Black History Month

In celebration of February's Black History Month, UC offers an annual series of programs, lectures, and events that encourage our community to honor, celebrate, and reflect on the university's rich history of Black leaders, trailblazers, and alumni who conquered barriers, inspired change, and made the world a better place.

The African American Cultural & Resource Center's Tribute to Black History

"Reaching Back by Reaching Black: The Spirit of Sankofa"

Sankofa bird art

This year’s “anniversary edition” of the African American Cultural & Resource Center's Black History Month (BHM) will highlight special events that pay homage to the celebration of the AACRC’S 30-year anniversary! Throughout our mission, our commitment has been to reach, teach, and pull the Black UC community forward. This year’s operational theme, “Reaching Back by Reaching Black: The Spirit of Sankofa," utilizes one of the most respected and used African ideologies: the Sankofa bird. The imagery of the Sankofa bird is an Afrocentric decorative bird with its head turned backwards, its feet facing forward, carrying a precious egg in its mouth depicting the engagement of an humble expression of “reaching back.” Accordingly, as a perfect parallel to our BHM events, the spirit of Sankofa has properly positioned us to reflect upon the rich AACRC history. Throughout Black History Month, our purpose is to reach back from the historical frameworks of the past 30-years of the AACRC’s existence to bring young leaders, thinkers, influencers, and even explorers forward. We invite all students, staff, faculty, friends, and the Cincinnati community to attend any number of these programs and events that widely embrace the beauty of Black history.

Schedule of Events

Black History Month Opening Ceremony | January 29, 2021 (6-8pm)

The AACRC and UBSA host the Opening Ceremony event bringing in the spirit and occasion for the observation of Black History Month. In addition to unveiling the Black History Month and 30-year anniversary events, the evening will consist of UBSA’s special libation acknowledgement of the AACRC 30-year anniversary. Join us on WebEx to kick-off UC’s Black History Month! 

AACRC Kuamka Week | February 1-5 (Various times)

Kuamka, which is Swahili for the phrase “in the beginning,” is a week of exciting events that happen early in the spring semester. This year is the 22nd anniversary of Kuamka, which parallels with this year’s theme, "Fix Your Crown."  During the week, students will compete in different areas to become the next Mr. and Ms. Kuamka, celebrate academic and leadership excellence, attend social programming, and more.

Kuamka Events

Meet the Candidates: Platform and Q&A | February 1 (6-8:30pm)

Join us as the candidates pursue their quests towards the crowning Mr. and Ms. Kuamka 2021. Join us for the Platform Competition from 6-7pm, followed by the Question and Answer Competition held from 7-8:30pm. Join us on Zoom to meet the candidates. 

Grad/Professional Student Paint Party | February 2, 2021 (5:30-7pm)

Hosted by the AACRC's Graduate Assistant, join us during Kuamka week for a virtual painting experience with Soul Palette. RSVP is required. 

Talent Showcase | February 4, 2021 (6pm)

Cheer on the Kuamka 2021 contestants as they display their respective talents in an artistic showcase! From spoken word and singing to dancing and many more acts, this virtual stage will put the candidates one step closer in hopes of achieving King and Queen status! View the talent competition. 

90s Verzuz 2000s Battle | February 5, 2021 (5-6pm)

Join us for our first ever Verzuz Battle! '90s vs. 2000s featuring DJ 5.0 and DJ One Take. Some of the greatest hits of both generations will be played. Want to know if your favorite artists are on the playlist? Tune in on Zoom to find out. We hope to see you there and don't forget to warm up your voices! 

Kuamka Ball | February 6, 2021 (6-7:30pm)

The ball will culminate a week of events by showcasing each Kuamka candidate, presenting the Transitions 2020-2021 class, celebrating the grades of our students, and highlighting accomplishments of Graduate and Professional students. By the end of the night, we will crown the new Mr. and Miss Kuamka! Please join the virtual celebration.

HIV Testing | February 1, 2021

In observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7), the AACRC supports the efforts of the Student Wellness Center, as they partner with Caracole to provide FREE & Confidential HIV testing to students on campus on the first Monday of each month. Their Outreach Educators offer testing, referrals, counseling, and harm reduction and prevention education. No appointment necessary. Walk-in, complete a rapid test (no needles), and receive results in 15 minutes!

"Women to Watch" Conversation with Candice Mathews Brackeen | February 2, 2021 (6pm)

A keynote event for Black History Month, BIT partners with CincyTech to feature famed VC and startup founder Candice Mathews Brackeen, who will share unique challenges and insights on investing and starting a business.  This unique virtual experience will be hosted by Senior Marketing Manager and former Enquirer Columnist, Byron McCauley. RSVP to attend.

Black Feminist Symposium | February 3-March 12, 2021 (Various times)

Join all of this year’s Black Feminist Symposium series of events each Wednesday throughout Black History Month! Kicking off this year, the Women’s Center presents its annual Black Feminist Symposium themed “Radical Rest: Intersectionality, Healing, and Love for Black Womxn.” While honoring and celebrating all Black women (cis, trans, and non-binary), the symposium duly focuses on dispelling the barriers from being denied access to positions of power and influence. This year’s direct message is to encourage Black women to maneuver past the challenges presented in worlds of academia, politics, activism, and many more areas women are destined to conquer! Register to attend. 

UC Blue Ash Game Night | February 5, 2021 (7-8pm)

Come play one of the hottest online games around…."Among Us." Just don’t get caught. Leading the event is Robert King. RSVP on CampusLink. 

