Black History Month, recognized throughout February, serves to celebrate the past and present achievements of Black people. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History sets a theme for the month every year, and the 2022 theme is “Black Health and Wellness.”
Augusta University will host several events throughout February in recognition of the month-long observance. Some events include:
- Student, Faculty and Staff Mixer, 2 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Dr. Roscoe Williams Ballroom: This networking event, hosted by the African American Male Initiative (AAMI), will connect students with Black faculty, staff, students and organizations on campus.
- Healthy Black Moms Expo and Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 5 at the Georgia Cancer Center: The Cancer Prevention, Control & Population Health Program has teamed up with local health care providers to raise awareness of maternal health in the Black community. This free event will provide resources to local pregnant women, including information about breastfeeding, nutrition and postpartum depression.
- History of Augusta Speaker Event, noon Feb. 9 at the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons: Leon Maben from the Lucy Craft Laney Museum, the largest African American museum in the Central Savannah River Area, will speak about the history of Augusta. This event is hosted by the Student National Dental Association of the Dental College of Georgia.
- Brown Bag History Lecture Series, 12:30 p.m. Feb. 9, virtual: Dr. Joseph Hobbs will offer a virtual presentation, “The Desegregation of the Medical College of Georgia,” as part of the Augusta Museum of History series. Read more about the event and how to tune in.
- “Are We There Yet?” Presentation, noon Feb. 10 at the Carl T. Sanders Research and Education Building, Room 3801: Chaplain Brennan Francois, the chief diversity officer of Augusta University Health, will present as part of the Augusta University Staff Council’s Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture series.
- Presentation by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, 6 p.m. Feb. 10 on Microsoft Teams: Register for this event to learn from Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, the pedagogical theorist who introduced the concept of critical race theory to the field of education in 1995. This event is a collaboration between the Augusta University Writing Project’s Scholar Series and Multicultural Student Engagement’s Courageous Conversations program.
- An Evening with Zakiya Dalila Harris, Author of The Other Black Girl, 7 p.m. Feb. 10 via Zoom: Join for a conversation with the fiction author and New York Times bestseller Zakiya Dalila Harris. This will be the featured event of the African American Read In program. Register online. This event is a collaboration with the Department of English and World Languages, Multicultural Student Engagement and the Creative Writing Program.
- Augusta University Black History Trailblazer Program, 2 p.m. Feb. 18 in JSAC Jag Commons, Room 204: Join for a powerful conversation with some of Augusta University’s notable Black alumni and former administrators.