2024 Winthrop Black History Month Events

January 31, 2024


  • Events below are listed by date/time, event name, location, and sponsoring organization and event description.
  • Events are subject to change. 

Feb. 1, 7 p.m.

The Importance of Black Greek Letter Organizations

Dina’s Place

Cultural event

Event Description: Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs) were founded on principles of scholarship, service, sisterhood/brotherhood, and leadership. Panelists will delve into the rich history, legacy, and impact of these organizations and how they play a pivotal role in shaping individuals and communities. Following the presentation, there will be a Q & A.


Feb. 7, 7 p.m.

DSU Presents: "Rustin"

Dina's Place, $5

Event Description: Experience the Academy Award-nominated film about Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin and his fight for equality and democracy. The film showing will be followed by a live podcast discussion with the Grits Co.


Feb. 7, 7:08 p.m.

Black History Month Panel

Kinard Auditorium

Event Description: Presented by the Mu Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., come hear from Winthrop students, faculty, and community members about the importance of acknowledging Black history within college education.


Feb. 8, 7 p.m.

Bridging the Legacy of Slavery: A Conversation Between Brattonsville’s Black & White Descendants

Barnes Recital Hall

Cultural event

Event Description: Presented by the Department of History, six Black and white descendants of Brattonsville will share their experiences working together to tell a more complete story of plantation life. Their cooperation and relationships with each demonstrate one way that reconciliation can occur.


Feb. 9, 12 p.m.

Dorothy Perry Thompson Colloquium in African American Studies and the African American Experience

Richardson Ballroom

Event Description: The Dorothy Perry Thompson Colloquium is an annual event hosted by the African American Studies program in honor of its founder. This year's speaker will be Elaine Brown, former chairperson of the Black Panther Party. This event will focus on the Black Panther Party as a part of the broader Black Freedom Movement and Elaine Brown as the only woman to lead the organization.


Feb. 20, 11 a.m.

Preserving Black History: The Legacy of Rosenwald Schools

114 DiGiorgio Campus Center

Cultural event

Event Description: Presented by the Louise Pettus Archives & Special Collections, this cultural event will include a presentation and panel discussion on the history of African-American schools in South Carolina, including Rosenwald schools. The event is open to both the Winthrop community and the public.


Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.

By Way of the Back Door: Their Voices, Their Stories

Dina’s Place

Cultural event

Event Description: Sponsored by the African American Studies program, this panel discussion will consist of two Brattonsville descendants, Margaret Crawford Parson-Willins and Wali Cathcart, whose ancestors were enslaved at Brattonsville. Throughout the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s both panelists played a role in the fight for racial and social injustices in their own right. Those in attendance will hear firsthand experiences that they faced throughout their lives that inspired them to be involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Attendees will also hear why the panelists continue to fight and educate the public through various avenues.


Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Winthrop Alumni Black History Month Virtual Trivia

Celebrate Black History Month with Winthrop Black history trivia, hosted by the Black Alumni Council. Reserve your spot to receive the Zoom link.


Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts with Dr. Gregg Hecimovich

118 DiGiorgio Campus Center

Cultural event

Event Description: Sponsored by the Department of English and the African American Studies program, former English faculty member Gregg Hecimovich will speak about his book, "The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts: the True Story of The Bondwoman's Narrative," a groundbreaking study of the first Black female novelist and her life as an enslaved woman. 


Feb. 29, 5:30 p.m.

Small Business Development Center Presents: The History of Black Entrepreneurship 

Whitton Auditorium

Event Description: Along with the Minority Business Leaders Network, the Black Entrepreneur Leadership League (B.E.L.L.) and the Saluda Business Corridor Association, the SBDC will present a program on "The History of Black Entrepreneurship in America: Relevance Today and Beyond." 


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