2024 Black History Month Events

Documentary Film Screening and Exhibit Opening

Join us in celebrating Black History at Case Western Reserve on Friday, Feb. 2, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Kelvin Smith Library's Freedman Center.

We will be screening the documentary, A Trumpet at the Walls of Jericho, and hosting an exhibit called Did You Know? Black History at CWRU. We will also be serving snacks!

Documentary Film
A Trumpet at the Walls of Jericho (2005) is director Mike Kirk's historic documentary profiling Black abolitionist Rev. Samuel Harrison, with narration by Ossie Davis, Wynton Marsalis and Mario Van Peebles. Born into slavery in 1818, Harrison attended Western Reserve Academy from 1836 to 1839 and later served as chaplain in the Union Army to the 54th Regiment.
Did you know that the first Black alumni of the University dates back to 1832 and that the abolition of slavery played an important part in shaping the history of the University? Did You Know? Black History at CWRU is an exhibit featuring the University’s history of notable Black alumni, organizations and things you see around campus relating to Black history.

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Service with CWRU African American Alumni Association

Feb. 3 at 9 a.m., Greater Cleveland Food Bank, 13815 Coit Road

The African American Alumni Association invites you to join us for a day of volunteering at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.This is an opportunity for us to unite and support the Food Bank's mission to "nourish hungry people and lead the community in the fight against hunger." Let's contribute our time and effort to make a positive difference!

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School of Medicine Multicultural Mixer

Feb. 6 at 11 a.m., Wolstein Research Building (WRB Lobby 1420)

Join us for a mixer with our diverse School of Medicine students, staff and faculty. We encourage our students to attend, meet and mingle with fellow diverse students across all School of Medicine academic programs, and meet with diverse faculty and staff. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided.

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Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative: CTSC Black History Makers Series

Feb. 14 at noon

The speaker will be Gregory Hall, MD, Founder of the National Institute for African American Health (NIAAH), a nonprofit whose central goal is to improve the health of African Americans by providing a trusted source of health information tailored to the needs of the African American community. | Moderator: LaRese Purnell, Co-owner, Managing Partner, CLE Consulting Firm

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Black Health Expo on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Second annual Black Health Expo

Thursday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kiwanis Lodge, 27285 Highland Road, Richmond Heights

Featuring guest speaker Associate Professor Carolyn Still of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Please contact Zakiya at 216.978.5050 to pre-register for this event.

Second annual Black Business Expo

Thursday, Feb. 15, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

We are excited for our second annual Black Business Expo on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, in Tinkham Veale University Center’s Ballroom. This expo will highlight Black businesses around Greater Cleveland, while giving vendors the resources needed to enhance their business. The event will be open to the public, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you or a business you know are interested in participating in the event, please fill out this form by Monday, Feb. 5, 2024. 

The Alumni Association
Dr. Camille Warner—Profiles of Inclusive Excellence

Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.

Join us for an engaging installment of the Profiles of Inclusive Excellence Speaker Series. Delve into insightful conversations highlighting faculty and staff work and research in this virtual 1:1 interview format hosted by Dr. Heather E. Burton, associate vice president and senior director for faculty and institutional diversity.

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Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative: CTSC Black History Makers Series

Feb. 21 at noon

The speaker will be Da'na Langford, Founder of Village of Healing, the first and only clinic for Black women in Cuyahoga County in need of gynecological, antepartum, and post-partum care. | Moderator: Kimalon Dixon, Chief of Staff, Jumpstart

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Power of Diversity Lecture Series

Spencer Paysinger
Feb. 23, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

A Super Bowl-champion linebacker turned Hollywood writer/producer, Spencer Paysinger brought his own poignant story of living in South Central LA and playing football at Beverly Hills High to the hit CW and Netflix series, All American. 

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Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative: CTSC Black History Makers Series

Feb. 28 at noon

The speaker will be Kimberly Seals Allers, Maternal Health Tech Founder, The IRTH App, #1 “Yelp-like” platform for the pregnancy and new motherhood journey, made by and for people of color. | Moderator: Jazmin Long, President and CEO, Birthing Beautiful Communities

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