Black History Month is a time when communities across the nation 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.
Traditionally, Black History Month focuses on the experiences of Black people and leaders in the United States. However, for North Carolina State University’s 2020 celebration we want to create space to honor the legacies, histories, and contributions of Black people across the Diaspora.
Our theme for 2020 is “The Future is Bright Black”
“This theme explores and defies everything we are taught Blackness is. Blackness is multidimensional and its intersectionality is expansive. The theme grounds itself in everything that has made us who we are while anticipating everything Blackness can and will be.”
– Maayan Eaves, MSA Marketing and Communications Student Coordinator
All programming featured on the calendar during the month embodies the theme via art, speakers, discussion, film screenings and educational events.