African American History Month 2016

February is African American History Month. 

Africa Week 2016

Featuring a variety of free, public events, UM-Flint's second annual Africa Week is January 31 through February 6, 2016.

 Jessica Care Moore

Africa Week

January 31-February 6, 2016

As part of African American History & Heritage Month, the department of Africana Studies at UM-Flint, along with the Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives and with generous support from the College of Arts & Sciences, presents the second annual Africa Week.

From January 31 through February 6, we will offer a series of celebrations and activities that explore the vibrant ties that exist between Africa and its Diaspora. By showcasing artists, experts, and works from across the city, state, country, and world, we hope to give individuals from our campus and community an opportunity to come together and share in the learning of culture, history, and experience. Events are free and open to the public.

Click on the 'More' link for a link to the Africa Week website.

African American Heritage Month

UM-Flint's African American Heritage month continues with variety of events throughout February.

Detroit '67

Detroit '67, Play

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

4:00 PM

Elgood Theater
1220 East Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48503

Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning the basement on their Detroit home into an after-hours joint. It’s 1967 and the sounds of Motown set the mood. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than the family business. As their pentup feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the '67 riots. 

*ICC is sponsoring tickets for the first 30 students to rsvp to Rushika Patel at

Soundtrack for a Revolution

Soundtrack for a Revolution Film Viewing

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Kiva, University Center (UCEN)

Bill Guttentag's documentary examines the importance of music during the U.S. civil rights movement that took place during the 1950s and '60s. The various sit-ins and public demonstrations of the era incorporated protest songs, folk tunes and spirituals, music that was a crucial part of the movement. Guttentag uses archival footage and interviews to connect specific songs (covered by artists including the Roots and John Legend) to specific events, such as the Montgomery bus boycott.


African American Storytelling Event for Children and Families

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

10:00 AM

Michigan Rooms A & B, University Center (UCEN)

Join storyteller Alfreda Harris and friends for a family fun event featuring African American stories, crafts, drums and dance.  

*This event is co-organized with the ECDC and the Black Student Union

 Kisma Jordan

My Soul Arise: An evening with Kisma Jordan

February 11th, 2016

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Kiva, University Center (UCEN)

Reception to follow in the Intercultural Center, University Center

Join us for an evening with Kisma Jordan, UM-Flint Lecturer and Award Winning Opera Singer. Kisma Jordan's research is focused on slave narratives and their influence on the development of the Negro spiritual. Join us for this performance and "Inside the Actors Studio" style interview with the musician. There will be a reception to follow with heavy h'orderves in the Intercultural Center. 


Question mark

What is Blackness to you?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Intercultural Center, University Center

115 UCEN

We are often taught to think in homogenous ways about race and racialized groups. Join us at this Candid Campus Conversation to dialogue about Blackness as an identity. We will explore how people experience and think about Blackness in different ways with a focus on defining what values and tendencies lie at the core for students who have progressive and anti-racist Black identities. Lunch will be served. ALL are welcome. 

*This event is co-organized with the Black Student Union.


Selma Film Viewing

Monday, February 29th, 2016

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Intercultural Center, University Center (UCEN)

Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This film is a reenactment of this struggle.