Black History Month 2019 Events

Black History Month 2019 Opening Celebration featuring AFRIKAN DANCE & MUSIC INSTITUTE

Monday, Feb. 4

College of DuPage opens with a rousing history inspired celebration to start a month of teaching and learning. We will hear from select student speakers, COD Chamber singers and Afrikan Dance & Music Institute returns to teach through artistic expression. Relevant literature will be available for purchase by Follett and Free lunch is provided.


Photo Exhibit

The Movement that Influenced American Culture

Friday, Feb. 1 to March 15

Student Resource Center, Lower Level Walkway

Explore and learn as you engage in images and captions from past to present day stories of African American’s during the great migration period and the impact this had on America’s history.



Wednesday, Feb. 6

The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. A national literacy initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the event is sponsored on campus by the College of DuPage Library. The COD event will feature student, faculty and staff volunteer readers presenting their favorite selections from African American books, essays, music and poetry collections, as well as brief biological sketches of the authors.


Living Leadership in Collaboration with the Black Student Alliance Film

“Tell Them We are Rising”

Thursday, Feb. 7

The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century (during the black migration era), and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. With “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” the latest documentary from Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders) and Marco Williams, the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life.


Black Migration through Music

Monday, Feb. 11

WDCB Station Manager Daniel Bindert explores "From the Plowhand Blues to the Cadillac Assembly Line"—a look at the journey from the rural south to the big city in blues, jazz and r&b music.


College of DuPage Entrepreneurship Club (CODEC)

From Black Migration to Black Businesses and Beyond

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Tuesday, Feb. 26

If you have remotely thought about starting your own business, these sessions will benefit you greatly! During this month, CODEC and advisor Dr. Peter James will explore aspects of how the black migration inspired businesses in the black communities and utilize that dialogue as inspiration for anyone seeking to start a business. 


Dr. Fredrick Douglas Dixon – Special Guest Speaker

Migrations From Then to Now

Thursday, Feb.14

View Dr. Fredrick Douglas Dixon video

Historian, educator, community activist and lifelong resident of Chicago, Dr. Dixon will add to the current mainstream discourse regarding the dominant narratives surrounding the phenomenon of American and Black migrations. He will explore America's origin, progression, and current social conditions utilizing a historical lens from a distinctive Black framework to provide pathways that will ignite a diverse collection of conversations amongst the College of DuPage students, administrators, faculty, staff and its broader community.


Global Flicks: The African Doctor

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Seyolo Zantoko, a recent medical graduate of Congolese descent in France, struggles to integrate in a rural village, but winds up one of the most respected doctors in the region.


Black Student Alliance Club panel discussion

Student Panel Discussion

Thursday Feb. 21

Open to the entire COD community, BSA will lead a lively interactive discussion for faculty, staff and students as they examine the perspectives of Black History, The Pan African Experience, Student Success and contemporary life as a black college student in a diverse society.


Black History Month 2018

Expressions Competition


Guided by a quote from an African American, students are invited to submit an essay, a story, a piece of art or music, a poem, or any other form of expression. Top three submittals will be awarded and their selections will be featured at the BHM closing ceremony.

Read more on the Expressions Competition


College of DuPage Africa and Africa Diaspora Committee

Ivory Coast Discussion

Monday, Feb. 25

For more than three decades after its independence from France, Ivory Coast was known for its religious and ethnic harmony, as well as its well-developed economy. The Western African country was hailed as a model of stability. Learn about the impact of this country, its history and relevance to migration in America.


Black History Month 2019

Closing Ceremony - A Taste of History

featuring Indika Reggae Band

Feb. 28, Noon to 2 p.m.

Reception in the SRC Cafeteria with awards, great food, artifacts and documents that celebrate the rich and diverse culture of blacks in America. Special guest Indika Reggae Band returns to perform live music.


Later Events:


COD’s Got Talent

Student Talent Competition

Friday, April 26, 2019, noon

Belushi Performance Hall

First Prize $1,000.00

TO SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION: Send 30 to 60 second video audition to

Diana Martinez, Producer/Director at:



The First College of DuPage Hip Hop Summit

Monday, April 29 to Thursday, May 2

This inaugural exploration of learning will explore the intersections of Hip-Hop culture, social justice and societal issues related to race, ethnicity, and class. It will feature artists, authors, wellness workshops, and musical performances for students, faculty and staff. The summit will also provide professional development opportunities for faculty to engage with interdisciplinary hip-hop scholars and infuse their curriculum.


Contact Information

Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2225E

David A. Swope Sr.
Manager, Student Diversity and Inclusion
(630) 942-2565 
FAX: (630) 942-2136
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.