Black History Month

Black Arts: Multiple Mediums, One Story

Art is a powerful tool of expression and a universal language that brings people together. Historically in the African tradition, art has been used to communicate and cultivate cultural connections across the diaspora.

Generations have chosen art to tell their collective story and as a means for self-determination. Black Arts encompasses works of various media, including visual arts, literature, graphic arts, architecture, sculpture, and more.

This month’s theme, Black Arts: Multiple Mediums, One Story, advocates for celebrating the art that Black people have created throughout the years. Whether it’s through performing arts, painting, or quilting — it’s all about bringing together and appreciating the creativity across the African diaspora.

Special thanks to the 2023 Black History Month Planning Committee and the Black Cultural Center for leading the month’s celebration.


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Get To Know The Designer: Mamaa Yorke

Mama Yorke HeadshotMamaa Yorke is a junior majoring in Information Science and Communication Arts on the Communication Science & Rhetorical Studies track. She is also pursuing certificates in French and Digital Studies. Currently, she works as a Marketing Specialist for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and is the Graphic Design and Social Media Correspondent for the Black Voice. For fun, Mamaa enjoys reading or watching a good rom-com, and can be found doing either in the BCC in her free time.

Mamaa Yorke designed the 2023 Black History Month poster and graphics

Q&A with Mamaa Yorke

Black History Month Planning Committee

Brooke Messaye, Co-chair
Jada Young, Co-chair
Lauren Adams, Advisor

Committee Members
Alexis Hill
Axel Armstrong
Bishara Hassan
DeOnna Garrison
Elijah Warren
J’Khayla Johnson
Jas Jones
Jasmine Robinson
Kennedy Egerson
Leroy Hope
Lisa Amanor
Serenity Givens
Tchoumba Paasawe
Yolonda Pernell

Special thanks to
Aramide Adegoke, Publicity Manager
Daijah Lloyd, Secretary
Mamaa Yorke, Graphic Designer

Keynote Poste: A Conversation with Tyler James Williams. February 21, 2023 at Union South
A Conversation with Tyler James Williams
2023 Golden Globe Winner, Abbott Elementary
Rescheduled: Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 78:30 p.m. – Link

Miss Ross Live! A Conversation with Angelica Ross - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, Shannon Hall, Memorial Union. 6:30p.m.
Miss Ross LIVE! A Conversation with Angelica Ross
CEO of TransTech, Actress, & Advocate
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Shannon Hall, Memorial Union
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