Feb. 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month – an annual celebration to learn, honor and remember the accomplishments and central role of black men and women throughout history. The GSSW looks forward to embracing history, enriching our knowledge, and encouraging us to celebrate diversity through events for Black History Month. Since its beginnings as Negro History Week in 1926, Black History Month has been given annual themes. The theme for 2020, African Americans and the Vote, reflects the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment (women's suffrage), the 150th anniversary of the 15th amendment (giving black men the ballot), and a landmark election year for voting rights. Giving special attention to the struggle for voting rights among black men and women, this theme reminds us of the journey and sacrifices made to achieve voting equality, and the unfinished work that still persists today.
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Black History Month Events
Baylor's Department of Multicultural Affairs has a host of events lined up during the entire month of February to both honor and celebrate Black History Month. Take a look at the schedule by clicking here, or look at a small sampling of upcoming events below. Be sure to check out your local city guide to participate in events in your area.
Houston Museum of African American Culture
30 Years of Social Commentary with Vicki Meek
February 8 and 15 at 11 a.m.
Ten years of exhibitions celebrating African American culture
February 8 from 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Click here for more Houston events!
"We Have Come This Far: An Inspirational Evening"
February 6, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
McLennan Community College's Ball Performing Arts Center
Unfinished Business: From the Great Migration to Black Lives Matter
Dr. Stephanie Boddie
Musical Documentary and Discussion
February 24 • 7 p.m.
Good Neighbor House
2301 Colcord Ave., Waco
Opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to voice their stories about campus life and culture
Wednesday, February 5
Baines Room, SUB
The Discipline of Diversity: Becoming Agents of Change in an Ever-Changing World
presented by the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work
Friday, February 7
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Faculty, Staff, and Student Mixer
Friday, February 7
SUB CUB (Outside of the MA Offices)
Prejudice in the Blink of an Eye: The Science of Racial Bias
Dr. Stacey Sinclair, Princeton University
presented by Baylor Chapter Phi Beta Kappa
Thursday, February 20
The Most Searched: A Celebration of Black History Makers
Google released a Black History Month Commercial that is guaranteed to give you chills. They used #TheMostSearched moments and individuals in America and identified Black American achievements that were searched more than any others between 2004 and 2019.
The Black History Podcast
The African diaspora is a rich tapestry weaving through the course of time, with not only a strong impact on the American society, but throughout the world. The "Black History" podcast ventures to each week introduce an innovative topic, influential person or present interesting aspects of history related to the African diaspora to those seeking knowledge and enlightenment.
Check out Jemar Tisby's lecture, "How to Fight Racism," which he presented at Baylor University on Jan. 17., 2019