Celebrate Black History Month at IIT

IIT recognizes and celebrates Black History Month. Black History Month in the United States is a celebration of achievements by African Americans and highlights important milestones throughout U.S. history. This year’s national theme is “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.” The campus community is invited to participate in the Black History Month events listed below:

Global Cuisine
You are invited to dine in the Commons Cafeteria for a culinary treat! The lunchtime program for the month of February will introduce delicious meals from four different regions of the world that will include a display table in the cafeteria showcasing spices, fruits, vegetables and other items including literature on spirituality, recipes and more! In partnership with African Student Organization, Black Student Union and Caribbean Visionaries, students from these groups will be present to share information about their respective culture.

· Friday, February 1 – Africa
· Friday, February 8 – Louisiana Cajun
· Friday, February 15 – Caribbean
· Friday, February 22 – Soul Food

Sheldon H. Nahmod Civil Rights Award
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
565 W. Adams St. – Marovitz Courtroom (First Floor)
February 6, 2013
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Looking within our own IIT community for civil rights advocates, no other IIT member embraces the immediacy of the civil rights movement quite like Sheldon H. Nahmod, a professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. His amazing work in supporting civil rights and civil liberties inspires us all, especially our students at IIT. As a result, in January 2010 the Sheldon H. Nahmod Civil Rights Award was established to honor students and student groups who are working to progress the civil rights movement. The Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion is proud to announce the two recipients of the 2013 Sheldon H. Nahmod IIT Civil Rights Award:

Blythe Buchholz – Recipient of the Social Justice Award
Doctorate of Philosophy Candidate
Illinois Institute of Technology

Maria R. Gonzalez – Recipient of the Social Action Award
4th Year Sociology Undergraduate
Illinois Institute of Technology

“Prince Among Slaves” Film and Discussion
Thursday, February 28
MTCC Auditorium
3:00 – 6:00pm

Prince Among Slaves recounts the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South. After 40 years of enslavement, he finally regained his freedom, became a national celebrity, and dined in the White House. This is an incredible story about an incredible man who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom. This event is part of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Award, which was awarded to Galvin Library.