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Black History Month

Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month at Jefferson

Join the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement as we celebrate Black History Month at Jefferson! February is recognized as Black History Month, an annual celebration of the achievements and history of African Americans. We encourage you to celebrate the month by attending some of Jefferson’s fun and informative on-campus events planned for Black History Month. You can also celebrate with family and friends by supporting locally Black-owned businesses or learning more about Black culture through the arts.

Black History Month Events at Jefferson

Wednesday, February 1
Join us for ‘Watch it Wednesday’ and enjoy a Black History Month film!
12 p.m. in the Multicultural Center
Hosted by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (ODICE)

Thursday, February 2
Black History Month Kickoff!
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Health Sciences Hall lobby

Monday, February 6
Join us for Black Game Day!
12 p.m. in the Multicultural Center
Hosted by Jefferson’s Black Student Union

Tuesday, February 7
“All in the Head”: A mental health discussion
11 a.m.
Health Sciences Hall, Newberry Room

Wednesday, February 8
Join us for ‘Watch it Wednesday’ and enjoy a Black History Month film!
12 p.m. in the Multicultural Center
Hosted by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (ODICE)

Thursday, February 9
Greek 411: All you wanted to know about Greek Life! Featuring U of L’s National Pan-Hellenic Council (NHPC)
2 p.m.
Chestnut Hall B55

Monday, February 13
Between the Sheets – A sex discussion
12 – 2 p.m.
Southwest Campus

Tuesday, February 14
Between the Sheets – A sex discussion
12 – 2 p.m.
Downtown Campus

Wednesday, February 15
Join us for ‘Watch it Wednesday’ and enjoy a Black History Month film!
12 p.m. in the Multicultural Center
Hosted by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (ODICE)

Thursday, February 16
Black History Month Bingo!
1 p.m. in the Multicultural Center

Monday, February 20
Presidents Day – Campus Closed

Tuesday, February 21
Trap & Paint
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Chestnut Hall B55

Wednesday, February 22
Join us for ‘Watch it Wednesday’ and enjoy a Black History Month film!
12 p.m . in the Multicultural Center
Hosted by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (ODICE)

Thursday, February 23
Karaoke Day
1 p.m. in the Multicultural Center

Monday, February 27
African American Read-In
1 p.m. in the Multicultural Center

Tuesday, February 28
Conscious Kickback: Do ALL Black Lives Matter?
12 p.m. in the Multicultural Center

Books to Read this Month

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  • Well-Read Black Girl, by Glory Edim
  • The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
  • Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin
  • What It Means When a Man Falls
  • From the Sky, by Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • Redefining Realness, by Janet Mock
  • Homegoing, by Yaya Gyasi
  • The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle, by Angela Y. Davis
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
  • Becoming, by Michelle Obama
  • A Promised Land, By Barack Obama
  • The Coldest Winter Ever, by Sister Souljah
  • Heavy: An American Memoir, by Kiese Laymon
  • How to be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram Kendi
  • Zami: A New Spelling of my Name, by Audre Lorde
  • Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America, by Ibi Zoboi
  • Black Buck, by Mateo Askaripour
  • The Prophets, by Robert Jones Jr.
    Angel of Greenwood, by Randi Pink
  • We Are All Birds of Uganda, by Hafsa Zayyan
  • Just as I Am, by Cicely Tyson
  • A Glimmer of Death, by Valerie Wilson Wesley
  • This Close to Okay, by Leesa Cross-Smith
  • Four Hundred Souls, by Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain
  • Muted, by Tami Charles
  • The Gilded Ones, by Namina Forna
    Honey Girl, by Morgan Rogers
  • Black Boy Out of Time, by Hari Ziyad
  • What's Mine and Yours, by Naima Coster
  • The Conductors, by Nicole Glover
  • Lightseekers, by Femi Kayode
  • Act Your Age, Eve Brown, by Talia Hibbert
  • Black Girl, Call Home, by Jasmine Mans
  • Wild Women and the Blues, by Denny S. Bryce
  • Libertie, by Kaitlyn Greenidge
  • The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, by Dawnie Walton
  • Caul Baby, by Morgan Jerkins
  • Love in Color, by Bolu Babalola
  • Open Water, by Caleb Azumah Nelson
  • Sorrowland, by Rivers Solomon
  • Meet Cute Diary, by Emery Lee
  • While Justice Sleeps, by Stacey Abrams
  • The Other Black Girl, by Zakiya Dalila Harris
  • Dead Dead Girls, by Nekesa Afia
  • Ace of Spades, by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
  • Instructions for Dancing, by Nicola Yoon
  • Seven Days in June, by Tia Williams
  • Dear Senthuran, by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Island Queen, by Vanessa Riley
  • No Gods, No Monsters, by Cadwell Turnbull
  • The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, by Amanda Gorman

What to Watch this Month

Binge some of these BIPOC created shows and movies during Black History Month

  • Harlem – Tracy Oliver, creator and showrunner
  • With Love – Gloria Calderón-Kellett, creator
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Hahn, creator
  • Truth Be Told – Nichelle Tramble Spellman, creator and showrunner
  • American Soul– Dorian Gregory, co-creator
  • Sistas – Tyler Perry, creator
  • Assisted Living – Tyler Perry, creator
  • The Oval– Tyler Perry, creator
  • Twenties – Lena Waithe, creator
  • Tales – Irv Gotti, creator
  • Bruh – Tyler Perry, creator
  • Ruthless – Tyler Perry, creator
  • First Wives Club – Tracy Oliver, creator and showrunner
  • Atlanta – Donald Glover, creator
  • Mayans M.C. – Elgin James, creator
  • Snowfall – John Singleton, creator
  • Reservation Dogs – Sterlin Harjo, showrunner and co-creator; Taika Waititi, co-creator
  • Sister, Sister
  • AJ and the Queen
  • Lee Daniels’ The Butler
  • Hip Hop Evolution
  • School Daze
  • Raising Dion
  • When They See Us
  • Loving
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • 13th
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
  • Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
  • Never Have I Ever – Mindy Kaling, co-creator
  • Inventing Anna – Shonda Rhimes, creator
  • Dear White People – Justin Simien, creator; Yvette Lee Bowser, showrunner
  • Blackish
  • Blackkklansman
  • Nina
  • 12 Years of Slave
  • Little Fired Everywhere
  • Family Matters
  • Living Single
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Black Panther
  • Hidden Figures
  • The Princess and The Frog
  • Soul
  • Black is King
  • Queen of Katwe
  • The Proud Family
  • Ruby Bridges
  • The Color of Friendship
  • Cherish the Day – Ava DuVernay, creator; Raynelle Swilling and Teri Schaffer, co-showrunners
  • Queen Sugar – Ava DuVernay, creator
  • David Makes Man– Tarell McCraney, `creator; Dee Harris-Lawrence, showrunner
  • The Kings of Napa – Janine Sherman Barrois, creator, showrunner
  • Moonlight
  • Paris is Burning
  • The United States vs. Billie Holiday
  • Concrete Cowboy
  • Candyman
  • Passing
  • Respect
  • The Harder They Fall
  • King Richard
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Summer of Soul
  • Patrice O'Neal: Killin' is Easy

Other Ways to Celebrate This Black History Month

Enjoy Black History Month in other ways this month

  1. Support Black Owned Businesses
  2. Donate to a Black Non-Profit Organization
    • Sponsor4Success is a Black non-profit organization based in Louisville, KY
  3. Check out these virtual Art Exhibitions and Collections

  4. Visit the Muhammad Ali Center or Kentucky Center for African American Heritage