Black History Month events to be held throughout February


Katja Benz, Campus Reporter

Eastern’s is celebrating Black History Month by having African American Heritage Month with events throughout February.

The first event is Black Lives Matter Speaker Series: Bias in Professionalism taking place at 1 p.m. on Friday in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre. 

The speaker at the event is Sunshine Clemons and is being hosted by the Africana Studies program.

The event examines discrimination and racism’s effects on the lives of African Americans in America.

The official kickoff event of the month, Black History Bingo, starts at 7 p.m. on Monday in the University Ballroom in the MLK Jr. Union.

The next event, titled “Time Period Train” Through Black History, is on Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. in the Andrews Hall basement. 

“Time Period Train” Through Black History is hosted by Eastern’s Black Student Union and Alpha Phi Alpha.

Zeta Phi Beta is hosting “Everyone Wants to be Black Until it’s Time to be Black,” a presentation in the Coleman Hall Auditorium, on Feb. 3 at 6:20 p.m. and will examine cultural appropriation.

Movie Night: “The Same Difference” hosted by Eastern’s Pride club is on Feb. 4 in the Coleman Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Delta Sigma Theta is hosting Black Card Revoked on Feb. 7 at 6:13 p.m.

This game-style event has questions about African American culture.

This event is meant to connect people together and have various categories for the game board, including music, movies and the experiences of the Black community.

Food for the Soul, hosted by Sigma Gamma Rho, will take place in the culture house at 5:22 p.m. on Feb. 8. Traditional African American food will be served at the event.

Strong S.H.E is hosting the next event, which intersects reality TV and black women. 

Black Women and Reality TV… Is it for the Culture will take place on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. in the University Ballroom in the MLK Jr. Union.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council is hosting a trivia night for Black history in the Martinsville Room of the MLK Jr. Union on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.

Soul Food: Nourishment for the Culture is on Feb. 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Klehm Hall.

The department of public health and nutrition is hosting this event.

The Latin American Student Organization has a separate event on the same day at 6 p.m. about being Afro Latinidad. 

The event is in the Charleston-Mattoon Room of the MLK Jr. Union.

The NAACP’s annual 2022 Image Awards is on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the MLK Jr. Union.

A movie night watching the film “Selma” on Feb. 21 at 6:20 p.m. in the Physical Science building’s Phillips Lecture Hall is hosted by Zeta Phi Beta.

“Selma” is based on the Montgomery voting rights marches with MLK Jr. in 1965.

The African American Leadership Awards is in the University Ballroom of the MLK Jr. Union at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 hosted by the NACWC.

Afro-Latinos Trivia Night is on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Martinsville room in the MLK Jr. Union.

The trivia night is hosted by Alpha Psi Lambda.

The next event is the ABCs of Black History hosted by Voices in Progress: Untold Truth on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Coleman Auditorium.

The 2022 Ms. Black EIU takes place Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the MLK Jr. Union.

The final AAHM event is the MTEA Panel Series: Hearing from Our Past to Motivate Our Future! on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. via Zoom hosted by the Minority Teacher Education Association, MTEA.

More information on the events taking place this month can be found on the website for the Office of Inclusion and Academic Engagement.


Madelyn Kidd contributed to this article.


Katja Benz can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].