Black History Month

ESL Students at the John Brown house

A group of international students from Kent State experienced living history on a field trip with the university's English as a Second Language Program. 

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Victoria Alexander dialogue with Charmaine Crawford.

Viral speaker and scholar Victoria Alexander visited the Kent Campus for "Black Identity Unveiled: Victoria Talks."

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"Black Is" banner project.

Black United Students invited students to express their thoughts on "What is Black to You?" by adding their words and a handprint to a banner.

Banner for Oscar Ritchie Story

A key figure in Kent State's Black History, Oscar Ritchie continues to inspire generations of students and educators.

Guest speakers headshots for the Black History Month Fashion Event

Join the School of Fashion on February 23 at 9:30 a.m. in Rockwell Hall as we celebrate Black History Month. This year’s theme, “African Americans and the Arts” will be presented by our incredible alumni and industry partners. Our visiting guests will share their personal journey, drive and goal to work in the arts. Our school community will also hear their insight on the present and future direction of African Americans in fashion.

MLK Family Event at King Kennedy Community Center

Kent State's Flashes Fighting Hunger initiative engaged families and the community through an MLK-themed event at Ravenna's King Kennedy Center. 

Models wearing Sukeina museum exhibit collection

The Kent State University Museum is honored to host the first museum exhibition in the United States dedicated to the work of the brand Sukeina founded by Omar Salam. The exhibit will open Friday, February 16 and will continue until Sunday, June 2.

Kent State Community Reflect on the Impact of Black History Month on Their Lives

Black History Month had and continues to have a major impact in the lives of Kent State community members. Some learned about Black History when they were very young, while others acquired knowledge as college students or adults. All, however, are grateful for the role that Black History Month has played in their lives.

Senior history major Emma Kelly was among the Kent State students who visited Jackson State University for the alternative winter break trip.

Kent State students who traveled to Jackson State University during an alternative winter break trip had in-depth, hands-on exposure to survivors of the May 15, 1970, police shooting, which killed two people; the youngest Freedom Rider, Hezekiah Watkins; and the home of Myrlie and Medgar Evers, a National Monument.

A student passes a mural celebrating the founders of Black History Month in Oscar Ritchie Hall.

A mural inside Oscar Ritchie Hall celebrates the student founders of Black History Month.