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February is Black History Month

This month allows us to shine a spotlight on the many contributions, successes and challenges of African Americans at Clemson.

In concert with Student-Athlete Development, this year’s theme is “Legacy.”

Clemson University Initiatives

Clemson University has a series of programming opportunities – tours, conversations, webinars and more – to be aware of through the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center. 

Additional Dates/Programs to Know This Month

Feb. 1, 6:00 p.m. – Call My Name Program: Hear Our Voices

CMN Project Faculty Director Dr. Rhondda Thomas engages with descendants and alumni about the Black experience at Clemson. Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/CMNHOV22 

Feb. 2 – National Girls and Women in Sports Day

NGWSD was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to honor female athletic achievement and recognize the importance of sports and fitness participation for all girls and women. NGWSD has evolved into a vibrant movement that celebrates the power of women in sports and the continued push for equity, especially as the 50th Anniversary of Title IX is acknowledged nationwide.

Clemson will also have a series on social media recognizing the contributions of the women around the official date of NGWSD on Feb. 2.

https://clemsontigers.com/ngwsd/

Sun., Feb. 6, 3 p.m. – Soul Food Sunday (Reeves Recruiting Room – Memorial Stadium)

Soul Food Sunday is an annual Black History Month event that brings the Clemson Community together through food, music, and the celebration of Black culture. Originating in the Southern United States, soul food is ethnic cuisine traditionally prepared and eaten by African Americans. The term was coined in the 1960s during a time of strong Black cultural identity and expression. From cornbread and yams, to chicken and greens, Soul Food Sunday is sure to give you a “taste” of Black history.

 

Sun., Feb. 20 – 11 a.m. – Call My Name Tours

Please Sign Up: https://bit.ly/BHMCMN2022 

The Call My Name tour aims to highlight and honor the legacy of seven generations of African Americans in Clemson University history through a 90 minute guided tour of campus. Call My Name is an initiative created and led by Faculty Director and Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature, Dr. Rhondda Thomas. Registration is required.

Sun., Feb. 20 – 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. (hourly) – Call My Name Woodland Cemetery Tours

Join us for a tour of the African American burial ground at Woodland Cemetery. This is part of an ongoing project by Clemson University to locate the unmarked African American graves in Woodland Cemetery and engage the local community in giving voice to those who are buried to protect and memorialize them.

Sun., Feb. 20 – 2 p.m. – Women’s Basketball Game – Littlejohn Coliseum

Clemson will honor the family of Cookie Blakney, the first women’s athlete of color at Clemson and recipient of the inaugural ACC UNITE award. Barbara Kennedy-Dixon and Shandy Bryan will also be recognized as part of the event. Admission is free.

Sat., Mar. 5 – 2 p.m. – Men’s Basketball Game – Littlejohn Coliseum

Clemson will honor Craig Mobley, the first men’s athlete of color at Clemson and recipient of the inaugural ACC UNITE award.

Feb. 19-26 – ACC Winter Unity Week

The Unity Week celebrations are designed to showcase the commitment to social justice and equity by the ACC and its member institutions. This year’s Unity Weeks are not only about bringing awareness to social injustice, but it is intended to challenge us all to get involved in activities that promote unity and connect with people and organizations that affect positive change in our communities. The theme for 2021-22 is “Awareness to Action”.

  • Clemson will honor the family of Cookie Blakney, the first women’s athlete of color at Clemson and recipient of the inaugural ACC UNITE award on February 20th at the Women’s Basketball Game. Clemson will also honor Craig Mobley, the first men’s athlete of color at Clemson and recipient of the inaugural ACC UNITE Award.

  • RISE is returning to campus February 22-23 to lead student-athletes and staff in conversation around diversity and inclusion to kick-off the 2022 ACC Winter Unity Week “Awareness to Action”. Be on the lookout for content post sessions celebrating the partnership!

  • Amplify @theACC Unity Week on social media in the following ways:

    • Clemson Athletics selected to be highlighted during ACC Winter Unity Week

    • @ClemsonTigers will change the social handle profile to the ACC UNITE logo

    • @ClemsonTigers share @theACC posts

  • In-game read of the ACC Unity Statement and playing of the Unity Video prior to all competitions

Recognitions

Features on some of the student-athletes, coaches and staff who make Clemson special and some of the groundbreaking moments in our athletic history will be highlighted throughout the month on broadcasts, in venues, on ClemsonTigers.com and on social media.

Leaving a Legacy

During last summer, the Voices and Letters video series gave student-athletes, staff and coaches a platform to talk about their experiences. The next iteration will feature student-athletes and staff members talking about an inspirational Black person in their lives. It could be a letter to a family member, friend or someone in the sports community that has paved the way and made an impact. Look for these throughout the month!

Tigers Unite

Follow @ClemsonSADEV on social media to engage with our Tigers Unite – Multicultural Alliance group throughout Black History Month.

More content and opportunities will be available throughout the month!

February is Black History Month. Athletics historian Tim Bourret has assembled daily written features on some of the student-athletes, coaches and staff who make Clemson special and some of the groundbreaking moments in our athletic history.