Black History Month Events

The University of St. Thomas will showcase a variety of programs and events in celebration of Black History Month. Black history was largely ignored until the 20th century.  Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every United States president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. To learn more, click on this link.

T’s in the Anderson Student Center will feature a special menu the week of February 12-16 and featured works will be on display in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library for the month of February.

February 5, 5:30pm in ASC Dorsey CommonsCulture Stew – Black Pop Culture and Media.  Join Dr. Marcellus Davis, Coordinator of the African American Empowerment Program at Minneapolis Community & Technical College, to talk about the impact of Black pop culture within society today, as well as the historical context of influences we see in the media today. Later that same night, STAR’s Thursday Night Live will feature singer/songwriter Mayyadda performing her neo-soul/RnB-style music.

We continue with our And Still We Rise series in partnership with the Luann Dummer Center for Women (LDCW) and Black Empowerment Student Alliance (BESA).  This month’s program, “Picking up My Sister’s Crown – Black Women Sisterhood,” will be led by Tamonna Combs, youth coach, on Monday, February 12, at 5:30 pm in the LDCW (OEC 103).  Tamonna will lead an interactive discussion on the idea of Black women in today’s society and how to be a strong community for our Black women.

Our Movies that Matter event will be on Wednesday, February 21, at 7:00 pm in JRC 126. “An Outrage,” is a documentary about lynching in American South. Filmed on-location at lynching sites in six states and bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants, community activists, and scholars, this unusual historical documentary educates even as it serves as a hub for action to remember and reflect upon hidden pasts (  Please join us as we host filmmakers Hannah Ayer and Lance Warren, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Yohuru Williams, for a discussion after the movie.

The Diversity Activities Board, Student Diversity & Inclusion Services, American Culture & Difference, and the English Department are proud to announce that our annual Slam Poetry Week will be held the week of February 26 – March 2, 2018. Each day there will be performances, workshops, and the week will end with a slam poetry battle. We will be featuring artists Neil Hilborn, Khary Jackson, Ashlee Haze, and Michael Mlekoday throughout the week.

Students are encouraged to attend our Black History Month cultural dinners:  Sunday, February 18, Soul Night, sponsored by Black Student Empowerment Alliance and African Night, sponsored by African Nations Student Association (ANSA) on Saturday, March 3, 2018.