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Semester of Events Marks Black History at SLU


The Saint Louis University community will celebrate the impact of African-American culture and history with a series of events honoring Black History Month from scholar talks to brown bag sessions to lectures.

The series runs through May, and kicked off with the  Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Tribute Breakfast, co-hosted by SLU and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. The Black History Month series of events is part of a larger spring series dedicated to honoring African-American achievements and contributions to the University and the world at large.

The January breakfast featured renowned journalist Roland Martin speaking to a packed crowd and honored community leaders including SLUCare physician and School of Medicine faculty member Denise Hooks-Anderson, M.D.

As part of the University’s celebrations of Black culture and history, the African American Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Cross Cultural Center have partnered to present “Black Future Month,” an economic development series of events focused on the importance of trade and business ownership in communities of color.

The Cross Cultural Center is also hosting an opportunity to learn about real estate investment.

The semester's events series are hosted by the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, the African American Studies Program, the Black Student Alliance (BSA) and the Cross Cultural Center.

Celebrate Black History and Achievements at SLU

February Events
  • Friday, Feb. 7, Black Future Month Talk featuring HGTV’s The Downing Brothers, 6 p.m., Cross Cultural Center, Center for Global Citizenship.
  • Friday, Feb. 14, Brown Bag with Eddie M. Clark, Ph.D., of the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, noon, Room 113, McGannon Hall.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19,  "Challenges to Democracy: Activism, Education, and the 2020 Elections,"
    a lecture by Christina Greer, Ph.D., of Fordham University, 5 p.m., Room 251, "Busch Student Center.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, “Why Black Study? Why Now?” Faculty Panel featuring African-American and Black faculty members from across the University, 4 to 6 p.m., Pere Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall.
  • Friday, Feb. 28, Talk by Malcolm Adams, author of The Purposeful Economist, 6 p.m., Cross Cultural Center, Center for Global Citizenship.
March Events
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Bridge Lecture, “Rebel Archives: The Life and Legacy of Queen Mother Moore,” presented by Ashley Farmer, Ph.D., of the University of Texas-Austin, 4 p.m., Room 253, Busch Student Center.
  • Friday, March 20, through Sunday, March 22, Second Womanist Convening. More event details will be forthcoming.
  • Friday, March 27, Brown Bag with Selena Washington, Ph.D., of the Department of Occupational Therapy in the Doisy College of Health Sciences, noon, Room 113, McGannon Hall.
  • Saturday, March 28, through Saturday, April 4, Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week Program. More event details will be forthcoming.
April Events
  • Friday, April 3, Brown Bag with Danielle Joy Davis, Ph.D., of the School of Education, noon, Room 113, McGannon Hall.
May Events
  • Wednesday, May 6, African-American Studies Capstone Presentations, 3 p.m. Location details will be forthcoming.
  • Thursday, May 14, Sankofa Graduation Celebration, 5 p.m., Anheuser-Busch Auditorium, Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business.

For more information about the events and/or the real estate investment learning opportunity, contact Charles Martin in the Cross Cultural Center.