Event Series

Black History Month

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson laid the groundwork for Black History Month by establishing the first Negro History Week, an event dedicated to celebrating the history, politics, and culture of Black people.

This year, Oberlin College is proud to continue this legacy in our chosen theme for Black History Month 2022: Black History Year. Our official celebration extends Black History Month beyond the end of February, starting alongside the spring semester on February 18 and ending on March 31, 2022. We believe that the study of Black people and culture deserves a consistent focus; it should not be limited to one month. Our theme embodies our commitment to studying Black culture and supporting Black people, recognizing the diversity and importance of Black experiences, narratives, and innovations.

Additionally, throughout March, we look forward to highlighting the achievements and experiences of Black women in honor of Women’s History Month. For March, many of our accomplished speakers will be Black women, presenting on a wide array of topics. We look forward to uplifting their work and hope you will join us in honoring Black history—throughout the year.

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Past Events

MNIMO x BHM: Kyle Kidd

Thursday, March 3, 2022
7:00 pm
Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse
The MRC is proud to announce our first sponsored event for Black History Month: Black History Year. We are also excited to kick off one of our signature programs: My Name Is My Own (MNIMO). MNIMO...
Kyle Kidd.

Panel: Diversity in the Arts: Challenges and Perspectives

Saturday, March 5, 2022
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Warner Concert Hall
Webcast Available
Watch the webcast – streamed live at concert time. This Black Arts Panel discussion features Oberlin College and Conservatory's Black faculty from the departments of theater, dance, visual...
Black History Month 2022 graphic

Soul Session Allstars: The Alumni Edition

Friday, March 11, 2022
9:00 pm
Afrikan Heritage House (Lord-Saunders)
This special edition of our monthly Soul Session open mic will be hosted by DaQuan Williams ’20, and will feature performances by faculty, staff, alumni, and current students.
DaQuan Williams.

BLACK LIFE RELOADED: The Black History Month Fashion Show

Saturday, March 19, 2022
7:00 pm
Carnegie Building
The Black History Month fashion show has become one of the signature events of Oberlin’s Black History Month celebration in recent years. In addition to showcasing fashionable and creative...
Pictures of models from 2021 BHM fashion show.

2022 Black History Month Ball

Saturday, March 26, 2022
8:00 pm to 12:00 am
Hotel at Oberlin
This year’s theme for ABUSUA’s annual Black History Month Ball, is Black people are Infinity. Come join us at the Hotel at Oberlin on March 26 from 8 p.m. to midnight! Let’s get...
Black People Are Infinity.

Concert: Oberlin Jazz Ensemble with Oberlin Jazz Faculty

Monday, March 28, 2022
7:30 pm
Finney Chapel
Webcast Available
Watch the webcast – streamed live at concert time. Black History Month Concert A side-by-side performance of Oberlin jazz students and faculty, directed by Chris Anderson . Program: Ray’s...
Black History Month 2022 graphic