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Black History Month

Black History Month at Oberlin, recognized since 1967, has helped to foster greater awareness of the history, politics, culture, and economics of the African diaspora. Our annual celebration features prominent civic and political leaders, scholars, and musicians of African descent, as well as events in arts, literature, and performance aesthetics that make our observance more enriching.

Our theme, Sankofa: Go Back and Get It, is an Akan term that loosely translates to "go back and get it," encourages us to reach back and learn from our past so that we may be well equipped to create and navigate our future.

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Past Events

11
Feb

Embodying Samba: Master Class with Alysia Ramos

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Warner Center

Oberlin Assistant Professor of Dance Alysia Ramos will present a master class titled, Embodying Samba, a rhythmic dance of Afro-Brazillian origins. Come join us as Ramos teaches us about some of the...

16
Feb

Winter in Wakanda Masquerade Ball

9:00 pm to 12:00 am
Carnegie Building

Come celebrate the opening weekend of the much anticipated movie, Black Panther ! Wear your best Wakanda-inspired costume. Brought to you by the Multicultural Resource Center, Black History Month...

17
Feb

My Name is My Own: Queer Style as Visual Activism

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Wilder Hall (Student Union)

Come listen to Anita Dolce Vita, founder of DapperQ, present as a part of the Multicultural Resource Center’s annual QTPOC speaker series, My Name Is My Own. Dolce Vita also is a fashion and...

22
Feb

Black History Month: Moses Hogan Sing-Along

7:00 pm
Warner Concert Hall

A Moses Hogan Sing-Along cosponsored by the Oberlin College Black Musicians Guild in celebration of Black History Month. Come prepared to sing the music of Hogan, a celebrated pianist and composer of...

23
Feb

Regina Carter: Simply Ella

8:00 pm
Finney Chapel

Virtuoso violinist Regina Carter’s quest for beauty combined with her passion for excellence did not escape the attention of the MacArthur Foundation, which awarded Carter its prestigious...

04
Mar

Black History Month: Closing Dinner

5:30 pm
Lord-Saunders Dining at Afrikan Heritage House

Come over to Afrikan Heritage House and partake of the closing dinner to mark the conclusion of our events relating to our celebration of Black History Month. All are welcome.