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2012 BHM: Family Poetry Night and Think Tank Session

Join ABGPS in this evening of reading and dialogue about the psycho social growth of middle school youth in the Columbia area. For more information contact the MU Black Studies Program at or 573.882.6229

2012 Black History Month at Mizzou

Black Women in American Culture and History


Join the Mizzou Campus in celebrating this years Black History Month.  This years theme is “Black Women in History and Culture.” Join us in honoring the efforts of African American women to destroy slavery and inaugurate universal freedom in the U.S.  African American women have not only impacted our communities but the nation at large. Please check our event calendar for upcoming events or download the calendar: BHM calendar 2012-poster.

About the Black History Month theme – Association for the Study of African American Life and History 

From the American Revolution to the present, African American women have played a myriad of critical roles in the making of our nation. Their labor and leadership, their motherhood and patriotism, and their intellect and artistic
expression have all enriched both the African American community and the nation at large. In slavery and freedom, their struggles have been at the heart of the human experience, and their triumphs over racism and sexism are a testimonial to our common human spirit.

In American culture today, many know of the accomplishments of a few prominent figures. From Phillis Wheatley, the unlikely American patriot during the Revolutionary War, to Harriet Tubman, the leader of the Underground Railroad from slavery, to Ida B. Wells, the unyielding opponent of lynching, to Rosa Parks, the mother of the modern Civil Rights Movement, black women have been notable for standing against oppression. From Gwendolyn Brooks to Toni Morrison to Rita Dove, they have distinguished themselves in American letters, and in recent years they have been recognized as actors and recording artists with Academy Awards and Grammys.

The accomplishments of these exceptional women are the expressions of a vibrant culture in which African American women play a singular role. The labors, struggles, organization, and sacrifices of common women have made
possible the prominence of heralded individuals. In churches, community groups, literary societies, sororities, and advocacy organizations, African American women have been the core of organized black life, but here their strivings have often escaped the gaze of the public and hence their history is too little known.

Their story is unique in the annals of American history. Black women were held as slaves and middle-class black women labored while their counterparts were housewives. Subjected to a long history of stereotypes about their
sexuality, morality, spirituality, and intellect, African American women have never succumbed to victimhood and have pressed forward to uplift themselves, their families, and their community.

To gain an understanding of the history of African American women is to broaden our understanding of a people and the American nation. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History dedicates the 2012 Annual Black History Theme to exploring African American women’s roles in and contributions to the making of America.


Winter Ndugu

NDUGU is MBMI’s semesterly networking and fellowship event.  NDUGU provides an additional platform for our Black male students to connect with each other and other successful Black male faculty and staff, and Columbia community leaders.  This is an RSVP event.  Email Marcus Mayes @ by Friday, January 20th, 2011 to RSVP.

About Ndugu

Blood Brothers Blood Drive

Join the Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative on Friday, January 27th 2012 from 10am – 2pm in Stotler Lounge,  as they push to save lives by increasing donations and lessening the wait patients in need may be facing.  This blood drive is open to all regardless of gender, race or ethnicity.

For more information click here.