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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.

Please click here for the full list of Black History Month events!

Feb. 2, 2021, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Black History Month Kick-Off Dinner

D-hall and Alice Haynes Room


Join us on Feb. 2, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Heilman Dining Center as we kick-off Black History month. The goal of this dinner is to give insight into the cultural food that the Black community has loved dearly, whether it be comforting soul food or Caribbean cuisine. Menu options will also be available in the Alice Haynes Room in Tyler Haynes Commons.

Feb. 3, 2021, 7:00 p.m.


Sankofa Danzafro: The City of Others

Modlin Center for the Arts: Digital Experience


Founded by Rafael Palacios in 1997, Sankofa Danzafro embodies the meaning of the word Sankofa an African philosophy that the past is a keyhole through which a view to the present and to consider the future. The company has performed around the world and has been awarded with the 2008 National Dance Award by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia for the work San Pacho Blessed!.


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Feb. 16, 2021, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Black Lives Matter Print Making

Boatwright Library Patio Tent


Please join us on Feb. 16, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. under the Boatwright Library Patio Tent to create prints representing the theme of Black History Month. You will have the opportunity to create 9x12 prints with pre-created printing blocks of BLM with the Black Power fist and quotes relevant to the theme.


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Feb. 24, 2021, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Oliver Hill Black History Month Dinner

Keynote: Dr. Frederick Engram

Asst. Professor, Univ. of Texas at Arlington


The Oliver Hill Scholars will host an interesting virtual dialogue over dinner on Being Black at a PWI. This dialogue will be led by Dr. Frederick Engram, Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington in the Department of Criminology/Criminal Justice and the Center for African American Studies. His work considers how African Americans make sense of their experiences with racism in education and society at large.


A limited number of soul food dinner boxes may be picked up from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in THC, Rm 330. If you would like a dinner box, please email Dr. Russell at by Feb. 11, 2021.


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Feb. 27, 2021, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Virtual Open Mic Night

Join us online for a Virtual Open Mic Night, Feb. 27, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Whether you sing, rap, hip-hop, recite poetry, or perform stand-up comedy, the sky's the limit at the Virtual Open Mic Night.


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Feb. 26 - 28, 2021


"Good Trouble" Documentary Screening

In honor of Black History Month, we will be offering a free online screening of the Documentary "Good Trouble." The film is "an intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis' life, legacy and more than 60 years of extraordinary activisim..." You can watch the film trailer here.


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Emancipation and Freedom Monument Panel Discussion

President Crutcher, Senator Jennifer McClellan and Dr. Corey D.B. Walker will participate in a virtual Emancipation and Freedom Monument panel discussion and film screening Fri., Feb. 19, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. All members of the UR community and beyond are welcome to attend. Registration is required and is available via this link: