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Black History Month

February 1 - February 28

 

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kim Clark-Shaw between 9 am - 5 pm EST at least 10 business days prior to the event.

February 2, 2022 | 5:00pm EST

The Poetry Cafe: Planting the Seed pre-event reception

Location: BCC | 126 Squires Student Center

    This event is a VT academic, community and cultural collaboration with the Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation, Carter Farms Africulture, the Community Change Collaborative of the VT Institute for Policy and Governance, the Center for Humanities, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the School of Performing Arts with the BCC to host The Poetry Cafe at Virginia Tech addressing the theme of “Planting the Seed.” This will be hosted by Mr. Josephus Thompson III, founder of the Poetry Cafe and host of 90.1FM’s. The Poetry Café is designed as a way to share ideas around community change and creative expression. The program will provide a cultural art form of social transformation through creative expression and community weaving.

The Poetry Café: Planting the Seed
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February 3, 2022 | 5:30pm EST

ANGRY OUT LOUD: The Variant (Part II)

Location: Virtual

    In this follow up event to the first Angry Out Loud presentation by Dr. LaTasha Sarpy, this event will build upon the previous talk. This webinar will not only feature Dr. Sarpy's work, but will also include a panel of Virginia Tech speakers who will discuss their own experiences around the topic of anger, particularly within their own specific identity groups. After the formal presentations, there will be time for audience participation, along with questions and answers. Angry Out Loud is a presentation designed for those who are angry about our current societal issues. Whether you are a Social Justice Warrior or a concerned community member, this presentation will discuss the importance of anger in the work that we do to combat the -isms (especially racism) and promote self-care to continue to mobilize those who are "sick and tired." Trigger warning, you may laugh, cry, and scream.

ANGRY OUT LOUD: The Variant (Part II)
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February 4, 2022 | 5:00pm EST

NPHC Week: Kickback with the Greekz

Location: BCC | 126 Squires Student Center

NPHC Week
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  • Monday, January 31, 2022 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm EST
    • NPHC 101
    • Newman Multipurpose Room
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022
    • Notable Figures: NPHC IG Takeover
  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022
    • Closed Service Event
  • Thursday, February 3, 2022 | 11:00am - 4:00pm EST
    • Greek Gamez
    • GLC Multipurpose Room
  • Friday, February 4, 2022 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST
    • Kickback with the Greekz
    • BCC | 126 Squires Student Center

February 6, 2022 | 2:00pm EST

African Graduate Student Association AFCON Finals Watch-Along Party

Location: BCC | 126 Squires Student Center

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    This is a collaborative event between the BCC and AGSO to provide food, fun, and connection. It is a time for graduate students to gather and engage in decompressing activities. It provides a way for students from various VT academic programs, departments and student organizations to interact and celebrate student life at Virginia Tech and provide a community space for students to relax.

AGSO AFCON flyer
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February 7, 2022 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm EST

Virginia Tech's Black Faculty/Staff Student Mixer

Location: Commonwealth Ballroom

    A collaborative event between the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, the Black Cultural Center, the Black Student Alliance, Ujima, and the Black Caucus to come together to provide an opportunity for student engagement as well as meeting Black faculty and staff at Virginia Tech. It is open to all students.

Virginia Tech's Black Faculty/Staff Student Mixer - Spring 2022
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February 7, 2022 | 7:00pm EST

Ever-Elusive Literacy It Hugs us, Then Runs, Hides and Jumps out to Shock Us

Location: McBryde 129

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Ever-Elusive Literacy It Hugs us, Then Runs, Hides and Jumps out to Shock Us
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February 8, 2022 | 5:00pm EST

Black History in Science

Location: 120 Williams

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    Come learn about trailblazing Black scientists, the successes and challenges they had, and how we can better include Black people in the past, present, and future of science.

Black History in Science
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February 8, 2022 | 5:00pm EST

Trauma Informed Kemetic Movement Meditation

Location: Women's Center | Lower Level

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    Restorative embodiment to sounds of the African Diaspora. Yoga mats, blocks, and blankets provided

Trauma Informed Kemetic Movement Meditation
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February 8, 2022 | 7:00pm EST

VTDITC Mixtape Listening Party

Location: BCC | 126 Squires Student Center

    Join #VTDITC for the 5th Anniversary Mixtape listening party. Come listen to the VTDITC community mixtape in the Black Cultural Center.

