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.

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 Family Affair & Reunion

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.

Juneteenth, a holiday first commemorated in Texas, marks the date in 1865 when slaves were read federal orders freeing them under the terms of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.

Learn more about Juneteenth

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.

2021 MLK Celebration Watch the 2019 MLK Celebration

PreKwanzaa Celebration

PreKwanzaa 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 to celebrate the event created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966. There are cultural foods, vendors 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.

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