Toledo colleges celebrating Black History Month

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TOLEDO — Toledo area colleges will be hosting several events throughout February to recognize Black History Month.

The University of Toledo is celebrating all month, and welcomed Toledo Public Schools Superintendent Romules Durant Saturday for the keynote address at Black History Month Kickoff Luncheon.

“Black History Month is a time to remember and celebrate the achievements of black men and women who have shaped our history whether locally, nationally and internationally,” Mr. Durant said. “My ultimate goal is that I can inspire someone toward greatness by sharing the challenges I’ve faced and the goals I’ve accomplished.”

Events include Black History Month trivia Feb. 7 in the student union, and an art exhibit Feb. 15, also in the union. A full list of events can be found at

‘The Dream’ series comes to Bowling Green State University to provide students and faculty.

One of the highlights of the month — 18th annual Black Issues Conference — will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

PJ Jones, a 2010 Bowling Green State University alumna and assistant director of multicultural and diversity affairs at the University of Florida, will give the keynote address, “Art is Power.”

Ms. Jones will speak during a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1;15 p.m. in room 228 in the student union.

Area high school students will join a workshop that consists of a panel discussion of first-year experiences and personal development workshops, and research sessions will be held throughout the day with topics about Black Popular Music and Its Cultural Influences, The Importance of Social Justice to African Americans, Black Art and the Black Art Movement, Dealing with Aggression toward Black Females, LGBT Identity and Representation, African American College Experiences, Black Elementary Education, and Food Struggles in American and African American Culture.

The conference is free for BGSU students, $15 for BGSU faculty and high school students, and $20 for others.

The deadline to register is midnight Feb. 8.

Step Afrika! is coming to Lourdes University Feb. 16 at the Franciscan Center. Step Afrika! is the first dance group in the world dedicated to stepping.

The event is $5 and open to the public.

Lourdes is also hosting a Black History Month celebration Feb. 22 at the Franciscan Center, and the event is free.

Monroe Community College is hosting four panel discussions this month, including “Demystifying Africa” Feb. 5 at the Student Services and Administration Building, and “Economic Status of African American Countries” Feb. 15 at the La-Z-Boy Center. A complete list of events can be found at

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