The Office of Multicultural Affairs is teaming up with various sponsors and organizations to engage UNO and the surrounding community in celebrating Black History Month this February.
Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month, is a yearly celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for appreciating the important role of African Americans in United States history. This year, the Office of Multicultural Affairs in collaboration with the Department of Black Studies and the Urban League of Nebraska have worked together with multiple community and student groups to promote a variety of events happening during this special month.
Events kick off Thursday, with Gospel Fest happening in the Strauss Performing Arts Building. A presentation of “No Place to Eat, No Room to Sleep: The African American Experience of Route 66” will be held Feb. 7 in the Criss Library. Netflix documentary “13th” will be shown Feb. 9 in CPACS, which is followed by a social justice discussion.
Other Black History Month events happening on campus include the Health and Wellness Fair for a Healthy Soul, which is Feb. 16 in the student center. A presentation by Omaha Public School students called “Making Invisible Histories Visible” will take place Feb. 17 in the Criss Library. Open Mic and Divine 9 is the next event, happening Feb. 21 in the Thompson Alumni Center.
Finally, Feb. 28 is an evening with Wes Moore, which will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center ballroom. Wes Moore is an acclaimed author and veteran, Rhodes Scholar and the founder of BridgeEdu. Moore brings a very human perspective in combination with his transformative programs, which often leave audiences with new outlooks and motivation to tackle problems.
Located on the first floor of the Milo Bail student center, the Multicultural Affairs office provides cultural programs that involve and educate the diverse student body of UNO. The office plans programs during nationally recognized heritage months throughout the year. The office provides support with academic advising, tutoring, assistance with resume writing, scholarship programs and cultural and social justice programs. Additionally, the space is home to a quiet study area for students with computers and printers.
All Black History Month events are open to the public and the Multicultural Affairs office hopes this will be one of the best celebrations on campus to date. For more information on the events happening, visit mca.unomaha.edu.