Center for Diversity & Inclusion


  • Center for Diversity and Inclusion
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    Mary Graydon Center, Room 201 and 202

    Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm

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Black History Month

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Students enjoy an event during Black History Month celebrations at AU.

Each year, AU observes Black History Month during the month of February, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of the African American and black communities.

If you are an office, department, or organization at AU and would like your event to be added to the below list of events for Black History Month, please submit your event here.

2014 List of Events

Speak Your Mind
Monday | February 3 | 7 PM | Anderson 2U | Sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Speak Your Mind is an open forum for the AU community about relevant issues ranging from everyday life to current events on the world stage. We ask three questions and there is only one rule... speak your mind.

Film Screening: The Butler
Tuesday | February 4 | 9 PM | MGC 200 | Sponsored by United Methodist Student Association & Black Student Association

In honor of Black History Month, the Monthly Movie with the Methodists will be 'The Butler'. There will be free pizza and an optional discussion afterward. Everyone is welcome. Check out the Facebook event here!

Good Hair?
Wednesday | February 5 | 6 PM | SIS Founders Room | Sponsored by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Straight, curly, short, long, and continuously evolving. What is good hair? How do we know good hair when we see it? Join us and share your experience with hair and how it has or has not contributed to your identity. This event will discuss the cultural and social implications of defining good hair in our society. Personal reflection and insights will be offered and you will share what good hair is to you!

Being Black at American University (BBAU) Town Hall Meeting
Friday | February 6 | 7 PM | Ward 2 | Sponsored by Black Student Alliance

In December 2013, a social media discussion took place entitled: #BBAU. Similar discussions took place at universities across the nation. BSA would like to invite you to attend the second part of the #BBAU movement with our Town Hall meeting. Check out the Facebook event here.

Black Out
Saturday | February 7 | 5:19 PM | Quad | Sponsored by Black Student Alliance

BSA encourages all students to wear black and remain silent for the day. This is to promote solidarity and cohesion, showing support for the various cultural experiences of AU students of color in hopes of starting a discourse on race relations within the AU community. More information here.

Women's Initiative Presents: Laverne Cox, Black History Month and Women's History Month Speaker
Monday | February 10 | 7:30 PM | Butler Boardroom | Sponsored by Women's Initiative

Women's Initiative is proud to present Laverne Cox as the Black History Month and Women's History Month Speaker! For more information, please click here.

Apollo Night
Saturday | February 15 | 7 PM | Tavern | Sponsored by Black Student Alliance

Come out, perform, & enjoy a night filled with performances and food! Sign up on the FB event page. All are welcome! Visit the Facebook event here.

Books that Shaped America
Tuesday | February 18 | 7 PM | SIS Founders Room | Sponsored by School of Professional and Extended Studies & AU Library

Join us for a community dialogue on one of the most influential books ever published on race relations, The Fire Next Time. Baldwin’s two-essay work comprises a letter written to his nephew on the role of race in United States history and a discussion of how religion and race influence each other. Kyle Dargan, Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing and Assistant Professor of Literature at American University will lead the discussion. For more information, please click here.

Write Night
Tuesday | February 18 | 8 PM | Butler Boardroom | Sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. & Men of Empowerment and Excellence

Join us as we partner with Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop to provide feedback on written works created by incarcerated youth in DC adult jails. Help empower young inmates to write new chapters in their lives! To learn more about Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, please click here.

Black Jeopardy
Wednesday | February 19 | 7 PM | The Tavern | Sponsored by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Join a jeopardy style game where the participants as well as the audience are tested and enlightened about Black history.

The Black Russian
Thursday | February 20 | 5 PM | Hughes Formal Lounge | Sponsored by the Comparative and Regional Studies Program& the Initiative for Russian Culture

Dr. Vladimir Alexandrov, B.E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University, will discuss his new biography, The Black Russian, which traces the life and times of the remarkable African American impresario Frederick Bruce Thomas (1872-1928). The son of former slaves in Mississippi, Thomas became a millionaire entrepreneur in pre-Revolutionary Moscow and the "Sultan of Jazz" in Constantinople. This event is free and open to the public. A pizza reception will follow the talk. Please RSVP to Theresa Runstedtler at For more information, please click here.

Minorities in Music: Redefining Our Image
Friday | February 21 | 8 PM | Tavern | Sponsored by WVAU, Second District Records, AWOL Magazine, Black Student Alliance, African Students' Organization, Dominican Students' Organization, Phi Beta Sigma

Featuring Grammy-nominated artist Muhsinah, Minorities in Music is an engaged discussion of how the portrayal of minorities (African-Americans, Latinos, women etc.) in mainstream media affects our communities and everyday lives. The event will feature a presentation, as well as an exclusive live performance from Muhsinah, who has toured with Common and The Weeknd, and has performed for President Barack Obama twice. The event will be immediately followed by a social with pictures and a CD signing.

State of Black Business
Tuesday | February 25 | 7:30 PM | KCCD Lounge | Sponsored by National Black MBA Association AU Chapter 

This event will feature a panel discussion on the past, present and future of Black business. After nearly four centuries of African-American enterprises, many business ventures and entrepreneurial activities remain absent from historical business dialogue. This panel will dive into unknown stories by covering the history, current state, and the future of African-Americans will play in business and the global economy.

“The New Black” Movie Screening   
Friday | February 27 | 7PM | TBA | Sponsored by Queers & Allies

Screening of the movie 'The New Black'.

Love of the Diaspora
Saturday| March 1 | 7 PM | Tavern | Sponsored by African Students' Organization

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