Black History Month 2023

It is our pleasure to commemorate the 53rd annual Black History Month. Black History Month exists to honor, celebrate, and recognize the impact Black/African/African-American people, across the Diaspora, have had on the world. It is our goal to center Black joy through collaboration and education with a month of 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 COMING SOON. For more information about how to get involved, please contact the Office of Intercultural Engagement at

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

Event Details

Frank Woods art exhibitJanuary 3-March 1, 2023all dayWeatherspoon At Museum, Tanenbaum roomDr. Frank Woods exhibits his painted portraits of African American heroes. Hosted by AADS and the Weatherspoon Art Museum
Kickoff CookoutFeb 1. 202311am-2pmMoran Commons/Fountain ViewKickoff Black History Month by celebrating with sweet treats, hot drinks, music, and a focus on Black video gamers and Black creators! If you don’t have a meal plan we can give you a voucher to eat lunch in the Caf! Sponsored by OIE, UNCG Dining, and UNCG E-Sports
Black History Celebration Feb. 4, 20232:30-5:30pmColeman BuildingFood trucks and venders from local black owned businesses. Kid’s Corner. Engage with members of our UNCG and Greensboro community. Join for the women’s basketball game (entry fee). Hosted by UNCG Athletics.
International Civil Rights Museum Black History Month Speaker SeriesFeb 8, 20236:00 PMEUCA conversation between (former) UN Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young and our Chancellor Gilliam, in partnership with 4 Universities in the Triad.
The Vibez CafeFeb 9, 20236-8pmOIE SpaceRelaxing night with OIE that focuses on Black artists (Spoken word, poetry, coffee shop songs, etc.)
Frank Woods lectureFeb. 14, 20234:00 PMWeatherspoon Museum lecture hallDr. Frank Woods, longtime professor of Black Studies, delivers lecture on African American Art History. Sponsored by AADS and the Weatherspoon Art Museum
LiNC (Leading for an INclusive Campus) ConferenceFeb 17, 202310:00 AM- 3:00 PMEUC (various spaces)LiNC is a student-centered leadership conference focused on the intersections of leadership, identity, inclusion, and diversity. The purpose of this conference is to challenge students to explore these intersections in their own lives and on their campuses. Ultimately, the conference is meant to inform and inspire students to act as change agents, working toward social change and inclusive leadership in their campus community and beyond. Hosted by OLCE and OIE.
Black Table TalkFeb 17, 20236:00-7:30pmCone BallroomDialogue centered around past, present, and future as it pertains to the Black experience at UNCG. Hosted by OIE, Brothers Doing Positive, the Black Student Union and Sisters with Vision.
For the Culture Quiz BowlFeb 20, 20236-8PMEUC AuditoriumQuiz based competition that will test players on Black/African American history. Hosted by OIE and Housing and Res Life.
Ondaraguni: Social Organization Among Garifuna WomenFeb 21, 20233:30pmBryan Building 114Speaker: Nodia Mena, Ph.D candidate in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations and cultural ambassador of Garifunas, African and Native American-descended people in the Caribbean. Co-founder of the Afro-Latin American/Latinx Studies Project in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Program at UNCG
CACE- Bridge Builders ConferenceFeb. 21-22, 20239am-9pmEUC Alexander, ClaxtonAnnual Conference on African American and African Diasporic Cultures and Experiences (CACE) on the theme of Bridge Builders. Hosted by the UNCG AADS Program
HIV / STI testing eventFeb. 22, 202310am-2pmCone BallroomFree and confidential testing opportunity offered by Spartan Well Being
DARInG Futures: Directly Addressing Racial Inequities with Guts

Feb. 24, 20232:00-3:30pmSOEB 120
Dr. Tara Blackshear has made a global impact by working worldwide to improve the quality of life for others. Dr. Blackshear will share her research that confronts health and physical activity disparities, racism, and other inequities in education that disproportionately affect Black women, girls, and people of color. Hosted by UNCG Kinesiology, AADS, and the School of Health and Human Sciences at UNCG

Thank you to our sponsors: Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, Office of Campus Activities & Programs, Counseling & Psychological Services, Spartan Well Being, Campus Violence Response Center