Union Celebrates Black History Month

To the Incredible Union Institute & University Community,

Throughout the month of February, in recognition of the nationwide celebration of Black History Month, Union Institute & University is offering a broad range of activities showcasing African Americans, many of them Union alumni. We urge you to take advantage of some of the activities ,and learn more about their insights, experience, and impact.

While some events are based here in at our Cincinnati headquarters, others are vignettes/videos available online from wherever and whenever you care to view them.


Friday, February 8, 6-8 PM:

Freedom Talks Lecture Series – “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Enslaved; The Underground Railroad in American History and Culture”

Presenter: Dr. Prince Brown, Professor Emeritus, NKU.

Dr. Brown is co-author of “The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity in the United States,” and is currently collecting data to create a database of enslaved persons who ran away between 1640 and 1862.
This presentation is the first in a series of four events co-sponsored with  ASALH, the Association for the Study of African
American Life and History.
Friday, February 15, Time TBA:

Kathryne Gardette: A Presentation on Adinkra Symbols in Art

Artistic, logistic,and civic renaissance woman, Kathryne Gardette, creates designs that incorporate adinkras, the Ghanaian philosophical writing symbols representing the philosophy and vision of everyday life.

By fusing folk art traditions from Ghana and America, she creates a cultural expression that is uniquely African American.

Friday, February 22, Time TBA:

Concert and Discussion of Clarence Rufus J. Rivers

Union alumnus, Clarence Rufus J. Rivers, Ph.D. 1978, was the first African American priest in Cincinnati, and is considered the father of Black Catholic liturgy and the dean of Black liturgists, combining Catholic worship with traditional African-American music.

He wrote several books on music and spirituality. His music was used at the first official American mass in English after the Second Vatican Council in 1963.

Additionally, you can visit our social media platforms (@myunionedu) and YouTube channel to take advantage of our video series Perspectives: Black History and the Union Community. Featured in the series are:

Cecil Thomas
Union alumnus (BS, Criminal Justice Management)
Ohio State Senator, 9th District, former member of Cincinnati City Council, past executive director of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, 27-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department
Jill P. Meyer
President & Chief Executive Officer, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, with 4000 member businesses, with a commitment to model inclusion and regional thinking
Union alumnus (Ph.D., concentration in Peace Studies)
Director Emeritus , Peace and Justice Programs
Xavier University
Chaplain , Christian Life Communities in Cincinnati,
Coordinator of Greater Cincinnati Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions, promoting peaceful and democratic solutions to world issues
Union Institute & University Trustee
Chief Marketing Officer , Champion Petfoods
Trustee/Advisory Council member for Women Helping Women, Hoxworth Blood Center, Mason City School District
Alumnus, BS in Organizational Leadership
Senior Director, Member Relations
Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber
Chief Executive Officer , Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber
Former Ohio State Senator , 9th District, Minority Leader
Founder and owner of Sesh Communications

Showcasing the talent and vision of so many people, many of whom are Union alumni, is part of Union’s legacy of transforming lives and communities. We encourage your engagement and your feedback. Get involved and be sure to visit our Facebook page and let us know how you are enjoying the events and offerings.

With warm regards,

Karen Schuster Webb, Ph.D.

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