Knox College Events Celebrate Black History Month

February 02, 2012

Black IceKnox College celebrates Black History Month 2012 with events both on and off-campus. Activities in Galesburg include entertainment featuring hip-hop poet Black Ice and performances by Knox College students and lectures by Owen Muelder, director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox College.

Black History Month events at Knox are sponsored by the student club ABLE -- Allied Blacks for Liberty and Equality.

Events at Knox and in Galesburg:

Saturday, February 18; 7 p.m.
Performance: Black Ice. Poet and hip-hop performer Black Ice was featured in Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, which won a 2003 Tony Award for Best Theatrical Event. He has appeared on BET, NBC, VH1 and HBO's Def Poetry Jam. Student performances begin at 7 p.m., followed by Black Ice at 8 p.m. Kresge Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts. Sponsored by ABLE. Free and open to the public.

Owen MuelderWednesday, February 22; 7 p.m.
Lecture: "Knox College, Abolitionism and The Underground Railroad," by Owen Muelder, director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox College and author of two books about the anti-slavery movement. ABLE Center for Black Culture, 168 W. Tompkins, Galesburg. Sponsored by ABLE. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.
Lecture: "Theodore Dwight Weld and the American Anti-Slavery Society," by Owen Muelder, director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox College and author of two books about the anti-slavery movement. Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons, Galesburg. Free and open to the public.

Black History Month Resources at Knox.edu
ABLE students 1972
History of ABLE [PDF] ~ Feature in the Knox alumni magazine on ABLE's 30th anniversary. [See a larger version of photo above with ID]
Barnabas Root ~ One of the first black college graduates in Illinois received a degree from Knox in 1870.
• "Blacks in Galesburg" ~ An on-line exhibit from Seymour Library.
Hiram Revels ~ The first African-American in the U.S. Senate attended the Knox Academy in 1856.
Hero Home from the War [PDF] ~ Historian Hermann Muelder describes how, after the Civil War, one of the soldiers in the historic all-black regiment, the 54th Massachusetts, battled discrimination in Galesburg.

 

Wednesday, February 29; 7 p.m.
Performance: "Night of Arts," music, skits and dances, performed by Knox students. Roger Taylor Student Lounge, Seymour Union. Sponsored by ABLE. Free and open to the public.

 

 


 

Invitation-only Events at Knox

Concert: Rachel Brown and Band ~ February 9, 7 p.m, with student band at 6:30. Taylor Lounge, Seymour Union. Sponsored by Union Board. 

Performance: Hypnotist Chris Jones ~ February 24, 8 p.m., Kresge Hall. Sponsored by Union Board. 

Invitation-only Events Off-Campus:

Friday, February 3
Lecture: "Owen Lovejoy: Congressman, Abolitionist, and Underground Railroad Operator," by Owen Muelder, director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox College. Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC. Sponsored by the United States Capitol Historical Society in conjunction with the Illinois State Historical Society and the DC Knox Club. Open by invitation; information available from the Knox College Alumni Office, 309-341-7238.


Saturday, February 4
Lecture: "Knox College, Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad," by Owen Muelder, director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox College. Pier 7 Restaurant, Washington, DC. Sponsored by the DC Knox Club. Open by invitation; information available from the Knox College Alumni Office, 309-341-7238.

Founded at Knox in 1968, ABLE promotes awareness in the Knox and Galesburg communities of issues that impact people of African descent. Its activities have included hosting the local Boys and Girls Club (below) in Knox's Seymour Library and helping them prepare Black History Month projects.

ABLE students in Seymour Library