In Celebration of Black History Month

Augustana University plans events in honor of Black History Month

Event Details


Date: February 20 - February 28, 2017

Ticket Info: Open to the public


Join us for a series of events on campus in honor of Black History Month sponsored by the Diversity and Inclusion Office.

  • Monday, Feb. 20: Movie Night: "The Great Debaters," starring Denzel Washington. A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College in Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
    • 7 p.m.
    • The Back Alley
    • Free
  • Thursday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 26:  "The Life and Legacy of Frederick Douglass," theatrical performance by Dr. Robin Duncan.
    • 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23
    • 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26
    • Edith Mortenson Center Theatre
    • $10 or free with an Augustana ID. Get tickets now.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28:  Documentary showing of "BOUND: Africans vs. African-Americans." Is there a complicated relationship between African Immigrants and African-Americans? Since African-Americans and Africans are descended from the same root African cultures, it is reasonable to expect that they would adapt and co-exist in harmony; however, there is tension between the two groups. Come participate in an open forum with influential Africans & African-Americans from the City of Sioux Falls, to discuss stereotypes, animosity, and misconceptions of key components.
    • 6:30 p.m.
    • Kresge Recital Hall, Humanities Center
    • Free

Past Events

  • Wednesday, Feb. 8: Lunch and Learn — "Activism and Slacktivism: How Social Media Hurts and Helps Student, Faculty and Staff Activism," led by Cali DiOrio-Saye, assistant director of campus life.
    • Noon - 1 p.m.
    • 3-in-1 Room, Morrison Commons
    • Free
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15: Augustana's Ethiopian Student Association and African Students Union will present "The Diaspora Journal," a film and campaign to connect the world to the African Diaspora culture. The film's director, Nathan Araya, will be present and will speak at the event.
    • 7-8:30 p.m.
    • Kresge Recital Hall, Humanities Center
    • Free


Mark Blackburn
Director of Multicultural Programs
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
605.274.4313