February 1, 2016 at 2:00pm

Millikin University celebrates Black History Month 2016

Millikin University is pleased to announce its celebration of Black History Month. The theme for 2016 is "Because of Them, We Can."

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's celebration of Black History Month includes a number of events sponsored by University departments and organizations. Millikin's celebration of Black History Month includes the following events:

Monday, Feb. 1

"Because of Them, We Can"

Buttons and Social Media Campaign

Shilling Hall and Richards Treat University Center, 12 noon

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Black Student Union Guest Speaker: Dr. Boyce Watkins

"Black American Money and Black Empowerment"

Lower Richards Treat University Center, 6 p.m.

Dr. Boyce Watkins, also known as The People's Scholar, is a leading scholar and social commentator. His thought-provoking commentary has been featured on every major network, including CNN, MSNBC, and Huffington Post. While he analyzes a vast array of topics, his primary focuses are economic empowerment, social justice, and education.

Black History Month

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Center for International Education, Inclusion and Student Engagement Guest Speaker

Andrew GordonAndrew Gordon from Diversity Abroad

"Why African-American students should Study Abroad"

Kirkland Lecture Room 128, 5:30 p.m.

Andrew Gordon is a social entrepreneur and the founder and president of Diversity Abroad. As an international education expert, he has written and spoken extensively on topics pertaining to access, diversity, inclusion, and equity in international education. With a passion for international education Andrew founded Diversity Abroad in 2006 with a simple vision, that the next generation of young people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds be equipped with the skills and experience to compete in the 21st century global marketplace.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

A staged reading of "Stick Fly" by Lydia R. Diamond

Lower Richards Treat University Center, 7 p.m.

Lydia R. Diamond's "Stick Fly" is a very successful Broadway production that made its debut as a play in theatres in 2006. It's a story about an affluent African-American family spending a weekend at its second home, situated at Martha's Vineyard. The family confronts issues of race, class, sibling rivalry and parental expectations when their youngest son's fiancée visits them on Martha's Vineyard.

For more information on Millikin's celebration of Black History Month, please contact the Millikin Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement at 217.424.6335, by e-mail at ise@millikin.edu, or visit millikin.edu/ise.