Black History Month

Black History Month started in 1925 as “Negro History Week” by Carter G. Woodson to raise awareness of African American’s contribution to civilization and American society. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The celebration was expanded from one week to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial, to signify the importance of Black history, the Civil Rights movement, and the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture.

2023-24 Black History Month Events


February 8th from 4:30 -5:30pm: Black Joy: Friends, Lovers & Other Relationships in IME Suite - Come learn and reflect on healthy relationships as we engage in some activities. Free chocolate and gratitude cards!


February 10rd from 10 -3pm: Portland Art Museum + Lunch Field Trip - In honor of Black History Month, IME will be taking students to see the Black Artists of Oregon exhibit, currently showing in the Portland Art Museum. IME hopes to highlight this opportunity as a way to create a community for Black self-identifying students. All are welcome to come learn.

  • We will be walking up to 30 minutes during the outing so please dress for the elements along with comfortable shoes.
  • Tickets, food, and transportation will be provided.
  • By completing this form, you are expressing interest in attending the Portland Art Museum.

*RSVP Priority Deadline: January 20, 2024 at 5:00 pm to help with food count and adequate ticket ordering!


February 15th from 5 -6:30pm: Lecture: Lessons of the Civil Rights Movement & Black Freedom Struggle at Greg Pavillon - Learn how the civil rights struggle has impacted our understanding of protests and social movements from visiting Phi Beta Kappa scholar, Kenneth Andrews.


February 16th from 5:30 -7:30pm: Black History Month Dinner in Greg Pavillon -   Join us in an evening with other students, staff, faculty, and our amazing alumni panelists. We will be engaging in discussion around Blackness and how it has shaped the experiences and careers of our panelists. Dinner will be catered by a Black Star Grill.

*RSVP is appreciated by February 09, 2024, to help with the food count


February 20th from 5pm: Ben Crump Presents Martin Luther King Jr. Endowed Lecture in Flanagan Chapel This lecture is presented by the Law School: Come learn from a renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney, Ben Crump. Mr. Crump f the nation’s foremost lawyers and advocates for social justice.

  • This is a hybrid event. For those who cannot make it in person, the event will be streamed in a zoom webinar format. 
  • Link for more information.


February 24th from 1 -3:30pm: On the Hill: Black Market Place in Stamm - In honor of Black History Month, the Black Student Union and the Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement Office are excited to introduce On the Hill: Black Marketplace, an opportunity on-campus for Black-identifying students, staff, faculty, and external vendors to sell their crafts/goods to our L&C community.

We hope to offer live music, and food samples and have a community filled with art and culture. For those interested in selling their craft or goods, please complete this short form. Letting us know by February 16th is appreciated to ensure space.


February 27th from 5 -7pm: Meet & Greet and Let’s Eat Event -

  • Bon Appétit presents a meet and greet with chef and author of Caribbean Paleo, Althea Brown. Chef Brown will be working with the Bon staff to create a recipe from her book.
  • Use your meal points to join the dinner. Flex points or credit cards will be accepted for those who do not have meal points. Her books will be available for purchase and signing!


February 28th from 6 -7pm: Career Tranisitions & Pivots in Council Chambers - The Black Alumni Association & Student Alumni Association presents a panel viewing on how to pick to a career, encountering life pivots and transitions!

  • 5:30 pm: Doors open for food
  • 6:00 pm: Panel begins
  • Please email if you have any questions, comments, accommodations, and/or concerns.

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