Defiance College celebrates Black History Month

Written by: Ryan Imbrock, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

DEFIANCE, Ohio – Defiance College has several events planned to celebrate Black History Month. The College’s Black Action Student Association (BASA) played a significant role in bringing the following events to the campus community.

Saturday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. – BASA Presents Jocelin Williams Natural Hair Q&A Workshop — students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend a virtual session to discuss natural hair, natural hair care, and myths surrounding BIPOC hair. Students are welcome to ask any questions
regarding their hair and hair regimen. The event is virtual.

Tuesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. – BASA and the DC English Department Present a Poetry Café — students are invited to read their poetry, a work that is already published, or perform a musical/dance piece. Light refreshments will be provided, and prizes will be awarded at the end of the
night. This event is open to DC students, staff, and faculty.

Thursday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m. – BASA and DC’s Visiting Krieger Scholar Present “Slaves of the Saints” — The Krieger Visiting Scholar in Religious Studies, Dr. Kathryn Phillips, will be showing a documentary called “Slaves of the Saints” in Schomburg Auditorium. The film focuses on Afro-Brazilian
religious traditions. Afterward, BASA President Noelani Schmidt will be leading a discussion regarding the film. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. – BASA Presents TTA Healing Studio DMR Session — TTA Healing Studio’s Savannah Schmidt will lead a Divination, Movement, and Reiki session that allows participants to receive information and connect with their mind, body, and spirit. The session will run for90 minutes and consists of three parts: Oracle/Tarot Card divination, Guided Intuitive Movement, and a Reiki meditation. This event is virtual and free to all DC students, staff, and faculty.

Also featured on campus will be an art exhibit in the Women’s Commission Art Gallery titled “Please Don’t Touch My Hair” – a collective art exhibit celebrating the diverse and unique hair types and styles of the BIPOC and multiracial community. This exhibit will be on display from February 23 through March 18, with an opening reception held on February 28 at 3:00 p.m. “Please Don’t Touch My Hair” is curated by Professor Beverly Fanning with assistance from BASA. The exhibit is free, open to the public, and can be viewed from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

Chartered in 1850, Defiance College is an independent, liberal arts-based institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational
experience of service and engagement. The College is guided by the four pillars of its mission: To Know, To Understand, To Lead, and To Serve.

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