Quad Cities Campus

Black History Month

Toussaint Louverture (1743 - 1803)

Toussaint Louverture (1743-1803)

“It is not a liberty of circumstance, conceded to us alone, that we wish; it is the adoption absolute of the principle that no man, born red, black or white, can be the property of his fellow man.”

Stokley Carmichael (1941 - 1998)

Stokley Carmichael (1941-1998)

“Our grandfathers had to run, run, run. My generation's out of breath. We ain't running no more.”

Angela Davis (1944 -)

Angela Davis (1944-)

“As a black woman, my politics and political affiliation are bound up with and flow from participation in my people's struggle for liberation, and with the fight of oppressed people all over the world against American imperialism.”

I am inspired by...

Daniel James Jr.

Daniel "Chappie" James Jr.

Submission by Brendan Young, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Communication

Donald Crews

Donald Crews

Submission by Scott Brouette
Assistant Director of Student Services

Dr. Gloria D. Scott

Dr. Gloria D. Scott

Submission by Audrey Adamson
Assistant Director of Student Services

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Submission by Margaritta Fultz
Administrative Aid
WIU-Quad Cities Administration

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston

Submission by Andrea Hyde Ph.D
Associate Professor of Educational Studies

Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker

Submission by Kenny Wheeler
Academic Advisor
WIU-Quad Cities

John Coltrane

John Coltrane

Submission by Dan Malachuk Ph.D
Associate Professor of English

Jason Collins

Jason Collins

Submission by Matthew Beck
Clinical Faculty in the Counseling Department

February is Black History Month

2020 - African Americans and the Vote

The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War.
Learn more at https://asalh.org/black-history-themes/

Community Events - 2020
Honoring the 108th Regiment at the Arsenal Museum on February 29, 2020

The 108th United States Colored Troops (USCT) served as guards at Rock Island Prison Barracks during the Civil War. The regiment was made up of Freemen and escaped slaves, largely from Kentucky.

This program will explore the history and enduring legacy of the men who served in the 108th USCT through scholars, descendants, and visual arts.

Presenters include:

  • Patrick Allie, Arsenal Museum Director
  • Edwin Reiter, author of "The Road To Freedom: A History of the 108th Infantry Regiment USCT"
  • Shellie Moore Guy, Author, Poet and a Descendant of two of the members of the 108th Regiment.

The Museum opens at Noon and the program will begin at 2:00 pm.

All visitors to the Arsenal will need to obtain a visitor's pass at the Visitor Control Center adjacent to the Moline Gate (23 Prospect Drive, 61265).

The program is free and open to the public.