Black History Month 2022

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It is our pleasure to commemorate the 52nd annual Black History Month. Black History Month exists to honor, celebrate, and recognize the indelible impact Black people, across the diaspora, have had on the world. It is our goal to center Black joy as an act of resistance and rest through a month-long programming and advocacy.

Black History Month started as “Negro History Week,” in 1926, conceived by Carter G. Woodson, an influential African American historian, educator, and scholar. In 1970 the first Black History Month was celebrated at Kent State University. Six years later, it became a month-long national observance as declared by President Gerald Ford.

We look forward to the exchange of knowledge, care, and joy this month as highlighted in our calendar of events seen below. For more information about how to get involved, please contact the Office of Intercultural Engagement at engage@uncg.edu.

Use the hashtag #UNCGBlackHistory on social media to tag us in your posts.

Event Details

Lunch & Learn: Black and Queer: Monday February 7th, 12pm, Intercultural Resource Center, Elliot University Center Room 062

We have always been here. Black queer people have experienced life through the a multimarginalized perspective that can seem isolating even within their own communities. In this discussion, we hope to bring resources for Black queer individuals as well as celebrate and honor the indelible impact this group has had on the world.

POSTPONED. NEW DATE TBA. Student Activism/Power in Voices: Wednesday, February 9th, 4pm, Zoom

What does it mean to engage in Activism as a student? This panel will explore the impact that students have had and changing things not only on their campus but in the world. Special guest panelist include SNAPCo and NCBLOC Solutions Not Punishments Collaborative and North Carolina Black Leadership & Organizing Collective

Viewing of February One: Thursday February 10th, Intercultural Resource Center, Elliot University Center Room 062

Four students from North Carolina A&T State University made a decision that would shift the culture, the law, and our history forever when they decided to stage a sit-in here in Greensboro. This film discusses the motivations, preparation, and impact the A&T Four had on the civil rights movement and the journey to equality.

Dialogue: Birthing Inequity Monday February 14th, 3-4pm Zoom

Black birthing partners are disproportionately at risk compared to their non-black counterparts. The mortality rate is alarming, yet no one is doing anything about it. Or are they?

Dialogue: Environmental Racism & Housing: Tuesday, February 15th

Did you know that where your home is located has a direct impact on not only the quality of life that you will have but your upward mobility, health, and ultimately your lifespan? What if you found out this is a part of the plan? Join us to learn more about the impact environmental racism has on Black people in the past and present.

Viewing: 13th Thursday February 17th, 1pm, Intercultural Resource Center, Elliott University Center Room 062

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

Dialogue Prison – Abolition v. Reform: Thursday February 17th, 3pm, Intercultural Resource Center, Elliott University Center Room 062

Seeking justice beyond the punishment system, transforming how we deal with harm and accountability, and finding hope in collective struggle for abolition, Mariame Kaba’s work is deeply rooted in the relentless belief that we can fundamentally change the world. We will delve into the cases for prison reform or prison abolition

Black Entrepreneur (Afro-Source) Digital Booklet Release: Friday February 18th

Women’s Basketball Game Honoring Black History Month: Saturday, February 19th, 4pm, Flemming Gymnasium

Doors open at 3pm. First 100 students get a free t-shirt.

Dialogue: Black and Disabled: Monday February 21st, 1pm, Zoom

CACE 2022 Conference on African American and African Diasporic Cultures and Experiences “And Still We Rise”: Black Spacemaking, Place, and Community: MANY EVENTS! February 22-23 Zoom. Presented by the African American and African Diaspora Studies Program. Program and Details. Register HERE.

CACE 2022 features traditional papers, roundtables, and other creative
formats highlighting and interrogating the ways in which peoples of the
African diaspora transform, make sense of, interact with, or challenge
their environment through visual art, poetry, museums, and other
mediums. How have African descended peoples renamed public histories,
reshaped politics and academia, reimagined social justice, and redefined
equitable health care? Our participants address these topics and more through the theme of Black Spacemaking.

Speaker, Da’Shaun Harrison: Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness: Wednesday, February 23rd, 4pm, Elliott University Center Auditorium. Register HERE. (RECORDING)

It is our pleasure to announce that we have invited Da’Shaun L. Harrison (they/them), author of Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness for a virtual author chat at UNC Greensboro February 23rd. 

Da’Shaun Harrison is a Black, fat, queer and trans theorist and abolitionist in Atlanta, GA. Harrison is the author of Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness, and is a public speaker who often gives talks and leads workshops on Blackness, queerness, gender, fatness, disabilities, and their intersections.

Thank you to our sponsors: The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Department of Sociology, Department of Social Work, Dr. Yarneccia Dyson’s Research Lab, Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, Office of Campus Activities & Programs, Counseling Center, Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, Department of English, School of Education, Honors College, Department of Kinesiology, Kinesiology DEI Program, University Libraries, and the School of Nursing.

Viewing of Just Mercy: Thursday, February 24th, 4pm Intercultural Resource Center, Elliot University Center Room 062

Dialogue: Black Storytelling in Media: February 28th at 12pm Zoom

So what had happened was… storytelling is a pillar in the experiences of  Black folks. As the late Congressman John Lewis, a standard bearer of the civil rights movement and equity in this country, said, “The movement without storytelling, is like birds without wings.” It has served as a way to remember what was stolen or what once was, create new and better worlds, and connect the community.