Marquette University to host slate of events celebrating Black History Month

Jan. 30, 2024

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University will host a wide-range schedule of events celebrating Black History Month and promoting self-care throughout the month of February.

Programming for Black History Month is coordinated through the Center for Engagement and Inclusion and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. A complete list of Black History Month events, conversations, wellness events and movie screenings is available online.

All events will be held within the Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., unless noted. Media interested in attending any campus Black History Month events should contact Kevin Conway, associate director of university communication, at

  • The Center for Engagement and Inclusion and the Black Faculty and Staff Employee Resource Group will co-host a Black at Marquette Kick Off Luncheon, on Thursday, Feb. 1, at noon.
  • In honor of Black Love Week, the Marquette Counseling Center will host an event titled “Soulful Serenity: Nurturing Black Self-Love Through Meditation,” on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m. Marie Humes, counselor and coordinator for Black/African American student support, will teach students how to quiet their inner critic, and embrace self-love and Black excellence through self-compassion, affirmations and meditation.
  • Voices Unheard: Understanding Black Culture's Relationship with Drug Use” will be a discussion focused on the impact of substance abuse on Black culture. The event will beheld Thursday, Feb. 22, at noon, and will also share strategies on how students can navigate their college years while staying true to their personal goals and values. This session will be led by Dominique Balderas, a licensed professional counselor and coordinator of AOD support services for the Marquette Counseling Center.
  • “The Black Boy Blooms” is a workshop, led by Kentrell Washington, advanced practice social worker and coordinator of services for underrepresented students in the Counseling Center. The event is for Black men to come and discuss what “Black Boy Joy” means for them. It will also engage the topic of “Black Boy Joy” as it intersects with mental health and Black masculinity. The event is Thursday, Feb. 29, at 5 p.m.
  • Derek Mosley, director of Marquette Law School’s Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education, will present “Things Your History Teacher Didn’t Teach You: Blacks in History,” on Thursday, Feb. 29, at 12:15 p.m., at Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan Ave. Mosley will discuss the many contributions of African Americans, conveying that Black history is indeed U.S. history. Registration is required and available online.

Other events include the annual Ebony Ball, hosted by the Black Student Council, on Saturday, Feb. 24, and a Black Joy exhibit from Monday, Feb. 26, to Thursday, March 1, designed to show the joy and compilation of Black culture at Marquette.

About Marquette University

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. Through the formation of hearts and minds, Marquette prepares our 11,100 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students to lead, excel and serve as agents of positive change. And, we deliver results. Ranked in the top 20% of national universities, Marquette is recognized for its undergraduate teaching, innovation and career preparation as the sixth-best university in the country for job placement. Our focus on student success and immersive, personalized learning experiences encourages students to think critically and engage with the world around them. When students graduate with a Marquette degree, they are truly prepared and called to Be The Difference.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or