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Norfolk State University Celebrates Black History Month

by Stan Donaldson -

(NSU NEWSROOM—Feb. 1, 2018) – In recognition of Black History Month, Norfolk State University will honor the transformational achievements and accomplishments of African-Americans through special panel discussions, art exhibitions, lectures and performances.

The university will host more than 40 events throughout the month, many free and open to the public, which will explore topics such as the role of African-American women in the #MeToo and #MuteRKelly movements, African and African-American migration in the United States and the impact of racism in the 21st century. In addition to special lectures and panel discussions, the NSU Theatre Company will perform in two theatre productions in February.

Norfolk State University Celebrates Black History Month 2019

This year, NSU continues its longstanding tradition of providing high quality, educational, informative and empowering programming for our students and the Hampton Roads community at large,” said NSU professor Dr. Khadijah Miller, who chairs the NSU Black History Month Committee.

The university’s complete Black History Month listings can be found at The university will also hold several “signature events” on campus. The listings are included below. If your media organization plans to attend an event, contact the NSU Office of Communications and Marketing at 757-823-8373. For general information about NSU Black History Month programming, contact Miller at; 757-823-8198.The events held at the university are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

Norfolk State University 2019 Black History Month Signature Events

February 4

Student Activities & Leadership: A candid conversation on the significance of Black Girls Lives featuring Oronike Odeleye, co-founder of the #muteRKelly social media movement.
7 p.m., NSU Student Center 149

February 11

Black Hair! A presentation and talk by Gwen Jimere, founder of Naturalicious, a black hair care product line.  6 p.m., NSU Student Center


February 12

Black Migrations and Spirituality/Religion featuring a talk on “Yoruba Legacies—A Spiritual Diaspora” with NSU Professors Dr. Geoffroy de Laforcade, Mickey Fuller and Nikki Finney.
6 p.m., NSU Student Center  


February 13

Our Helping Response to African and African American Migration,” featuring Dr. Keneshia Grant, Howard University Assistant Professor of Political Science.
5 p.m., NSU Student Center 138 C  


February 25

How did we get here? The Rise of Racism in a Politically (PC) Correct Culture featuring NSU professors and students.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brown Memorial Hall Amphitheatre


February 28

Black Migrations lecture featuring Attorney Yodit Tewolde.
12:30 p.m., NSU Student Center

Black Migrations: Food tasting and book signing featuring Chef Jessica Harris.
5 p.m., James Wise Gallery, E.L. Hamm Fine Arts Building  

For full calendar of events, visit