Vision Board Party | February 9, 2021 (7pm)

SALD and HGA present a Vision Board Party featuring guest speaker Patrice N. Barnes. Supply kits will be available in advance at SALD from 2/1 - 2/5, 11am-2pm and at the AACRC from 2/1, 2/3 and 2/5, 10am-6pm. RSVP is required for those that would like to participate in person.

UC Blue Ash Black Business Expo/Symposium | February 10, 2021 (11:30am-1pm)

The Black History Month Planning Committee will be hosting a Virtual Black Business Expo with a panel of professionals and entrepreneurs who will discuss what they do and what it took to become established in their respective fields. Students are encouraged to RSVP to ask questions to the professionals and pitch their entrepreneurial idea to receive feedback in a safe and protected environment. Featured proposed panelists are Kim Jackson, Donny Harper (GO(O)D Apparel), Annette Redmond, Tyran Stallings, Lawrence Cain Jr., and Breya Champion. RSVP on CampusLink is required.

Going Back in Time: A Story of HIV | February 10, 2021 (1-3pm)

A workshop in celebration of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, this workshop is sponsored by funding from the Network of the National Library of Medicine HIV/AIDS Coordination Center and presented by the University of Cincinnati Libraries, the Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and the Ohio Department of Health. The workshop is facilitated by HIV Peer Activist and Founder of Positive2Positive, Morris Singletary. The link to join will be provided upon registration. 

Black Feminist Symposium Series | February 10, 2021 (5pm)

Environmental Justice & Social Justice Film and Panel Discussion | February 10, 2021 (7pm)

The Office of UC Sustainability partners with the AACRC in bringing a prolific Black movie followed by engaging discussion. Students may watch a film ahead of time and then attend the discussion on the topic. The movie will be streamed by the service Kanopy. All UC members can access for free with their 6+2. All Hamilton County library card members can access, as well. 

PAC's PACkaged Fun Grab & Go | February 11, 2021 (10-11am)

Come grab a free bear and canvas painting kit! Follow @pacuc on Twitter and Instagram for location updates!

UC Blue Ash Music Through the Decades | February 11, 2021 (5:30pm)

Join us as we showcase Black musical icons artists and icons from the '60s-'70s. Come learn about how music over the decades has changed the landscape of American music as we know it. You will also be treated to musical selections from those artists. RSVP on CampusLink required.

Black History Virtual Trivia Night with the UC Alumni Association | February 11, 2021 (7pm)

This fun social event offers the chance to meet other Black UC alumni while competing for various prizes. Register online.

Virtual Trivia: Black History Month Game Night on Kahoot | February 12, 2021 (7-8pm)

Test your knowledge about Black history icons, events, music, and more. RSVP on CampusLink is required.

Black Feminist Symposium Series | February 17, 2021 (5pm)

Madam CJ Walker's Gospel of Giving: A History of Black Women and Philanthropy | February 17, 2021 (6:30pm)

Professor and historian Tyrone McKinley Freeman, PhD, offers insight on a seminal figure in Black history and shares a variety of stories about her. Register online.

Social Justice and Anti-Racism Panel Discussion | February 23, 2021

Taking off from last year’s “Red, White, and Soul” panel discussion featuring Black veterans who served in Vietnam, the AACRC and Veterans Programs and Services will team up again this year for Black History Month. An engaging veterans' event featuring UC alumni, community and UC student veterans, this discussion will feature details about serving in the military as an African American. Narrated by UC alum and veteran Byron Stallworth, this event promises to provide insight from veterans from all ages who have hurdled challenges as well as received high accolades by serving in the United States armed forces.  

Black Feminist Symposium Series | February 24, 2021 (5pm)

More than Dancing: Black Women and the Mythology of Post-Racial America | February 24, 2021 (6-7:30pm)

UC Blue Ash women musicians featuring Dr. Tammy Kernoodle in a segment of our PATHS Speaker Series. This presentation looks at four key events during Obama's second administration as a lens to understanding the current wave of protest culture that has coincided with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and other variant social movements. It will specifically focus on the cultural responses of Black women as a method of illuminating the long and varied history of Black women musicians in shaping and promoting a public rhetoric of social change. Join on Zoom!

7th Annual Onyx & Ruby Gala | February 24, 2021 (6:30pm)

Hosted by UC’s African American Alumni Affiliate (4A), the Onyx & Ruby Gala will honor six alumni, staff and students for their leadership and impact on their fellow Bearcats. The event will also enlist support for the Shani Scholarship Fund which helps provide study-abroad and international co-op opportunities for Black students. 

Black History Virtual Paint Party | February 25, 2021 (6:30pm)

4A presents a unique experience in which participants, working individually but also virtually as a group, create their own paintings with instruction provided by event partner Soul Palette, LLC. Register online.

UC Blue Ash Game Night: Black History Jeopardy | February 26, 2021 (7-8pm)

What is something fun to do on Friday nights? Join us for Black History Jeopardy and test your knowledge about Black history icons, events, music, and more. RSVP on CampusLink is required. 

UBSA and Miami BSAA Verzuz Battle | February 26, 2021 (7:00pm)

Join UC's United Black Student Association and Miami University's Black Student Action Association as we celebrate Black National Anthems through decades of Black music! Join us via Zoom!

AACRC Kuamka Kings & Queens | February 28, 2021 (3:00pm)

Join us as we celebrate another tradition over the AACRC's 30 years with winners of the Kuamka crown! The panel will reflect upon their respective Kuamka eras' experiences while looking back at the value Kuamka currently plays in their everyday lives and the pride and prestige gained from the Kuamka experience. Join via Zoom!