Black History Month Programs

2024 Theme: Honoring the Black in Us

Multicultural Student Services will host the following events:

Sunday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. – EMU Gospel Choir will be worshipping through gospel music and will share the history of gospel music in the African American culture.

Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 10:10 a.m. – The Gospel Choir will bring a gospel selection during Convocation.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 10:10 a.m. – The Gospel Choir will bring a gospel selection during Convocation.

Each of these Gospel Choir performances will be held in Lehman Auditorium.

Thursday, Feb. 15 – Dinner + Theatre. Dress to impress for an evening of delicious soul food and some riveting music theatre. The event starts with dinner at 5 p.m., now in the President's Reception Room (University Commons 2nd floor, 1307 Park Road) with a menu featuring fried catfish, smothered chicken, collard greens, red beans and rice, and more. Showgoers will proceed to Lehman Auditorium for the theatre show starting at 6:30 p.m. 

The show, Of Ebony Embers — Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance, celebrates three great African American poets: Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay, as seen through the eyes of renowned painter and muralist Aaron Douglas. The Core Ensemble group performing the show comprises celloist Syneva Colle, pianist David Berry, percussionist Michael Parola and actor Dracyn Blount.

Tickets for the dinner and show are $30 for faculty, staff and the public, and $10 for students. Tickets for just the show are $10 for faculty, staff and the public, and free for students. Please reserve your tickets using the QR code by Tuesday, Feb. 13.

This event is consponsored by Multicultural Student Services, the Music Department, and the Theatre Department (with partial funding from a DEI Inclusive Excellence Grant).

Wednesday, Feb. 28 – Bus trip to Washington, D.C. A bus tour departing from EMU will visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library and the National Portrait Gallery.

 All events, except for the D.C. bus tour trip, are open to the public.

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