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Black History Month Events Begin with Unity Celebration

Josiah Forbes Hart was one of the winners of the Spoken Word Open Mic Contest. 

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Stony Brook University kicks off Black History Month on Thursday, February 1, with the “Student Union Takeover: A Celebration of Culture and Unity,” presented by the Office of Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement (DICE), and the Black Student Union.

The event will be held from 6 pm to 9 pm in the Stony Brook Union and will feature live performances by various student groups, tables for Black student organizations, refreshments, giveaways and prizes. Attendees are invited to wear all black and support SBU student organizations, amplify Black voices, and honor the incredible legacy of Black history.

The theme of Black History Month at Stony Brook is “African Americans and the Arts,” and the programming will honor the culture and historical contributions of the Pan-African community through educational and cultural activities.

The Black History Month tradition is designed to increase awareness about the historical legacy of the African American/Black experience in the struggle for equality, inclusion, social change and social justice. Black History Month is coordinated by Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement, the Department of Africana Studies and the Black History Month Committee.

Other events on tap include:

Grid open micOpen Mic and Spoken Word Competition
Thursday, February 22, 7-9 pm, SAC Ballroom A
The Black History Month Spoken Word/Open Mic Competition is an opportunity for SBU students to showcase their gifts and intellect through spoken word and diverse modes of expression. Those who just want to perform are encouraged to sign up and share their gifts and talents. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded, and winners will be invited to perform on WUSB 90.1 FM/107.3 FM. Register online by 5 pm February 9.

John Lewis: Good Trouble – Movie, Dinner and Discussion
Tuesday, February 20, 7-9 pm, SAC Ballroom B
Join the Center for Civic Justice to view John Lewis: Good Trouble, an intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism — from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement to the legislative powerhouse he was throughout his career. The first 50 students get a free Dinner Box featuring a Black History Month special menu and giveaways. 

Health Professions Meet and Greet
Thursday, February 29, 5-6:30 pm, UNITI Cultural Center, SB Union 113
The event is a collaboration between the School of Health Professions, the Office of Diversity and Intercultural and Community Engagement, and the UNITI Cultural Center. Panelists will explore various health profession options available through the School of Health Professions. You will hear the stories from Black and Latinx faculty, administrators, and clinicians in health profession programs and gain insights into the admission requirements for various health profession programs. RSVP on SB Engaged.

Visit the Black History Month website for an up-to-date schedule of events and activities.

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