The city’s 2022 Black History Month celebration features the theme “Black Health and Wellness”

Bloomington, Indiana- The City of Bloomington invites the community to kick off this year’s Black History Month celebration on February 1 at 6 p.m. at the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts (505 W 4th St, Bloomington, IN 47404). The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m. and the program and live stream (link below) begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Masks, proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event are required. The event is free and open to the public.

The theme for the 2022 Black History Month celebration is “Black Health and Wellness”. The month’s events will examine how American health care has often underserved the African American community and celebrate the legacy of black contributors, scholars, and practitioners to Western medicine.

The launch event will feature a health and wellness panel featuring local mental, spiritual, physical and internal health professionals. The panel includes Dr. Tashera E. Perry, OB/GYN with IU Health and an adjunct clinical assistant professor for the IU School of Medicine; Michael Whiteside II, LCSW, Mental Health Specialist and Multicultural Outreach Coordinator with IU Counseling & Psychological Services; Rev. Notoshia D. Howard, M.Div., staff chaplain at IU Health; and Kenneth Wilson, Senior Logistics Coordinator/AEA Logistics Manager, NSWC Crane.

The launch event host and panel moderator is Keyandra Whiteside, MPH, Associate Director of Student Support, IU Kelley School of Business. The kickoff will also include a musical performance by Troy T. Thomas Jr.

Join the Kickoff event from desktop or mobile:

https://bloomington.zoom.us/j/88342059722?pwd=WkxSNUpTcVdUbG16Y1dHbFQxOHZtZz09 Meeting ID: 883 4205 9722

Highlights of Black History Month include these additional events:

State of the Black Community Address – February 15

The Bloomington Black Strategic Alliance and the Black Democratic Caucus are hosting their fifth annual State of the Black Community Address on Tuesday, February 15 via Zoom, starting at 5:30 p.m. This year’s address will feature the impact of historic discrimination and structural, reparations, housing policy, and the effect of education on the black community. Featured panelists are Valerie Grim, Kim Morris-Newsome, Kevin Jenkins and Ashley Pirani. The Zoom link for the event will soon be available at bloomington.in.gov/bhm.

Black History Month Essay Contest Prize Program–February 17

Young scholars and historians in grades 4-12 will be honored in the 2022 Black History Month Essay Contest Awards Program via Facebook and the Black History Month website on Thursday, 17 February at 6 p.m. Winning essays will be read aloud and available on Black History. Webpage of the month. View the event on Facebook at facebook.com/SafeAndCivilCity.

Black History Month Gala – February 26

The highlight event of the month, the annual Black History Month Gala, will be held virtually on Saturday, February 26. Ticket holders will receive a meal, a virtual gala link and a gala gift. These can be picked up at One World at Woolery Mill (2250 West Sunstone Drive) on the day of the gala. The event will feature music, highlights of the month and recognition of the 2022 Living Legend and Outstanding Black Leaders of Tomorrow award winners. The program will begin at 6 p.m. Buy your tickets starting February 1 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater or online at bctboxoffice.org.

For a complete list of Black History Month events in the community and virtual program Zoom links, visit bloomington.in.gov/bhm.

For questions or additional information about the City of Bloomington’s Black History Month celebration, contact the City of Bloomington’s Safe and Civil City Manager Shatoyia Moss at [email protected] or at 812-349-3559.

Black History Month Launch Celebration Panelists

Keyandra Whiteside
MODERATOR: Keyandra Whiteside, MPH, Associate Director of Student Support, IU Kelley School of Business
Dr. Tashera E. Perry
PANELIST : Dr. Tashera E. Perry, OB/GYN with IU Health and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor for IU School of Medicine
Michael Whiteside II
PANELIST : Michael Whiteside II, LCSW, Mental Health Specialist and Multicultural Outreach Coordinator with IU Counseling & Psychological Services
Rev.  Notoshia D. Howard, M.Div.
PANELIST : Rev. Notoshia D. Howard, M.Div., staff chaplain at IU Health
Kenneth Wilson
PANELIST : Kenneth Wilson, Senior Logistics Coordinator/AEA Logistics Manager, NSWC Crane

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