VTDITC Mixtape Listening Party
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February 8, 2022 | 7:00pm EST

Growing Up Black

Location: Brush Mountain A

BSA Week 2022
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February 10, 2022 | 8:00pm EST

VT Athletics #Love: Our Black Community VTDITC Half-Time Spoken Word Event

Location: Cassell Coliseum

VT Athletics #Love: Our Black Community VTDITC Half-Time Spoken Word Event
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February 11, 2022 | 7:00pm EST

Step Afrika!

Location: Haymarket Theater

Step Afrika!
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February 12, 2022 | 6:00pm EST

VT Athletics #Love: Our Black Community Exodus Half-Time Event

Location: Cassell Coliseum

Exodus Half-Time Event
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February 12, 2022 | 7:00pm EST

Black Excellence Gala

Location: Squires Commonwealth Ballroom

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Doors open at 6:30pm

Black Excellence Gala
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February 14, 2022 | 12:00pm EST

Luncheon: Becoming the Freedom Race: The Joys and Perils of Writing a Futuristic Novel Trilogy about Race, Flight, and Heritage

Location: Graduate Life Center, Multipurpose Room

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    Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing, will talk about her futuristic trilogy The Dreambird Chronicles. The Freedom Race, the first book in the series, was published last July. A wave of secessionism has divided the country into liberty and segregationist regions. In the Disunited States’ Homestead Territories, Black and mixed race laborers are not classified as human. Instead, they are known as “botanicals” or “seeds.” Yet these so-called seeds have found creative ways to revolt, including the creation of a game inside a “flying birdcage”. Lucinda Roy will talk about how she came to believe that secessionism could be on the horizon for the U.S. Her tale of magical realism pays tribute to African Diasporic narratives of flight, and to the courage of Dreamers who dare to believe that dreams are “promises the imagination makes to itself,” even if it costs us our lives. Register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8qcIh31hH9B2GgK. Lunch will be provided. Questions, email ordi@vt.edu

Becoming the Freedom Race: The Joys and Perils of Writing a Futuristic Novel Trilogy about Race, Flight, and Heritage
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February 15, 2022 | 4:00pm EST

Black History Trivia

Location: Virtual

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    Join us for a night of Kahoot! Black History Trivia. Test your knowledge on trailblazers, historic moments, culture, & more! Top 3 winners will recieve a gift card to support a local Black-owned business.

Black History Month Trivia 2022
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February 15, 2022 | 5:00pm -6:30pm EST

What makes K-Pop, K-Pop?

Location: Virtual

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    This event is a collaboration among the Asian Cultural Engagement Center (ACEC), Black Cultural Center (BCC), and El Centro – Hispanic and Latinx Cultural Center (El Centro) in honor of Black History Month and includes a presentation about K-Pop, engage with select students who will participate in an interactive discussion, and participate in a question and answer session with the audience.Student organizations, VT Shidae and Exodus are also co-sponsoring this event.

K-POP Flyer
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February 16, 2022 | 12:30pm EST

Institutional Racism as an Ongoing Bioethical Issue

Location: Virtual

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    This presentation describes an episode of serious research misconduct in a U.S. burn hospital serving Latin American children with high percentages of total body burns. Conducted by senior faculty at a southern Academic Medical Center, the research was coercive, exploitative, abusive, and potentially life-threatening in scope. The vast majority of the children involved were from poor families and were visiting the U.S. on temporary visas. Despite the many red flags in this case, and contrary to the requirements outlined in established bioethics frameworks, the IRB did not intervene to stop the study. This article asks how such egregious violations could have happened in the twenty-first century at an established medical hospital and why the governing body in charge of research oversight failed to act? I argue that this episode is indicative of the ongoing race problem inherent in bioethics frameworks and is therefore an expected, rather than surprising, example of institutional racism.

February 16, 2022 | 5:00pm EST

Be Water Watch Party

Location: Virtual & BCC | 126 Squires Student Center

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    This hybrid event is in collaboration with the Asian Cultural Engagement Center (ACEC), the Black Cultural Center (BCC), Cook Counseling, and Athletic Department. Attendance for this hybrid event will be limited to the first 25 people in-person and unlimited Zoom registration. Light refreshments will be served. Description of the documentary, "Be Water": Rejected by Hollywood, Bruce Lee returned to Hong Kong to complete four films. Charting his struggles in two worlds, Be Water explores questions of identity and representation through rare archive, intimate interviews, and his writings.

