunday, February 11: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - A Celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar

3:00 pm at the Paul Laurence Dunbar House, 219 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar Street

Located at the Historic Paul Lawrence Dunbar house, this program will feature soprano Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox, singing settings of Paul Laurence Dunbar texts; collaborative pianist John Benjamin; Emeritus English Professor Herb Martin in dramatic recitations of Dunbar poetry; and interpretations of the poetry through dance by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, Artistic Director.

This program is open to the public with no admission. Students wishing to attend this event may contact hhaas1@udayton.edu in the office of the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages for bus transportation reservations. Please include "Bus Reservations" in the email subject line. Bus space available until filled.

Sponsored by the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages


Sunday, February 11: Black History Month Mass

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

A Mass to honor the contributions of African Americans to the Catholic Church will be celebrated at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at 6:00 p.m.  The UD choir will be joined by special guests, the Office of African American Catholic Ministries, with Deacon Royce Winters preaching.  All are welcome.

Sponsored by Campus Ministry


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Thursday, February 15: IEP Global Game Night- Africa Night

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm. in the Rike Center 108

Global Game Night is a recurring event developed to create a relaxed, fun environment where international, Intensive English Program, and US students can interact. Each night will focus on a different region of the world and feature games and snacks from that region. February's Global Game Night will focus on games and activities from African cultures and countries.

Sponsored by the Center for International Progams


Friday, February 16: REAL Topics: Hip Hop: Positive Cultural Staple or a Tool for Destruction

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Office of Multicultural Affairs (Alumni 101)

While many think Hip Hop is one of the most positive and influential forms of self expression, many also think that hip hop is contributing to the overall decay of society. Join us as we engage in critical dialogue about Hip Hop, who/what influences our narrative and also what social institutions are most affected by this ever changing musical artform.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs


Wednesday, February 21: Friends of Africa

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Kennedy Union Torch Lounge

Meet students, faculty and staff with an interest in or affiliation with Africa and its languages and cultures.

Sponsored by the Center for International Programs and the Office of Multicultural Affairs


Thursday, February 22: Movie theater trip – Black Panther

5:00 pm (Time subject it change) - vans will leave from Office of Multicultural Affairs (Alumni 101)

T'Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. Join us in this film viewing. Please RSVP via OrgSync (CLICK HERE-SPACE IS LIMITED). This trip is only open to UD students.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs


Friday, February 23: Black History Month Fashion Showcase

7:00 p.m. in the Sears Recital Hall

Join the Multicultural Programming Council (MPC), along with other student organizations as they celebrate Black History Month by highlighting forms of art and fashion connected to celebrate Black and African culture. There will be a special emphasis on different forms of fashion throughout a span of 100 years. Join us for Fun, Fellowship and Fashion!

Sponsored by the Multicultural Programming Council (MPC), African Student Association (ASA), Black Action Through Unity (BATU) and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)


Saturday, February 24: Black History Day and the 2nd Street Market

9:00 am at the 2nd Street Market, 600 E 2nd St, Dayton, OH

All are invited to the Annual Black History Day at the 2nd Street Market. Join us for a cultural celebration with old school and gospel music and dance. Dianne Coble always provides a top-notch local entertainment line-up for this event. Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Dayton 2nd Street Market


Tuesday, February 27: Soul Food Student Potluck

6:00 p.m. at the Office of Multicultural Affairs (Alumni 101)

Enjoy a multitude of traditional Soul Food dishes, prepared by UD students, faculty and staff. Participants will also learn about the history and significance behind what Soul Food represents to the African American culture. Join us as we dine and fellowship together in the true spirit of family

Sponsored by Black Action Through Unity (BATU) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs

For more information about Black History Month events please call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 229-3634.


Co-Sponsor for the Cultural Heritage Month Programming Series - The University of Dayton's Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Contact us

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Alumni Hall 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 

937.229.3634