Black History Month Events at Kent State University Geauga and Twinsburg Academic Center
Black History Month — or National African American History Month — is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S history. The Association for the Study of Negro Life initiated the first variation of Black History month with Negro History Week in 1926. In 1970, according to the Kent Stater, Kent State University began the observance of Black History Month. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
Join us for special Black History Month virtual presentations by Kent State Geauga and the Twinsburg Academic Center throughout the month of February to pay tribute to generations of African Americans whose contributions to society continue to reap benefits for us all.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
LeShaun Smedley, Presentation on Kroger Supplier Inclusion
Hear from LeShaun Smedley, Manager, Corporate Supplier Diversity for The Kroger Co., to gain a better understanding of supplier inclusion in the corporate world.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
The Museum of the American Revolution presents “The Same Principle Lives in Us”
American Revolutionaries struggled with a key question: would the words of the Declaration of Independence, that “all men are created equal,” apply to all people?” From the outbreak of the Revolution, people of African descent asked and answered this question through their words and actions. In this talk, hear the stories and explore the objects that we use at the Museum to help imagine what the Revolution was like for Phillis Wheatley, Elizabeth Freeman, James Forten, Harry Washington, and others.
These Black History Month events are free and open to the public. Registration is required to receive the links to join the events.