February 16, 2022 | 5:00pm EST

Trauma Informed Kemetic Movement Meditation

Location: Women's Center | Lower Level

>> RSVP Here <<

    Restorative embodiment to sounds of the African Diaspora. Yoga mats, blocks, and blankets provided

Trauma Informed Kemetic Movement Meditation
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February 17, 2022 | 5:30pm EST

Ebony Women of Excellence

Location: BCC | 126 Squires Student Center

    Support group for women providing a safe community of peers that allows for authenticity, empathy, and relevant problem solving, specific to their experience as Black women. Our mission is to empower, inspire, and liberate Black women so that they may thrive in their fullest expression of truth, power, and embodiment. Spring dates: 2/17, 3/17 & 4/21.

For more information contact Muriel Vinson or Shannon Alford of the Women's Center.

Ebony Women of Excellence
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February 18, 2022 | 11:00am - 8:00pm EST

Soulful Friday

Location: Owens Dining

    A collaborative event with Owens dining, BOC, and the BCC, bringing soul food to VT. Students are offered traditional foods representative of the black community. This event brings in not just students, but faculty and staff that engage with the students and each other in a way that helps foster, further advance, and strengthen the VT campus community. This event invites the campus community to participate in cultural foods and provides an an opportunity for engagement--eating together helps build community.

Soulful Friday - February 18
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February 19, 2022 | 9:00am - 2:00pm EST

Lift Your Voice Conference

Location: Virtual

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    The 7th Annual Uplifting Black Men Conference is a virtual event sponsored by the Black Male Excellence Network (BMEN) with keynote Speaker, Dr. Fred Bonner.

Uplifting Black Men Conference
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February 22, 2022 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST

Yuri Kochiyama's: A Passion for Justice

Location: BCC | 126 Squires Student Center

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    Yuri Kochiyama's A Passion for Justice. This film watch gathering and discussion will be a hybrid event. The first 25 people to register can attend in-person at the Black Cultural Center and be in attendance for the presentation and discussion with Dr. Paula Marie Seniors. Light refreshments will be provided. Online registration is unlimited.

Contact Dr. Nina Ha, nha@vt.edu OR Katy C. Shaw, kdcshaw@vt.edu for accommodations or questions

YURI KOCHIYAMA's - A Passion for Justice
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February 22, 2022 | 6:00pm EST

Bank On It: Money Management For The Millennial And Beyond!

Location: Brush Mountain A&B (Squires Student Center)

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    SOAR Presents: The Financial Educator. Danielle Davis, a financial educator, will conduct an hour-long presentation that will cover topics such as investing, generational wealth, saving money, budgeting, and financial freedom. After the event has concluded, SOAR will provide individually packaged, catered food from Hethwood Market. The meal will include a main course, two sides, and a drink. This event is limited to the first 42 people that RSVP to confirm their attendance. Details about the menu will be shared at a later date.

For more information contact Muriel Vinson or Shannon Alford of the Women's Center.

Bank on It: Money Management for the Millennial and Beyond!
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February 23, 2022 | 6:00pm EST

BMEN Barbershop Talk In

Location: BCC | 126 Squires Student Center

February 26, 2022 | 8:00pm EST

GobblerNights: Mardi Gras featuring Word of Mouth Poetry Slam

Location: Squires - Various Locations & BCC or Perspective Gallery

    Join us for a Mardi Gras celebration at our February GobblerNights! Enjoy a dance party, roller skating, spoken word event, mask making, music, and more! Sponsored by: Student Engagement and Campus Life, The Black Cultural Center, Cranwell International, The French House, VTPD, and Hokie Wellness.

February 28, 2022 | 5:30pm EST

Ujima Melanin Monday: the Black Cultural Center Speaker Series

Location: Smyth Hall 146

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    BCC Faculty Liaisons will hold a talk as part of the BCC Speaker Series called: VTable Talks for Ujima students. The topics will be selected by students in order to hold a discussion and conversation with a focus on Black student experiences and identity. The goal is to provide guided dialogue so students can engage with each other and share their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. This is an on-going monthly program hosted by the BCC in collaboration with the department of Africana Studies and the Community Engagement Lab that provides a safe space for students to come together to discuss a particular topic and share ways to encourage one another around the issues that impact the black community.

Melanin Monday with the Black Cultural Center
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Check back often for updates!

If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Clark-Shaw at 540-231-7179 or email kdcshaw@vt.edu during regular business hours.

Black History Month 2022
Black History Month 2022

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