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Campus Celebrates Black History Month

Black Student Organization President Diane Franklin eulogizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1968

A century ago in 1914, Simmons College awarded a Bachelor's of Science in Business to its first black student, Lydia Brown. As we contemplate this important anniversary, we recognize the efforts of our community who have striven in the past 100 years to make Simmons a truly diverse and inclusive campus. Let's take a quick look back at some of the milestones in Simmons's history:

  • In the early 1960s, the number of black women choosing Simmons increased. During the decade that saw the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, the college graduated more than 30 black students.
  • In 1967, a group of motivated students founded the Black Students Organization (BSO), which still meets today. This organization became and remains one of the most active student groups on campus, bringing civil rights projects in Boston and other campuses closer to Simmons by focusing on volunteer community aid work and bringing speakers to campus to address subjects such as black rights and urban affairs.
  • The 1980s and 1990s saw the participation of African Americans as Trustees, Corporate members, honorary degree recipients, commencement speakers, staff members, and faculty.

Join us in honoring Black History Month by attending the wide range of events that embrace the theme "Our Roots, Our Voices, Our Stories."

Simmons students should attend this years Black History Month events for a number of reasons. The BSO's goal and theme all year has been to promote unity amongst the Simmons community and beyond. This years events tackle issues, tell powerful stories, and are meant to connect people. We hope you will all join us! -- Chelsea Keyes, BSO President

Monday, Feb. 3, from 11 am to 1 pm
Fens Lobby

Annual Cake Cutting
Join us for a slice of cake as we launch the Simmons College Celebration of Black History Month!

Friday, Feb. 7, from 4 pm to 6 pm
C-101 lecture hall, Main College Building

Mia McKenzie
BSO, SWAG, and the Like Minds Coalition are thrilled to bring to campus the writer, activist, and creator of "Black Girl Dangerous."

Friday, Feb. 7, all day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
NBHAAD is an HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative for Blacks in the United States and across the Diaspora. NBHAAD focuses on four points: Get Educated, Get Tested, Get Involved, and Get Treated. Help raise awareness by wearing a red ribbon.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 6 pm to 8 pm
C-103 lecture hall, Main College Building

The Butler
BSO and Simmons Cinematic Society offer a viewing of this Lee Daniel's film.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
M-105, School of Management

Faculty/Staff Showcase & Discussion
Come join the conversation on a topic of interest to our community.

Friday, Feb. 14, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
M-513, School of Management

Join the Council of Black Administrators, Faculty, and Staff and the Black Student Organization for a meet and greet.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Special Functions Room

Faculty/Staff Showcase & Discussion
Come join the conversation on a topic of interest to our community.

Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5 pm to 7 pm
Linda K. Paresky

Black History Month Keynote
Janet Mock, writer, advocate, speaker and author of "Redefining Realness" will discuss her journey to womanhood and experience of living at the intersection of identities. Please note: seating is limited. Free tickets are available to students, faculty, and staff in W-002 (Student Leadership & Activities). Alums and the greater Boston community may reserve FREE tickets by calling Valerie Filiberto at 617-521-2116.

Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 5 pm to 7 pm
Bartol Hall

Black History Month Dinner
Join the BSO for our Black History Month community dinner.

Friday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Linda K. Paresky

The Strivers Row Poetry Showcase
BSO and CAB collaboration.


Posted by Mary Delaney

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