Celebrate Black History Month

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

February is Black History Month. The national celebration was established by Dr. Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH, Inc.) in 1926. At a local and national level, we continue to honor the significant impacts, struggles and triumphs of the larger African American community and African diaspora that have impacted the development of the social, political and economic structures in American history.

Throughout February, the Valencia African Heritage Association (VAHA) and Student Development will observe Black History Month with various events that are open to all and available on campus, on Zoom, as well as through live streams.

Canvas and Convos
Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Downtown Campus, DPAC 171
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Art and expression are a large part of the Black and African-American experience. As part of Downtown Student Life’s Black History month series, join a conversation on the Black Renaissance while painting artwork of some black history trailblazers.

Pop-up Fair
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Time: 12 – 2 p.m. 
Location: West Campus, SSB Patio
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Join Valencia College’s West Campus Student Development at this Pop-up Fair for Black History Month.

Black History Month Luncheon
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Location: Lake Nona Campus, Main Hallway
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During this month, we honor the struggles, movements, victories and groundbreaking moments of African Americans throughout the United States’ history. Join us as we spotlight a Black-owned business Silva Bowl; flavors from the Caribbean. Ribs, stew chicken, curry cabbage, plantains, and more will be served. First come first serve.

Black History Month: Black Wall Street
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Time: 12 – 2 p.m.
Location: West Campus, SSB Patio

Come learn about the history of Black Wall Street and enjoy food, music, giveaways and performances

Humanities Speaker Series: At the Dark End of the Street
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Meeting ID: 94953646137. Password: 991183

Award-winning historian Danielle McGuire will join the Humanities Speaker Series in a Zoom webinar talk to discuss At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance, a work that expands our understanding of the beginnings of the civil rights movement to include the struggle to protect Black women from “ritualistic rape” by white men in towns and cities across the South.

SELMA Movie Event
Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022
Time: 1 – 3 p.m. 
Location: Ponciana Campus, Multipurpose Room 125
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Stop by and watch the movie Selma in honor of Black History Month. Student Development will host a trivia about the movie with opportunities for students to win prizes.

Wells Built Museum Tours
Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022

Time: 2 – 5 p.m.
Location: Wells Built Museum (with transportation provided from the Downtown Campus)
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Art and expression are a large part of the Black and African-American experience. As part of Downtown Student Life’s Black History month series, students will have the opportunity to tour the historic Wells Built Museum. This hotel turned museum is a staple of the Parramore Community and Central Florida.

African Influences in the Caribbean: Get an In-depth Look into African Ethnicities and DNA research
Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Osceola Campus, Building 4, Room 105

Join a conversation about music, ethnicity and the impact of the enslavement period on cultural practices and the bodies of people in the Caribbean. The panel will include discussions by Eric Wright and Dimas Sanchez and members of the Escuela de Bomba y Plena, Barbara Liz and Melanie Maldonado Diaz. The event will be live-streamed on Facebook.

Downtown Campus Market Day
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Time: 12 – 4 p.m.
Location: Dr. Phillips Academic Commons Courtyard

Join the Market Day, featuring Black-owned businesses.

Soul Food Remixed
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Time: 2 – 3 p.m. 
Location: Online
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People often feel like they have to choose between healthy and delicious food. “Soul Food Remixed” is a new cooking show that debunks the most famous soul food stereotypes, and solves a very important problem we have ALL encountered: “Do I want a meal that is mouthwatering or a meal that is healthy for me?”

A more important question might be, “Why can’t I have BOTH?” Professional Chef and Nutrition Scientist Isaac Floyd understands that eating a proper diet is key to a long, healthy life. Research has even linked healthier food with higher income and better mental health.

It’s time to celebrate Black food culture! Register to attend the Soul Food Remixed Live Event on Thursday, February 17, 2022, for an interactive food event, prizes and fun.

Miracle Olatunji: Humanity Over Hue: Racial Justice and Equity
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Miracle Olatunji is a college student, entrepreneur and author of Purpose: How To Live and Lead With Impact. She is the founder of OpportuniMe, a digital media and education company that empowers the next generation of leaders to develop life, leadership and career skills. Miracle has been honored as one of “The Tempest” magazine’s “40 Women To Watch Who Are Changing The World,” a “Young Futurist and Game-changer” by “The Root” magazine, one of the “25 Under 25” by “BostInno” magazine, and of the “20 Under 40: Young Shapers of Business and Entrepreneurship” by “Britannica.” Her goal is to use her platform and personal story to inform, uplift and inspire others.

Racial justice and equity require deliberate action — both online and offline. Miracle shares how to use your platform, no matter how big or small, to challenge and speak up about racial injustice. This talk also shares how to start and keep doing the work — both internally and externally, beginning with how to challenge our own internal biases and generalizations.

Good 2 Great Movie Night: King Richard
 Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Time: 6 p.m. 
Location: Downtown Campus, UnionWest 111

Wanting his daughters to be great tennis players was his life’s mission. Join Student Engagement and First Year Programs in this Black History Month movie night featuring King Richard. This film starring Willi Smith, shows the story of Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena Williams and his dedication to getting his girls to the top!

VAHA Spring Book Discussion
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
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Participants can access “Heavy” and “You Are Your Best Thing” online from the Valencia College library, by logging in with your Atlas username and password.

Attending students are eligible to participate in a scholarship opportunity related to the discussion.

The first 25 registrants will receive copies of both books.

Still Running
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Time: 12 – 1:15 p.m.
Location: West Campus, Building 4 Patio

Join us as we walk 2.23 miles in memory of Ahmaud Arbery.

Hidden Figures: A Conversation with Susie Forehand
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. 
Location: Zoom
Meeting ID: 97058542158. Password: 484122

Black Arts Matter Art Exhibit
Date: Monday, February 28, 2022

Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: Downtown Campus, DPAC 106
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Art and expression are a large part of the Black and African American experience. As part of Downtown Student Life’s Black History month series, enjoy the display of art from local and student artists. This event will be a nice evening with music, art and networking. We ask attendees to consider donating art supplies that will be donated to our local youth organization partners, New Image Youth Center and Parramore Kid Zone.

Black History and Culture
Available now

Explore the history, arts and culture of the Black experience in the United States. Visit this online gallery to view more than 230 stories from 82 museums, galleries and cultural institutions across the U.S. Including the history of civil rights in the U.S, see Dr. King’s original “I Have a Dream” speech and explore black art highlighting the work of Kara Walker, Faith Ringgold and Alma Thomas. To view the online gallery, click here:

African Influences in the Caribbean: Learn How Africa Plays a Role in Music Across the Caribbean
Date: Friday, March 4, 2022
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Timucua Arts Foundation, 2000 South Summerlin Orlando

Eric Wright will lead a discussion about Bomba: Africanism, creolization or ethnogenesis. The discussion will be followed by a master class and demonstrations of African rhythms from Congo and Puerto Rico and their similarities by Thobos Lubamba, Dimas Sanchez, Barbara and Anthony Velazquez. The event will end with a concert by Dimas Sanchez and Afro Latin Jazz Project. The event will be live-streamed on Facebook.

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