African American History Month

African American History Month

African Americans in Times of War

The 2018 theme, “African Americans in Times of War,” commemorates the centennial of the end of the First World War in 1918 and explores the complex meanings and implications of this global struggle. The First World War was termed initially by many as “The Great War,” “the war to end all wars,” and the war “to make the world safe for democracy,” those very concepts provide a broad, useful framework for focusing on African Americans during multiple wars from the Revolutionary War Era to that of the present War against Terrorism. Times of War must inevitably provide the framework for many stories related to African American soldiers, veterans, and civilians. This is a theme filled with paradoxes of valor and defeat, of civil rights opportunities and setbacks, of struggles abroad and at home, of artistic creativity and repression, and of catastrophic loss of life and the righteous hope for peace.

The theme suggests that contemporary conditions are cause for critical pause in considerations and studies. These issues include: opportunities for advancement and repression during wartime, the roles of civil rights and Black liberation organizations in the struggle abroad and at home; African American businesses, women, religious institutions, the Black press; the struggle to integrate the military; experiences in the military during segregation/apartheid and integration; health development; migration and urban development; educational opportunities; veterans experiences once they returned home; how Black soldiers and/veterans are documented and memorialized within public and private spaces; the creation of African American Veteran of Foreign War posts, cultures and aesthetics of dissent; global/international discourse; impact and influence of the Pan African Congress, the Black Power movement and the Black Panther Party; and the topographies and spaces of Black soldiers’ rebellion. These diverse stories reveal war’s impact not only on men and women in uniform but on the larger African American community.

- Association for the Study of African American Life and History Theme 2018

Calendar of Events

Activities are co-sponsored by the Academic Affairs Division and the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs in conjunction with the African American History Month Committee.

Feb 1

African American History Month Kickoff

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Tawes Ballroom

Coppin State University begins African American History Month with a candlelight vigil salute to veterans, enlisted students, faculty and staff.

Feb 6

Movie & Lecture: "Red Tails"

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Science and Technology Center, room 120

Synopsis: During World War II, the Civil Aeronautics Authority selects 13 black cadets to become part of an experimental program at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. The program aims at training "colored personnel" to become fighter pilots for the Army. However, discrimination, lack of institutional support and the racist belief that these men lacked the intelligence and aptitude for the job dog their every step. Despite this, the Tuskegee Airmen, as they become known, more than prove their worth.

Feb 9

Celebration of Culture

All day

The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs invites you to join in the celebration of culture. Wear your favorite cultural attire on February 9th.

Information Flyer

Feb 13

Discussion: Critique on the Third Verse of the National Anthem

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Science and Technology Center, room 120

Many of us are only familiar with the first verse of the Star-Spangled Banner. Some were actually shocked to know that there were other verses. The third verse in particular has been the source of contention for African Americans in particular. The panelists will critically analyze the National Anthem with specific focus on attention paid to the third verse. This panel is comprised of both faculty and students from Coppin.

Moderated by Dr. John Hudgins, Mr. Kai Crosby-Singleton, Miss Tiarra Goodwin and Dr. K. Zauditu-Selassie.

Feb 17

Homecoming Salute to The Armed Services

4:00pm (game time)
Physical Education Complex, Arena

Half-time at the Men's Basketball Game. Be on hand when we take a moment to honor those who have served our country in the armed service.

Feb 19

The Unveiling of a Bronze Bust of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama

Parlett L. Moore Library, first floor

An unveiling of a lost-wax, bronze sculpture created by artist, Matthew Gonzales.

Feb 19

The 21st Carter G. Woodson Lecture

"They Served the Flag though the Flag Did Not Always Serve Them: African Americans and U.S. Military Service"

11:30am - 1:30pm
Tawes Center, 2nd floor, Ballroom

Guest lecturer Dr. Roger Davidson delivers the annual Carter G. Woodson lecture. The lecture examines the honorable service and sacrifice of African American soldiers in American wars, from the Revolutionary War to the present, despite racial discrimination and segregation. Inasmuch it will highlight black claims to equality and citizenship based on military service.

Feb 20

Art Exhibit and Discussion: Aaron Mabin

Parlett L. Moore Library, 2nd Floor, Cab Calloway Room

Presentation by former NFL player and city school teacher Aaron Maybin and Coppin State student Samierra Jones.

Feb 20

Afro-Caribbean Dance Class with Sheena Black

Physical Education Complex, 2nd Floor, Dance Studio (Room 213)

Feb 22

The African American Market Place

9:00am – 5:00pm
Tawes Center

The Marketplace features African American vendors selling their merchandise and displaying their services.

Feb 22

Veterans Resource Program

9:00am – 1:00pm
Tawes Center, 2nd floor, Ballroom

Veterans and the enlisted can find out what services are available to meet their unique needs. Representative will be on hand with information on health, finances and more, as well as Coppin's Veterans Resource Center.

Feb 22

Back to Natural: A Documentary Film

5:30pm - 9:00pm
Tawes Center, 2nd floor, Ballroom

Back to Natural: A Documentary Film is a groundbreaking, 68-minute documentary film that takes a shocking and emotional look at the intersection of hair, politics, and identity in Black communities. This documentary is a powerful, thought provoking, call for healing that takes a grass roots approach to exploring the globalized policing of natural black hair. Filmed in New York City, Philadelphia, Paris, And Cape Town, this documentary explores universal aspects of the Black experience and the "New" Natural Hair movement. Join us on this journey of discovery and enlightenment while celebrating our history and natural styles that are taking the world by storm.

Directed by Gillian Scott-Ward, PhD. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

Feb 25

Musical Concert

3:00pm - 5:00pm
The Church of St. Mary the Virgin
3121 Walbrook Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21216

Concert Flyer

Feb 26

Discussion: Don't Be a Menace

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Health and Human Services Building, room 103

Discussion led by the Student Government Association (SGA).

Feb 27

Workshop: Grief and Loss

11:00am - 12:30pm
Science and Technology Center, room 120

Presented by Dr. Errol S. Bolden, professor and certified grief recovery specialist, and CDR Malaysia H. Harrell, licensed Clinical Social Worker.

This two-part workshop addresses grief and loss issues that involves more that death and divorce. It explores issues that are often over-looked as critical issues. The workshop also looks at the costs of grief and loss to various industries. It also explores some myths that limit us, and killer clichés regarding loss. It introduces the "Grief Recovery Method" as an action program for moving beyond death, divorce and other losses including health, career and faith. The discussion in second part of the workshop will focus on grief and loss issues as it relates to the Armed Forces. Some resource persons will be present.

Feb 28

Memorial Service: Coppin Souls Gone Home

6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location to be announced.

Apr 2

Reflections: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Anniversary of His Assassination

Location to be announced.

Apr 5

An Evening with Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Science and Technology Center (STC), room 120
Overflow location: Health and Human Services Building (HHSB), room 103

Coppin State University welcomes Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, host of BET News and Political Contributor for CNN. Dr. Hill will be available to sign copies of his books.


Apr 30

Book Signing and Discussion: Tell My Mother I Gone to Cuba

Time to be announced
Location to be announced

Dr. Sharon Milagro Marshall, an award-winning journalist and corporate communication professional from Barbados, will present her book Tell My Mother I Gone to Cuba: Stories of Early Twentieth-Century Migration from Barbados.