Multicultural Center

Black History Month

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2020 Theme: “We The People”

The theme, We the People, commemorates the centennial (100th) and sesquicentennial (150th) anniversaries of the ratification of the 15th& 19th amendments which gave the right to vote to both African American men and women. When the U.S. constitution was written, African Americans were counted as only three-fifths of a person and treated as property; it was only eighty-two (82) years later that African-Americans were awarded the right to vote.

In order to create a more perfect University, We the People pledge to:

  • Article I: Educate our campus about Black history and remember our roots.

  • Article II: Celebrate love in all its forms.

  • Article III: Reflect on UTD’s black student history and create our own legacies.

  • Article IV: Make our voices heard by registering to vote.

  • Article V: Celebrate the differences and similarities within our community.

  • Article VI: Come together and break bread in unity.

We the People is a call to action, a challenge to exercise the power our collective voices make, and acknowledge the history and contributions of African-Americans to United States history.

*-This theme was created by the Black History Month planning committee.

History of Black History Month

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 U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

For more information regarding Black History Month, visit the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH) website.

Schedule of Events

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Super Tuesday: Black History Month Kickoff

Tuesday, February 4 @ 7 p.m
Visitor Center Atrium (Map)
UT Dallas presents We the People as our theme for Black History Month! Celebrate African-American culture with the Multicultural Center at our kickoff event for the month. There will be food, a live DJ as well as various student organization booths and activities. Come celebrate with us and find out more information about upcoming events during Black History Month.

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Legacy Legacy Legacy: UTD Black Alumni Panel

Tuesday, February 11 @ 7 p.m
TI Auditorium (ECSS 2.102)

Join us as we take a look back at the history of UT Dallas’ Black alums as they discuss their journey as a college student and provide insight and knowledge as they pass the baton to current UTD students. The only reason we should take a look back is to see how far we have come.

Poster for the movie If Beale Street Could Talk.

Meteor Theater Presents: If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

Thursday, February 13 @ 7:00 p.m.
SSA Auditorium (SSA 13.330)
If Beale Street Could Talk is an adaptation of the novel written by American novelist James Baldwin; and follows the love story of a wrongly convicted man and his fiancée in early 1970’s Harlem. Come out to experience the Academy Award nominated film for Best Adapted Screenplay with Meteor Theater and the Multicultural Center.

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Habesha Student Union Presents: Habesha Night

Saturday, February 15 @ 6:00 p.m
Student Union Galaxy Rooms (SU 2.602)
Join the Habesha Student Union as we explore the wonders of Ethiopia and Eritrea and celebrate the culture through traditional food, performance, and fashion. Student tickets are $10 and adult tickets are $15. All proceeds will go to two charities; AHOPE Ethiopia and Eritrean Development Foundation.

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Raisin the Bar: Oatmeal Bar

Tuesday, February 18 @ 9:30 a.m.
Student Union 1st Floor
In honor of Black History Month, we are shining the light on the increased risk that African-Americans have in regards to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Attendees will be provided an opportunity for students to get their blood pressure checked and get more information on protecting themselves from heart disease. Also, a free oatmeal bar with all the glorious toppings will be provided while supplies last. In partnership with University Recreation and the Student Wellness Center.

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Lift Off Music Series: Magna Carda

Thursday, February 20 @ 7:00 p.m.
Student Union Lower Level (SU 2.602)
The Lift Off Music Series is an interactive and intimate concert/music showcase where today’s generation can listen to new and innovative artists. This year we’re excited to present Magna Carda from Austin, Texas, led by the most dynamic MC-producer duo, Megz Kelli and Dougie Do. With their genre-defying blend of rap-meets-jazz-meets-R&B-meets electronic, the band has quickly captured the imagination of listeners in Texas and beyond. In partnership with the Student Union & Activities Advisory Board (SUAAB).

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The African Student Union Presents: Africa Night

Saturday, February 22 @ 7:00 p.m.
Student Union Galaxy Rooms (SU 2.602)
Join the African Student Union as we celebrate their headlining event, Africa Night, an evening that highlights African culture and history through traditional food, fashion and dance. This year’s event will feature guest host and comedian, Dulo.

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The Big Dinner: African American Heritage Celebration

Thursday, February 27 @ 4:30 p.m.
Student Union Galaxy Rooms (SU 2.602)
The Big Dinner is the annual Black History Month Celebration hosted by the Multicultural Center. This year’s event will feature a guest speaker providing a keynote address centered on Black History. A traditional soul food dinner catered by renowned Dallas’ restaurant Sweet Georgia Brown Barbecue will be served to all attending guests.

Black History Month Planning Committee

Black History Month (BHM) at UT Dallas is a collaborative effort between students, staff and faculty here at the university. The Multicultural Center is thankful for their support. The following are cosponsors & collaborators for BHM 2020:

  • African Student Union
  • Black Congress
  • Black Student Alliance
  • Habesha Student Union
  • Meteor Theater
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Sigma Kappa Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
  • Sigma Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
  • Tau Pi Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated
  • Tau Xi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Incorporated.
  • Student Counseling Center
  • Student Union & Activities Advisory Board
  • Student Wellness Center
  • University Recreation

For more information, please contact the us at 972-883-6390 or [email protected].