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Black History Month

Old Dominion University celebrates the contributions of African descendants during the February Black History Month observance. Noted Black History author Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week in 1926 to celebrate the achievements of African Americans. In 1976 this became known as Black History Month.

2023 Schedule of Events

Complete Event Descriptions and Registration Links

Feb. 1 | Curators for Change

Register for Curators for Change

6 - 8 p.m.
Big Blue Room (Chartway Arena)

Through the efforts of initiating thought provoking conversation on discussions of importance within the African American demographic, the attendees and live viewers of the event can expect to gain insight from the various perspectives and ultimately learn how they can play a part in being a "Curator of Change" within their own walks of life after hearing the perspectives and life experiences of the panelist.

Sponsors: ODU Athletics and The Office of Intercultural Relations

Feb. 2 | Blue Table Talk

Register for Blue Table Talk

6-8 pm

Hampton Newport News Room (Webb Center),

Join us for a guided discussion that provides a safe space for individuals to share and learn about issues relevant to the black community today.

Sponsors: Black Leadership Advisory Board and The Office of Intercultural Relations

Feb. 3 | Queen Bee (Black Encouragement & Excellence)

Register for Queen BEE (Black Encouragement & Excellence)

5 -7 p.m.
Student Recreation Center

Pairing black history with women in sports day Queen BEE (Black Encouragement & Excellence) offers a series of express (4 - 30 min) group fitness classes at the student recreation center.

Sponsors: Student Recreational Center

Feb. 3 | Ebony Impact Black History Month Showcase

RSVP for the Ebony Impacy Black History Month Showcase

7 - 9 p.m.
North Cafeteria (Webb Center)

This Black History showcase shines a light on black organizations on campus and will allow them to not only display their talents, but also discuss the origin of their organizations for the rest of the Old Dominion University community.

Sponsors: Ebony Impact Gospel Choir

Feb. 3 | Black Alumni Council Film Discussion “The 1619 Project”

Register to view "The 1619 Project" with the Black Alumni Council Film Discussion

Register online by 5 p.m. February 3 (EST)

"The 1619 Project" -Grab your popcorn and favorite drink and join BAC for a virtual movie night as we stream episode one of The 1619 Project docuseries to kick off Black History Month.

You must have a Hulu account to stream the film with us on the 'Scener' platform. Additional instructions for streaming will be included in your confirmation email upon registration.

Feb. 7 | National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Register to attend National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
University Webb Center Front Lobby

February 7 is National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), which was first observed in 1999. This observance is a day to acknowledge how HIV disproportionately affects Black people. ODU will provide a day of FREE testing services

Black communities have made great progress in reducing HIV. Yet racism, discrimination, and mistrust in the health care system may affect whether Black people seek or receive HIV prevention services.

Sponsors: Sponsors: Woman and Gender Equity Center (WGEC)

Feb. 8 | CommUnity Conversations

Register to attend CommUnity Conversations

6 - 8 p.m.
Big Blue Room - Chartway Arena

The last three years have been incredibly overwhelming for many, especially Black students having to navigate the stressors of the COVID-19 Pandemic amid social and political unrest, all while dealing with the microaggressions of everyday life. This student-focused program will highlight strategies for managing mental well-being including ways to set healthy boundaries, understanding your baseline (triggers/traumas), and the impact of social media.

Feb. 9 | Shifting from Code Switching

Register to attend Shifting from Code Switching

12:30- 1:30 p.m.
Executive Dining Room - Webb Center

The ODU community will share ways to normalize and embrace Black Language.

Feb. 10 | Sickle Cell Blood Drive

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Kaufman Mall

Sponsors: Student Health Services and Office of Intercultural Relations

Feb. 10 | U-Nite: Resistance and Reflection

Register for U-Nite: Resistance and Reflection

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Barry Art Museum

Join the Barry Art Museum for U-Nite: Resistance & Reflection, an evening in celebration of Black History Month. Enjoy refreshments, music, and art by African American makers in the ODU campus community as we reflect upon the stories of Black artists in the Barry Art Museum permanent collection.

Sponsors: Barry Art Museum

Feb. 13 | Empowering Black Females: Building and Sustaining Bridges for Future Success

Register for Empowering Black Females: Building and Sustaining Bridges for Future Success

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Hampton Newport News Room - Webb Center

This program is designed to provide our Black female students (and our allies) with an opportunity to see and hear examples of success, leadership, achievement and sisterhood from highly successful women and trail-blazing "sheroes" who mirror their image.

