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In celebration of Black History Month

In honor of Black His­tory Month, the John D. O’Bryant African-​​American Insti­tute is hosting a four-​​week series of events focused on four core themes—connecting, edu­cating, inspiring, and celebrating.

The annual series aims to cel­e­brate the his­tory, con­tri­bu­tions, and global impact of the African Dias­pora, according to Marion Mason, the institute’s assis­tant director for stu­dent lead­er­ship and global engagement.

“This year there’s a heavy focus on healthy lifestyles,” Mason said. “We’re high­lighting research on healthy eating and hosting events that share that mes­sage with the com­mu­nity beyond just our campus.”

The first week’s events, including the opening of an art show in Gallery 360, “Art & the African Dias­pora,” which will be on dis­play throughout the month, focus on con­necting the North­eastern com­mu­nity to African-​​American his­tory and culture.

The second week of events will focus on edu­cating people about the African Dias­pora through a series of panel dis­cus­sions, con­ver­sa­tions, and field trips. The pro­gram includes an event titled “Coast-​​to-​​Coast Con­ver­sa­tions: Healthy Eating and the African Dias­pora,” which will take place in the Cabral Center on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The “Coast-​​to-​​Coast Con­ver­sa­tions” series resumes the fol­lowing week as part of the pro­gram of inspiring events, one of which will be held in Xhi­bi­tion Kitchen on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 20 includes two events for alumni. The Cabral Center will host a recep­tion from 5 to 6:30 p.m., fol­lowed by a “5 Under 25 panel of suc­cessful grad­u­ates with ties to the O’Bryant Institute.

On Feb. 22, the play The Harlem Renais­sance Revis­ited with a Gospel Flavor will be per­formed in Blackman Audi­to­rium on Friday, with the per­for­mance starting at 6:30 p.m. Free tickets to the show, which will be staged by the touring Oscar Micheaux Family The­ater Pro­gram, are cur­rently avail­able online, at the North­eastern box office, and from the O’Bryant Institute.

The final week of fes­tiv­i­ties will cel­e­brate the African-​​American com­mu­nity, begin­ning with the annual Black His­tory Month Cel­e­bra­tion and Recog­ni­tion Cer­e­mony. The event will be held in the Cabral Center on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and honor North­eastern staff mem­bers who have served the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity for at least 15 years.

The final event of that week will honor African-​​American vet­erans from North­eastern and the Greater Boston area through a tribute at the O’Bryant Insti­tute on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Click here for a full schedule of Black His­tory Month events and activities.

– by Matt Collette

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