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African American Student Initiatives sponsors and co-sponsors various events throughout the month of February, in recognition of the national month which honors and pays tribute to the history and events of the African Diaspora.
Black History Month Programs

Black History Month Reunion Kickoff

Stop by for the Black History Month Kickoff Reunion on Wednesday, February 1st from 11AM – 2PM in the Student Union 3rd Center for Student Inclusive suite and lounge! What better way than to start off with a little fellowship with one another as we commemorate those who have paved the way and made life-changing contributions. This will come in the form of an open house where guests can meet the AASI team, learn about upcoming programs, how to be involved, enjoy music, games and fun.

Free Your Mind Fridays: Black History Month Edition

Free Your Mind Fridays: Black History Month Edition
Stop by and take a break from the stress of class, work, or any other things. We will have a special edition of Free Your Mind Fridays every Friday in February from 11AM-2PM in the Student Union 3rd Floor Involvement Center (Outside of Center for Student Inclusiveness Suite). This is a judge free zone where you can come kick back, relax, enjoy black-owned games, trivia, music, dancing and all-around fun. This is open to everyone, and the students truly enjoy connecting with other students, faculty and staff.

Genius Potential's Epic Rap Battles of Black History

Join us for our first special guests for Black History Month on Wednesday, February 8, at 6PM in the SU Ballroom. Bert & Det produce three skits/emcee battles highlighting contrasting views of famous historical African American men and women. Their viewpoints are highlighted through rap battles encapsulating their competing ideals. This program covers the past, present, and future destiny of African American leaders.  At the end of each emcee battle, Bert & Det deep dive into the historical backstories behind the captivating lyrics and engage the students in interactive trivia and dialogue. 

Learn more about Bert and Det


B.E.S.T. (Black Employers Showcase and Talents)

We are so excited to host the inaugural B.E.S.T. (Black Employers Showcase and Talents), which will take place on Thursday, February 16 from 2PM – 5PM in the SU Ballroom. This event is intended to highlight local minority-owned and minority-led businesses by giving them a platform to showcase their organization to our racial/ethnic minority students, alumni, community members and friends. Our goal is to help increase the number of black students and early-career applicants in internships and jobs. While we want to be extremely intentional about Black/African American students seeing people that look like them represented, this event is open to everyone.

Students can register here:

Employers/Businesses can register here:

Ms. Karyn Parsons: A Black History Lecture and Discussion

In honor of Black History month, Karyn Parsons (Hilary from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) will give a candid talk about her storied career as an actress, author and business owner. Parsons is founder and owner of Sweet Blackberry, a company that focuses on creating books and media that teach African American history to children.

All Northern Kentucky University students have free admission. Please use the code 'NKUSTUFREE'. To register, please visit

NVP and AASI Week of Rest

Learn more about the Norse Violence Prevention Week of rest on the NVP website.


Talking Black in America: Film Screening & Interactive Discussion

Student Union Ballroom, Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 6:30p

Facilitated by Special Guest: Lauren Prather, M.S., CCC-SLP

Talking Black in America is a documentary by the Language & Life Project at North Carolina State University.

"But those who took away our voice...they are now surprised that they could not take away our song."

Divine Nine: You Make a Difference

The Divine Nine: You Make a Difference Campaign is planned for the active Divine Nine (D9) African American fraternities and sororities on participating college campuses throughout Kentucky. The purpose is to promote and increase HIV testing; expand HIV, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and sexually transmitted infection (STI) awareness; increase knowledge of the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Services Program; and link individuals testing positive to treatment services. African Americans are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. In Kentucky, African Americans make up nin percent (9%) of the population but thirty-two percent (32%) of the HIV burden. It is also estimated that young people aged fifteen to twenty-four (15-24) acquire half of all new STI in the United States. The intended goal is to normalize testing within high-risk college populations, as well as reduce stigma surrounding HIV and sexual health.

For more event information, check out the links below:

Divine Nine Event Information (
COVID-19 Vaccine Information (
Harm-Reduction Information (

Student Union Ballroom, February 6, 2023 from 10:00a - 4:00p

Reach the Kentucky HIV Hotline at (844) 294-2448.