Kishwaukee College’s Black History Month Committee will host a variety of programming in celebration of Black History Month, a time to reflect on the great contributions of blacks across the world. The theme of this year’s events is “black migration.” All events and activities will be free and open to the public.
The theme is based on a period in time known as the Great Migration, which can be traced back to as early as the 1900s and lasting into the 1970s. During the Great Migration, blacks moved from the south to the northern, industrialized cities in large masses, seeking work and better opportunities that the Jim Crow South did not offer.
During this time, many black soldiers returned home, after serving in both World Wars, to the harsh realities of racism instead of receiving a soldier’s welcome. Despite their adversities, blacks became successful in their new surroundings by excelling in business, politics and the arts.
A series of Brown Bag discussions will be held in the Student Lounge from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. These open discussions will be led by Pernevlon Ellis, assistant professor of sociology. On Feb. 12, the topic will be The Black Arts Movement; and on Feb. 14, the topic will be #BlackLivesMatter.
On Feb. 20, participants can create two-dimensional art that reflects their ideas about being black while enjoying light refreshments. This “Paint and Sip” event will be held in the Student Lounge from noon to 2 p.m.
The final event of the month is a lecture by Eric Schroeder, adjunct music instructor. He will cover music that was developed out of the Great Migration by artists such as Scot Joplin. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Feb. 25 and again on Feb. 27 in the Student Lounge.
For more information on Black History Month at Kish, contact Student Activities at 815-825-9527.