Black History Month events at ASU’s West campus

Fatima and Duku at 2015 Pioneer Award Ceremony
A signature event of the ASU West campus Black History month celebration is the Pioneer Award Dinner which is held to recognize a local leader and honor the traditions of the African American culture.

Arizona State University’s West campus commemorates Black History Month during February. 

Unless otherwise noted, events are free of charge. Visitor parking on campus costs $3 per hour and is available in the North Zone (lots 10, 11 & 12). ASU’s West campus is at 4701 W. Thunderbird Rd. in Phoenix [ map ].

The 2017 schedule is:


Jan. 30, Feb. 1 and Feb. 3, Noon - 4 p.m.
Sands/Kiva Courtyard

Featuring a mural designed by ASU student Kyra Trent. Students, staff and faculty are invited to join the Black Student Union for a community mural celebrating trailblazing African American artists throughout history. Presented by the Black Student Union @ West. For more information vist artbykyra or contact Kyra Trent at


Saturday, Feb. 11, 4 - 9 p.m.
Sun Devil Fitness Complex

Gumbo, a traditional stew originating in Louisiana amongst African Americans, is a must for any variety of good tasting and flavored dishes. Usually a mixutre of meat, chicken or seafood with vegetables, there are as many recipes as there are great cooks in the kitchens. Join Dr. Duku Anokye as she demonstrates making her award-winning recipe. Come to see the ingredients, smell the aromas and stay to enjoy the taste. For more information and to get free tickets, visit


Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 6 p.m.
Reservations required
RSVP Online

Festivities include an awards ceremony, oral history, entertainment and dinner. African attire is suggested. This year's awardee - George Greathouse - is the retired owner and barber of the renowned Esquire Barber Shop that operated for 52 years in downtown Phoenix. He grew up in segregated Arizona making his mark as a high school football legend who attended all-black Carver High School and was later integrated into Phoenix Union High School. He attended and played football at Arizona State University for two years. The Esquire Barber Shop became a hub in the community and the entrepreneur served local customers and famous clients. His shop walls were covered with dozens of photos of his many famous clients who included Muhammed Ali, Bo Jackson, Meadowlark Lemon, Jesse Owens and Lou Rawls.Seating is limited. Reservations are required.

More information

For more information about Black History Month at Arizona State University, visit the Student and Cultural Engagement website at:

For more information about Black History Month at ASU’s West campus, call (602) 543-5300 or e-mail

This webpage will be updated each year before Black History Month.