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AAHF: Theme Thursday

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Location: Ohio Union, US Bank Conference Theatre

Cost: Free

Theme Thursday is our AAHF wildcard event! Theme Thursday changes year-to-year, and the chair of this event with the help of the subcommittee is empowered to design a completely new program that engages and celebrates the Ohio State, and the Columbus community focused around a theme of their choice.

This year will be about Unity in the Black community. Oftentimes we’re pinned against each other. The differences and similarities in our cultures are what makes Black people unique. We also have an undeniable connection that can’t be broken. This year we have the opportunity to showcase that uniqueness and connection with a panel of experts that will help to remind us of our connection, and performances that showcase the differences and similarities between the Black diaspora; and many more surprises in store! The goal is to educate and promote each part of the diaspora, and topics and issues prevalent in the Black community as a whole.  We’re going around the world! We will highlight cultures and experiences from Continental Africa, African Americans, Caribbeans, Afro Latins, and Afro Indigenous cultures. The goal is to unite and to help bridge the gaps that separate us. Umjoa (unity) will be the focus. And don’t worry, we’re going Black 2 Black!

The event will begin at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Throughout the years, the African American Heritage Festival (AAHF) has become a staple here at The Ohio State University and the larger Columbus community. The mission of the festival is to promote and provide a space for community, visibility, creativity, and education at The Ohio State University and in the greater Columbus Community, and to commemorate and build upon the legacy of the African and African American experience.

The 2023 AAHF will center around the word "Umoja", which is the Swahili word for Unity! The theme Unity will be incorporated throughout the entire academic year as we gear up for the festival. The week-long festival will feature talent and poetry showcases, intriguing cultural awareness programs, and our annual Gospel Fest!

Check out the Complete Schedule.



If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Seneca Crump at or 614-688-8449. Requests made one week in advance of the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

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