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Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center

Black History Month 2021

The Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center is committed to recognizing the histories, cultures, experiences, and contributions of diverse populations. Through cultural heritage month programming, MEC supports the University of Dayton’s academic mission by providing educational opportunities that assist students in exploring new experiences while also enhancing their understanding of their cultural identity. In collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and the Dayton community, MEC seeks to provide thought-provoking co-curricular programming that supports the personal development of all students, while also influencing the campus climate.

Please join The University of Dayton and The Multi-Ethnic education and engagement center in recognizing Black History Month.

Educate, Empower, Engage 


Friday, February 12 at 4:30PM

Black Love Movie Night

VWK Main Lounge (Please RSVP on 1850)

Screening 'The Photograph' with discussion on portrayals and depictions of Black love in the media historically and present day



Wednesday, February 17 at 1:00PM

Black Body, White Gaze

Zoom Link (Password: MEC Lounge)

Join for a facilitated conversation led by Veronica Halfacre on historical portrayals of black people in the media and the importance of celebrating the beauty of the black community.

Sponsored by the Women's Center



Maafa at UD

The Inaugural Maafa Commemoration was held on the campus of the University of Dayton in February of 2019.  

Annually, students and community members are invited to journey through the MAAFA by engaging with cultural artifacts and stories. The Commemoration will also highlight a ceremony of reflection and healing, which will include musical performances, spoken word, communion and a ritual of libations.


2021 Virtual Events

Sunday, February 21, 2021 
Maafa Worship at 4:00 pm

Join us for a Sunday service dedicated to the remembrance of the Maafa. Join us for music, fellowship, and a sacred time of remembrance and celebration. 


Monday, February 22, 2021 at 6:00 pm 
What is the Maafa? A Dialogue on the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its continued impact on the Black Community. 

Join us for an introductory conversation on what the Maafa is and its importance to the African diaspora. We will also focus on the lasting impacts of American Chattel slavery during this conversation, emphasizing the local Dayton community. PATH eligible.


Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Abayomi Doll Workshop | 6:00 pm

As part of the Maafa Commemoration Series, join the Multicultural Programming Council in learning about Abayomi Dolls and even create one yourself! The Abayomi doll is a symbol of resistance with the word 'Abayomi,' a term meaning 'precious meeting' in Yoruba. 

Abayomi Doll-Making kits are available for pick-up from the Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center, Monday, February 22 - Tuesday, February 23. For more information, please contact Sam Ortiz at


Thursday, February 25, 2021 
Virtual Commemoration | 6:00 pm

The 2021 Maafa Commemoration Series will conclude with a virtual, dramatized event, including various artistic performances and rituals. This year's theme, "Home," ventures to highlight and bring to life the stories of enslaved Africans during the middle passage while also highlighting the experiences of chattel slavery in the Dayton, Ohio, region. As a highlight to this year's commemoration, we will explore Margaret Garner's life, an enslaved woman whose family escaped from a Kentucky plantation to Cincinnati, OH. 

Join us for powerful virtual performances from students, local and national artists, and more. 


Maafa Virtual Lounge: Holding Space for Community  at 7:30 pm

Join Dayton Poet and Creative Arts Producer, Sierra Leone in our Maafa Virtual Lounge for a time of creative expression focused on joy and healing through story-telling, writing, and art.

Black History Month Research Guide
The Roesch Library and The Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center invite you to learn more about Black History Month itself as well as stories, contributions, triumphs and struggles of Black Americans. This Research Guide offers a wide variety of topics from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter; from LGBTQ+ stories to Black artists and authors. The wonderful collection of information is available through several mediums including streaming video, books, and articles. You can find the guide by following this link.
University Libraries Black History Month Blog
We invite you to check out the University Libraries Black History Month Blog here for deeper engagement and PATH eligible opportunities.

For more information about Black History Month events please call the Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center at 937-229-3634.




Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center

Alumni Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0318