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Black History Month

black history month kick-off: the Crown Act: Outlawing Race-Based Hair Discrimination

Adjoa Asamoah, multiple award-winning social impact strategist and leading authority on racial equity

Hair discrimination is a prevalent form of racial discrimination. Many “race neutral” grooming and dress code policies in the workplace and schools perpetuate racial inequity. There have been countless cases where Black people (students and employees alike) have been discriminated against for wearing natural hair and or protective styles, including but not limited to braids, locs, twists, Bantu knots, afros, etc.! 
Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair (CROWN) Act is the “legislative fix” to the longstanding problematic practice of race-based hair discrimination. 
On our campus, we are committed to advancing equity and creating an inclusive environment. This special session will highlight one of the many ways we’re doing just that.

Date: Thursday, January 27
Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m. CST
Location: Connect to The Crown Act on ZOOM

Musical Entertainment by Edward Archibald

Spoken Word by Withlove Felicia

When We Free the World: Making the Case for Love, Real Diversity & Inclusion, and A New Kind of Leadership

Kevin Powell, poet, journalist, author

Kevin Powell is one of the most celebrated political, cultural, literary, and hip-hop voices in America today. The Jersey City product of a single mother, absent father, horrific poverty, and violence, he was able to study at Rutgers University in his home state of New Jersey due to the Educational Opportunity Fund, a program created during the Civil Rights Movement to benefit poor youth. 
Says Kevin, “Just to be able to get to college, to be exposed to a new world, a new way, changed my life forever, and I am forever grateful for the chance.” Kevin has authored 14 books, including When We Free The World, his new short essay collection about freedom, justice, and equality in America; and his critically acclaimed autobiography, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood, which is being adapted for the screen. One of his upcoming books will be a biography of Tupac Shakur, who Kevin interviewed several times while a senior writer for Vibe.


Date: Tuesday, February 1
Time: 6:30 p.m. CST
Location: Connect to When We Free the World on Zoom

Performance: UNBOUGHT 

Chamber Music Theatre by the Core Ensemble

“Unbought” presents the dramatic stories of three African American women: journalist and women’s suffrage activist Ida B. Wells, Thomas Jefferson’s slave and concubine Sally Hemings and Shirley Chisolm, the first African American in the U.S. Congress and the first African American woman to run for President. The music is drawn from classical, jazz, and popular works by African American women composers. The title of the show comes from Shirley Chisholm’s memoir, “Unbought and Unbossed”.
Date: Tuesday, February 8
Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m. CST
Location: Connect to Unbought on Zoom


Moderated by Karen Johns, Adjunct Professor, University of Nebraska Omaha, Retired, Omaha Public Schools

A host of local and Native Omaha African American authors share their literary works and participate in a discussion about their books and experiences as writers. Authors include Paul Bryant, Charlotte Duncan-Wagner, Todd Hunter, Ronnette Smith & DM Whitaker.
Date: Thursday, February 17
Time: 6:30-8 p.m. CST
Location: Connect to VIRTUAL Book Fair on Zoom

Participation for all programs is free and open to the public.
Contact or 531-622-2253 for more information.

ACCOMMODATIONS:  Audience members requiring accommodations due to a disability must contact Barbara Velazquez,, 531-622-2253 at least two weeks prior to the program.

Additional International/Intercultural Education virtual programming can be found on YouTube.