Black History Month Events

January 30, 2020

Richard Wright’s "Native Son" presented by International Scholar and VSU Alumna Joyce Ann Joyce

Sponsored by VSU Archives and Special Collections

3:00 PM 

Location: Odum Library Auditorium

Free and open to the public

International Scholar and VSU Alumna Joyce Ann Joyce will lecture on Richard Wright’s influential work "Native Son", as well as the 2019 movie based on the novel.


January 31 – February 1, 2020

Annual African American Artists’ FESTIVAL

Sponsored by Southside Library Boosters

11:00 am – 5:00 pm (Jan. 31)

11:00 am – 4:00 pm (Feb. 1) 

Location: Willis Miller Library, 2906 Julia Drive, Valdosta, GA

Free and open to the public

The seventh Annual African American Artists’ Festival sponsored by Southside Library Boosters Inc., VSU College of ARTS and VSU African American Studies program features “SANKOFA: African American Museum On Wheels” out of South Carolina. The museum provides a guided “walk through history” — from the African voyage to current day America by Owner and Curator - Professor Angela Jennings. The festival includes an artistic display of works by local artists and VSU students. On Saturday, in addition to the museum, there will be information vendors and demonstrations, as well as a brief program at 1:00 p.m. —with a display of local talents (singing, dancing, and oratorical presentations).  


February 3, 2020

Roots: Back to Black

Sponsored by the VSU Black History Month Committee

7:15 PM 

Location: University Center Magnolia Room

Free and open to the public

This Black History Month Program is an informative event that celebrates important facts about the history of  Valdosta State College, influential African American faculty and staff, the Divine 9, and first-ever African American accomplishments on the VSU campus.


February 4, 2020

Canon-Dozier Project

Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc

12:00 pm -1:00 pm (Location: Palms Quad) 

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (Location: Odum Library Auditorium)

Free and open to the public

The Cannon-Dozier Project is an alcohol education and awareness program born out of the Mississippi District. It is named in honor of dearly departed Brothers Adrian Cannon and Julius Dozier who were killed by a drunk driver. This program is designed to provide awareness about the realities and dangers of alcohol consumption.


February 4, 2020

Master Key

Sponsored by Project REN

7:00 PM 

Location: Student Union Theatre

Free and open to the public

Master Key is an event to help potential business owners/creatives overcome situations that could hinder their business/progress.


February 5, 2020

Brave Space: Why is Mental Health Taboo in the Black Community?

Sponsored by the VSU Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion 

6:00 PM 

Location: Student Union, 2nd Floor 

Meeting Rooms 3 & 4

Free and open to the public

A poignant discussion on the reality, necessity, and barriers to mental health and mental illness in the black community.


February 6, 2020

“The Brothers”: The Education of the African American Male by Dr. John Gaston

Sponsored by the VSU African American Studies Program 

7:30 PM 

Location: Bailey Science Center Room 1011

Free and open to the public

“The Brothers” is an original, one-man show designed to focus attention on some of the struggles African- American males face in a racist society. This program also attempts to stimulate dialogue that will produce a better understanding of solutions to the problems faced by African Americans in America.


February 7, 2020

Theological Justification for Slaves and Racism presented by Dr. Harry Singleton

Sponsored by the VSU African American Studies Program 

5:00 PM 

Location: Student Union Ballroom A

Free and open to the public

Dr. Singleton will present a lecture on how distorted historical Christian faith and White racism have formed an unholy alliance in American history. Racial bigotry has been wrapped around a thin veneer of pious Christianity sending Black people to an interior understanding of faith while also bringing moral legitimacy to White privilege. This presentation demonstrates the basic structure of that faith and why nothing short of a total theological renaissance is needed to overcome it.


February 8, 2020

Community Service Projects

Sponsored by the VSU Black History Month Committee and Office of Student Leadership and Volunteer Services

• Build - A - Bag

• The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

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February 8, 2020

The Family Reunion

Sponsored by the VSU African American Studies Program

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

Location: VSU Front Lawn

Open to VSU faculty, staff, and students only

The African American Studies Program will sponsor a cookout on the front lawn to unite the campus through food and games in celebration of a month filled with exciting and informative programs to celebrate Black History.


February 9, 2020

A Tribute to the Arts

Sponsored by SGRho Sorority Inc. 

7:00 PM 

Location: Student Union Theatre

Free and open to the public

Various student organizations will present a presentation or tribute to a historic black figure who best represents their organization.


February 10, 2020

Women Through Black History Bingo

Sponsored by the National Council of Negro Women 

8:00 PM 

Location: Student Union Ballroom A

Open to VSU faculty, staff, and students only

A fun, interactive spin on the original game of Bingo while learning about the roles of women in black history.


