The Ohio State University at Mansfield

2017 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 based on Dr. Martin Luther King’s thought provoking book, “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” This year’s Black History Month activities were meant to remind us that the American story is our story. It’s a compelling story that speaks to our better selves as we come together with commitment and compassion.

We Choose "Community" Rally

In the aftermath of a contentious political season, we have a choice to make. Will we continue to regress toward the violence and hatred that were the hallmarks of the 60's Civil Rights movement or will we, with our collective wisdom and commitment, fight for community? Cheryl Carter, Director of North Central State's Urban Center, challenged us to realize for the American ideals of 'united We stand, divided we fall'.
"We Choose Community" speech by Cheryl Carter

The Power of the Negro Spiritual: Make a Joyful Noise

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!’ Dr. David Tovey and the University Chorus shared in music and narrative of the power of the Negro Spiritual in the African American experience.

16th Annual Soul Food Dinner Celebration

A sold-out crowd filled the Marketplace at Eisenhower to celebrate diversity in the community at the 16th Annual Soul Food Dinner. Gwen Butler of CMJ’s Catering and Concessions catered the event. The night began with the introduction of local artist Ruthie Akuchie. James Deaton gave a musical presentation of “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan. The university’s theatre students, along with Associate Professor of Theatre Dr. Joseph Fahey, performed an excerpt from the upcoming play by Fahey and Renee Thompson called “Blockbuster, Inc.” Pastor Walter Jordan from Oasis of Love Church read Dr. Martin Luther King's sermon, “The Drum Major Instinct” and spoke about the tradition of the Soul Food Dinner and why it’s so important for the community to come together