Black History Facts

The Black culture is a melting pot of little known facts that even Google, Alexa or Siri may not know. But weekly we will provide factoids about history makers, including MATC faculty and staff, that will blow your mind! 

Honoring Black History Month

Marv Echols

February 5 - Meet Marvin Echols (pdf)

FEB 5 2024

MoveMENT Mondays

Get your walk on and improve your health by walking any of the MATC campuses during “MoveMENT Mondays!” All students, employees and the community are invited to join in walking a minimum of 30 minutes on Mondays. Walks can be inside or outside - if you want to brave the cold. Layout a path, go as a group, or be a rebel and go solo. Four wellness prizes will be awarded at the end of the challenge. To be eligible for the prize, complete the Google entry form each Monday.

Registration (link)

MoveMENT Mondays Video (link)

FEB 8 2024

Black History Shirt Day

Mosaic is generally defined as arranging small pieces together to make a complete picture and patterns. So on Thursday, February 8 wear something that reflects your heritage, your mood. BHM Express yourself!


FEB 7, 14, 21 AND 28

Soul Food in the Cafe

The Downtown Milwaukee Campus Cafe will feature a Soul Food Menu every Wednesday during lunch hours. Check out the menu here (link).


7:00 P.M.

FEB 8 2024

Milwaukee Bucks Game

Join your MATC community at the Fiserv Forum when the Milwaukee Bucks take on the Minnesota Timberwolves, 7 p.m., Fiserv Forum, 1111 Vel R. Phillips Avenue. Group sales have ended, but you still can attend and wear your MATC swag!


4:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

FEB 9 2024

Open Auditions for: MATC's Got Talent! Presented by the Black Student Union

Unleash your creativity and showcase your unique talents and audition for "MATC's Got Talent" – the ultimate platform for students, staff, and faculty to shine bright! If you sing, dance, perform magic, play an instrument or are comedic you should enter this unforgettable talent showcase. Auditions, Friday, February 9, 4-8:00 p.m., C-building auditorium, MATC Downtown Campus. Read more (link).

If you can’t make it to the audition, no problem. Send your video audition to: The deadline for video submissions is February 9. Read more and sign up here for "MATC’s Got Talent!" The event takes place on Thursday, February 29, 5-8 p.m. in the C Auditorium in the Downtown Milwaukee Campus.

Sign Up Here (link)

FEB 5-29 2024

Melting Pot Book Exchange

Expand your knowledge by obtaining and sharing your books. Our Multicultural Office invites you to enjoy the works of Black authors and the rich history they bring to literature. You are invited to make a donation and/or to take a book. You are encouraged to contribute books written by Black authors to help create a diverse and inspiring collection. These books will be showcased from February 5-29, allowing everyone to explore and appreciate the richness of Black literature.

Starting January 29, book donations can be dropped off to Floyd Griffin in the Multicultural Office, Downtown Main Campus, Main Building, Room M238.

5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

FEB 9 & 23 2024

Financial Literacy sponsored by the Black Student Union

Join the BSU Organization in their Financial Literacy sessions, your go-to resource for unraveling the mysteries of personal finance in college and beyond! Whether you're wondering about budgeting, student loans, credit scores, or investing, our expert panel is here to provide clear answers and valuable insights. Bring your questions, and let's embark on a journey towards financial literacy together! Downtown Main Campus, Main Building, Room M616.

RSVP (link)

9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. DAILY

FEB 16 - MARCH 8 2024

Magical Black Tears Experience — Interactive Exhibit

MATC is hosting "Magical Black Tears Experience" — an interactive exhibition based on the children’s picture book "Magical Black Tears: A Protest Story" (link) by Decoteau J. Irby. Caregivers and children ages 4-12 can watch films, read, write, create, pretend-play and problem-solve in a fun setting that teaches how everyday people take direct action to create a world free from racism.

The exhibition will be open February 16- March 8, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Create Gallery on the first floor of the Main Building, Room M175.

For more information, contact Dr. Jacqueline Robinson at

Learn More (link)

5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

FEB 20 2024

Mentoring and Networking

Mentoring and Networking with students, alum and community guests! Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Main Building, Room M605.

RSVP (link)

12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.

FEB 22 2024

Black History Month Speaker - M614

Hear Kwabena Antoine Nixon moderate "The Community College Experience," February 22, noon-1:30 p.m., virtually via Zoom or in person.

Via Zoom (link)

3:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

FEB 23 2024

Team Brain Bowl Challenge & Talent Exhibition - C Building Auditorium

Team Brain Bowl Challenge & Talent Exhibition on Friday, February 23, 3-7 p.m. in the C Auditorium! Engage in a dynamic quiz competition highlighting African American achievements, culture and history, and embrace wonderful shared talents to be presented. Be part of enhancing student engagement and retention while fostering a more inclusive campus environment, promote learning, and strengthen community bonds.

Gather your team! Team Entries (limited to 4, three-person teams). First come, first serve. Sign up to participate in the challenge or share your talent. Contact: Gregory, "Sir G" Ware,

6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

FEB 23 2024

2024 Black Excellence Awards of Greater Milwaukee

MATC's own Aisha Barkow, Director Public Safety, and Amanda Brooks, Coordinator, Student Life Milwaukee Downtown Campus, have been selected as 2024 Black Excellence Awards of Greater Milwaukee’s Honorees! Co-sponsored by WISN-TV12, The Milwaukee Business Journal, and the Greater Milwaukee Urban League, the Black Excellence Awards began in 1985, in conjunction with Black History Month, as a way to highlight individuals who exemplify the best qualities of leadership within our community. The ceremony will be held 6-9:00 p.m., Friday, February 23, at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago Avenue.

Location: Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago Avenue, Milwaukee, WI

Article (link)

5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

FEB 29 2024

MATC's Got Talent! Presented by the Black Student Union

Come watch our students, staff, and faculty shine bright! This exciting event promises a celebration of diversity, skill, and passion, bringing our MATC community together for an unforgettable showcase of talent. Whether you have a hidden talent in singing, dancing, magic, comedy, or any other art form, "MATC's Got Talent" welcomes you to be a part of this electrifying experience. Downtown Milwaukee Campus, C-Building Auditorium.

5:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

MARCH 1 2024

Black History Month Banquet & Panel Discussion

The MATC Black History Awards Banquet honors extraordinary African Americans within the MATC and local community. The banquet is Friday, March 1, 5:00 p.m., M605.

Panel Discussion: It's A Different World

A discussion about Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Divine 9 (sororities and fraternities) and the experiences and history of HBCUs.

  • Networking: Connect with like-minded individuals, professionals, and community leaders in an atmosphere that encourages collaboration, empowerment, and growth.
  • Recognition: Celebrate the achievements and milestones within the Black community as we shine a spotlight on those who have made remarkable strides.
  • Location: Room M605 - an elegant setting benefitting the significance of the occasion.

Save the date and join us for an evening of inspiration, unity, and celebration as we pay homage to the past, embrace the present, and envision a brighter future together.

#BlackHistoryMonth #UnityInDiversity #EmpowerChange

RSVP (link)