Several events planned as NSU celebrates Black History Month
(Tahlequah, Oklahoma) – Northeastern State University has a wide variety of events planned throughout February as it commemorates Black History Month.
“It's important to recognize Black History Month because African Americans have been integral in the building and sustaining of this nation, although some of those contributions have gone unrecognized,” Kasey Rhone, NSU coordinator of diversity and inclusion, said.
She added Black History Month can act as a gateway to spark conversations around Black history, contributions and the future. Rhone said events at NSU campuses this year are a mix of fun activities along with opportunities to discuss more serious topics to hopefully spark conversations and connections on campus.
One event being planned is the Rest and Revolution: Nap-In on Feb. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. Rhone said this will be a discussion about the importance of rest in resistance and revolutionary action and the toxicity of grind culture. She added they will also discuss how a lack of quality rest affects Black people disproportionately. Rhone said they will also take a nap in the ballroom. Blankets and mats will be provided.
There is also a “Black Everything” event planned at Second Century Square on Feb. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. Neriah Wharry, president of the Association of Black Collegians, said the event sponsored by the NSU organization is like a black talent show. It will feature poetry, music, singing, dancing and more.
She added the Association of Black Collegians are also planning on doing a Black History Showcase during the event. Posters with information about historical Black figures will be posted on the Second Century Square lawn.
On the Broken Arrow campus, the art gallery will be dedicated to Black History Month through February. The art gallery will be displaying a traveling exhibit on the Tulsa Race Massacre sponsored by the Tulsa Historical Society from Feb. 8-15. This will be followed by an exhibit by the Black Moon Collective, which is a group of Black artists that reside in the Tulsa area, from Feb. 15-26.
Other events planned include virtual conversations, a trivia night, soul food dinner and a ‘70s themed skate night. Below is a list of dates and times for some of the events planned by and shared with the diversity and inclusion office:
Hidden Figures and Remember the Titans movie night with NAB
- The showings will start at 8 p.m. at the Apex Theater. The event is free to all NSU students.
"When Black Women Stand Up:" The Power of Black Women in Effecting Change with Dr. Melanye Price
- A Q&A with Dr. Melanye Price to be livestreamed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nsuokcws starting at 6 p.m.
“Taste of Soul” Dinner with Association of Black Collegians
- Grab dinner with the Association of Black Collegians from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. The cost is $7 per plate. Menu items include fried chicken, mac & cheese, green beans, cornbread and punch. Food delivery is available at no extra charge and for on campus locations only from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Students and faculty are asked to be specific when inputting their location on the Google form for preorders and delivery. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Robert Turner of Vernon AME **
- Join the conversation virtually at 1 p.m. by visiting the NSU Diversity and Inclusion Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nsudiversityandinclusion. He will be discussing the Tulsa Race Massacre legacy. Students can also sign up via Zoom.
Everything Black with Association of Black Collegians
- Join the Association of Black Collegians at Second Century Square from 4 to 6 p.m. for this event. Also happening is a “Black History Showcase” where there will be posters sharing information about historical black figures on the Second Century Square lawn.
Rest and Revolution: Nap-In
- A discussion about the importance of rest in resistance and revolutionary action and the toxicity of grind culture. This event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the University Center ballroom. Students can sign up here.
Black History Month Trivia Night **
- This will take place virtually on Twitch starting at 8 p.m. Students will need to sign up for a Twitch account. Students can sign up here.
Roll Bounce Skate Night with Association of Black Collegians
- This event will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Tahlequah Skatehouse and is free to all NSU students. Registration is required and can be done either using the QR code on posters sent out or via the link on Presence.
Broken Arrow Campus
Family Movie Night: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
- The showing will take place at 1 p.m. at Cinemark Broken Arrow.
Tulsa Race Massacre exhibit
- The Broken Arrow campus art gallery will be displaying a traveling exhibit on the Tulsa Race Massacre sponsored by the Tulsa Historical Society. You can learn more about the exhibit here: https://www.tulsahistory.org/learn/programs-tours/greenwood-tulsa-race-massacre-traveling-exhibit/
Black Moon Collective
- The Broken Arrow campus art gallery will have an exhibit by the Black Moon Collective, which is a group of Black artists that reside in the Tulsa area. To learn more about the collective visit its website at https://www.blackmoontulsa.com/
Movie Night: Get Out
- The showing will take place at 7 p.m. at Cinemark Broken Arrow.
** Events are available at multiple NSU campuses.