SXU celebrates Black History Month

Saint Xavier University will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events throughout February.

SXU’s Black History Month celebration is sponsored by the Department of Campus Life, the Black Student Union, The Alliance, the Student Activities Board and the Student Government Association. For information, please contact the Department of Campus Life at (773) 341-5060 or


Black History Month: Opening Lecture

7 to 8:30 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 31, Butler Reception Room

Join us as we kick off Black History Month with a presentation by Department of Communication Professor Renee Robinson, Ph.D.


Kickin’ It Old School Party

8 p.m. to midnight, Fri., Feb. 1, Andrew Conference Center

Join the Black Student Union for its third annual Kickin’ It Old School Party! Students will experience music from the ’80s to today! Come out for a fun, diverse, and lively evening.


Black Male Dialogue Group

5 p.m., Mon., Feb. 4, Student Lounge

Join other SXU students in a discussion surrounding the intersections of black culture and masculinities. The talk will be facilitated by SXU staff and students who attended the recent Men of Color Conference at Loyola University.


Sunday Student Mass and Social

8 p.m., Sun., Feb. 10, McDonough Chapel of the Mother of Mercy

The Mass celebrates the call of Father Augustus Tolton, the first black Catholic priest in the United States, from his parish in Chicago to the view of opening the cause for his sainthood.


Film: “All God’s Children”

6 p.m., Mon., Feb. 11, Fourth Floor Board Room

Join The Alliance for a viewing and discussion of the short documentary film “All God’s Children,” which presents a political, social and religious analysis of sexual orientation within the context of the traditional African-American values of freedom, inclusion, and the Christian ethic. Refreshments will be served.


Speaker: Food Deserts, Health and Race

5 to 6 p.m., Wed., Feb. 13, Warde Academic Center Room S113

Daniel Block, Ph.D., a faculty member at Chicago State University and head of the Chicago South Side Urban Agriculture Initiative, will talk about the health implications as they exist historically and today in the Chicagoland area. His presentation will address the impact on Chicago’s African-American community.


Black Women’s Dialogue Group

5 p.m., Wed., Feb. 20, Student Lounge

Join other SXU students in a discussion surrounding the intersections of black culture and gender norms. The talk will be facilitated by SXU staff and students.


Sing It, Speak It

6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 20, Regina Hall ResCenter

The Student Activities Board will host an event that highlights influential musicians, poets, and writers who reflect and explore Black History. Refreshments will be served and dialogue is encouraged.


Film: “School Daze”

6 to 8:30 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 21, Student Lounge

Join the Black Student Union as it presents “School Daze,” directed by Spike Lee. The film tells the story of racism and clashes between students at a historically black college.


Closing: A Comfortable Cup of Tea

12:30 to 2 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 28, Butler Reception Room

In the tradition of Catherine McAuley, we invite students, faculty, and staff to join together with Sisters of Mercy to build community through an experience of hospitality in the Mercy tradition of a “comfortable cup of tea” in the closing event of Black History Month.