Release Date: 
Monday, January 30, 2023

HFC celebrates Black History Month through public events

Event Date: 
Wed, 02/01/2023 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Thu, 02/02/2023 - 2:10pm to 3:30pm
Tue, 02/07/2023 - 2:10pm to 3:30pm
Wed, 02/08/2023 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Wed, 02/15/2023 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Thu, 02/16/2023 - 2:10pm to 3:30pm
Wed, 02/22/2023 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Sat, 02/25/2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tue, 02/28/2023 - 2:10pm to 3:30pm
Various locations on the main campus and Zoom.
Bogolan African print pattern in gold, orange, and black with outlined prominent black Americans.

Join us for various events during Black History Month throughout the month of February. All activities and programs are free and open to the public.

Some events request registration. See details below.

Wednesday, February 1

On Feb. 1, from noon to 2:00 p.m., HFC sociology instructor Dr. Kalvin DaRonne Harvell, will give a lecture on Kwanzaa and Kawaida philosophy, as well as the history of Black History Month and its founder Dr. Carter G. Woodson.

This lecture will be held in K-14 in the basement of the Liberal Arts Building (Bldg. K) on the main campus. Sponsored by the Black Male and QUEENS Focus Group (BMQFG).

Beginning Feb. 1, from noon to 2:00 p.m., there will be a monthlong discussion about Woodson’s 1933 book, The Mis-Education of the Negro. The first of four discussions will begin with Harvell’s aforementioned presentation about Woodson. The subsequent discussions will occur on the following days:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 8
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22

The initial discussion, as noted above, will be held in K-14 in the basement of the Liberal Arts Building (Bldg. K) on the main campus Feb. 1. The three subsequent lectures will be held in N-11 in Campus Safety (Bldg. N) on the main campus. Sponsored by the BMQFG.

Thursday, February 2

On Feb. 2, from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m., the conversation, “Lessons from Our Fathers,” will be held via Zoom.

This conversation will focus on the positive impact many Black fathers have had in the lives of their sons. Black male HFC faculty and staff will discuss the positive impact of their fathers and the lessons they learned along the way. Sponsored by the African American Association.

Please register here

Tuesday, February 7

On Feb. 7, from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m., the presentation, “It Happened in Detroit: Amazing Underground Railroad Stories,” will be held via Zoom.

Retired Grand Valley State University professor Dr. Veta Smith will tell some of the exciting stories of the contributions that Detroiters and Canadians made during the struggle against slavery before and after the 13 colonies became the United States. Sponsored by the African American Association and the Office of Student Activities.

Please register here

Thursday, February 16

On Feb. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the discussion, “Reaching Beyond 5101: A Discussion with the Community Champions of SDM2 Project Education,” will be held via Zoom.

This discussion features the SDM2 Project Education founders Willie and Jacqueline Moore, how they engineered the transformation of a Detroit block, and became a change agent in their community. The SDM2 Project Education is a nonprofit organization in Northwest Detroit that serves its community by supporting youth and seniors through literacy, nutrition, and outdoor activities. Sponsored by the HFC Black Employee Association (BEA).

Please register here

On Feb. 16, from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m., the panel discussion, “Black Women in Science and Medicine,” will be held via Zoom.

Physician Dr. Frene’ Lacour-Chestnut and pharmacist Dr. Jasmine Jones will discuss their backgrounds and preparation for their chosen career paths, including their successes and challenges faced as Black women in science and medicine. Sponsored by the African American Association and the Council of World Cultures.

Please register here

Saturday, February 25

On Feb. 25, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., the Detroit Youth Choir concert will be held at the Adray Auditorium in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center (Bldg. F) on the main campus. Tickets are $10/person.

The award-winning Detroit Youth Choir develops students between the ages of 8-18 through music education, dance, and theatrical arts. The Choir has performed at various events locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Sponsored by HFC Fine & Performing Arts, the Theatre Club, the Office of Student Activities, and the African American Association.

Purchase tickets here

Tuesday, February 28

On Feb. 28, from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m., the African American Association will host the event, “Our Past, Our Present, and Our Future” in the Rosenau Rooms, located on the first floor of the Andrew A. Mazzara Administrative Services & Conference Center (ASCC) (Bldg. L) on the main campus.

The African American Association will speak about its endeavors over the past decade, current plans, and its vision of the club evolving at HFC. Food and a gospel choir performance will help close out this special Black History Month event. Sponsored by the African American Association.

For questions or more information about Black History Month at HFC, contact the Office of Student Activities at