UNI to celebrate Black History Month

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Black Student Union will hold numerous events throughout the month of February to celebrate Black History Month.

Some highlights include:

- Tejumola “Teju” Ologboni, a storyteller, folklorist and oral historian, will be sharing stories and poems drawn from African traditions and African American history and folklore at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the Central for Multicultural Education.

- An open panel discussion on “African Americans in the Workplace” with African American professionals from UNI and the Cedar Valley community will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Room 115 in Seerley Hall.

- The Tunnel of Oppression will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Lang Hall basement classrooms. Each room will show a reenactment of modern-day oppression of minorities, such as racial profiling and displays in the media.

- A trivia night that focuses on the contributions African Americans have made throughout history will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Room 133 in Sabin Hall.

- Rasheed Cromwell will be holding a nationally recognized workshop that will challenge traditional thinking and leave participants with an action plan for improving themselves and the diversity experience on campus. This workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Center for Multicultural Education.

- The Toast for Change, a formal campus celebration acknowledging the positive changes in our culture and on the UNI campus, will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, in the Commons Ballroom

All events are open to the public and free for UNI students, faculty and staff. For more information on any of the events, contact Jada Jackson, president of UNI’s Black Student Union, at jada@uni.edu


Jada Jackson, president, UNI’s Black Student Union, jada@uni.edu

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, blake.ruane@uni.edu