Belmont University is celebrating Black History Month this year with a series of events for faculty, staff and students across campus. Led by Director of the Office of Multicultural Learning & Experiences Dr. Mary Clark, this year’s celebration is centered around the theme — “it’s more than history, it’s a legacy.”
Clark is committed to ensuring all members of the campus community have the opportunity to engage with Black History Month in meaningful ways that provide rich experiences, opportunities for dialogue and a conversation surrounding the background of the tradition. Clark said, “We hope to make these monthly celebrations — including Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month and others — signature events from the MLE. We understand the importance of these month-long celebrations, and we want to provide ways for our community to experience their importance, too.”
The month kicked off on Thursday, February 1 with the Black Student Association’s Fashion Show, an event that featured Sankofa Dancers and Drummers and highlighted African designs.
Other upcoming events throughout the month include:
- Weekly film showings in the Johnson Center’s Large Theatre, hosted by Belmont’s Black Student Association. I Am Not Your Negro will be shown from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. on February 5, Hidden Figures will be shown during the same time frame on February 19 and Marshall will be shown on February 26.
- “Art Imitating Life” convocation series held on both February 8 and 22 from 10 – 11 a.m. in the Gabhart Student Center. These events will feature television episodes that illustrate how art imitates life — and the lessons they teach us.
- A poster series will be on display across campus that highlight the history of Black History Month and where the celebration began.
- A convocation on “NPHC – The Divine 9: Unity, Uplift, Urban Legends & Understanding” held in the Vince Gill Room on February 28 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
“These events provide meaningful educational opportunities for our campus community,” Clark said. “These simple events allow all members to engage in important celebrations through avenues that highlight the importance and contributions of African Americans to the American culture and the world. In addition to this it is important that we all understand the significance and history of the great diversity we have in the United States. Black History month is just the beginning of one ways the Office of Multicultural Learning and Experience will be engaging the Belmont community and the surrounding community. It’s very exciting for our community, and we’re eager to continue celebrations in the coming months.”
A complete schedule of the month’s events can be found here.