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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! The Month of February is recognized as Black History Month and is celebrated to acknowledge the contributions that Black people have continued to make to society. This month, we encourage you to find unique ways to celebrate Black History Month with your family and friends like supporting locally Black Owned Businesses or learning more about Black Culture through the arts. Browse through this webpage for more ideas on how to celebrate Black History Month this year. 

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

Weekly Movies in the Multicultural Center

  • Feb. 3 The Harder They Fall
  • Feb. 10 See You Yesterday
  • Feb. 17 The Photograph

Movie & Painting - Paint and canvases with BHM and Valentine's Day art selections will be provided.

  • Feb. 24 Fatherhood

The Multicultural Center is located on the Downtown Campus in the Chestnut Hall, room B14

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

Blacks Who Changed The Technological Landscape

Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Dr. Marc Hannah
3-D Graphics Technology
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Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Dr. Philip Emeagwali
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Thursday, February 3, 2022
Jesse Russell
Mobile Phones
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Friday, February 4, 2022
​Gerald "Jerry" Lawson
Video Gaming
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Monday, February 7, 2022
James Edward Maceo West - Microphone
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Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Mark Dean - System Architecture - ISA Systems Bus 
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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Annie Jean Easley - NASA Computer Scientist
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Thursday, February 10, 2022
Clarence "Skip" Ellis - GUI, Groupware, and Real-Time Collaborative Editing
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Friday, February 11, 2022
Freddie Figgers - 1st Black-Owned U.S. Telecommunications Company, Smart Glucometer & Safe-Mode Technology to Stop Texting While Driving
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Monday, February 14, 2022 
Janet Emerson Bashen – LinkLine for EEO claims 
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Tuesday, February 15, 2022 
Lisa Gelobter – GIFs, Shockwave, Hulu 
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Wednesday, February 16, 2022 
Marie Van Brittan Brown – Home Security Systems 
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Thursday, February 17, 2022 
Roy L. Clay – First HP Computer 
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Friday, February 18, 2022 
Marian Croak – Voice Over Internet Protocols (VoIP) 
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Monday, February 21, 2022
Kenneth L. Coleman​ - Silicon Valley Pioneer
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Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Emmitt McHenry - Network Solutions
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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Christopher Young - McAfee
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Thursday, February 24, 2022
Katherine Johnson - Aerospace Technologist
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Friday, February 25, 2022
Dr. Frank R. Green, Jr.  - Integrated Circuit
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Monday, February 28, 2022
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson - Caller ID, Call Waiting
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Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Dr. Marsha Rhea Williams - First Black Woman PhD in Computer Science
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Represent Black Excellence

Monday - Friday, February 21 - 25
Whether you are in-person or online, this is a week to join together in wearing shirts with notable black figures, black history quotes, Greek wear or other items to celebrate Black Culture.

Enjoy sharing photos on social media #BlackExcellenceJCTC #BlackHistoryMonth

African American Read-In: Roots & Legacies of Equity, Inclusion, and Allyship
Monday, February 28
11:00 am - 1:00 pm via Teams link: Click here to join the meeting
Sponsored by the Black Affairs Advocacy Committee

Here's how you can support the Read-In:
Come read! Contact Marlisa Austin or Jill Adams if you want to reserve a specific time. Or drop in...stay for 20 minutes or two hours. We'll have some pieces available if you want to read but can't decide what to choose.

Join the event live and be part of the audience! Comment in the chat, listen, be part of the community for as long as you can. You're welcome to drop in not stay for the full event.
Encourage others to READ and/or ATTEND! We want to share this time-honored tradition with as many students as possible so please support them in reading and/or dropping in. The more student voices the better--thanks for helping to make that happen.

For questions or to reserve time to read, contact
Professor Marlisa Austin (
Professor Jill Adams (

More items to read links as well:

Learning Commons - Book Collection 1

Learning Commons - Book Collection 2

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