Office of Diversity and Inclusion - a Division of Student Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma

Black History Month 2018 - "Roots of Resilience"

Thursday, February 1

“Rooted in Resilience” Black History Month Kickoff

Time: 2p.m.

Location: Ballroom A

Join us as we kick off Black History Month with guest speaker, Reverend Doctor George E. Young, Sr. Oklahoma State House of Representative and Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and the Chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus. During the kickoff, the African American Faculty and Staff Association and Black Student Association will proudly recognize those who are making significant contributions to the UCO campus and metro community.

Sponsors: African American Faculty Staff Association, Black Student Association and Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Saturday, February 3

Miss Black UCO Scholarship Pageant

Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m., pageant starts at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Constitution Hall

Cost: Free with UCO ID $7.00 without UCO ID

You are cordially invited to experience the 34th annual Miss Black University of Central Oklahoma Pageant. This year’s theme is Black Power, celebrating the intelligence, beauty, and tenacity of UCO women as they vie for the title of Miss Black UCO. Come find out who will become our “queen to be.”

Sponsors: Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Tuesday, February 6

Movie Night – “Detroit”

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Constitution Hall

The film, “Detroit” is a fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots. The film depicts a group of rogue police officers response to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.

Sponsors: National Pan Hellenic Council and Black Student Association

Thursday, February 8

Barbershop Talk

Time: 7:06 p.m.

Location: Robert S Kerr Room (Room 301)

What is the black man’s responsibility in relationships? How do we continue to mentor the next generation? What is our role in politics and how do we make true change? This evening of free haircuts and important conversation over societal issues, politics, values and life morals will rejuvenate and empower.

Sponsor: Alpha Phi Alpha

NAACP Black History Game Night

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center Room 202

Why was the first African American appointed to the United States Supreme Court? Who was the first African American woman to go into space? Do you know your Black History? What was the 1954 United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional? Test your black history knowledge and find out who has the “juice.”

Sponsor: NAACP

Friday, February 9

African Dance Session

Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Location: Ballroom A

The moves, rhythms, and rituals of African dance so central to African tribal life survived slavery and cultural appropriation to influence western society and choreography while remaining a vibrant component of African tradition today. This program will be a tantalizing afternoon of dance, cultural education, and fun!

Sponsor: Black Student Association

Monday, February 12

NAACP Celebration

Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Table

Founded February 12. 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.

Stop by the NAACP table in the Nigh University Center to find out about NAACP's history and grab some sweet treats.

Sponsor: NAACP

Tuesday, February 13

African American Faculty/Staff Association Black Scholars Research Symposium

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Clara Luper Room

Join in this celebration of research and scholarship among UCO Black scholars who are faculty or current doctoral students. You’ll enjoy hearing the backgrounds and interests of scholars in their brief presentations on a range of topics related to special education, diversity, music, and corporate spin.

Sponsor: African American Faculty/Staff Association

Evolution of a Negro

Time: 7:06 p.m.

Location: Mary Fallin Room, NUC 304

From the transatlantic slave trade to the Civil Rights movement, to the election of Barack Obama, African Americans have a rich history of resilience and fortitude. This program will address the historical events that shape the African American experience.

Sponsor: Alpha Phi Alpha

Wednesday, February 14

Black Love Matters

Time:  5:30 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Will Rogers Room

Love yourself! Self-Love starts and ends with you! Come out for a night of fun and exploring your health and wellness in the matters of love.

Sponsor: Black Student Association

Thursday, February 15

Harlem Renaissance: Soul Flow

Time: 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

Location: Ballrooms B & C

Experience the rich artistic movement of Oklahoma City. Through Hip- Hop, spoken -word, visual artists and other artistic performances, this program is a celebration of the New Negro Movement, better known as the Harlem Renaissance!

Sponsor: Black Student Association

Friday, February 16

Movie – Black Panther

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Harkins Theater

Visit Black Panther Movie Day to sign up for movie tickets to see Marvel’s first solo “Black Panther” movie. The first 20 students who sign up will receive a free ticket to the showing. The film chronicles T’Challa’s return to home and kingdom in Wakanda. Upon his return to remote and technologically advanced Africa, he encounters an old enemy that puts the fate of Wakanda in jeopardy. See you there!

Sponsor: Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Saturday, February 17

Selma to Montgomery 5k

Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Clock Tower

In 1965, civil rights activists marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to protest the ill treatment and discrimination towards African Americans. Join UCO BSA for a 5K to commemorate those brave steps taken to blaze a trail in the name of civil rights and freedom for all.

Sponsor: Black Student Association

Monday, February 19

From Slave Fields to Athletic Fields

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Heritage Room NUC 326

Join in the discussion about the current state of Black excellence in academics and sports! Do you think African Americans students are encouraged to explore various areas of scholarship? How do sports impact African American scholarship? Let’s talk!  Lunch provided.

Sponsor: Black Student Association

Wednesday, February 21

A Seat at the Table

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Nigh University Center, Cherokee Room

Do you know where soul food originated? Can soul food be healthy?

Come out to try some of OKC’s best soul food and learn more about the culture.

Sponsor: Black Student Association

Thursday, February 22

Black Girl Magic Celebration

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Ballroom C

Black Girls Rock! Black Girl Magic is a celebration designed to encourage unity among African American women and foster an empowered sense of self. Enjoy an afternoon of special treats and empowering conversation. This event will consist of a panel discussion experiences of African American women living their most authentic lives, unapologetically; share insight on successfully navigating professional career tracks and the dynamics of personal relationships (romantic, family, community) and their impact on African American Women. There is limited seating.

Vist  to RSVP and apply for the $1,000 scholarship. The deadline to register is Friday, February 16th. Questions? Contact Kellie Robertson, or Chrissy Kyles,

Sponsor: American Association of University Women, Black Student Association, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Saturday, February 24

Our Journey: A Story Told by Fashion

Guiding Right Fashion Show

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: UCO Boathouse

Are you positive, that you’re negative? In 2015, 48% of those diagnosed with AIDS in the United States were African Americans ( Support the UCO Black Student Association and OKC advocacy group, Guiding Right, during an evening of entertainment and information addressing this epidemic within the African American community. Limited tickets available. If interested contact by February 17th to reserve your ticket.

Wednesday, February 28th

Clara Luper Appreciation

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Clara Luper Room

Clara Luper was born May 3, 1923. In 1958, as a high school teacher, she led one of the first civil rights sit-ins in Oklahoma City. Throughout her life, she was a pioneer for Civil Rights and a political activist. On February 20, 2017, the University of Central Oklahoma, Black Student Association and UCOSA, dedicated Nigh University Center Room 312 to the memory and recognition of Clara Luper’s cause. Come out to celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the Clara Luper Room and enjoy food and drinks.

Sponsor: Alpha Phi Alpha

Rooted in Gospel

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: NUC Ballrooms A &B

Black History is, “Rooted in Gospel”! Hand-clapping and foot-stomping were the instruments of the 18th century African American church. Spirituals, hymns, and other sanctified songs filled churches were fellowship and praise helped to renew the spirit and reenergize the soul. Experience a night of worship and fellowship with UCO BSA.

Sponsor: Black Student Association

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