Parkland College to Celebrate Black History Month 2023

Parkland College to Celebrate Black History Month 2023

Events explore historical, contemporary African American accomplishments

Parkland College will observe Black History Month in February with monthlong events.

With the theme "The Total You: Better Health, Better Connections, Better Lives," the college will explore historical and contemporary African American accomplishments as well as feature talks on race relations, bystander intervention, relationships, and more.

Parkland invites all community members to participate in the following events unless otherwise noted. For more information and virtual (online) session links, where applicable, please visit
Black History Trivia Event
Wednesday, February 1
11 am–noon
Room U140

Artist Lecture: Stacey Robinson
Thursday, February 2
10:45 am, Lecture, Staerkel Planetarium
Noon, "Chat & Chill" (with curator Patrick Earl Hammie), Giertz Gallery
"In Blackest Shade, In Darkest Light" exhibit participating artist Stacey Robinson will provide talk sessions.

Crafts and Culture with Student Life
Monday, February 6
11 am–1 pm
Student Union

Campus Karaoke
Tuesday, February 7
11:30 am–1 pm
Student Union 
Sponsored by Student Life

Black Student Success Project (BSSP) Event
"Healthy Relationships"
Wednesday, February 8
1–2 pm
Room D244

Community Education African American Film Series
Thursday, February 9
11 am–1 pm
Room U140

Bystander Intervention Training
Tuesday, February 14
Student Union cafeteria and Online
10 am and 1 pm 
Everyone has the right to be who they are, wherever they are. Learn how to respond, intervene, and heal from harassment. Join your fellow students and colleagues for training.

Soul Food Lunch Special (Betsy's Bistro) 
Wednesday, February 15
Available 11:30 am until food runs out 
Student Union cafeteria

RACE Talks
Thursday, February 16
Noon–12:50 pm
Room U140
Facilitators: Donna Tanner-Harold, Counseling Services (retired), and Dr. Marsh Jones, Social Sciences and Human Services

Social Sciences Panel on Race
Monday, February 20
10–10:50 am
Room U140

Reuben May, PhD, Lecture
"Dress Codes and Other Exclusionary Practices in Urban Nightlife"
Wednesday, February 22
Noon–12:50 pm
Room U140
Dr. May, the Florian Znaniecki Professorial Scholar and Sociology department head at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been a fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visiting professor at MIT.

Dan Duster Talk
"Make Your Own Legacy Matter"
Monday, February 27
11–11:50 am
Room D244
A motivational speaker, coach, and trainer for schools and corporations, Duster is the great-grandson of legendary journalist, civil rights and suffrage activist, and researcher Ida B. Wells.

NOTE: The Black History Month Committee at Parkland College also recommends the following wellness resources to community members: 

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