Black History Month
The Ohio State University at Mansfield and North Central State College were pleased to present this year’s Black History Month celebration. Through this year’s Black History Month activities, our campuses and the communities that surround us were invited to view Black History through a unique lens. The theme of this year’s Black History Month activities was “The Story of Us.” The events were designed to be interconnected and to build upon prior sessions, prompting us to learn that we are more alike than we are different. At the same time, each and every event stood on its own as a distinctive experience. As a significant component of American history, Black History is a shared history - Black History truly is “The Story of Us!”
Are Race Differences Real or Are We More Alike Than We Think?
With Dr. Dawn Kitchen, we explored how the concept of ‘race’ is a social construct and how that construct has been a powerful determinant in American history and politics.
Dr. Amy Brunell and Dr. Phil Mazzocco defined the concept of ‘implicit bias’ and explore whether the underlying causes of highly publicized current events could be explained within that context.
“A Call to Action” Town Hall Series
How can institutions of higher learning work on behalf of the campus and its surrounding communities to make a positive social impact? Recent highly publicized events provided an opportunity for Ohio State Mansfield and North Central State College to serve as catalysts for ‘crucial conversations.’ The goal was to cultivate an environment that promotes greater understanding, thus developing a proactive, unified effort for positive change.
This two-part Call to Action: Town Hall Series challenged participants to learn how race still matters. The conversation began on the Mansfield campus to focus on the important role students can play in social issues. The second conversation of the series encouraged community members to come together to discuss the shared benefits of racial equity.
“A Call to Action”: Campus Town Hall Meeting
Race Still Matters, Pt. 1: Who Owns Responsibility for Student Empowerment?
“A Call to Action”: Community Town Hall Meeting
Race Still Matters, Pt. 2: Creating the Return on Investment (ROI) for Racial Equity
A Soul Food Dinner Celebration!
The “Soul Food” tradition can be traced back to Southern plantations and slavery. Our Soul Food Dinner celebrated that tradition of culinary creativity that is presented in what’s known as “good ol’ down home cooking!” Pastor Walter Jordan, Senior Pastor of Oasis of Love Church, shared how the label ‘soul food’ came about and how this tradition really is part of our shared American legacy. North Central State’s Cheryl Carter engaged us with her moving readings of famous Black literature; and local vocalist, Kristin Scott, thrilled us with her musical talent to complete an evening of good company, good food and great entertainment!