February 11, 2020

Building Black History

Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity 

6:00 PM 

Location: Student Union Ballroom A

Open to VSU faculty, staff, and students only

Building Black History is a fun, yet informative game where influential African Americans of the past and present are highlighted for their successful inventions, thoughts, and movements.


February 12, 2020

The Blazer PITch 

Sponsored by the VSU Office of Career Opportunities and African American Studies Program 

6:00 PM 

Location: University Center Magnolia Room

Free and open to the public

This is a unique spin on the ABC original show Shark Tank. Four current VSU students will have the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of established local business owners in front of an audience. The judges will choose one winner to receive financial assistance and connections to community programs that will assist in the launching of their business.


February 13, 2020

Women’s Appreciation Dinner 

Sponsored by Collegiate Men 

7:00 PM 

Location: University Center Magnolia Room

Open to VSU faculty, staff, and students only

An elegant evening of appreciation for women, featuring music, dance, and food.


February 14, 2020

Open Mic: Brown Sugar

Sponsored by Deep Release Poetry Society

1:00 PM 

Location: University Center Theatre

Open to VSU faculty, staff, and students only

An open mic for the celebration of love in all forms. Guests will enjoy poetry, spoken word, and songs from artists in the Deep Release Poetry Society. Guests are also able to perform if they wish.


February 17, 2020

Black History Taboo 

Sponsored by Model Mentors 

7:00 PM 

Location: Janette Hall, Room 1111

Open to VSU faculty, staff, and students only

Black History Taboo is a fun, informative event. Each team will play the traditional game of Taboo featuring important Black History words, events, dates, people, and places. 


February 18, 2020

Black History through time: Live Museum 

Sponsored by the National Council of Negro Women and Media Arts Geniuses 

7:00 PM 

Location: Student Union Ballroom

Free and open to the public

This is a live, interactive history display of important African American figures.


February 19, 2020

An Evening with Minda Hart, author of “The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure A Seat At The Table” 

Sponsored by the VSU Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion

7:00 PM 

Location: University Center Theater

Free and open to the public

Minda Hart provides a genuine look at the odds stacked against women of color in professional settings, from the wage gap to biases and micro-aggressions, with actionable takeaways.


February 19, 2020

So You Want to be A Model Fundraiser

Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: Student Union Ballrooms A & B

Open to the public

Calling everyone ever interested in being a model. This fundraiser allows you to strut yourself and get some inside tips on how to improve your model walk. Photos will be taken by professional photographers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.


February 20, 2020

Why Black Lives (Still) Matter: Facing Ferguson in 2020 presented by Nicholas Miller

Sponsored by the VSU African American Studies Program

7:00 PM 

Location: Bailey Science Building Room 1011

Free and open to the public

In 2014, following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the Black Lives Matter movement rose to national prominence as activists in St. Louis and beyond called attention to police brutality. In this presentation, Dr. Miller will pull from personal anecdotes and media artifacts to reflect on what we can learn from Ferguson here in South Georgia as we confront the ongoing problem of racism in a new decade.


February 21, 2020

Chasing Time

Sponsored by Delta Phi Delta Dance Fraternity Inc.

7:00 PM 

Location: University Center Magnolia Room

Open to VSU faculty, staff, and students only

An annual event honoring the African American culture through dance.


February 22, 2020

4th Annual Mr. & Miss ASA Pageant 

Sponsored by the African Student Association

3:00 PM 

Location: Student Union Ballroom

Tickets: $3 presale, $5 at the door

Open to the public

An event to showcase different African countries and cultures through each contestant as they compete for the title of Mr. & Miss African Student Association.


February 24, 2020

Health & Phitness Fair

Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc

11:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Location: Student Union Ballroom

Free and open to the public

The Health and Phitness Fair is a great way to share information about healthy eating, physical activity, health services, and other local health and wellness resources. Free screenings for HIV, BMI, and blood pressure will be provided.


February 24, 2020

Clashes Within Cultures

Sponsored by the Caribbean Student Association

6:00 PM 

Location: Bailey Science Center Room 3009

Open to VSU faculty, staff, and students only

An event that highlights the varying perspectives of common stereotypes. This event will specifically target the relationship between the Caribbean and Black culture.


February 26, 2020

Black Table Talk

Sponsored by the Legends Modeling Troupe

6:30 PM 

Location: University Center Theater

Free and open to the public

Panel-led discussion over topics dealt with within the black community.


February 28, 2020

The NAACP Image Awards

Sponsored by VSU National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

7:00 PM 

Location: Student Union Ballroom 

Open to VSU faculty, staff, and students only

An awards ceremony that honors unrecognized talent and leaders on VSU campus. There will be various performances throughout the night. Food is provided.