Program News and Events

2014 Black History Month

Calendar of Events


Let's Talk Hair

March 6, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. | Breazzano House

Join African Student Association (ASA) as we discuss the beauty and the diversity of African American Hair. We will also have a panel of people including Professor Butler, who will answer any questions people may have; examples include "What does it mean to be natural? Is it okay to touch someone's afro?" We not only encourage, but hope that people from all walks of campus join us in our discussion. Food will be served.

Cosponsors: Africana Studies

3M's Exhibit: Martin, Motown & Michael

February 25, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Schaffer Library (rear of first floor)

The 3M's exhibit focuses on the legacies of Martin Luther King, Motown, and Michael Jackson.  The exhibit puts the contributions of these icons in historical context showing artifacts that date back to the slave and Jim Crow era.  The audience will be exposed to harsh realities of America through memorabilia which powerfully shows the sacrifice of Martin Luther King, the vision of Berry Gordy and genius of Michael Jackson.

Cosponsors: Office of Multicultural Affairs, Schaffer Library, Diversity and Inclusion,
Africana Studies

The Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir Annual Winter Concert

February 23, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. | Old Chapel

Join the Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir for their Annual Gospel Concert
featuring special performances by the Heavenly Liturgical Dance Ministry
and a special collaboration! Food will be provided.

Sponsors: Campus Protestant Ministry, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Office of Campus Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Multicultural Affairs,
Africana Studies; UNITAS

Women in Power (WIP)

February 20, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. | Wold House

A panel discussion about the perception and the role of women around the world, and how it has
formed over the years.  This will involve perspectives from various cultures around the world
as well as poster board presentations.  Food will be served. 

Hosted by the African Student Association.

Cosponsors: Asian Student Union (ASU) and The Xi Omega Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

From Prisoner to President: Celebrating the Life of Nelson Mandela

January 28, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. | Nott Memorial

Program will include a panel discussion from Union’s Dr. Ken Aslakson and Dr. Eddie Summers as well as student performances. Pease join us for reflection, analysis, poetry and dance. Reception with African drumming presentation will follow.

Sponsors:  The Office of the President, Campus Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Africana Studies, History, African Student Association (ASA), and the Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir.

mlk week
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week 2014

January 17-29, 2014

MLK week events and the Unity @ Union March

Black History Month Celebration

February 15, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. | College Park Hall Ballroom

Africana Festival
May 22, 2012 | 5:30 p.m. | College Park Hall 

Oct. 14-15, 2011 | 6:30 p.m. | Memorial Chapel
Gospel music theme of next Presidential Forum on Diversity series

2011 Summer Mini-term in Senegal 

PBS Film: Freedom Riders

May 10, 2011 | 7:00 p.m. | Reamer Campus Center Auditorium

WMHT, the Public History Program at Union, and Africana Studies present a one hour preview of the new PBS film Freedom Riders the story of a courageous band of civil rights activists who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South. Discussion to follow. For more information, contact Melinda Lawson at For more on the film see

Volunteer of the Week

March 29, 2011 

Shaniqua Rogers ’13 is this week’s Volunteer of the Week at the Kenney Community Center.

Rogers, a sociology and Africana studies major, has worked with local elementary school students through the SAIL (Studying Arithmetic in Literature) program since she came to Union. She leads volunteers to work with students to improve their math and reading skills.

Rogers, who is from Brooklyn, is a member of the Black Student Union and has volunteered for Contact Hotline and Crisis Chat. “Participating in the Union community taught me to appreciate working with great people that really want to make a difference,” Rogers said.

Janet Sweeney, program coordinator at the Kenney Center, said of Roger’s SAIL leadership: “She is a vital part of this program and of the Kenney Center." 

Women's Commission Lunch Talk

Feb. 22, 2011 | 12:55-1:45 p.m. | Bailey 207

Professor Deidre Hill Butler, Department of Sociology
"Michelle Obama and Representations of Black Womanhood in America"
Lunch will be provided.

Black Student Union Honors African-American History

Feb. 18, 2011 | 4:00 p.m. | Old Chapel

On Friday, Feb. 18th the Black Student Union held a wonderful program honoring African-American history. The program included: The Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir; a history of African-American culture; Hip Hop dance and its history; West Indian dance and its history; poetry readings including a dramatic reading of Phenomenal Woman written by Maya Angelou; a beautiful piano, sax and singing rendition of a Billy Holiday hit; and a fashion show that included traditional through modern clothing. The slide show is courtesy of Matt Milless, Director of Student Activities and Reamer Campus Center.