Bloomington provides various Black History Month events
IU African American Choral Ensemble
Raymond Wise and the AACE will have a performance of gospel, blues, negro spirituals and black popular music and talk about the history of these musical traditions.
Time: 12 p.m. Wednesday
Location: IU School of Education Atrium 201 N. Rose Ave.
Black Excellence Alumni Panel
Black IU alumni will return to campus to share their post-graduate experiences with current students
Time: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday
Location: Neal-Marshall Bridgwaters Lounge.
The Divine Nine at Banneker
The Divine Nine community, nine black greek letter organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council, will introduce Banneker youth to black traditions. Participants will learn about the history of black greek letter organizations and their distinctive traditions. Director of Recruitment and Retention for Underrepresented Student Ghangis D. Carter will make speak at the event. He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi.
Time: 6:30 p.m. Thursday
Location: Benjamin Banneker Community Center 930 W. 7th Street, Bloomington
“Cracking the Codes: The Systems of Racial Inequity”
A new film by Shakti Butler, the director of “The Way Home: Women talk about Race in America,” will be shown at the Monroe County Public Library. The film, “Cracking the Codes; The Systems of Racial Inequity,” features the causes and consequences of systemic inequity and features personal accounts from racial justice leaders.
Time: 2 p.m. Saturday
Location: Monroe County Public Library
Diversity Law Day
Diversity Law Day allows those who register to participate in a mock trial with an IU law professor. The event is designed to allow others to experience the law and be exposed to the legal profession.
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Time: 9 a.m. Saturday
Location: IU Maurer School of Law
Black Faculty and Staff Appreciation
IU’s black faculty and staff will be celebrated in partnership with the Black Student Union.
Time: 2 p.m. Sunday
Location: Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center
Second Baptist Church Black History Month Concert
Second Baptist Church celebrates National Black History Month with the church’s annual program with a keynote address by Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Valeri Haughton-Motley, music and more.
Time: 3 p.m. Sunday
Location: Second Baptist Church 321 N. Rogers St., Bloomington, IN
Black History Month Essay Contest Awards Reception
Parents, teachers, siblings, friends and community members are invited to Fairview Elementary as the winners of the 2017 Black History Month Essay Contest are honored. Awards will be presented in the elementary, middle and high school levels. Join the community in supporting these budding scholars. Refreshments will be served.
Time: 6 p.m. Feb. 21
Location: Fairview Elementary School 500 W. 7th Street
12th Annual City of Bloomington Black History Month Gala
The gala marks the end of the monthlong commemoration of black history. The evening includes live music by Ground Zero Indy, a silent auction and the presentation of the 2017 City of Bloomington Living Legend and Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow awards.
Time: 6 p.m. Feb. 25
Location: Hilton Garden Inn 245 N. College Ave.
Tickets: $50 each.
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