Black History Month is a time when communities across the nation come together to celebrate the achievements of and by Black Americans and recognize the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Black History Month started as “Negro History Week,” in 1926, conceived by Carter G. Woodson, an influential African American historian, educator, and scholar. In 1976, it became a month-long national observance. February was selected as the official month to include the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
This year our theme is “Divine Hands: An Exploration of Black Spirituality, Healing, and the Arts.” Join us in a contemplative exploration of the interplay between wellness and spirituality, embracing the expressive arts as a powerful conduit. During this month we will delve into various aspects of Black spirituality and the vibrant cultures of the African diaspora. invite reflection and engagement on themes around the intersection of wellness and spirituality, as well as the expressive arts. Together, let’s celebrate the fullness, creativity, and spirit of Black history and heritage.
Obi Mbu (The Primordial House) Keynote Film and Discussion
Featuring Mikael Owunna and Marquita Sams
Obi Mbu (The Primordial House) (2021) is a 30 minute experimental dance film that is centered in the Primordial House, located in the Sirius star system, from which creation emerges. Eke-Nnechukwu, the Igbo high god, and Chukwu, Her masculine counterpart, exist in perfect unity in and as the Blackness of space. Although They are dual aspects of the Primordial Androgynous deity, Chukwu sections off a part of space exclusively for Himself in the form of a sacred pillared chamber in the heart of the Primordial House.
Join the campus community centers for a captivating journey through African cosmology, symbols, healing practices, and artistic mediums. Meet our keynote speakers Mikael Owunna (Nigerian American multimedia artist, filmmaker, engineer) and Marquita Sams (choreographer, dancer, filmmaker, painter, social worker, and spiritual healer) as we spotlight their research and artistry for this year’s Black History Month celebration.