The Ohio State University at Mansfield

2018 Black History Month

This is My Story, This is My Song!
The theme of this year’s 2018 Black History Month celebration is “This is My Story, This is My Song!” Taken from the hymn, “Blessed Assurance”, the refrain, “this is my story, this is my song” is relevant to everyone as we participate in this year’s Black History Month events. From our initial event with OSU Mansfield’s Dametraus Jaggers, to learning to discern between real versus fake news, to the triumphant stories woven into what we call Negro spirituals to ending with the stories of the powerful women of the Civil Rights movement, we celebrate the stories that define us. These narratives must be rehearsed in our hearing to remind us of our successes and to teach valuable lessons to our future generations. Join us as we triumphantly declare, “This is My Story, This is My Song!”

"How I Got Over"

Tuesday, January 16
12:30-1:30 pm, Marketplace, Eisenhower Center

There are a number of ‘firsts’ that students experience upon entering college: first time away from home, perhaps the first time having a job, the first time being able to vote. For many students, this may be the first time your academic and social skills have been challenged. Join us as our very own, Dametraus Jaggers, former Multicultural Director of OSU Mansfield, tells us his own story of survival and triumph in making it through the college maze.

4th Annual Community Town Hall Meeting

“Real vs Fake News: How Can You Tell the Difference?”
Thursday, February 8
5:00-7:30 pm, Mansfield Senior High School

After the presidential election of 2016, NPR did a piece, “Fake or Real? How to Self-Check the News and Get the Facts,” that highlighted the fact that fake news stories can have real-life consequences. Fake news shapes our perceptions and helps to form harmful biases. And, although fake news can be frustrating, who should we hold accountable for responsible, objective news reporting? Does the responsibility rest upon current news sources or are consumers equally as responsible? Additionally, what are considered credible news platforms? Join us in this thought-provoking discussion as we explore the impact of real versus fake news within the African American community.

The Power of the Negro Spiritual: Make a Joyful Noise!

Thursday, February 22
12:35-1:35 pm, 151 Riedl Hall (Conard Performance Hall)

Understanding the significance of the Negro Spiritual in expressing pain, providing solace, and offering blueprints towards freedom has often been underestimated and misunderstood. Often, even in the midst of the pains and sufferings of slavery, African Americans have used the Negro Spiritual to make a ‘joyful noise!’ Join Dr. David Tovey and the University Chorus as they share in music and narrative of the power of the Negro Spiritual in the African American experience.

17th Annual Soul Food Dinner Celebration

“Behind Every Great Man-Woman!”
Thursday, February 22
6:00-8:00 pm, Marketplace, Eisenhower Center

Historians are only just beginning to acknowledge the critical role that women have played in the battle for racial equity. Enjoy multi-media presentations accompanied by music and readings drawn from the words of the great women who stood alongside our civil rights leaders. Featuring Mansfield’s own Condrea Webber, we will embark on a powerful journey that highlights the many contributions of great American women to the civil rights movement. You won't want to miss it! Tickets are $5 for students of Ohio State Mansfield and NC State College. $10 for senior citizens (60+) and $15 for the general public. Tickets may be purchased at the Ohio State Mansfield Business Office in Riedl Hall and must be purchased no later than noon on Wednesday, February 14. Please call 419-755-4217 for more information. No tickets will be available at the door.