Sunday, January 31 | 6:00 p.m.
Rutgers University’s Black Student Union and the Cultural Center Collaborative join together to celebrate Black History Month and honor Native American heritage. The theme, “A Dream of Kikeokàn/Kuponya: Black and Native American Healing” is centered in the healing practices of both the Black and Lenni-Lenape people. Kikeokàn and Kuponya (Lenape and Swahili terms, respectively) both translate to the English word “healing”. Black and indigenous people have experienced structural violence, countless acts of injustices, and trauma in recent history. We come together to center healing so that we may increase our strength and build our capacity to fight for peace and justice in solidarity. The featured keynote speakers, President Jonathan Holloway, Dr. Cornel West, and the Rev. J. R. Norwood will bring awareness to the history of our individual struggles and resiliency of our social justice movements.
Monday, February 1 | 8:30 p.m.
Event Link: TBA
We want to bring people together, despite their opinions (no matter how controversial they may be) to reach a common ground on what it truly means to be black. We will be discussing an array of topics such as the “black card”, black culture, gatekeeping, and more.
Thursday, February 4 | 6:30 p.m.
Since 2009, State Theatre of New Jersey Poet-in-Residence Glenis Redmond has brought poetry into the lives of people all over the Garden State—among them students, senior citizens, and members of the general public. Her experiences and the people she has met have inspired a number of her poems, including “Bruised,” featured in her TEDxGreenville Talk and “Dancers,” dedicated to Norma Heflin, a kindred spirit Glenis met at Quail Brook Senior Center in Somerset. “Raise Your Voice” free poetry workshop focuses on social justice; you can learn some of the techniques she uses for writing her well-crafted and deeply personal poems. Through her workshops, she encourages participants to draw upon their own lives and experiences to tell their own stories. This Zoom workshop is open to the general public (must be 18+) and is FREE of charge. No previous writing experience needed. All levels welcome.
Monday, February 8 | 6:00 p.m.
The Black Mentoring Circle program provides a space where students participate in guided educational discourse, leadership development, and out of the classroom engagement through panel conversation. This month’s topic is Black Entrepreneurship and Economical Power. The history of Black business and economics is the history of America. From Tulsa, to Wilmington, to our local communities today, there are vital lessons to be learned for thriving and navigating systemic racism, cultural challenges, and the global marketplace. Join us for a facilitated discussion featuring Rutgers alumni and community partners with experience as business owners and entrepreneurs.
Monday, February 8 | 8:30 p.m.
Event Link: TBA
This event will be showing gratitude to a different form of Black excellence on Rutgers campus every week; entrepreneurs, musicians/artists, and Black history. Each day we will be highlighting individuals via our @blmru instagram story and live, where they can show off their talents and hard work.
Tuesday, February 9 | 8:00 p.m.
The purpose of this event is to educate people about Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as we are the first Black greek organization. This will also provide people with the opportunity to meet the undergraduate brothers of the Delta Iota chapter.
Wednesday, February 10 | 8:00 p.m.
The goal of this event is to educate people on events and people pertaining to Black History. The winner(s) will receive a gift card prize.
Wednesday, February 10 | 7:00 p.m.
The event will consist of a panel including students at both the undergraduate and graduate level, along with professors at the collegiate level. Panelists will share their thoughts, insights, and experiences of being black in the American education system.
Thursday, February 11 | 6:00 p.m.
Featuring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020) depicts the iconic queer blues singer in 1920’s Chicago.
Thursday, February 11 | 8:00 p.m.
The goal of this program is to highlight the legacy of Paul Robeson and his contributions to the Rutgers community. We will also be discussing what it means to be a Renaissance man and its significance.
Monday, February 15 | 5:50 p.m.
Rutgers alum Kevin Powell will join us for an engaging discussion on leadership. The event is open to current students and alumni
Tuesday, February 16 | 4:00 p.m.
An annual public lecture named in honor of James Dickson Carr who was the first African American graduate of Rutgers University. Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack, Assistant Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students will discuss pressing issues of diversity, access, and equity in an open dialogue with the Rutgers community.
Wednesday, February 17 | 12:30 p.m.
As part of Eagleton’s Gambaccini Civic Engagement Series, LaTosha Brown will discuss her story of civic engagement and political empowerment as co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund. LaTosha Brown is an award-winning visionary thought leader, institution builder, cultural activist and artist, and connector. She is a nationally recognized, expert in Black voting rights and voter suppression, Black women’s empowerment, and philanthropy.
Wednesday, February 17 | 3:00 p.m.
Student attendees will engage in dialogue with alumni professionals and learn best practices for career preparation as they plan for their professional next steps. Students will learn strategies to enhance their virtual professional profile and leverage their skills and experiences for professional networking in the virtual space.
Thursday, February 18 | 6:00 p.m.
A panel of policy professionals will highlight the ways that college students can advocate for equitable outcomes within K-12 schools.
Monday, February 22 | 7:00 p.m.
This collaborative community discussion will be a platform to touch upon the issues surrounding Black Rutgers regarding academic affairs, financial aid, the resources available in these areas, and how student organizations can better function together. The purpose of the event will be to discuss some of the main concerns that Black students carry.
Tuesday, February 23 | 12:00 p.m.
In 1964, Malcolm X was invited to debate at the Oxford Union Society at Oxford University. The topic of debate that evening was the infamous phrase from Barry Goldwater’s 1964 Republican Convention speech: Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. At a time when Malcolm was traveling widely and advocating on behalf of Blacks in America and other nations, his thirty-minute speech at the Oxford Union stands out as one of the great addresses of the civil rights era.
Wednesday, February 24 | 6:30 p.m.
Douglass Dean’s Lecture Series: Critical Conversations on Black History will host Dr. Barbara Ransby the John D. MacArthur Chair and a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Barbara Ransby is author of two award-winning books: Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (2003); and Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson (2013). She is also author of a third book published in August 2018 entitled: Making All Black Lives Matter: Re-imagining Freedom in the 21st Century.
Wednesday, February 24 | 9:00 p.m.
The meeting is going to feature a panel of BMC alumni talking, via Zoom, about their experiences in the professional world as black men following graduation from university. The event is open to all not just BMC members or men, but all gender identities and races.
Thursday, February 25 | 2:00 p.m.
Interested in completing your combined bachelors and masters degrees in 5 years?
Do you want to pursue a career in education–as a teacher, researcher or higher education administrator? Join us for a virtual session!
Tuesday, February 26 | 8:30 a.m.
The colloquium Affirming Medical and Mental Health Care for LGBTQAI+ Communities on February 25- 26, 2021 brings together experts from medical and mental health, social sciences, and humanities scholars. This event advances and the national discussion on equity health care systems. All health care providers must practice cultural sensitivity, education on the needs based on race and inclusion in order to increase our capacity for providing beloved and holistic health care.
Sunday, February 28 | 12:00 p.m.
Event Link: TBA
Black Lunch Table invites you to join us for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon! We create spaces to encourage people of color and women to join the Wikimedia movement while also asking other editors to focus on gaps in coverage on Wikimedia. Together we will create historical documents that respond to the urgent need for a reconstruction of the art historical record. All are invited, with no specialized knowledge of the subject or Wikipedia editing experience required. A brief overview of the basics of Wikipedia editing will be given at the start of the edit-a-thon. We will focus on important but underrepresented visual artists, curators, and art workers of the Black Diaspora and will also have Rutgers-related lists of tasks available. All skill levels are welcome!