Sponsors: - Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity African American and African Studies Program

Feb. 15 | Disability CRT and the Black Experience

Register for Disability CRT and the Black Experience

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Potomac/York Room - Webb Center

A discussion about the 7 tenets of Discrit and discuss themes associated with black and brown students about abelist language and dismantle the myths and stereotypes within black families

Sponsors: ODU Office of Accessibility and the Office of Intercultural Relations

Feb. 15 | Why Do We Step & Stroll

Register for Why Do We Step & Stroll

6 - 8 p.m.
Executive Dining Room - Webb Center

NPHC will give a historical and cultural background about the History of stepping and strolling in Black Greek Organizations that are a part of NPHC.

Sponsors: National Panhellenic Council (NPHC)

Feb. 16 | Resistance is Black Success

Register for Resistance is Black Success

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Virginia Rice Room (Webb Center)

This program is to encourage the Black community that one of the best ways to resist is to become/be successful. Success doesn't look the same for everyone, and it isn't defined the same by everyone. Black Success is both Resistance and Rebellion.

Sponsors: Don't Shoot My Dad (DSMD)

Feb. 16 | Coffee & Contemporary Art - Black History Month

Claim a free ticket to Coffee & Contemporary Art

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Barry Art Museum

Join us during ODU Activity Hour as we celebrate Black History Month with riveting performances. Brittney Harris will perform her 1-woman play, The Intersection: The Sandra Bland Project (run time: 30 mins) ODU Rep Theatre students will perform snippets of their original devised play, Tag! You are It! (Run time: 15 mins). Enjoy brunchy refreshments in the BAM lobby.

Sponsors: Barry Art Museum

Feb. 18 | Black Entrepreneurship Conference

1-5 p.m.

River Rooms/SGA Chambers

A conference for Black students to learn skills from Black Entrepreneurs and gain knowledge about how to start up businesses in the black community.

Feb. 21 | Documentary Screening: Birth of a Planet

Register to attend Birth of a Planet

5:30- 7:30 p.m.
James/Lynn/York Room - Webb Center

Birth of a Planet is our first documentary, but it certainly will not be the last. In our quest to find a story that would help us tell our own - that representation in media matters in the news, culture, and advertising -we came across a publication called The Richmond Planet and its editor John Mitchell Jr. and knew this was exactly what we were searching for. The deeper we dug into the story, the more we felt compelled to tell it in full. And we knew that as a creative and production studio, we had the tools and resources to give it life. After conceiving, writing, directing, shooting, editing, researching, art directing, designing, animating, scoring, coloring, and finishing this documentary, we are thrilled to share it with the world, and we hope it adds a chapter to our collective story.

See the trailer.

Sponsors: TILT and The Office of Intercultural Relations

Feb. 22 | IntersectionaliTEA: A Panel Discussion on Blackness and Queerness

Register to attend IntersectionaliTEA: A Panel discussion on Blackness and Queerness

6-7:30 p.m.
Executive Dining Room - Webb Center

In honor of Black History Month, this event will be a panel discussion featuring community leaders and campus partners, focused on unpacking the intersection of Blackness and Queerness and how individuals who hold both identities navigate Queer & Black spaces.

Sponsors: Woman and Gender Equity Center (WGEC)

Feb. 23 | Black Faculty: Are y'all alright?

12:30 -1:30 p.m.
Potomac York Room - Webb Center

An open discussion with Black Faculty concerning issues that are affecting them. Relaxation and mindfulness techniques and stress relief will be addressed.

Feb. 24 | Black Excellence Gala

Register to attend the Black Excellence Gala

North Cafeteria - Webb Center

A night to celebrate the culture and talent of ODU students in the arts. Come and enjoy a night of performances by The VA Symphony fellows, Ebony Impact Gospel Choir, ODU Chorale, ODU Blue Diamonds, ODU Majorettes, a student designed fashion show and much more. Put on your best outfit and come out to the First Black Excellence Gala.

Sponsors: The Office of Intercultural Relations

Feb. 27 | Political & Community Activism

Register for the Political & Community Activism discussion panel.

7-8:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Room - Webb Center

A panel discussion on Political and community-based activism facilitated by the Black Alumni Chapter.

Sponsors: ODU Black Alumni Chapter

Feb. 28 | Misogynoir: Intersections of Black Womanhood

RSVP to the Misogynoir: Intersections of Black Womanhood

5:30 - 7 p.m.
Darden Education Building - Multipurpose Room 1106

A talk on the impact of misogynoir (the unique misogyny and oppression Black women experience as informed by both race and gender) on Black women's wellness, psychologically, emotionally, and physically. An event featuring data and stats on how misogynoir specifically harms Black women in the healthcare and educations fields and how forced strength/resilience creates barriers to access for care, support, and community. This will preferably be a moderated panel event with experts/students and Q&A/discussion to follow.

Sponsors: Woman and Gender Equity Center (WGEC)

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