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Black History Month – Eastern Michigan University

Thursday February 3

From Black Power to Black Lives Matter in Detroit

the Department of Africanology and American Studies is hosting a virtual discussion titled “From Black Power to Black Lives Matter in Detroit,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 3. The event features Pro-Tem Mayor Nicole Brown, Ypsilanti, Professor Charles Simmons, Hush House, Lloyd Simpson, Detroit Will Breathe, Reverend Jo Ann Watson, former Detroit City Councilman.


Saturday February 5

YpsiWrites writing workshop

Ypsiwrites will host a virtual poetry writing workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday February 5. We’ll explore how poetry can help writers of all skill levels and review personal experiences. Poet and part-time speaker David Boeving will lead this workshop. Sign up below. Attendees will receive a Zoom link a few days before the event.


Wednesday February 9

Noon – Live, in-depth conversations with EMU alumni featured on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter

Mark Perry is the President and CEO of Advantage Communications, has over 25 years of marketing and advertising experience. Perry has worked with a variety of organizations, from automakers and minority suppliers to nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies, including Chrysler and Ford Motor Company.

Perry holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Eastern Michigan University and enjoys volunteering with the Eastern Michigan Alumni Board, Horizons-Upward Bound Program to help young men to develop their reading skills and prepare them for university.

Thursday February 10

Conference – Talia Edgar

To rejoin Talia Edgar, EMU graduate and entrepreneurr, in an engaging talk focused on the importance of entrepreneurship in the black community on Thursday February 10.

Thursday February 15

Workshop of Dr. Rema Reynolds

To rejoin The EMU NAACP Chapter and Dr. Rema Reynolds in a workshop focusing on professional development and the acceptance of darkness in the workplace on Thursday February 15.

Wednesday February 16Black History 365 Logo

Noon – Live, in-depth conversations with EMU alumni featured on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter

Tony Carter
is a human resources professional with more than 25 years of experience in human resources and more than 13 years of experience in several units; Senior Director at Vir Biotechnology, Inc., leading the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy and supporting the organization as one of their dual human resources business partners.

Carter attended Eastern Michigan University and earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in human resources and a minor in communications in 2002. Toni was very active on her campus as she served as the chapter president of his sorority, Delta, Sigma Theta sorority incorporated, member of Phi Sigma Pi honors fraternity and chairman of the committee of the Black Student Union. After graduating from EMU, she served as the EMU Black Alumni Association Scholarship Chair and awarded over $20,000 in scholarships to undergraduate students with financial need in Eastern Michigan. In 2008, she graduated from Central Michigan University with a Master of Science in Human Resource Administration.

Wednesday February 16

Financial Wellness Workshop

Take your first step to financial independence with this workshop hosted by EMU CORE and EMU’s NABA Chapter on Wednesday February 16. EMU graduate Myles Campbell will discuss tips and tricks for financial well-being.

Thursday February 17

Cuppy’s Best Soulful Bistro will offer 150 students who register a free meal on Thursday February 17. It is on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday February 19

Virtual chat with Dr. Toni Pressley-Sanon

EMU Dr. Toni Pressley-Sanon will host a virtual discussion and writing session of 10am-11.30am Saturday February 19. The theme of the event is “It all seemed so far away then, or the future belongs to black women”.


tuesday february 22

EMU Color Kings will host a “Moments of Color” event on Tuesday February 22.

Wednesday February 23Black History 365 Logo

Noon – Live, in-depth conversations with EMU alumni featured on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter

Marnese Jackson is an environmental and climate justice activist, advocate, trainer and educator from Pontiac, Michigan. She is co-director of the Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition. They are educating Midwesterners to end new installations of fossil fuel equipment in residential and commercial buildings by 2030, and they are achieving zero emissions from these buildings by 2050.

Jackson received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Public Relations, Communications, Journalism, and African American Studies from Eastern Michigan University in 2006 and a Master of Arts from Marygrove College in Social Justice specializing in environmental, economic justice. and race in 2016.

Thursday February 24

Dr. Frank Reynolds, social activist and professor at New York University, will lead an informative and interactive discussion on Thursday February 24. Reynolds is reported as the first teacher in the nation to offer a #BlackLivesMatter course.