Grand Valley State University will celebrate African American traditions, activism through sports, and art throughout the month of February to celebrate Black History Month at GVSU.

All events are free and open to the public. Highlights include:

  • "Celebration of Black Arts," February 3, 7:30-9 p.m., Kirkhof Center, room 2215. Members of the African American student body will pay homage to African American entertainers.
  • "Black Activism Through Sports," February 6, noon-1:30 p.m., Kirkhof Center, room 2215. Louis Moore, associate professor of history, will discuss truths, rumor and myths about blackness, body image and social acceptance.
  • "Taste of Soul," February 16, noon-1 p.m., Kirkhof Center lobby. Event participants will taste-test and learn about traditional African American soul food.
  • "Accidental Courtesy," February 20, 1-2:30 p.m., Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room. Author and musician Daryl Davis will discuss his encounters with members of the Ku Klux Klan and how racial tensions can be healed.
  • "Racial Battle Fatigue Syndrome," February 27, 6-8 p.m., DeVos Center, room 302E. Lois Owens, professor in the School of Social Work and liberal studies, will lead a seminar about Racial Battle Fatigue Syndrome and ways to be an advocate for underrepresented populations.
  • See the full schedule.