Black Students together

Black History Month

The Freedom to Dream: Re-Rooting, Re-imagining, and Reconnecting Our Black Communities

Black History Month is a time when communities across the nation come together to celebrate the achievements of and by Black Americans and recognize the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Black History Month started as “Negro History Week,” in 1926, conceived by Carter G. Woodson, an influential African American historian, educator, and scholar. In 1976, it became a month-long national observance. February was selected as the official month to include the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

This year, we recognize that our campus communities have been eager for reconnection.  With this in mind, we focus Black History Month 2022 on student connection and community building. Join our month-long programming as we foster spaces for students to reconnect with their peers on campus.  This year’s program will offer space for cultural exploration, learning, social connection and community building.

We look forward to you joining us for events through the month as we elevate learning about the complexities of Black history and culture, and “dream big” to expand the conception of our presence and power on and off-campus.

“The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.” - Maya Angelou

Calendar of Events

Featured Reading

Afterlives – Abdulrazak Gurnah
He Won the Nobel. Why Are His Books So Hard to Find?
A Girl Is A Body of Water – Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Storytelling is Power in “A Girl is a Body of Water”
Between the World and Me – Ta Nahesi Coates
The 1619 Project – Nikole Hannah-Jones
The Fight Over the 1619 Project Is Not About the Facts 
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
What We Lose : A Novel – Zinzi Clemmons
Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe