2022 Black History Month at UIU
Scheduled Events (all times CST)
Volunteer Reading Series: February 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd
Members of the Student Diversity Union (SDU) will be reading to children both at the local daycare and elementary school in Fayette.
February 8th at 7:00 PM CST - Movie Night, Just Mercy, Ballroom C
The Student Diversity Union presents: Just Mercy
This 2019 film based on a true story, Just Mercy follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson.) One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jaimie Foxx,) who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie.
Popcorn will be available free of charge.
February 18th at 12:00 PM CST - Trip to the African American Museum of Iowa
Visit the African American Museum of Iowa located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa: https://blackiowa.org/
This trip will be led by Dr. McCarville
Sign up by emailing Shannon Nix at [email protected]
The bus will depart the Student Center Circle Drive at 12:00pm
February 21st at 7:00 PM CST- Comedian Ian Lara, Student Center Ballrooms and via Instagram Live
Ian Lara is really just a regular guy from Queens, New York. He started Comedy right after college because he didn’t feel like going to Law School and he’s loved every second of it. Usually you can catch him performing every night in some of the best and worse shows in New York City, or he’s on the road at a club or college near you. Ian Lara will probably be a household name but really all he wants is to get big enough where he can wear those big hats Pharrel wears to awards shows.
Follow @whatshappeninuiu to watch via Instagram live.
February 22nd at 12:00 PM CST - Black History Month Trivia, Student Center Commons
The Student Diversity Union will host a Black History Month Trivia in the Student Center over the lunch hour.
February 22nd at 7:00 PM CST– Meet and Greet Mixer with the Student Diversity Union, Student Center Commons
Meet the members of the Student Diversity Union (SDU) and join in on the conversation! The SDU was organized this academic year. They’ve had fruitful meetings sharing life experience shedding light on inequity, discussing entrepreneurship, slam poetry and activism, to name a few. All are welcome to join this month’s SDU meeting and learn more about the organization.
The Mission of the SDU is to provide the best quality of life for all of our students on campus regardless of race. The SDU works towards this through providing a safe space to share life experiences, hosting events celebrating different cultural backgrounds, raising awareness, community service, and allowing for a better understanding of cultures other than oneself. The SDU seeks to enrich Northeast Iowa with diverse backgrounds and inspire growth in awareness of the realities people of color face in America today.
February 23, 2022 at 6:00 PM CST - Alumni Speaker Series with EJ Smith '97: The Proof is in the 'PUDN', Virtual
Born and raised in Gardena, CA, EJ never thought he could make a living from his favorite childhood dessert, banana ‘pudn’. Through a fundraising event for a youth football team, EJ’s community fell in love with the dessert as well, allowing him to chase the dream of opening his own business. A family health emergency caused them to shut the business down and move out of state where EJ pursued another endeavor with Red Ventures in North Carolina. But like any passion, they have their ways of drawing us back in and in 2021 EJ and his son re-opened Famous PUDN back home. Tune in while EJ talks about what it means to be a Peacock, being a business owner, working in the corporate world, and key turning points in his career that proved that the ‘proof is in the pudn’ – when you put the hard work in, you will reap the reward.
You can join EJ’s talk live as he shares his experiences virtually through UIU’s Facebook page and you will have an opportunity to ask questions through the comments section. The speaker series features career-related topics inspired by our alum’s career paths. Sessions are recorded and made available on the Alumni Speaker Series webpage where they can be viewed later at www.uiu.edu/alumnispeakerseries.
February 24th at 7:00 PM CST - Netflix Teleparty: Monster
Released in 2018 and re-released by Netflix in 2021, this film is starring: Kelvin Harrison, A$AP Rocky, John David Washington, and Jennifer Hudson
A talented teen implicated in a robbery-turned-murder fights for his innocence and integrity against a criminal justice system that’s already judged him.
Email Shannon Nix at [email protected] for the link. The link will be emailed to you the day of.
Resources to Learn & Engage More
Black Lives Matter: www.blacklivesmatter.com – The official #BlackLivesMatter Global Network builds power to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people across the globe.
24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium: https://www.twentyfoursevenblac.com/ 24/7 BLAC seeks to advance economic equity and vitality for Black communities. Located in Waterloo, Iowa, this non-profit’s objective is “To create access through education, employment opportunities and participation in programs that are centered in blackness and impact the ability to generate wealth, advance professionally, and leverage talent in entrepreneurship and business.”
Black Mental Health Alliance: www.blackmentalhealth.com – An organization that connects individuals with therapists and provides professional training.
Black Youth Project: www.blackyouthproject.com – The Black Youth Project is a platform that highlights the voices and ideas of Black millennials. Through knowledge, voice, and action, the organization works to empower and uplift the lived experiences of young Black Americans today.
BEAM – Black Emotional And Mental Health Collective: https://www.beam.community/ – BEAM is a national training, movement building and grant-making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness and liberation of Black and marginalized communities.
Civil Rights Digital Library: http://crdl.usg.edu/ – The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale.
Inclusive Cultural University: https://www.icuworldwide.com/ Based out of Des Moines, Iowa, this non-profit’s mission is “To empower each person with the consciousness of the part they play to promote an inclusive, safe, and equitable society.” ICU works with schools, corporations and organizations to create “safe zones”; a space that generates conscious thinking into positive actions.
NAACP: www.naacp.org – An organization that works to disrupt inequality, dismantle racism, and accelerate change in key areas including criminal justice, health care, education, climate, and the economy.
NAMI’s Sharing Hope Program: https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Mental-Health-Education/NAMI-Sharing-Hope-Mental-Wellness-in-the-Black-Community – Sharing Hope is a three-part video series that explores the journey of mental wellness in Black communities through dialogue, storytelling and a guided discussion.
National Urban League: www.nul.og – The National Urban League is a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization with 90 affiliates serving 300 communities, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than two million people nationwide.
Professional Diversity Network: www.prodivnet.com – This job connection resource is designed specifically to promote diversity in the workplace.
Saint Heron Community Library: https://saintheron.com/ This growing media center provides access to an expansive range of Black and Brown voices in poetry, visual art, critical thought and design. “The library’s focus is education, knowledge production, creative inspiration, and skill development through works by artists, designers, historians, and activists from around the world.”