How HBCU’s Are Celebrating Black History Month

As we know February was Deemed Black History Month in 1926 (officially recognized by U.S. government in 1976) No matter what new “president” tries to rename it. We as an African-American community use this month (and every month) to celebrate, highlight achievements, uplifting and acknowledge black excellence.

We would be remiss if we left out the greatness accomplishments to date and that Historically Black Colleges and Universities, without HBCU none of our great leaders would have been able to pave the way for the next generation. African-Americans weren’t allowed to attend the Ivy League so we created our own and we’re still creating history everyday.

Here is how some HBCU are Celebrating Black History Month:

1. Howard University Washington, DC.
On February 23rd between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Howard University will be hosting its monthly Bison Market, a fair that allows students and members of the community to showcase music, food, art, and more. This month, the fair will be appropriately themed to celebrate Black History Month.

2. Spelman College Atlanta, GA.
This month, ESPN W will spotlight Spelman College for its Black History Month Celebration. They will feature a story on how they discontinued their sports program five years ago in favor of the development of a wellness program. ESPN will “explore the state of the college today and the impact that redirecting the funds from athletics to wellness has had on its students.”

3. Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL.
Tuskegee University has a host of Black History Month lectures laid out for the entirety of February. Some of the most noteworthy ones are: “The Importance of African-American History in the Age of Trump” by Dr. Steven A. Reich, Professor of History, James Madison University, and “Booker T. Washington and the Black Belt” by Dr. Robert Zabawa, Research Professor, College of Agriculture. For the complete list of the events, visit their online 2017 Black History Month Celebration flier.

4. Xavier University New Orleans, LA.
As a part of Xavier University’s Black History Month events, they hosted two guest speakers on February 16th: Dr. Marc Lamont Hill (a professor, writer, and TV personality) and Shaun King (civil rights advocate and writer for the New York Daily News). Both spoke on controversial social and political, including police brutality, President Trump’s Administration, and race relations.

5. North Carolina Central University Durham, NC.
On February 6. NCCU along with PNC Bank celebrated the 100th Birthday and legacy of Dr. John Hope Franklin with events that celebrated the late Historian and Professors contributions and accomplishments.

The Eagle is not your ordinary barnyard fowl!

6. FAMU  Tallahassee, FL.                                   Florida A&M University (FAMU) has scheduled a series of activities and events in observance of Black History Month. Some of the programs include seminars, panel discussions, keynote addresses, performances, and plays. The University invites the community to join us in celebrating the contributions of the African-American community and its rich legacy of triumph.

Comment with what your HBCU is doing to celebrate Black History Month.


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