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Black Heritage Month 2024

Join the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center as they host various programs, events, and highlights throughout the month of February in celebration of Black Heritage Month.

In her 1984 speech, Black woman writer Audre Lorde stated, “Without community, there is no liberation.” In that pursuit & to that end, The Garvey is pleased to announce our Black Heritage Month 2024 slate and theme: Hair, Love & Soul! What better way to build community than through good vibes and great hair?! Barber shops, beauty salons and even beauty supply stores have always served as communal safe spaces where Black people could share and learn openly and candidly about important (& often controversial) topics, joke, laugh, get fresh and be their most authentic & unapologetic selves-- with a haircut & without! In the spirit of this tradition, with this Black Heritage Month, we want to open our doors to create & share the community that barbershops & beauty salons have always provided!

We invite you to explore the entire slate of programming, as well as follow our social media to learn more about how we plan to celebrate Black history, heritage and culture all month long! You will find in our slate of programming that some Garvey traditions remain current, including Chicken & Waffles and Garvey Table Talk, but you will also find some new & creative events on our slate, which we hope to add to our beloved Garvey traditions! 

To kick off a month of Hair Love & SOUL, we invite you to the Grand Opening of the David D. Powell Beauty Supply! This resource is available to all Black, African, & African American diasporic students, where you can check out various hair products & styling tools specifically for your hair type. All items are free to use & are available to all levels of students! We will also be hosting a barber, providing free cuts, during our open house, so RSVP for your cut! 

We can’t wait to celebrate Black Heritage Month and the boldness, beauty & brilliance of Blackness & we hope to see you there! tell a friend to tell a friend! - The Garvey 

Friday 2nd

David D. Powell Beauty Supply Grand Opening 

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center 

David D. Powel Beauty Supply Request Form

Haircut Barber Sign Up

Wednesday 7th

Black Faculty, Staff & Graduate Student Lunch 

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

RSVP to Black Faculty, Staff & Graduate Student Lunch

Wednesday 7th

Black Excellence in Entrepreneurship in collaboration with Alumni Relations 

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm at The Prosperity Room (Campus Commons) 

Black Alumni in Entrepreneurship Panel-Student Vendor Sign Up

Wednesday 14th

Love Your Hair Drop-In Event                                                                                                                          
10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center 

Saturday 17th

Black American West Museum Field Trip
11:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center 

RSVP to the Black Museum of the West

Wednesday 21st

Chicken and Waffles Drop-in Lunch 

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm at the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center 

Monday 26th

Garvey Table Talk in collaboration with Black Women of Today and Black Student Union 

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center 

We must also thank our campus partners who make this month possible, including the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Alumni Relations, Black Student Union, Black Women of Today, the Black American West Museum & the Powell & Rich Fredericks families!  

Stay up to date on all that's happening, and more, on the MGCC Instagram

*An important note we must include: we celebrate Black Heritage Month in a month with volatile & potentially dangerous weather conditions, so we will assess & update via all social media on the days of in-person events, to ensure safety of all attendees, participants & staff we are asking to work. As such, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled with little notice. We ask you show us grace, as we navigate this month of engagement. For accommodations or assistance or more information please call or email to Garvey at 970-351-2351 or MGCC@unco.edu.

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The Marcus Garvey Cultural Center has created an Oral Histories Project to collect narratives, images and stories of the Garvey, from those who experienced it firsthand over the last 40 years, including alumni, students, staff and faculty.   

Share your memories and meaningful experiences. Upload any media or artifacts – from photos and videos to articles or personal reflections – from your time at UNC. With your submissions and through audio and video interviews, we aim to curate student and alumni memories and document the impact The Garvey has had on the UNC community while preserving those memories for future generations.  

If you’d like to participate in the Oral Histories project, we invite you to complete the survey linked at the bottom of this page.

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