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Black History Month 2018

February 1 2018 - February 28 2018

More Than Just A Color: Unsung Heroes

February 1: Movie Night - Detroit 

7:00 PM
Langner Hall 120

February 2: Black History Month Chapel Service

10:00 - 10:20 AM
Chapel of the Abiding Presence

February 6: Center for African-American Studies Open House 

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 
Langner Hall 237

Soul Food Night

4:30 - 7:30 PM
Hein Dining Hall

February 7: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Guest Speaker: Shaka Senghor, author of Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, And Redemption In An American Prison

7:30 PM
Jackson Auditorium

Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform and a Senior Fellow with the Dream Corps. His memoir, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison, was released in March 2016 and debuted on The New York Times Best Seller List as well as The Washington Post Best Seller List. An unforgettable tale of forgiveness and second chances, Writing My Wrongs reminds us that our worst deeds don't define who we are or what we can contribute to the world. Shaka’s story has inspired thousands and serves as a powerful testament to the power of hope, compassion and unconditional love.

Oprah Winfrey has referred to her interview with Shaka for SuperSoul Sunday as “one of the best I’ve ever had—not just in my career, but in my life… His story touched my soul.” Shaka’s TED Talk, which he delivered at TED’s 30th Anniversary Conference, received a standing ovation and has been viewed more than 1.3 million times; TED later featured his talk in its “Year in Ideas” roundup, a collection of the most powerful TED Talks of 2014.

Shaka has been a guest on CNN, CBS This Morning, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Good Day New York, NewsOne Now with Roland Martin, and C-SPAN’s After Words. He has also been a guest on numerous radio programs, including All Things Considered, The Lenny Lopate Show, The Maggie Linton Show, and Power 105.1 with Angie Martinez.

Shaka is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 EBONY Power100, 2016 Ford Man of Courage, 2016 NAACP Great Expectations Award, the 2015 Manchester University Innovator of the Year, and the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award. He was recently recognized by OWN as a “Soul Igniter” in the inaugural class of the SuperSoul 100, a dynamic group of trailblazers whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the world around them and encouraging others to do the same. Shaka was also a 2014 TED Prize finalist for The Atonement Project, is a former MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, and a current Fellow in the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network. He has taught at the University of Michigan and shares his story of redemption around the world.

Watch Shaka Senghor's interview with Oprah Winfrey and his 2014 TED Talk.

February 9: Black History Month Chapel Service

10:00 - 10:20 AM 
Chapel of the Abiding Presence

February 12: Guest Speaker: Dr. Chawanna Bethany Chambers '07, President of Single Seed Enrichment School

4:00 - 5:30 PM
Dunne Conference Center, Tschoepe Hall

Dr. Chawanna Bethany Chambers is a national award-winning and board certified pre-K-20 career educator with teaching experience spanning primary, secondary and higher education. Currently, she is a curriculum developer and summer assistant director of curriculum for a New England nonprofit organization and teaches undergraduate and graduate education courses online.

In 2016, she founded Single Seed Enrichment School, Inc., a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the educational experiences of Pre-K-12 children in San Antonio, Texas. Single Seed is one part of the legacy she wants to leave in the world—one that actualizes the lived experiences of each child who chooses to learn. Chambers earned her B.A. in multidisciplinary studies from TLU where she graduated magna cum laude. She also obtained an M.Ed. in educational administration from Grand Canyon University and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Capella University. Chambers is currently enrolled in George Mason University’s Graduate Certificate program for blended and online learning in K-12 Schools.

She has taught K-12 English online, coordinated Title I after-school tutoring programs, served as a reading intervention teacher, helped plan and facilitate advisory programs, developed curriculum, supported teachers as an instructional coach, and served in several other leadership capacities. In addition to being named New Teacher of the Year in 2009, the National Council for Teachers of English awarded her with one of its Early Career Educator awards, and she received the Principal’s Award on her campus in 2010.

Watch Founder's Story, the story behind her vision for opening a public charter school in her hometown of San Antonio.

February 15: Black Student Union (BSU) Talent Show

7:00 - 9:00 PM
Graf Lounge, ASC

February 16: Black History Month Chapel Service

10:00 - 10:20 AM 
Chapel of the Abiding Presence 

February 17: Service Day with BSU and the National Society of Leadership and Success at Everything Jesus! Ranch

7:00 AM 
Volunteers meet in ASC parking lot and travel to the location (12061 FM 466 Seguin, TX). This will be an all-day event.

February 20: Black History Month Poster Show

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Fireside Lounge, ASC

February 22: Our Generation Panel Discussions

7:30 - 8:30 PM
Graf Lounge, ASC

February 23: Black History Month Chapel Service

10:00 - 10:20 AM
Chapel of the Abiding Presence 

February 26: Movie Night - Black Panther

Time and Location TBD

2017 Event Sponsors

  • African-American Studies
  • Black Student Union
  • Blumberg Memorial Library
  • Brown Cultural Enrichment Endowment Fund
  • Campus Activities Board
  • Department of History
  • Center For Servant Leadership
  • Student Life & Learning
  • Sodexo

Featured Events

Winter Baccalaureate & Commencement 2017

December 16, 2017 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Viola Day

January 13, 2018 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Rita Moreno, Brown Distinguished Lecture

January 25, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Black History Month Guest Speaker: Shaka Senghor

February 7, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


February 16, 2018 - February 24, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Diane Guerrero, Brown Distinguished Lecture

February 27, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm