Black History Month Calendar of Events

Black History Month February 2018 (image of four Black statement makers)



Feb. 1 - 28 | Fireplace Reading Room, Parks Library

Race and Justice in America

Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system.  Stevenson will be speaking about thie and EJI'd Lynching in America Project, and the need to confront the history of racial terror in this country.  2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Series.

Jan. 29 | 8:00 p.m. | Great Hall, Memorial Union

All We Do Is Step, Stroll, Hop + Salute?!

Rasheed Ali Cromwell, a leading authority on fraternity and sorority life, will share information about Black and Multicultural Greek-letter fraternities and sororities and their extensive contribution to society educationally, socially, economically, politically, and culturally.

Jan. 30 | 8:00 p.m. | Sun Room, Memorial Union


Ames NAACP 2018 Freedom Fund Banquet | Leading a Culture of Change 

Join us for the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet along with keynote speaker Aiddy Phomvisay, Director of Central Campus for Des Moines Public Schools.  Tickets required.

Feb. 1 | 5:30 p.m. | Gateway Hotel and Conference Center


Operation Pipeline

Join Multicultural Student Affairs to learn more about graduate and professional school.  Students will attend sessions on admissions, hear from a panel of students of color currently in graduate and professional school, and participate in a resource fair to learn more about specific programs.

Feb. 3 | 8:30 a.m. | Great Hall, Memorial Union


Soul Food Lunch

Feb. 8 | Lunch Hours | Seasons, Union Drive Marketplace and Conversations


The Vagina Monologues

The collection of monologues expressing women’s stories raises awareness about violence against women and girls through stories of self-discovery, abuse, birth, and more. Proceeds will be donated to ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support). Tickets required.

Feb. 15 & 16 | 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (2/15), 7:00 p.m. (2/16) | Sun Room, Memorial Union


Black Panther Movie Screening

Feb. 17 | Information coming soon from the Black Faculty & Staff Association


A Negro From The South

Visit the Octagon Center for the Arts for an exhibition by Cameron Gray. From the artist: "...The viewer is attempting to understand; compliant to walk through other minorities' shoes, and mine, giving voice to the people that are voiceless."

Feb. 19 - Mar. 9 | Octagon Center for the Arts


Artist Panel on People of Color in the Arts 

Join the Octagon Center for the Arts and the Multicultural Liaison Office of the ISU College of Design for an inclusive artist panel and discussion on people of color in the arts. Panelists will include Brenda Jones, University Professor in Art and Visual Culture at Iowa State University, Mitchell Squire, Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University, Eulanda Sanders, Professor of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management at Iowa State University, and Cameron Gray, Master of Fine Arts student at Iowa State University. The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Reginald Stewart, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Iowa State University.

Feb. 22 | 6:00 p.m. |Octagon Center for the Arts


Blaxicans and the Future of Identity in the United States

Walter Thompson-Hernandez is a Los Angeles-based New York Times multimedia journalist. His work focuses on multiracial identity in Latina/o communities in the United States and throughout the Americas. 

Feb. 22 | 7:00 p.m. | Sun Room, Memorial Union


African Diaspora and Black Experience

The Black Faculty and Staff  Association will host a faculty and staff panel on the African Diaspora.  As with most things, we believe that, though the threads may look different, we will actually find a unified thread of truth that we can all look to.

Feb. 25 | 7:00 p.m. | Multicultural Center, Memorial Union


ISU After Dark with Damon Wayans, Jr.

Mar. 2 | 11:00 p.m.| Great Hall, Memorial Union


Iowa State Conference on Race & Ethnicity (ISCORE)

Mar. 2 | All Day | Memorial Union