Black History Month: Feb. Events at MBU

The MBU community celebrates Black History Month with a slate of events throughout February. This year, the theme “In Living Color: The Architecture of Black Survival” gives inspiration to workshops, plays, trivia nights, and more. Several special presentations also highlight cutting-edge research by African American students at MBU.

Part of the 25th Anniversary of the Office of Inclusive Excellence 

February Schedule of Events

Open House: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Resource Center

  • 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 1
  • Office of Inclusive Excellence, Kable House

African History Trivia Night

African American Read In

  • 12:15 to 1:15 p.m  (convocation hour) on Feb. 15
  • Limited in person seating at The Nuthouse
  • Virtual video call link:, or dial: (US) +1218-301-1102 PIN: 767 973 315#
  • Sponsored by the English Department

Lecture: Dr. Tammy Kernodle, musicologist

  • 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 
  • Held virtually: see poster for link, or contact Dr. Lise Keiter, music department chair
  • Sponsored by the Music Department

Concert: Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra

  • 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 
  • First Presbyterian Church, 100 East Frederick St. (across from the MBU Administration Building)
  • Featuring William Grant Still’s Afro American Symphony, with guest speaker Dr. Tammy Kernodle, musicologist
  • Free admission

Melanin Magic Brunch

  • 1 p.m. on Feb. 20 
  • The Nuthouse
  • Sponsored by Baldwin Program Board

Melanin Monologues

  • 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 20
  • James D. Francis Auditorium
  • Sponsored by Kuumba Players and Libations

Black Stars: Focus on African American Student Research

  • 6 p.m. on Feb. 21 
  • James D. Francis Auditorium
  • Featuring Jelani Meyer, Invisible Man: an African American Odyssey, and Aaliyah Walker, Voting Laws Post 2020 Election
  • Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence and Black Student Alliance

Black Stars: Focus on African American Student Research

  • 6 p.m. on Feb. 22
  • James D. Francis Auditorium
  • Featuring Zemariah Sanders, The Effect of Serotonin on Anxiety-like Symptoms of Zebra Fish (Daniorerio) and the Use of Sunburst Platys as a Model Preliminary Trials, and Jackie McBean, Spontaneous Abortion: Education Intervention

Black to the Future Time Capsule

  • 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 24
  • Held virtually: link to be announced
  • Presented by Kuumba Players

Self Love Hair Store: Mims Beauty Pop Up Shop

  • 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 24
  • Squirrels’ Nest
  • Sponsored by Varonica Payne, senior project

Call for Submissions

Libations Creative Arts Contest

  • Theme: My Black Is …
  • See event submissions poster for more details

Save the Date

Remembering bell hooks

  • 7 p.m. on March 1
  • Held virtually: See the events page for the link to join
  • Sponsored by Mary Baldwin College for Women

Office of Inclusive Excellence: Anniversary Weekend 

  • April 22–24
  • Details coming soon; see poster for more information

Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

  • 6 p.m. on April 23
  • Student Activities Center

For more information about the Black History Month schedule, contact Jade Doswell, Office of Inclusive Excellence fellow.