Black History Month celebration kicks off on Feb. 3

Join us as we recognize and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans with many educational and social events open to the community during Black History Month this February. 

Coordinated by the college’s Black Heritage Council, the Black History Month celebration, titled “Celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the Civil Rights Act,” aspires to educate and motivate students and onlookers to strive for success with a monthlong of events that address topics important to the black community.  


Monday, Feb. 3, Noon-1 p.m., B-130
The Triton College Black History Month Kickoff Celebration jump starts the college’s monthlong celebration of diversity and recognition of the achievements of African-Americans. The kickoff is for the entire Triton community, as well as community residents, to hear reflections from Triton’s students and staff as well as remarks by Triton College President Dr. Patricia Granados. Dr. Carol Adams, president and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African-American History, is the keynote speaker. The event will also have live music, soul food refreshments and the opportunity for attendees to register to vote.
For more information, contact Richard Brown at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 4112, or email


Thursday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Center Cafeteria
The Black Heritage Council will host a health and wellness fair to bring awareness to certain health conditions that plague the African-American community, including high blood pressure and diabetes. The fair, in conjunction with Health Services, will provide health screenings, such as blood pressure checks and physical assessments, as well as activities and demonstrations to encourage healthy living. Free and confidential HIV testing (no ID required) will be offered by Vida/SIDA Clinic of Chicago in observance of the 15th Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and attendees will also have the opportunity to register to vote.
For more information, contact Freida Iverson at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3322.


Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room B-210
Local artist Bernie Staggers will present an art exhibit on urban design that will include murals and portraits, along with work by Kenneth L. Ray, who developed and implemented a cultural arts program that enabled youth to develop their creativity.
For more information, contact Debra Carpenter at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3917.


Tuesday, Feb. 11, 12:30-2 p.m., Room B-210
The Black Heritage Council pays tribute to Black-American performing artists with a live performance by accomplished actor Phillip Edward Van Lear, who has performed in regional theater productions and has appeared in movies (“Barbershop 2: Back in Business” and “Meet the Browns”). He has also held reoccurring roles on such television shows as “Prison Break” and “The Chicago Code.” Following his performance, Van Lear will lead a discussion on Black-Americans in film since the Civil Rights Act, reflecting on his own experiences as an actor.
For more information, contact Brenda Patton Ismail at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3818.


Tuesday, Feb. 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room A-321 (Library)
All students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the 24th Annual National African-American Read-In by reading aloud an excerpt from an African-American author of their choice. Participants are welcome to bring their own book or read from books provided by the Library. The African-American Read-In is sponsored annually by the Black Caucus of NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) and endorsed by the International Reading Association.
For more information, visit, or contact Lucy Smith at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3591.


Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 17 and 19, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Room B-130
A movie marathon of films reflecting African-American life will be shown throughout the day on Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 17 and 19 by Triton’s Program Board. The movie marathon is free and open to everyone.

  • Monday, Feb. 17
    • 11 a.m. – HIGHER LEARNING (1995)
    • 1 p.m. – CADILLAC RECORDS (2008)
    • 3 p.m. – GOOD HAIR (2009)
    • 5 p.m. – THE HELP (2011)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19
    • 11 a.m. – DO THE RIGHT THING (1989)
    • 1 p.m. – LOVE & BASKETBALL (2000)
    • 3 p.m. – AKEELAH AND THE BEE (2006)
    • 5 p.m. – THE GREAT DEBATERS (2007)
For more information, contact the Program Board at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3572.


Tuesday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Room B-130
An exhibit recognizing inventions by African-Americans will be on display in the Student Center.
For more information, contact the Program Board at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3572.


Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Room B-130
An exhibit recognizing notable African-Americans from Chicago will be on display in the Student Center.
For more information, contact the Program Board at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3572.


Saturday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.-Midnight, Student Center Cafeteria
Step the night away with Black Heritage Council’s Eighth Annual Stepper’s Set. The Chicago-style dance event will have a DJ and a soul food buffet. Admission is $10 in advance for purchase in the Office of Student Life, Room B-120, and $15 at the door. Proceeds from the event will go toward developing cultural programming on Triton’s campus and the Dr. Leslie Roberts Memorial Scholarship.
For more information, contact Freida Iverson at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3322.


Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30-8 p.m., Room B-130
Join the Black Heritage Council as they close out Black History Month, with keynote speaker Dr. Kennedi Strickland-Dixon, director of Special Education and Student Services for Bellwood School District 88. This is a zero-waste event.
For more information, contact Sandra Berryhill at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3369.

Admission to all events is free, unless otherwise stated.

Click here for a printable schedule of events.