College offering variety of programs for Black History Month

Marietta College has special programs planned all throughout February to celebrate Black History Month.

“Black History Month seeks to educate the Marietta College community about African-American heritage and promote inclusion and a common understanding across cultures to enhance social and leadership development among its participants,” said Jayson Douglas, Coordinator of Diversity & Inclusion.

Programs include film screenings, a visit to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, an essay contest and more.

Sponsored by the African Students Association, Brother2Brother and in partnership with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, everyone throughout campus and the community are welcomed and encouraged to attend all of the events held throughout the month.

“We encourage all college departments, student organizations and community members to participate in each of the activities and share your experiences at these programs with others,” Douglas said.

Throughout the month, Marietta students will have the chance to submit original work for the BHM Essay Contest. Flyers detailing the contest’s prompts and deadline can be found around campus. Students can also visit the Office of Diversity & Inclusion for further details.

The Black History Month Film Series will kick off on Tuesday, Feb. 7 with the showing of School Daze. Each showing will take place in the Anderson Hancock Planetarium on Tuesdays starting at 7 p.m. Poetic Justice, Amistad and The Wiz will be screened on Feb. 14, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28, respectively.

Also on Feb. 7, PAC’s weekly trivia will have contestants testing their knowledge of who’s who in Black History. Held in Izzy’s, trivia starts at 7 p.m. Authentic Brazilian culture will be on display at The Gathering Place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, as U.S. touring band SIM presents “From the Beat of The Drum.”

“Black in the MOV” will consist of an exhibit and panel discussion hosted in the Emeritus Chamber and Great Room, both on the second floor of Andrews Hall, respectively. Held on Friday, Feb. 17, the exhibit will offer the chance to learn about many African-Americans who have lived and traveled through the Mid-Ohio Valley who have made lasting impacts on the local area. The scheduled panelists are all historians that will share experiences of local Black hero's and their histories and contributions to the area. The panel discussion will begin at 1:30 p.m. while the exhibition will be on display throughout the day.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken in much of east Africa, “Chakula” refers to a meal where friends and loved ones unite to share in the tradition of the culinary creativity of home-style cooking. Such a meal will take place at 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, in the McCoy Hall Foof Room. Students are encouraged to bring a dish to the evening that is sure to be filled with good food and conversation as the artistic expressions of the African-American experience are celebrated. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP at diversity@marietta.edu to receive the sign-up link.

On the final Thursday of the month, Feb. 23, Brother2Brother and the African Students Association will host a Kickback at The Gathering Place. Often hosted monthly by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, kickbacks are an opportunity for students to interact while taking a break from their busy schedules.

According to Douglas, they “provide an opportunity for students to come together, destress and enjoy music and snacks (pizza, wings, etc) while fellowshipping with others. The space allows students of all races, faiths, gender identity, political affiliation, etc. to join together in a neutral place.”