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Celebrating Black History Month with Music, Poetry, and More

For Black History Month, check out these thought-provoking and educational events across campus and beyond.
For Black History Month, check out these thought-provoking and educational events across campus and beyond.
By: Madison Schulman

This February, join the Endicott community in celebrating Black History Month. In collaboration with various campus groups, the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging will hold a series of events throughout the month, inspiring the campus community to think, talk, and act to make Endicott a more knowledgeable, equitable, and engaged place. 

The month will kick off on February 1 with World Hijab Day. The Endicott community is encouraged to visit the Center for Belonging throughout the day to pick up a free hijab and/or sticker to show support.

Then, Amplifying Voices: A Celebration of Diversity in Film, kicks off at Beverly's Cabot Theatre from February 2–3. Sponsored by Endicott, the two-day film festival brings impactful stories and voices to Beverly through presenting films by and about people of color.

The event provides an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to come together, learn from each other, and celebrate the power of storytelling through film.

“I believe in the power of film to bring awareness to important social issues and to amplify the voices of marginalized communities. By supporting events like this, we can encourage important conversations and inspire positive change within our community and beyond,” said Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Brandi Johnson, who encouraged the Endicott community to turn out and support the voices of underrepresented filmmakers.

Free tickets for Endicott students, faculty, and staff for the festival can be reserved here

On February 9, leadership speaker Dar Mayweather will visit the Klebanoff Auditorium at noon. Hosted by Student Engagement, Mayweather will discuss how students can learn and practice inclusive leadership frameworks that equip them with the tools to understand their leadership superpowers.

The following night, the Endicott Singers will be accompanied by several other college choruses to perform the “Chariot Jubilee,” a work composed by African American composer Nathaniel Dett, featuring internationally acclaimed tenor Julius P. Williams III and conducted by Anthony Trecek-King of the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert can be purchased here

In partnership with The Hidden Opponent, a club focused on mental health awareness for student-athletes, motivational speaker Kaleb Joseph will be at the Cleary Lecture Hall at 7:30 p.m. on February 12. Joseph aims to educate and bring awareness to how we're all connected through our individual experiences with mental and emotional health.

On February 13, Endicott’s Tadler Center for the Humanities will host poet January O’Neil at 3 p.m. in the Center for Belonging. An associate professor at Salem State University, O’Neil will read from her new book, Glitter Road, a series of poems that look back at the end of a marriage, a heartbreaking loss, and a new relationship against the backdrop of a Mississippi season.

On February 21, a Black History Month Dine & Dialogue will take place at various times throughout the day at the Center for Belonging. (Registration required.)

Throughout the month, a Black History Month display will be on view at the Halle Library, showcasing a collection of literature, memoirs, art, history, and films by prominent African American figures. 

“This month, we have enlisted the help of several students to create an interactive display. We hope that the Endicott community will take the time to visit the exhibit, discover new books, information, and ideas, and also rediscover some of their old favorites,” said Laurie Souza, Assistant Director of Halle Library. 

For up-to-date events and information, visit the Endicott calendar