Hiram College

Celebrated speakers, powerful films and other timely events will collectively headline Black History Month at Hiram College, which begins today with a Black History Door Challenge. Here’s the month’s lineup:

Black History Door Challenge, Feb. 1-9

Which events, topics, photographs, writings and people best define Black history? Interested students will take on the challenge to decorate their residence hall room doors with their personal expression of Black history. The student with a most informative and creative door will win a prize.

Contact:  Pierra Heard, heardp@hiram.edu.

“The Black Power Mixtape” Feb. 8, 8 p.m., Dix Dining Hall

View a treasure trove of 16mm footage shot by Swedish journalists who traveled to the U.S., attracted by the urban unrest and revolution occurring from 1967 to 1975. Filmmakers captured personal moments and interviews with leaders of the Black Power Movement in this piece that blends narration, music and images.

Contact: Dee West, westde@hiram.edu

Malcolm X Day, Feb. 14, 5 p.m., Alumni Heritage Room

Gather for a soul food potluck dinner and viewing of the autobiography “Malcolm X.”

Contact:  Pierra Heard, heardp@hiram.edu

“Barbecue,” Feb. 16, Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave. Cleveland. Show starts at 7:30 p.m., van leaves KC lobby at 6 p.m.

Sign up at the Welcome Center for an excursion to watch “Barbecue.” Described as “hilarious and devastatingly dark,” this play tells the story of racial politics in collision with family stereotypes, self-destruction and survival.

Contact: Sarah Dowd, dowdsa@hiram.edu

“On Being Close to the Edge: Race, Pop Culture and Mental Health,” Feb. 16, 7 p.m., KC Ballroom

Julius Bailey, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Wittenberg University, will present this lecture sponsored Hiram College’s Center for Literature and Medicine and departments of psychology, and sociology and public health, in honor of Black History Month.

Contact: Anisi Daniels Smith, danielsae@hiram.edu

“Race Based Trauma: Police Violence on Social Media as Modern-Day Lynchings, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., KC Ballroom

Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D., ABPP, a board certified licensed clinical psychologist; associate professor of psychological sciences at the University of Connecticut; director of the Laboratory for Culture and Health Disparities; joint faculty at UConn School of Medicine and Department of Psychiatry; and clinical director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinics, LCC, will present this program hosted by Hiram College’s Center for Literature and Medicine.

Contact: Kathy Luschek, luschekk@hiram.edu

“Hiram – Beneath the Surface,” Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Dix Dining Hall

This learning opportunity will give participants a chance to explore the diversity within the Hiram community through one-on-one conversations focused on sharing background stories and experiences.

Contact: Dee West, westde@hiram.edu

Also in honor of Black History Month, Hiram College will take part in a free distance learning program, “Legacies of African Americans who contributed to Cleveland’s past,” for high school students. The Lake View Cemetery Foundation, in collaboration with Hiram College, the History Center at Western Reserve Historical Society and WVIZ/PBS ideastream ® will present lectures on prominent African Americans buried at Lake View Cemetery. Anisi Daniels Smith, instructor of sociology, will speak about Jane Edna Hunter; Vivien Sandlund, Ph.D., professor of history, will present on Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes and his brother, former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes.; and Liz Piatt, assistant professor of sociology, will speak on Charles Chesnutt and his daughter, Helen Chesnutt.