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Black History Month

2018 Theme: “Blacktivism: Remembering Our Heritage while Reclaiming Our Justice”

“Blacktivism”, a portmanteau of the terms “Black” and “activism”, refers to the rigorous and purposeful action taken to bring about social change and justice within the Black community.  We are witnessing history with the various dynamic forms of social activism that are occurring across the world through the use of non-traditional demonstrations. These grassroots efforts have inspired a new way of thinking and political engagement that have ignited a level of consciousness and a broader understanding of how anyone can make the world a more socially just place. This month we introduce “Blacktivism” as a central focus to this year’s celebration of Black History. Through a series of culturally enriching programs, we are excited to be remembering our heritage while reclaiming our justice.

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

Blackout: Black History Month Kickoff

Thursday, February 1 @ 6:00 p.m.

the BLACKOUT: Black History Month Kickoff
Visitor Center Atrium
UT Dallas presents “Blacktivism” as our renowned theme for Black History Month! Celebrate African-American culture with the Multicultural Center at our kickoff event for the month. There will be authentic Jamaican food, musical entertainment from a live DJ as well as various student organization booths and activities. Come celebrate history and find out information about upcoming events during Black History Month!

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Thursday, February 8 @ 7:00 p.m.

Community Conversations: Mental Health in the Black Community

TI Auditorium – ECSS 2.102
Join us for an interactive panel discussion about serving the community through activism and the importance of mental health and wellness. A thought-provoking panel discussion consisting of community activists and mental health and wellness practitioners will share their insight and knowledge.
Tell Them We are Rising
Tuesday, February 13 @ 7:00 p.m.
Film Showing: “Tell Them We Are Rising”
SSA Auditorium – SSA 13.330
Come out and see the riveting documentary, Tell Them We are Rising, in celebration of Black History Month. Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities examines the impact Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have had on American history, culture, and national identity.
Africa Night: A Glimpse Into the Motherland

Saturday, February 17 @ 7:00 p.m.

Africa Night: A Glimpse Into the Motherland
Student Union Galaxy Rooms – SU 2.602
Learn about the culture and history of Africa while tasting some amazing and authentic African cuisine! Hosted by the Multicultural Center and African Student Union, Africa Night is a traditional program on UTD’s campus that encompasses music, entertainment, and great food.

Talk Nerdy To Me: Diversity In Comics

Tuesday, February 20 @ 7:00 p.m. 

Talk Nerdy to Me: Diversity in Comics
SSA Auditorium – SSA 13.330

Come celebrate Black History Month with SUAAB and the Multicultural Center. Join us for a discussion about comics and how diversity strengthens a cast of characters.First 25 people to show up (and stay) at the event get a free coffee mug!
Margot Lee Shetterly Distinguished Lecture Series

Wednesday, February 21 @ 7:00 p.m.

Distinguished Lecture Series Featuring Margot Lee Shetterly
Edith O’Donnell Arts & Technology Lecture Hall – ATC 1.102
“Unsung Heroes of Race, Gender, Science and Innovation”
Writer, researcher and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. By telling the astonishing story of African-American women who served as the “human computers” behind the scenes at NASA and helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space, Shetterly breaks open critical conversations about issues of race, gender and science.
Tickets may be purchased here.

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Wednesday, February 28 @ 4:30 p.m.

The Big Dinner: The African American Heritage Celebration

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 key note speaker Taylor Toynes, founder and executive director of For Oak Cliff; he will address the UT Dallas community on the the importance of service within the community. A traditional soul food dinner catered by renowned Dallas’ restaurant Sweet Georgia Brown Barbecue will be served to all attending guests.

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Purchase a Blacktivism shirt!

This month we introduce the “Blacktivism” t-shirt as a visual complement to our host of programs for the month of February.
Click here to purchase!