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Celebrating Black History Month at Oglethorpe

The Oglethorpe community will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a variety of events.

Black History Month was originally established as a week-long celebration but was later extended to the full month of February in the 1970s. In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month. Today, people across the country celebrate the month by honoring and recognizing the history, achievements and experiences of Black people.

Join Oglethorpe students, faculty, and staff in celebrating Black History Month. Check OU Connect throughout the month for more events and programs.


Table Talk- The Black Experience

Join the Black Student Caucus on February 7 as they lead a candid discussion about being Black at a Predominantly White Institution and why Black History Month is important for the Black community.

Black Love – Candy Gram Tabling

Show your love for that special someone and purchase a Valentine’s candy gram from Black Student Caucus in the Turner Lynch Campus Center on February 14.

African American Hairstyles Fashion Show

Learn about African American hairstyles’ history and cultural importance with Learning Our Curl Story (LOCS) on February 21.

Lecture – Democracy Now: The Power of Black Voting

Headshot for Evan Milligan, executive director of Alabama Forward

Evan Milligan, executive director of Alabama Forward and the plaintiff in a recent Supreme Court voting rights case, will speak on campus, Feb. 22

Join the Intercultural Center and the Office of Student Affairs on February 22 to hear Evan Milligan discuss democracy and the power of the Black vote. Milligan is the current Executive Director of Alabama Forward and is a named plaintiff in the Allen vs. Milligan Alabama voting rights case decided by the Supreme Court last year. More information on OU Connect.

All Black Affair

Attend the All Black Affair on February 23, where students share memories, rediscover Black history, and connect with one another at a formal party. Students are encouraged to dress their best in all-black.

Black History Month Celebration 

Join Black Student Caucus, Learning Our Curl Story (LOCS), and Beautiful Black Brains for a wrap-up of Black History Month with student businesses, activities, and a raffle. Attire is Black & Gold Excellence.


David J. Sencer CDC Museum’s “Ghosts of Segregation” 

Exhibition gallery open through May 24, 2024. In “Ghosts of Segregation,” photographer Rich Frishman explores the lingering presence of segregation, slavery, and institutional racism hidden in everyday American architecture.

A Taste of Black Gwinnett

February 16, 6-9 p.m. Join the Gwinnett County Black Chamber of Commerce as they showcase the diverse food, businesses, products, and services from the Black diaspora in Gwinnett County. The free event is at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center in Norcross, GA.

Student vendors at the 2022 Black History Month Block Party

Student vendors at the 2022 Black History Month Block Party.

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