Black History Month originated in 1926 when historian Carter G. Woodson promoted what was known as "Negro History Week" in an effort to educate people about the accomplishments of African Americans. In 1976, the celebration was expanded to include the entire month of February, the birth month of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. Black History Month is celebrated to remember important individuals and events in African American history. 

Millikin University will host a variety of events and programming created by Millikin students to celebrate Black History Month this February. Student-led programming for Black History Month will be carried out by the Millikin Black Student Union, African Student Organization and Multicultural Voices of Praise.

Voiced by: University President Jim Reynolds; Millikin staff Tonya Hines & Alexander Deeb; Millikin students Macheila Anderson, Audrianna Bartholomew, Kei'Von Evans, Theo Fisher, Ange Nice Ineza, Serron Pettis and Renna Riley

Join us in celebrating over a century of Black students, faculty and staff at Millikin University! As a part of Millikin University’s Black History Month Celebration, we share stories of moments in Black history at Millikin with this chronological timeline narrated by current Black students and staff, as well as our University Presidents.

For questions, contact Nikki Garry at

Black History Month Schedule of Events

Thursday Feb. 3, 2022

Head wrapASO’s Head Wrap Class from 5-7pm in OCLP

Join the African Student Organization in the OCLP to learn about the history and how to of an African Head Wrap.

Thursday Feb. 10, 2022

African American singing karaokeMVOP’s Karaoke from 6-8pm in UC Banquet Rooms

Join the Multicultural Voices of Praise for a fun night of karaoke in the UC Banquet Rooms!

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022

kahootBSU Black History Kahoot from 4:30-6pm in UC Banquet Rooms

Put your knowledge of black history to the test with Black Student Union's Black History Kahoot!

Friday, Feb. 18, 2022

African continent image over African flag colorsASO and BSU’s African Diaspora from 5-7pm in OCLP

Educate yourself about the African Diaspora, the mass dispersion of peoples from Africa, from Black Student Union and African Student Organization.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022

Terrence FloydCampus Life and the Office of the Provost hosts Terrence Floyd at 7pm in KFAC 

Click here to learn more.

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022

Painting of an African American person with literature in backgroundArtist talk with Arlene Turner-Crawford at 4pm in KFAC (contact: Dr. Lyle Salmi)

Friday, Feb. 25, 2022

disco ballBSU’s Silent Disco from 9-11pm in the UC Banquet Rooms

Join Black Student Union for a fun night of dancing during a Silent Disco, held in the UC Banquet Rooms.

Monday, Feb. 28, 2022

African American person dancingASO’s Dance Class from 7-9pm in UC Banquet Rooms

Join the African Student Organization in the UC Banquet Rooms to learn a new dance!