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 the African American Cultural Center and Multicultural Student Affairs recognizes the labor of Black, African, and African American people towards the liberation of all. We adopt the teachings of Black feminist, lesbian, scholar, poet Audre Lorde who believed in the naming and claiming of rest as a revolutionary action and that such a revolution would be our collective undoing and our liberation.
This Black History Month we assert as a theme and a way of life, “Rest Is Our Liberation”
We make this proclamation recognizing rest is a necessity for the journey to liberation. We celebrate our ancestors and their legacies of rest as well as our leaders today who show us how to create boundaries within our works that assert our humanity.
Such a demand for rest evokes pleasure, joy, resistance, challenges normalcy, and reminds us the work is also within us. Rest allows us to expand, to become collective, to every day remind us that we exist freely.
We invite you to join us on a journey towards rest and everyday asserting our freedom.
Calendar of Events
Please mark these events on your calendar to receive reminders, and be sure to check out the other Black History Month programs happening on campus via the University Calendar.