Please join us the Rutgers University – New Brunswick community and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center as we celebrate Black History Month with events that reflect the richness of the African diaspora and historical contributions of our trailblazers. See here for the flyer version of the Black History Month calendar. If you have questions about events, please reach out to the PRCC via email prccrutgers@echo.rutgers.edu! Enjoy the event offerings below and we hope you’ll join us in community!

BLACK HERITAGE MONTH OPENING CEREMONIES

Annual dinner formal to welcome in Black History Month with presentations and performances by various organizations in an effort to unite our community while honoring accomplishments of those from our past and present.

Time/Location: 7:00pm, Busch Campus Center MPR

Host & Co-sponsors: Black Student Union

Contact: Black Student Union E-Board, rubsu@gmail.com

ALL BLACK: A Space Dedicated to Black Joy

A gathering for black students, staff and faculty to celebrate the beginning of Black History Month. Join us at the PRCC for food, games, music and community, while wearing attire that represents your identity.

Time/Location: Paul Robeson Cultural Center Gathering Lounge, 7pm – 9pm

Host & Co-sponsors: Paul Robeson Cultural Center

Contact person: Tiana Ford, tiana.ford@rutgers.edu

BLACK IN GRADUATE SCHOOL: A LUNCH ROUNDTABLE

Are you an undergraduate student thinking about grad school? Join us on Friday at 12pm at the PRCC to hear from current graduate students from the Council of Black Graduates. Lunch will be provided.

Time/Location: Paul Robeson Cultural Center Gathering Lounge; 12pm – 1:30pm

Host: Paul Robeson Cultural Center

Contact Person: Telema Briggs, rutgerscbg@gmail.com

RU-1st FRIDAYS

A monthly mixer open to RU-1st students, faculty and staff in the Rutgers University – NB community.

Time/LocationCollege Avenue Student Center, Room 411ABC, 4:00pm-7:00pm

Host: Student Access & Educational Equity & RU-1st

Contact PersonShy Yi, shy.yi@echo.rutgers.edu

A CONVERSATION WITH TARANA BURKE: THE #MeToo MOVEMENT & ENDING SEXUAL VIOLENCE

#MeToo founder, Tarana Burke will speak about the origins of the #MeToo Movement and its premise—that the power of empathy is key to a survivor’s healing. Burke will speak candidly about how/why sexual violence is so rampant in society and will share concrete ways it can be interrupted by each of us. Her talk is a call to action that is meant to inspire and motivate all who are affected by sexual violence—which is everyone. Her remarks will be followed by an audience Q & A. Event is free and open to the public.

Facebook Event

Time/Location: 7:30pm – 9:00pm, College Avenue Gym; Doors open at 7pm

Host: Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Violence Prevention & Victim’s Assisnace, Cultural Center Collaborative & Ending Sexual Violence Campaign

Contact Person: Kiyanna Stewart, Kiyanna.Stewart@echo.rutgers.edu

SCREENING OF MARVEL'S "BLACK PANTHER"

Join the Paul Robeson Cultural Center for a free premiere screening and discussion of Marvel Comics’ Black Panther! Tickets are now SOLD OUT.

Time/Location: Rutgers Cinema at 6pm. Doors open at 6pm.

Host: Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Major Events & Programs, Residence Life, TWESE, RU PuBLACations, Black Student Union, MAPS, Black Men’s Collective and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. 

Contact Person: Kiyanna Stewart, Kiyanna.Stewart@echo.rutgers.edu

ANNUAL BMC COMEDY SHOW

Join Black Men’s Collective and the Rutgers student community for an evening of comedy, laughs and community! Featured comedians will be announced soon.

Time/Location: 7pm in the College Avenue Student Center MPR

Host: Black Men’s Collective

Contact Person: Kwaku Agyemang; kwaku.agyemang@rutgers.edu

SYMPOSIUM ON BLACK QUEER IDENTITIES AND EXPERIENCES AT HBCU'S AND PWI'S

Black Greek-lettered scholar and practitioner, Dr. Steve Mobley and Trinice McNeily will share their research and practices on black queer students at Historically Black Colleges & Universities and predominately white institutions.

Time/Location: 8:00pm – 9:15pm in the College Avenue Student Center

Host: Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Cultural Center for Social Justice Education & LGBT Communities

Contact Person: Keywuan Caulk & Allen White, Keywuan.Caulk@rutgers.edu & Allen.White@rutgers.edu

RU-1st FORUM

A panel of national experts will speak on the affairs of first-generation students and programs that support this population, by means of best practices to help facilitate retention and four-year graduation rates of students who are first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented.

Time/Location:College Avenue Student Center MPR; 8:30am-1:00pm

Host: Student Access & Educational Equity

Contact Person and Email: Sabrina Riddick, sabrina.riddick@echo.rutgers.edu

SOCIAL JUSTICE, MEDIA, & COMMUNICATION NETWORKS: Screening & Discussion of Spike Lee’s “Four Little Girls”

Join us for a first-hand reflection on an American civil rights tragedy and explore the ways that modern technology has Influenced political activism.

