Photo of Dance Remedy group with Nina Wright, Dean of Student Engagement

In 2023, Lourdes University proudly celebrated Black History Month. Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The Black History Month 2023 theme was “Black Resistance” and explored how “African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms and police killings,” since the nation’s earliest days.

Throughout February, Lourdes offered several events including:

  • A Courageous Conversation Town Hall – Topic: To Protect & Serve: Race, Rights and Power
  • Movie Night: featured film You People 
  • Soul Food Luncheon
  • Caribbean Black History Event featuring Dance Remedy, an Island Dance Squad

The events were offered through the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and Student Activities & Engagement.

photo of Tonya Colbert

For more information about the DEI Committee, contact Tonya Colbert, M.A., Coordinator of Multicultural Services and Director of Upward Bound at 419-824-3866 or


Highlights of 2023 Black History Month

Photo of a female who had her head wrapped during Caribbean Black History Month event. With her is Dance Remedy leader. Photo of Dance Remedy instructor and an attendee at the Caribbean Black History Month event

Photo of Dance Remedy leader with an attendee at the Caribbean Black History Month event Photo of a female who wrapped her hair during the Caribbean Black History Month event. The photo is taken from behind her head displaying the colorful wrap

Photo of attendees with Dance Remedy members Image of Courageous Conversations flyer Photo of a Soul Food Luncheon with text describing the event

Movie poster of You People