2022 Black History Month Events

For questions, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at mca@noctrl.edu. North Central College’s Black History Month activities are sponsored by BMO Harris Bank and Nicor Gas.

Spencer Paysinger Black History Month Keynote

Tuesday, February 1

7 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall

Free tickets available: here

Also will be broadcast on the North Central College YouTube channel.

A Super Bowl-champion linebacker turned Hollywood writer/producer, Spencer Paysinger brought his own poignant story of living in South Central LA and playing football at Beverly Hills High to the hit CW and Netflix series, All American.  Like the “Spencer” character based on his life, Paysinger grew up amid the drugs, gangs, violence and poverty of South Central LA with education-focused parents and a dream of going to college. A promising athlete who played four sports but excelled in football, he was offered the opportunity to attend elite Beverly Hills High, going on to lead the football team as captain to an undefeated season. A scholarship to the University of Oregon followed, where Paysinger also became team captain and was part of the team’s very first undefeated season. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics, he began his NFL career with the New York Giants, winning Super Bowl XLVI in his rookie season. Paysinger played seven seasons with the Giants, Dolphins and Panthers.

In 2017, a few months after pitching All American, he retired from football to pursue his dream of developing television and film concepts focused on the Black experience in America. Within four months of retiring, he was shooting the pilot for All American. Now a sought-after writer/producer, Paysinger has written and developed various concepts under his Moore Street Productions banner with Uninterrupted and Deviants Media. He is currently writing a film for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment.

Committed to  leveraging  his success to create opportunities for young people, Paysinger  serves on the board of KIPP Public Schools’ Black and Latino Leadership committee, with the goal of creating program’s for KIPP’s South Central youth. He also serves on the board of Lyft’s City Works Council, which dedicates $50 million a year to support locally-driven community initiatives. Paysinger is also a co-owner of Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen, a fast-casual eatery with allegiance to underserved communities.

Spencer Paysinger

Watch a Replay of the Live-Stream Here!

Watch a replay of the live-stream directly on this webpage, below! Or you can watch it on the North Central College YouTube channel.

Additional Black History Month Events

34th Annual Gospel Extravaganza

Saturday, February 19
2 p.m.

Voices of Praise’s 34th annual event will feature Wheaton College and Lewis University Gospel Choirs as well as student performances.

Tickets are available here


Take 6

Saturday, February 26
8 p.m.

Take 6, heralded by Quincy Jones as the "baddest vocal cats on the planet!," is the quintessential a cappella group and the model for vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognized as the pre-eminent a cappella group in the world.

Tickets are available here

Wentz Concert Hall


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week events are sponsored by Nicor Gas and BMO Harris Bank.

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