Mercer events that celebrate Black History Month in 2024

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Mercer University has a variety of events planned in celebration of Black History Month. Want to add your campus event to this list? Email the details to honaker_am@mercer.edu. Fill out this form to have your event included on Mercer’s online calendar.

The Enslaved People Project Presentation

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 1

Where: Presidents Dining Room, University Center, Macon

Details: Mercer’s collaborative project to digitize local historical documents related to slavery will be showcased in a presentation on campus by Bibb County Superior Court Clerk Erica L. Woodford. “The Enslaved People Project” is a joint effort by Mercer’s Africana studies program, Mercer University Libraries and the Bibb County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.

Black History Month Celebration Game

When: 2 p.m. Feb. 3

Where: Hawkins Arena, University Center, Macon

Details: The Mercer Athletics Department will celebrate African American-owned businesses in downtown Macon and surrounding communities as part of Black History Month during the men’s basketball game against Southern Conference rival VMI. African American business owners are invited to showcase their businesses at the event and will receive free admission to the game for themselves, as well as employees and families. Click here for more information and to register for free admission to the game and vendor spots.

A flyer that shows a Mercer men's basketball player and team logos for Mercer and VMI. The graphic also contains the text "Join us in celebrating Black History Month. February 3, 2024, Hawkins Arena, 2 p.m."

“More Than a Month: You are Black History”

When: Feb. 5-28

Where: Tarver Library, Macon

Details: Mercer Libraries staff will have several resource-sharing displays set up throughout the second floor. Students will be invited to share notable Black leaders, artists, musicians, authors, professionals and content creators at these displays. Staff also will share weekly recommended resource lists — featuring books, media, games, podcasts and more — that emphasize current and historical leaders and content by Black creators.

Black History Month Trivia

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 16

Where: Bear Necessities, Connell Student Center, Macon

Details: For this QuadWorks event, students are invited to test their knowledge with a fun game of trivia while celebrating Black History Month.

Black History Heritage Tour at the King Center

When: 10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Feb. 16

Where: Participants will be transported to the King Center, 449 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta

Details: What better place to delve into African American heritage than the King Center, which is dedicated to educating the world on the life, legacy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The trip is open to Atlanta campus students. Those needing transportation will depart from the Atlanta campus at 10 a.m., and those driving themselves should meet at the King Center at 10:30 a.m. Register to attend at mercer.joinhandshake.com/events/1480565. A $20 fee will be charged to anyone who requests transportation and does not come.

Organization of Black Students Annual Gala

When: 8-11 p.m. Feb. 17

Where: Penfield Hall, Macon

Details: Students are invited to enjoy food and music and represent their zodiac sign during the Organization of Black Students’ annual gala. This year’s theme is “A Night of Celestial Bodies.” Dress is formal attire.

Melanated Bears/Canvasing Black History

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 23

Where: Conference Room 3, Connell Student Center, Macon

Details: This QuadWorks event will promote cultural awareness about Black history by allowing students to create painted handprints or squares with famous African American initials or sayings that have inspired them. The handprints will later be pieced together to make a mural.

Black History Month Poetry and Pottery

When: 3 p.m. Feb. 24

Where: Conference Room 1, Connell Student Center, Macon

Details: QuadWorks will provide students with premade vases to paint, and a slideshow featuring vase painting designs in African culture will help provide inspiration.

 

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