Time/Location: Rutgers Cinema, 4pm – 8pm

Host: The Department of Library and Information Science, Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Contact Person: Charles Senteio, cs1232@comminfo.rutgers.edu

JAMES DICKSON CARR LECTURE SERIES: Baraki Sellers

The lecture series, named in honor of James Dickson Carr who was the first African American graduate of Rutgers University, invites public intellectuals, to visit campus to discuss pressing issues of diversity, access and equity in a public lecture and open dialogue with the Rutgers community. Bakari Sellers, one of the youngest State Representatives and the youngest Black elected official in the United States will be in attendance.

Time/Location: College Avenue Student Center MPR; 6:30pm – 9pm

Host & Co-sponsors: Student Access & Educational Equity

Contact Person and Email: Sabrina Riddick, sabrina.riddick@echo.rutgers.edu

"READ TO THE YOUTH" LITERACY CAMPAIGN: TRIO Day Celebration

As a part of the events to celebrate National TRIO Day, established in 1986 by Congress, Rutgers TRIO programs will read in the local Plainfield Public School District to focus on reading and literacy improvement.

Time/Location: Plainfield Public School Districts, 7am – 12pm

Host: Student Access & Educational Equity

Contact Person: Sabrina Riddick, sabrina.riddick@echo.rutgers.edu

HAIRITAGE CONFERENCE: A Celebration of Black & Latinx Hair/History

Join us for a full-day conference with keynotes, activities and breakout sessions in exploration and celebration of black hair histories.

Time/Location: Livingston Student Center MPR; 12pm – 8pm

Host & Co-Sponsors: Rutgers Residence Life, Paul Robeson Cultural Center and the Center for Latino Arts & Culture

Contact Person and Email: Modinat Sanni, ms2429@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

ANNUAL TWESE FASHION SHOW

An evening celebrating the best of African fashion design, performances and music Tickets on sale via TWESE student Executive Board. See @rutwese on Instagram for ticketing information.

Time/Location: College Ave Student Center MPR; 7:00pm – 11:00pm

Ticket Costs: RU students: $10 and Non-RU guests: $12

Host & Co-sponsors: Twese: The Organization of African Students and Friends of Africa

Contact Person and Email: Priscilla Arthur, rutwese@gmail.com

42nd ANNUAL NAACP FOUNDER'S DAY BANQUET

Catered dinner with performances, presentations and keynote speaker in celebration of NAACP’s history and activism on campus.

Time/Location: Livingston Student Center MPR; Time TBD

Host & Co-sponsors: Rutgers NAACP

Contact Person and Email: Jahmal Ennis, scarletnaacp@gmail.com

TRIP TO BROOKLYN NETS VS. CHICAGO BULLS BASKETBALL GAME

Join the Paul Robeson Cultural Center for a trip to Barclays Center for a Brooklyn Nets vs Chicago Bulls basketball game. Tickets include round-trip group travel to Brooklyn, NY and will be available on Friday February 2nd at 10am.

Time/Location: Meet at Paul Robeson Cultural Center for departure to Barclays Center; 3:00pm – 11:30pm

Tickets: $20 refundable deposit and available on Friday February 2nd at 10am. Tickets also include round-trip transportation to/from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Host: Paul Robeson Cultural Center

Contact Person: Kiyanna Stewart, Kiyanna.Stewart@echo.rutgers.edu

BLACK ACTIVIST JEOPARDY

Time/Location: Tillet Room 105, Livingston Campus

Host & Co-Sponsors: Rutgers University NB Pre-Law Student’s Association (RUNBLSA)

Contact Person and Email: Estephanie Torres, ru.nblsa@gmail.com

Follow the Drinking Gourd: Music of the Harlem Renaissance

Undergraduate Academic Affairs is sponsoring Follow the Drinking Gourd, a musical group that takes its name from the song used to guide enslaved people to freedom on the Underground Railroad. The trio presents original programs on the African American experience in music, along with commentary and a visual presentation of historic images to enhance the experience.  The group will focus on music of the Harlem Renaissance for this performance.  The Gourd consists of pianist Diane Goldsmith and singers Beverly Owens and Ivan Woods, who doubles on saxophones and clarinet.

Free tickets available here.

Time/Location: Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center, 7pm

Host & Co-Sponsors: Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Contact Person and Email: Cara M. Macaluso, caramac@echo.rutgers.edu

BLACK MEN'S MENTORING INSTITUTE

Time/Location: Paul Robeson Cultural Center Gathering Lounge; 7pm-9pm

Host & Co-sponsors: Paul Robeson Cultural Center

Contact Person and Email: David Jones, david.jones@echo.rutgers.edu