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Black History Month

Black History Month is a month-long, annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans, and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

Black History Month was originally founded in 1915 when historian Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. This organization recognized Black history during “National Negro History Week” in 1926 because it coincided with Frederick Douglass’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays during the second week of February. After 1926, celebrations during February continued throughout the decades until the late 1960s when it grew into a month-long celebration.

President Gerald Ford called upon the United States in 1976 to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Carthage is committed to anti-racism and modeling this behavior with our actions and the pursuit of knowledge.

 

Carthage’s Black History Month Events


Several events are planned throughout the month that encourage conversation and celebration in honor of Black History Month.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Students carry flags for Black Lives Matter and Carthage Alliance for Justice and Equity.Woven and Stitched Together: Contemporary African American Quilt Artists
6 p.m., Virtual
Black enslaved women made quilts from different textile fabrics and scraps. These artifacts are now used to describe the experiences of enslaved people and events from their time. In the present day, Black women turn to quilting as artists. Learn more about historic and present-day Black quilt makers in this session entitled, “Woven and Stitched Together: Contemporary African American Quilt Artists.”
Join us on Google Meet (Closed captioning is available on Google Meet)

Thursday, Feb. 4

E&I Cultural Organization Resource Empowerment (CORE) Meeting
7 p.m., Virtual
Once a month, the E&I CORE group will meet to build community between Carthage’s cultural organizations. During these sessions, we will share upcoming events, address concerns with equity and inclusion staff, and discuss ways to support one another’s efforts on campus. We invite all members of each cultural organization to unite together for greater equity and inclusion on campus!
Join us on Google Meet (Closed captioning is available on Google Meet)

Monday, Feb. 8

Sister to Sister 
7 p.m., Virtual
Are you a woman of color at Carthage College who is interested in connecting with other women of color? Come join the Office of Equity and Inclusion as we host another session of “Sister to Sister.” We want to centralize and support students, staff, and faculty!
Join us on Google Meet (Closed captioning is available on Google Meet)

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Black Wall Street
4 p.m., Virtual
Tulsa, Oklahoma was known as the home of the Black Wall Street during the early twentieth century. The famous Greenwood District served as a symbol of Black excellence with the establishment of wealth and affluence. Come join us as we discuss the creation of Black Wall Street and other thriving historical Black communities!
Join us on Google Meet (Closed captioning is available on Google Meet)

Thursday, Feb. 11

Students tour the DuSable Museum of African American History in Feb. 2019.Anti-Racism Training
4-6 p.m., Virtual
This training session describes the historical context of the United States and the ways white supremacy manifested as a deeply-rooted system. Attendees will receive knowledge about the institution of slavery and how white supremacy and privilege impact our country today.
Join us on Zoom

Thursday, Feb. 18

Food, Racism, and Justice
Noon-1 p.m., Virtual 
We will discuss African American food and culture by exploring how racism surfaced in the domestic labor industry while also examining the history of Aunt Jemima, the mammy figure, and Uncle Ben. Despite this history, we will consider a new wave of African American chefs in the present-day.
Join us on Google Meet (Closed captioning is available on Google Meet)

MONDAY, FEB. 22

Sister to Sister 
7 p.m., Virtual
Are you a woman of color at Carthage College who is interested in connecting with other women of color? Come join the Office of Equity and Inclusion as we host another session of “Sister to Sister.” We want to centralize and support students, staff, and faculty!
Join us on Google Meet (Closed captioning is available on Google Meet)

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Black Superheroes
6 p.m., Virtual
With signs and symbols of Wakanda forever appearing after the iconic movie, Black Panther, have you ever wondered who was the mastermind behind the comic and details about the film’s creation? During this session, we will evaluate Black superheroes’ representations and their impact on Black culture. You don’t want to miss this!
Join us on Google Meet (Closed captioning is available on Google Meet)

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Black History Month Celebration/Cuisine 
All day, the Caf 
Join us as we celebrate Black History Month in the Caf. Sodexo will feature Soul Food and North African dishes.

Students hang out in the Office of Equity and Inclusion, winter 2019.

Roger Moreano, Director of Equity and Inclusion, poses with students at the first Wiggan-Kenniebr...

 

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Learn more about Black history


Staff at Hedberg Library pulled resources from our print book collection to celebrate Dr. King, h...HEDBERG LIBRARY BOOK DISPLAY

Staff at Hedberg Library pulled resources from our print book collection to highlight Black History Month. If you are on campus, please take a moment to browse the titles on display inside the entrance of the library and maybe even borrow ones that interest you. Visit the library’s website for more information on library resources.

 

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources


We live and work in a richly-diverse world. At Carthage, we strive to enhance the diversity and equity of our community and together to create an ever more enlightened and inclusive environment that will positively impact the world. The Carthage academic community is committed to fostering integrity, civility, and justice. Aiming to learn from each other, we reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination toward underrepresented groups. 
Learn more about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts at Carthage

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  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $22,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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