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Please join us around campus to celebrate the culture and rich traditions of the diverse black community here at UR!

Black History Month is the annual celebration recognizing the achievements of people of African descent and their contributions to U.S. society and history. Black History Month originated in 1926, when Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) sponsored a "Negro History Week" coinciding with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The first nationally recognized Black History Month was announced in 1976 by President Gerald Ford and has been celebrated not only domestically but also internationally, in countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom.

We welcome you to attend all of our sponsored events to celebrate the legacy of the Black community here at UR and around the globe. It is our mission that through these events the campus community will become more familiar with the history of African Americans at UR, in Virginia and the conquest and rise from slavery to excellence. We hope to properly convey the story as well as shed light on a history that is more than slavery, the middle passage and Trans-Atlantic slave trades. 

 

Black History Month Events

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