Throughout the month of February, UW campuses recognized the significant contributions African Americans make to our culture in honor of Black History Month. Here is a sampling of events:

  • UW-Superior: The Black Student Union at UW-Superior offered its popular Soul Food dinner and program in the Yellowjacket Union. Music, food, and fun brought the campus and greater Superior community together. New York poet Frankie Soto hosted the event and performed some spoken word poetry. Named the 2016 Multicultural Spoken Word Poet of the Year at the National Poetry Awards, Soto appears at college campuses throughout the country.
  • UW-Parkside: A Martin Luther King Jr. celebration took place in Bedford Concert Hall. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs joined with the UW-Parkside music department to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. The event featured the musical works of UW-Parkside student Max Feiler and alumnus Curtis Crump Jr. and an original poem by student Symone Leonard.
  • UW-Platteville: The Black Student Union at UW-Platteville hosted the 13th annual Ebony Weekend Conference. Created to celebrate generations in the Black community, the conference included workshops, entertainment, social interaction, inspiring lectures, and substantial dialogue. The theme for this year’s event was “Building a Culture and Shedding the Label.”

These are just a few of the many Black History Month celebrations held across the UW System last month.

Thank you to the students, staff, faculty, campus leaders, and community members who helped arrange the speakers and events.