Shining a Light on Black History: 2024 Online Learning Experience

Black History Month commemorates the contributions and achievements of African-Americans in United States history.

Black History is an integral part of U.S. history. The challenge remains to share an accurate account of African-Americans’ struggles, achievements, and contributions within the education system and American society. We can advance to include a precise accounting of diverse peoples’ histories integrated year-long within educational curricula.

Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson However, until then, Black History Month and other months dedicated to highlighting the significant and impactful contributions of diverse groups of people need to remain a focus. As the song goes, “One day when the glory comes… it will be ours,” and we shall see the relevance of Black History as everyone’s history!

Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson (Dec. 29, 1875-April 3, 1950) was an author, historian, journalist, and originator of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. He is known as the “Father of Black History” due to his tireless scholarly work in the field of Black studies and his influential book, “The Mis-Education of the Negro.”

Watch this video to learn more about Dr. Woodson’s legacy

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Celebrating Black History Month: Schedule of Events

Wednesday, Feb. 7

 Caf Takeover

11:00 a.m-2:00 p.m., The Caf
The Black Student Union and the Engagement and Inclusion Center Caf Celebration will be a school-wide event in which the cafeteria will serve a curated food selection to celebrate Black History Month. This includes three entrees and many sides, something everyone can enjoy!

Thursday, Feb. 8

Films with a Purpose “Tulsa Fire and the Forgotten” 

4:30-6:30 p.m., Engagement & Inclusion Center, Todd Wehr Center
Films with a Purpose is an event held for all students — an opportunity to both entertain and educate students on events from the past, present, and future. Using the power of cinema, these films are specially picked by our students with the purpose of bringing everyone together to learn about important issues and values that are important to all students.

Friday, Feb. 9

Night of Praise

7 p.m., Siebert Chapel

Join us for a night of singing in the Chapel with Carthage student Andre’a Santoyo, Carthage’s InterVarsity, the Lucy B. Anderson Choir from Coleman Chapel AME of Kenosha, Greater Grace Temple of Racine, and The Followers of Jesus dance ministry. All are welcome to attend and join us for a night of praise!

Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, Feb. 10

BSU vs Alumni Basketball Game

1:00-3:00 p.m., Tarc Fieldhouse
Bringing our current students and alumni together through sports, the Black Alumni vs. BSU Basketball Game is an event that brings the present and future together in light-hearted fun.

Tuesday, Feb. 20 & Thursday, Feb. 22 

Breaking Barriers: Racism

Tuesday: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Engagement and Inclusion Center, Todd Wehr Center

Thursday: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Engagement and Inclusion Center, Todd Wehr Center 

Breaking Barriers is a series of presentations educating the Carthage community on various topics of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. For February, the topic is ‘Racism”. Racism is much deeper & complex than some might think, and this presentation will cover a broader understanding of that.


Wednesday, Feb. 21

G. Thomas Allen Concert

7:30 pm., A.F. Siebert Chapel 

Experience the seamless blend of timeless jazz classics, from Cole Porter to Duke Ellington, alongside soulful original compositions by internationally acclaimed and award-winning jazz sensation G. Thomas Allen — honoring the African American influence on this uniquely American art form.


Adults — $14
Seniors (55+) — $10
Students* — $8

To purchase tickets, please visit our online ticketing page, available 24/7 or call the Box Office at 262-551-6661 from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Watch also from home through our livestream.

*Carthage students, faculty, and staff receive complimentary ticket(s) for this event. Please visit the Box Office website for ticket information and policies, or contact the Box Office with any additional questions. All complimentary ticket reservations must be redeemed in person with a Carthage photo I.D. at the Box Office. Email or phone reservations will not be accepted.



Friday, Feb. 23

Black Wall Street

4:00-6:30 p.m., Campbell Student Union

Come explore and support businesses and vendors in honor of Black History Month.  

Saturday, Feb. 24

BSU Black Gala

5:30-10:00 p.m., Todd Wehr Center Jockey Rooms
BSU proudly presents the “The Black Gala” in honor of Black History Month! This event serves as a program to celebrate Black History Month and celebrate BSU’s accomplishments this year. This is a black tie attire event.

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Films with a Purpose: Hesburgh

6:30-8:30 p.m., Campbell Student Union Auditorium
The Office of Engagement and Inclusion and Carthage Athletics presents “Hesburgh.” “Hesburgh” is a documentary film that explores the life of reverend Theodore Hesburgh, president of the University of Notre Dame. From his early years as a priest to his tenure as the University of Notre Dame president, Hesburgh became a leading voice in the civil rights movement, an advisor to several U.S. presidents, and a champion of social justice causes.

Thursday, Feb. 29

Women of Color Small Business Expo

4 p.m. Todd Wehr Center Lobby

This will take place during the 2nd Annual Empowered Women of Color Mixer. The start time will be 4pm and will end at the same as the mixer will end. Attached to this email is the vendor sign-up for the event. 


Second Annual Empowered Women of Color Mixer

5:00-8:00 p.m., Jockey Rooms, Todd Wehr Center 

This event is all about celebrating diversity, fostering connections, and empowering women of color. Whether you’re an ally, advocate, or part of our incredible community, we welcome you with open arms because you belong here!


Learn more about Black History Month!

In honor of African-Americans’ struggles, achievements, and contributions in U.S. history, Carthage is shining a light through an online learning experience of educational websites, podcasts, virtual tours, and trivia games based on different African-American themes each week during February.

  • Feb. 1-7: Explore — Learn about history by virtually exploring African American museums.
  • Feb. 8-14: Immerse Yourself — Immerse yourself in African-American creative expression through art, music, dance, poetry, plays, photography, and more.
  • Feb. 15 -21: Discover — See the advancements African American inventors and innovators made through their discoveries and inventions.
  • Feb. 22-29: Study — Study anti-racism influencers, abolitionists, and activists.

Jojin Van Winkle Professor Jojin Van Winkle discusses the impact and contributions Black Americans have made to the arts.

Watch Prof. Van Winkle’s video

Immerse yourself in African-American Creative Expressions

Cinema & Videos
Culinary Arts

Jerald Mast Professor Jerald Mast talks about the history of African-American enfranchisement from the United States’ founding to the present day.

Watch Prof. Mast’s video

Learn more about the Abolitionists & Activists who’ve made a difference


Anti-Racism Books & Resources at Hedberg Library

Carol Sabbar, director of library and instructional technology services, explains the importance of reading about anti-racism and shares books and other resources for you to use to learn more. 

Watch Carol’s video

Watch: Carthage Students share what Black History Month means to them

Carthage students share what Black History Month means to them in a series of videos. 

Watch their videos

Questions? Contact us!

Michele Hancock
Vice President of College Culture for Inclusion
Office of Equity and Inclusion

Endia Robbins
Director of Equity and Inclusion for Student Engagement
Office of Equity and Inclusion

Julius Crump
Director of Equity and Inclusion for Faculty and Academic Integration
Office of Equity and Inclusion

Victor Escobedo
Program Specialist for Equity and Community Connections
Office of Equity and Inclusion and The Aspire Center