Blog Celebrating Diversity: Black History Month 2022
Originally created as a week-long celebration in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, African American History Month Blacks is an annual celebration of the accomplishments of African Americans and a time to recognize their pivotal role. role in United States history. Black History Month was first recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976. President Ford challenged the American people to “seize the opportunity to honor the too often overlooked accomplishments of black Americans in all areas of activity in our history”.
Celebrate our shared history by making it a point to celebrate Black History this month (and hey! – make a point of listening to Black Voices all year long!)
Theme 2022: Black health and well-being
Black health and well-being was chosen as the theme for 2022 by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. In addition to Western medicine and the recognition of medical and health researchers, this theme also encompasses other health and healing practices of the African Diaspora (e.g. birth attendants, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) . Activities and practices undertaken by black communities to promote and ensure general welfare are celebrated with this theme. For a great overview of this theme, visit the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
Jordan Mickey / Junior Communication Design BFA + Minor Advertising | Student Activities Council + Student Government: Communication Design Representative + / Black Creatives Club + Student Organization President
My name is Jordan Mickey and I’m excited to celebrate Black History Month at CCS! When I transferred to CCS, I struggled to find other black students on campus. During my first semester, I loved being involved in the events and activities that were happening on campus, but I felt that there was a need to increase activities that were focused on or geared towards black students. .
In October 2019, there was a trip to a cider house and the bus ride was about 45 minutes, and I had no idea that 45 minutes was going to change my entire career at CCS. I attended the trip with Sadaira Wills, the current VP of Black Creatives Club+, and on that trip we met Gayla Blake (CCS Alum – Interior Design 2021) and Olivia Holt (CCS Alum – Product Design 2022 ). During this bus ride, we discussed how my freshman year at CCS went, and they shared their experiences as black people at CCS. During our discussion, we all came to the conclusion that CCS should have more programs focused on black culture on campus. That’s when we launched the Black Creatives Club+ (formerly Black People Meetup).
Our first event was a “get together” where we handed out flyers telling all students interested in joining our organization to come meet us. During this event, I was shocked by the number of black students on campus because I never met or saw them on campus. Fast forward to this year 2022, I’m excited to celebrate Black History Month because even though we were able to hold a Black History event in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has begun and we were unable to hold any in-person events during 2021. We are now in 2022 and absolutely thrilled! I grew up in a predominantly non-black community, so I’m thrilled to have the opportunity at CCS to bring together a group of students who seek to celebrate and learn about black culture. This Black History Month, it’s important to remember that Black History Month is not strictly for black people, but for everyone. I want the CCS community to have the opportunity to learn and understand black stories beyond the stories of racism and slavery and shine a light on black accomplishments.
Events planned for Black History Month at CCS
- February 4, 2022 – Movie night: Friday | 7:30-9:30 p.m. at TC280
- February 11, 2022 – Being Black at CCS: Instagram Live Session | 7:30-8:00 p.m. on @ccs_blackcreativesclub instagram
- February 19, 2022 – The BBQ | 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the TC Auditorium 11th floor
- February 21, 2022 – Alumni and Industry Panel | 11:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m. via Zoom
Other local events
Detroit Institute of the Arts
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is organizing a one month celebration which includes a ton of online activities – all for free. Open Wednesday to Friday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Saturday to Sunday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Tickets are free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Student tickets are $8. Highlights include:
- Open Thursday to Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.).
- Advance ticket purchases are encouraged, but not required. Tickets for 1.5 hour time slots are available here. Student tickets are $8.
- Open Thursday to Saturday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.).
- Tickets are $10.
Event highlight: “Previews of “AND STILL WE RISE”
- Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join every Thursday during Black History Month as we share parts of our world-renowned long-term exhibit, And Still We Rise!
- February 3, 2022 – Ancient Africa
- February 10, 2022 – The Transatlantic Slave Trade
- February 17 – Resilience and Resistance: Africans in America
- February 24, 2022 – Emancipation & The Great Migration
Resources to dig deeper:
For facts and a detailed history of Black History Month
For a timely discussion of the importance of studying black history, see the following articles: