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 Eat in the Blue Devil Café and taste a featured lunch menu item every Wednesday in February.

Week 1
Tuesday, February 1
Black History 101 Mobile Museum
This is a unique collection of rare artifacts representing categories including (but not limited to) slavery, politics, Jim Crow, science, religion, education, music, sports, and civil rights.  Some of the highlights of the collection are documents signed by Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Mary Mcleod Bethune, W.E.B. Dubois, Paul Robeson, Rosa Parks, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington Carver, Lena Horne, Carter G. Woodson, Angela Davis, and many other historical icons.
12:30 p.m. Special Presentation by Dr. Khalid el-Hakim
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Dr. Khalid el-Hakim

Founded by Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum is an award winning collection of over 10,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture. Dr. el-Hakim has been called the  "Schomburg of the Hip-Hop generation" because of his passionate commitment to carry on the rich tradition of the Black Museum Movement. 

He has received national and international attention for his innovative work of exhibiting Black history outside of traditional museum spaces. Most recently Dr. el-Hakim was given the distinct honor of being named among the Change Makers for NBC Universal’s Erase the Hate campaign and was one of the 100 Men of Distinction for 2017 in Black Enterprise magazine.

As the nation's premiere Black history traveling exhibit, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum has exhibited in 40 states at over 500 institutions including: colleges/universities, K-12 schools, corporations, libraries, conferences, and cultural events making it the most sought-after exhibit of its kind in America. In 2013, he published The Center of the Movement: Collecting Hip Hop Memorabilia, a groundbreaking book on the material artifacts of hip-hop culture.

Dr. El-Hakim has also worked for over twenty years in the hip hop industry as a manager and/or booking agent for artists such as The Last Poets, Proof of D12, Jessica Care Moore, and Professor Griff of Public Enemy. Dr. el-Hakim taught middle school social studies in Detroit for 15 years and recently founded the Michigan Hip Hop Archive which opens on the campus of Western Michigan University in 2020.

Week 2
Tuesday, February 8
LTU, Meet the NPHC Greeks!
Have you always dreamt about joining a fraternity or sorority? Or wondered what's so different about a Black Greek life experience? Join representatives from "Divine Nine" member organizations during Greek Recruitment Week. This single night event is open to all of campus. You'll hear about their experiences within the organizations, the goals of their individual organizations, and community outreach. 
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Fair
7 p.m. - Panel discussion
RFoC (Cafe)

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Chi Amen-Ra and Mike Ellison

Week 4
Thursday, February 24
A live performance, discussion and multimedia event exploring the foundation that undergirds America’s past, present and future.  Award winning producer and multi-faceted artist, Mike Ellison, revisits themes and highlights of Brilliance & Resilience, the 2021 Black History Celebration series presented by Lawrence Technological University, as well as the award winning series “You're So Articulate.” With his signature “Edutainment” approach, Ellison will direct conversations through culture, community and creative arts designed to inform, inspire and unite inclusive audiences. Featuring Chi Amen-Ra, percussionist.
Mark your calendars for March 21st; a follow-up installment that will explore themes related to women's health for Women's History Month, with several direct ties to Metro Detroit.
12:30 p.m.


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Mike Ellison was born to African-American parents living and working in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, before the family relocated to Reston, Virginia where he was raised, Mike fully realized his calling as an Executive Artist in Detroit. Utilizing “edutainment” as a vehicle to promote progressive initiatives throughout the United States and his birth country-including orphan support programs and the construction of several healthcare clinics-he is noted for creating social impact productions that engage, inform and inspire communities. 

Mike has produced and headlined national community outreach tours in concert with the American Cancer Society and released independent music projects AfroFlow, AfroFlow II, and Flytanium. He earned a 2020 Emmy® as co-producer of “DETROIT: One Nation Under A Groove”, a commercial music video promoting Metro Detroit tourism. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Virginia and his father, the late journalist Bob Ellison, was the first African-American president of the White House Correspondents’ Association.

Since 2004, as a performer, fundraiser and volunteer, Ellison has helped raise awareness and money for health initiatives across Ethiopia, including African Prize for Leadership Honoree and celebrated humanitarian, Sister Tibebe Maco’s Hiwot Integrated Development Association (HIDA), formerly HIV/AIDS Prevention Care and Support Organization (HAPCSO); the construction of Harrar’s Fistula Clinic, spearheaded the Fistula Foundation and Tesfa Iniste, a volunteer group of Ethiopian women; and medical missions conducted by the Ethiopian North American Health Professionals Association (ENAHPA) and its construction of the Maternal Child Health Center in Awassa. In 2008, Ellison led the American Cancer Society’s first official delegation to Ethiopia in support of oncology at Addis Ababa’s Black Lion Hospital and Ethiopia’s Life’s Second Chance Foundation. Ellison’s work with the Sister Tibebe Maco’s orphan support programs and numerous Ethiopian and Eritrean Student Associations at colleges and universities continues today.

