Events themed ‘Black Resilience’ to celebrate Black history

Cam'ron Hardy, News Editor

There will be a University Board Spotlight: Slam Poetry event on Feb. 8.(Janiya Fair)

With Black History Month here, clubs and organizations at Eastern will be hosting multiple events to honor and celebrate the month catering to this year’s theme Black Resilience.

On Thursday, a Lecture on Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy will happen at room 030 Lumpkin Auditorium from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The author, April Baker Bell will be present.

Also, a Black history game night featuring bingo will be held in Thomas Hall at 9 p.m. and is presented by Housing and Dining.

On Monday, a sickle cell presentation will be presented by Julie Bly (American Red Cross). The presentation will be held in the Charleston-Mattoon Room in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m.

The Two Freedoms, Cosmopolitan, Colonia: Art & Democracy in the thought of C.L.R James & Hannah Arednt event will be presented by Minkah Makalani, an Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall in Doudna Fine Arts Center.

On Feb. 8, the University Board Spotlight: Slam Poetry will be hosted at 7 p.m. at 7th St. Underground.

On Feb. 10, a blood drive will be held in the MLK Jr. Union University Ballroom from noon until 5 p.m.

On Feb. 13, a Black freedom lecture presented by Alonzo Ward, a professor of African American history, will take place in Room 2030 Lumpkin Auditorium at 4 p.m.

On Feb. 16, Dar He: The story of Emmett Till performance will be held in Dounda Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15-$25. Tickets can be bought on

On Feb. 18, a “Slime Season” fashion show will take place in the Grand Ballroom in the MLK Jr. Union. The price will be $7 and doors will open at 6 p.m. This event is meant to replace the canceled 2023 Miss Black EIU pageant.

On Feb. 21, a Black Resilience: Turning Degrees to Commas $$$$ presentation will be held and presented by entrepreneur, Veronica Peterson.

On Feb. 22, a hip-hop paint and sip will be held at 7th St. Underground from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Feb. 23,  a study abroad 101 “Why it is Crucial for Students of Color” event will occur at 4 p.m. in the Charleston-Mattoon Room in the MLK Jr. Union.

On Feb. 25, the Black Student Union 2023 Extravaganza will start in the Grand Ballroom in the MLK Jr. Union at 7 p.m.

On Feb. 27, Family Feud (Black Knowledge Style) will begin in the Grand Ballroom or University Ballroom in the MLK Jr. Union from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Throughout the month, Resident Halls will have a Black History Month Window Painting Contest.


Cam’ron Hardy can be reached at 581-2812 or an [email protected].