September 23rd, 1956 was a big day for the University of Michigan. It was the first day of classes on its first campus outside Ann Arbor. But that autumn day at the Flint College of the University of Michigan was historic for another reason. It marked the first time in the institution's then 140-year history that an African American professor would be teaching University of Michigan students.

UM-Flint takes tremendous pride in the role associate professor of education Alvin D. Loving, Ph.D. played in bringing greater understanding and opportunity to the University of Michigan. 

Professor Loving's accomplishment. Malcolm X's visit to UM-Flint in 1963. The anti-apartheid actions on campus throughout the 1980s. The recent work by the Black Student Union to share oral histories of Flint residents. These and so many other examples demonstrate how African American Heritage is completely woven into the story of UM-Flint—as it is to that of the entire world.

Please join us as we honor this history, while working together towards an ever-brighter future for all.

African American Heritage Month Programming 2014

Is Black History Month Still Necessary in 2014?

This interactive workshop will engage participants in a review of the historical and cultural imperatives that gave rise to Black History Month as well as discuss the merits of identity politics in a multi-cultural society. This multi-media conversation will include pop-quizzes, music, videos, and more. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm
William S. White Building, 3153

X: The Cultural Relevance of El Hajj Malik el Shabazz

This teach-in will review the life and work of Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik el Shabazz). We will discuss his various transformations: from street hustler, to member of the Nation of Islam, to his transformation post-Mecca, to his tragic death. Archival footage, quotes, and speeches will inform our conversation. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
12:30 - 1:30 pm
University Center, KIVA

Laugh at My Pain: A Century and a Half of African American Comedy

Black comedy will be reviewed along a temporal continuum. Participants will review the works of popular children's cartoons of the early 20th century, Moms Mabley, and Dave Chappelle amongst others. Come prepared to laugh and cry as we explore some of the driving forces behind over 150 years of African-American comedy. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm
French Hall, 161

Ethnic Notions

This 57 minute, award-winning film explores the roots of media imagery that informs many of the negative stereotypes that continue to haunt Black America today. After the film, there will be a moderated discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, February 24, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm
William S. White Building, 3203 

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Events Series presents:

Grappling with Institutional Structures: Teaching and Advocating for Social Justice

This workshop explores how to dismantle institutional barriers to being a multicultural, socially just educational institution that fully supports the success of marginalized students and embraces people of diverse identities. As part of this dialogue, we will brainstorm action steps and begin to develop an action plan to bring this dream to reality through our roles as faculty, staff and students. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration Required

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
University Center, Happenings Room

Breaking Apart the Boondocks

Not since "In Living Color" has a hit show been so bold in its examination of race and class in America. Come examine the nuance of this award-winning cartoon featured on Adult Swim and you may possibly discover a little seriousness hidden amongst all the jokes. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, February 27, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm
William S. White Building, Tuscola Room

Ride to the Underground Railroad

Get on the bus to the Second Baptist Church of Detroit to take a tour of the Underground Railroad.  Learn about runaways who escaped slavery and stopped at the Second Baptist Church before crossing into Canada. Lunch will be provided.

Registration Required

Friday, February 28, 2014
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Pickup and Drop-off at UCEN circle drive