Executive Artist Mike Ellison recently portrayed Detective Sorenson on NBC’s CHICAGO FIRE (IMDB Michael D. Ellison),with additional film, theater and television credits that include “Batman vs. Superman: The Dawn of Justice,” “Into The Storm,” “The Ides of March,” “Love and Honor,” “Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations,” “Joy Road,” “Beyond The Mask,” “All’s Faire In Love,” “Ovid and The Art of Love,” “ADAM,” “Ghost of New Orleans” and “Standing in the Shadows of Motown.” He’s also appeared in the cable and network television shows HUNG (HBO), DEF POETRY (HBO), DETROIT 1-8-7 (ABC) the NFL Network’s THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL; and stage productions of A Soldier’s Play, Full Circle and Free Fall.

Additional works by ODEI Artist-in-Residence, Mike Ellison


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Chinelo ‘Chi’ Amen-Ra is a percussionist focusing on rhythms of the African Diaspora. He was born into the Ngoma Za Amen-Ra Dance Theatre of Detroit, which sparked a life interest in various drums. Chi began performing as a child and he assumed his first lead drummer roles in professional performances as a teenager. Through continuous study of this art form, he has been granted extensive performance opportunities, including Super Bowl XL, and with renowned artists from both America (opened for Talib Kweli) and Africa (Sulley Imoro). Chi holds a B.A. in African Studies (UM, Ann Arbor).

Friday, February 25
Hidden Figures, film
Join LTU DECA and BSU in screening this historical drama. Three brilliant African American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson -- serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. GoCanvas "Good to Go"  checks and face masks required.  For more information: bsultu3@gmail.com
6:30 p.m. - refreshments
7 p.m. - show time
Location: East Movie Lounge

Week 5
Monday, February 28 (POSTPONED)
4th Annual John G. Petty Sr. Community Champion Award  - 2022 Award Recipient Donna L. Bell, Ph.D.

Congratulations Donna Bell, for your continuous support of the African American community and beyond.

The student selection committee agrees that you truly reflect the essence of this award, through your passion and drive to grow professionally.  With your countless hours of volunteering through roles held at Ford Motor Company and your participation in Delta Sigma Theta sorority, we applaud your continuous efforts to help women and people of color find opportunities in STEM.

The award is named in honor of Mr. John G. Petty Sr., Lawrence Technological University’s first Black trustee, who served our community for over 20 years. The award was established in 2019 as a part of our University's programming for Black History Month. Our student selection committee desired an opportunity to honor an individual each year who's positively impacting the lives of African-Americans on campus and in our community. For more information on Mr. Petty, former award recipients, and the award visit: https://www.ltu.edu/dei/communitychampion.asp
Online nomination form - accepting nominations until January 30

Donna Bell

The 2022 student selection committee has named LTU trustee and Electrical Engineering alum, Dr. Donna Bell, as the newest recipient of the John G. Petty Sr. Community Champion Award.   Dr. Bell is Vice President of Brand Marketing at Ford Credit where she oversees all aspects of brand management and marketing for Ford Motor Credit Company.

Dr. Donna Bell is a role-model for the African American Community as a women of color in technology, she serves as a leader within the automotive industry.  Bell was appointed by Governor Whitmer to serve on the “Black Leadership Advisory Council,” housed within the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, as a Black technology leader. 

Bell has served on various panels to promote both women, and women of color, in technology. Donna is active within Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. which provides an extensive array of public service initiatives through its Five-Point Programmatic Thrust.  She has been involved in creating programs that educate and develop students in STEM; has held leadership positions in the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and Ford’s first employee resource group FAAN (Ford African Ancestry Network).  Currently Dr. Bell serves as VP of operations for FAAN. She has been involved in the following:  BEYA, COSI Color of Science, Hipcast and High-Tech Sunday.

Dr. Bell’s leadership and involvement in the community is extensive and involves creating programs that educate and develop students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In the 2019 Women of Color magazine this quote offered insight into Donna’s belief in community, Bell said:
“maintaining ties to the community is especially important both for the community and for oneself. Career progression will likely mean significant increases in income, power, and influence, which can also be used to benefit others as well as oneself”.


Other ways to celebrate this month:

City of Southfield Celebrates Black History - Join the City of Southfield all month at several scheduled activities with a kick-off event Feb. 5 at the Southfield Pavilion. Other events include: Walk Through History display (2/1 - 2/28), Conversations & Cocktails (2/12), The Black Godfather,film (2/18), Secret Society of Twisted Story Tellers (2/25)

City Institute
Taste the Diaspora Detroit - In celebration of the food, culture, and contributions of the African diaspora and focusing on Black health & wellness while supporting Black-owned businesses and food insecure residents of Detroit, this initiative in it's 2nd year is presented by City Institute. Use the link below to order your Taste the Diaspora "Health & Heal Shoebox Lunch" and participate in the Scavenger Hunt.

Public Tours - Join "live" or "stream" on your own time. their public tours give you a deeper understanding of Detroit's past and present. Many of their public tours can be customized to fit the needs of your private group. Interested? Reach out.

The Detroit News: Metro Detroit Black History Month exhibits, performances, lectures and more.