Sponsored by the university’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, the celebration will begin with a presentation by 1968 Summer Olympic medalist John Carlos and acclaimed sportswriter Dave Zirin on Thursday, Feb. 2. It will take place at 4 p.m. in the Grand River Room of the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus.
Other events scheduled for the month:
— Service Learning, 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 11. Students, faculty and staff members will volunteer at Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids and Guiding Light Mission in Jenison to give back to the community.
— Poetry Jam, noon Feb. 14 at the Kirkhof Center. The third annual Poetry Jam will celebrate Valentine’s Day by bringing the campus community together through poetry. Hosted by Positive Black Women, GVSU students, faculty and staff members will recite poems in a cafe-style atmosphere.
— A Taste of Soul, noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Kirkhof Center lobby. Participants will taste-test and learn about traditional African-American soul food.
— “Has African American Literature Really Ended?” will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 22 in Room 2270 of the Kirkhof Center. Philosophy professor Dwayne Tunstall will explore how Africana and moral philosophy, religious ethics and classical American philosophy can complement one another when thinking about issues of moral agency, personal identity, race and the legacy of Western modernity.
— “From Where I Stand” will be held in the Pere Marquette Room of the Kirkhof Center from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 23. H. James Williams, dean of GVSU’s Seidman College of Business, will discuss American business and ways to assure that diversity and inclusion resonate at the “business” level of organizations.
— “Real. Soulful. Music.” will take place 7-9 p.m. Feb. 24 at Loosemore Auditorium, Pew Grand Rapids Campus. West Michigan-based Soultry Entertainment will perform a R&B, blues and jazz music concert.
— “1961: The Freedom Riders and Our Struggle for Racial Justice” will be held in the Pere Marquette Room of the Kirkhof Center from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 28. Diane Nash’s involvement in the nonviolent movement began in 1959 while she was a student at Fisk University. In 1960, she became the chairwoman of the student sit-in movement in Nashville. In 1961, she coordinated the “Freedom Ride” from Birmingham to Mississippi, which was documented in the recent PBS documentary, “Freedom Riders.”