Black History Month Campus Celebration

Black History Month is a time to appreciate and celebrate the impact of African-American history on our campus, community, and society. Through stories from the past, we can better examine our present—and chart a course toward the future.

Campus perspectives

Hear from the Mission Chairs

How does the importance of Black History Month connect to the St. Kate's mission? Listen to the perspectives of Sharon M. Howell, CSJ, Sharon Doherty, PhD, and Amy K. Hamlin, PhD, our University mission chairs:

Click on a Mission Chair to read their statement, spoken in the audio clip above.

Voices of St. Kate's

Curriculum Highlights

ENGL 2994: Minnesota Women Writers of Color (Spring 2019)
This Topics class taught by Dr. Taiyon Coleman will critically explore the literature, criticism, theory, contexts and intersections of race, gender, nationality, place, and other historical, social, economic, political and cumulative identity positions and experiences as conveyed and read within the literature texts and their mutable perspectives as written by women writers of color who reside and/or have resided in the state of Minnesota.

CRST 2050: Foundations of Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity (Spring 2019)
This new course serves as an introduction to the complexity of diverse racial/ethnic groups in the U.S., issues of racial formation, white privilege, individual and institutional discrimination, multiple differences and intersecting oppressions, racial/ethnic identity and collective resistance, as well as the global dimensions of race/ethnicity. Contact Professor Daniel Williams ( with any questions.

Immigrants and refugees: Borders, policy and community
This exciting major offers students a strong, multi-disciplinary foundation for understanding immigration as a social, political, cultural, and economic phenomenon and has three themes, each with a different focus: Race, Class, and Gender; Policy and Government; History, Narratives, and Identities. Contact Professor Daniel Williams ( with any questions.

MUS 1050 Music in the Twin Cities
In the course Music in the Twin Cities, students explore local legend Prince - and tour Paisley Park to get a glimpse of the rehearsal and recording spaces that served as home to so much of his music making. The class also examines the fertile ground from which Prince developed his artistry: the rich history of music-making in African American communities in the metro area. Contact Professor Allison Adrian ( with any questions.

In the community

We invite you to celebrate Black History Month with us at these on- and off-campus events.

January 31–March 1–We Are All Criminals
One in four people in the U.S. has a criminal record. Four in four have a criminal history. We Are All Criminals catalyzes conversations about crime, privilege, punishment, and second chances. The exhibit shares a variety of stories:

  • Of people who ‘got away with it,’ as they reflect on how life would have been different if they were caught, and examine race and class privilege;
  • Of people with criminal records, with a focus on the person;
  • Of the ripple effect a criminal record has on children, siblings, and extended family members.

Visit the exhibition in St. Catherine University Libraries and Archives or attend the various talks and events throughout the month.

February 2—Her Voice Productions–Be The Change
Be The Change features music to inspire our members and audience to take action in ways meaningful to their lives, and “be the change they wish to see in the world.” We will focus on points of connection, shared convictions, and hope for agreement among diverse communities.

February 2—Race & Rights in Antebellum America
Dr. Martha S. Jones, author of Birthright Citizens: Race and Rights in Antebellum America, will be discussing the influence of the 14th Amendment on birthright citizenship for African Americans.

February 7—Black KkKlansman Movie Showing
SEEK presents a 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. movie showing in the Jeanne D'Arc Auditorium. Based on real events, "Black KkKlansman" is the story of an African-American police officer who successfully manages to infiltrate a Ku Klux Klan branch in Colorado Springs.

February 17—Join Campus Ministry

The gospel ensemble from St. Peter Claver is coming to celebrate with us at our 10:30 a.m. mass. The St. Peter Claver Gospel Ensemble has been providing spiritual and glorious music to the liturgy for over 35 years. The ensemble takes pride in providing a spirited worship drawing from the Roman Catholic tradition and their African-American heritage.

February 20—Time for Ilhan Documentary Showing
This documentary about Ilhan Omar's "Journey of Leadership & Power of Persistence" premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. It will be shown in the Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

February 20—Diesel Heart Book Launch with Melvin Carter Jr.
Join a conversation with Melvin Whitfield Carter Jr. to discuss his new book launch about standing up against adversity while growing up in a racially divided city based on cultural misunderstandings.

February 23—Race Workshop
Join Penumbra's facilitators and artists in a performance about race and identity in the U.S.

February 24—“Practicing Community: Octavia E. Butler's Continuing Legacy" Book Discussion
This community discussion of Butler's novel Parable of the Sower, guided by St. Kate's student leaders, welcomes St. Catherine's family and friends into a conversation about empathy and adaptability as tools for community-building. Dr. Tarshia Stanley, Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences and Founding President of the Octavia E. Butler Society will moderate.

This event will be held from 3-5 p.m. in the Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. ASL Interpretation provided.

Throughout FebruaryAfroFuturism Book Display in the Library
Celebrate Black History Month by reading one of the books from the library's AfroFuturism Display or check out the reading list on Pinterest.

Throughout FebruaryHennepin County Gallery Digital Collections
Explore a digital collection of over 800 images of African American communities in the Twin Cities area during the 1940s.

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Are you participating in other Black History Month events around campus or in the community that you would like us to share? Email us at with subject line, "Black History Month submission."

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