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AACC joins the community in honor of this year’s Black History Month with the theme Blackness in Full Bloom. A number of events are planned throughout the month to inspire, educate and promote engagement in meaningful discussion. 

Schedule of Events

Feb. 1-29

Black History Month Art Exhibit and Reception

“Blackness in Full Bloom”
Pascal Center for Performing Arts Gallery

Exhibit Hours
Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Exhibit Reception
Feb. 15
2-4 p.m.

Black History Month Visual Display

“Positive Impact on America”
A curated selection of library materials on display will include books, e-books, articles and streaming academic videos that align with this year’s theme, "Blackness in Full Bloom.” The exhibit will highlight African American heroes in various fields and use Amanda Gorman’s poems to emphasize the title of the exhibit.

Guests may visit this exhibit in person and virtually. The physical display is near the second-floor entrance to Truxal Library. Virtual guests may visit online.

Feb. 6

"Talking Black in America"

Attendees will view the movie, "Talking Black in America." A 30-minute discussion with moderator Robert Hurd, Ph.D.,  professor of English, will follow.
Register for the event.
3:30 p.m.

Feb. 13

Create Your Own Black Wall Street: Support and learn about entrepreneurship in the Black community

All students who are entrepreneurs or thinking about entrepreneurship are invited. James W. Peterson Jr., vice president, Small Business ambassador at M&T Bank, will discuss how to turn your ideas and hobbies into a business. M&T Bank representatives will also be present to talk about the importance of banking and business. Student entrepreneurs will be on-site selling and promoting their products. 
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
CADE Room 209

Feb. 14

Black History Month Spirit Day and Poetry Slam Kickoff Event

Food Network’s “Chopped” Grand Champion Chef David K. Thomas and wife, Chef Tonya Thomas, of H3irloom Food Group to do a modern soul cooking demonstration and tasting with HCAT.
Register for the event.
11 a.m., HUM Room 214

Black History Month Spirit Day and Poetry Slam

Show off your favorite spirit day fashion from the list below and join us for a spoken word event with Backpack Jeff. Student poets are welcome to participate! 

Spirit Inspiration:

  • Show your cultural fashions from across the Diaspora.
  • Celebrate 50 years of hip-hop dress for your favorite hip-hop era: ‘80s, ‘90s, 2000s.
  • Show your sneaker love! Wear Jordan 1’s, Dunks, Pandas or Adidas.
  • Come listen to Backpack Jeff’s presentation. Student poets are welcome to participate.

Noon-3 p.m.
HLSB Room 145B

Feb. 15

Spring Transfer Fair with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Pop-Up

Start your college search, narrow your choices or select a school. Ask representatives about admission requirements, programs of study, tuition costs and financial aid opportunities, campus life, upcoming tours, and information sessions for prospective students. Featuring a HBCU Pop-Up! Learn more about historically Black colleges and universities. If you’re a proud HBCU alum and you want to represent your university, wear HBCU apparel and stop by for a photograph.
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
SUN 120 Hawk's Nest Grill and Deli

Black History Month Artists’ Reception

“Blackness in Full Bloom”
2-4 p.m.
Pascal Center for Performing Arts Gallery

Feb. 28

Kings in the Ivory Tower: The State of Black Men in Higher Education

Join us for this panel discussion.
12:30-1:45 p.m.
HLSB 100 and Zoom 

Feb. 29

Brotherhood & Community: Building Fellowship through Conversation

Join the Black Male Institute for this virtual event. More details to come. 
Noon-1:30 p.m.