HBCC events

Hale Black Cultural Center events

The Frank W. Hale Jr., Black Cultural Center provides cultural, social, and educational programs and events for the entire university and Columbus community and hosts many student, university, and community events.

Afrikan American Farewell Celebration

At the end of each academic year, the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, Office of Student Life, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Ohio State Alumni Association, and the Multicultural Center sponsor this event to acknowledge students who have matriculated from The Ohio State University, celebrating the many achievements of African American students.

For any questions about the event please send emails to aafc@osu.edu.

Family Affair and Reunion

A joint venture between the Student Life Multicultural Center and the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, a Family Affair & Reunion is an event that enables academic departments and Student Life units to highlight their services, support, and program offerings to students. Faculty and staff who identify with the African American community as members and allies will also be able to connect with students who need to know that there is support within university units to make sure they successfully complete their degree at Ohio State in a safe and inclusive environment.

Learn more about the 2019 Family Affair & Reunion

MLK Celebration

A highlight of Black History Month for the entire Ohio State community is the annual MLK Celebration. Held in late January near the birthday of the late Martin Luther King Jr., the tribute to the civil rights icon includes remarks from a special guest lecturer, scholarship presentations as well as a stirring musical performance from the African American Voice Gospel Choir. This celebration of Dr. King's life serves as a time for reflection and a renewed call to action for students, staff faculty and community members.

Watch the 2019 MLK Celebration featuring Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

PreKwanzaa Celebration

PreKwanzaa, a tradition that began 32 years ago at The Ohio State University, was initiated by Dr. Richard Moriba Kelsey and the Ohio State Black Graduate and Professional Student Caucus. The event was supported by members of Black Studies (African American and African Studies), Nigerian Education, the then Office of Minority Affairs (now the Office of Diversity and Inclusion) and the community as they came together collectively to celebrate the Pan African event created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966. Due to the fact that most students would not be on campus during the regular celebration on December 26th through January 1st, PreKwanzaa became an opportunity to celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba) on an annual basis through drumming , dance, song, and lecture. There are cultural foods, vendors, and announcements at each year's celebration, typically held on the evening of the last day of fall classes.

Click here for the official preKwanzaa site

Thanksgiving Dinner

The Ohio State University's Thanksgiving Dinner began 26 years ago as a gathering of 25 students in the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center. It was initiated by two graduate students (Bill Batson and Lori Waite) who did not have a place to go for the traditional Thanksgiving meal. They invited six of their friends and were prepared to have a potluck Thanksgiving meal. A few days prior to the meal, the director of the Center (Larry Williamson, Jr.) felt that other students were in the same predicament and had Bill Batson make fliers to place in the south campus dorms. As a result of the students' efforts and years later, with the support of International Affairs and specifically, Kevin Harty, associate director of International Education the dinner blossomed into one of the largest free Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving Day at a college or university.

Learn more about the 2019 Thanksgiving Dinner

United Black World Month

Each February, the Hale Center collaborates with the Student Life Multicultural Center and other departmental office and student organizations to celebrate the diasporic experience through United Black World Month, also known as Black History Month.

Multicultural Center United Black World Month web page