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Welcome to Black History Month! This observance began at Kent State University in 1970 and became federally recognized in 1976. Throughout the month, LVC will celebrate and engage in dialogue around Black identities and Black health and wellness.

Informational Resources for Allies

Check out Bishop Library’s Diversity LibGuide to learn about anti-racism, anti-oppression, diversity, and inclusion. Videos and content include information about White Privilege, What Does Racism Look Like?, Support Resources for Persons of Color & Native Folk, and more.

Black History Month 2024 Events

Civic Story: Four Harriets of History

Feb. 2 | 12 p.m. | Online-National Constitution Center

Explore the lives of four American women—Harriet Robinson Scott, Harriet Tubman, Harriet Jacobs, and Harriet Beecher Stowe—who confronted slavery through literature, lawsuits, and direct action in their efforts to free themselves and others from bondage.

The Color of Space

Online Documentary

A NASA documentary showcasing the stories of Black Astronauts.

The Color of Space captures the personal stories of seven current and former Black astronauts, each selected to become part of NASA’s astronaut corps and train for space missions.

Step Afrika! 101

Feb. 24 | 7 p.m. | Lutz Hall, Blair Music Center

In honor of Black History Month, LVC’s Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging and the Department of Music/Theater are collaborating to bring Step Afrika! to campus. Step Afrika! 101 is an energetic, educational introduction to the art form of stepping. Merging the steps and strolls created and still practiced by Black Greek-letter organizations with the sounds of AfroBeats and popular music, Step Afrika! 101 fuses explosive footwork, vibrant choreography, and contemporary African movement into an incredible, unique campus experience.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Please register here.


African American Read-In

Feb. 28 | 3–5 p.m. | Bishop Library Atrium

The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging will host LVC’s third annual African American Read-In to celebrate Black History Month. This event will honor and shed light on the amazingly talented Black writers who have contributed so much to Black culture throughout the world. Participants are asked to come prepared to read a passage, excerpt, or poem from a Black author or poet that speaks to them in an exciting or moving way. We ask that all excerpts be no longer than 10 minutes, and that all pieces be from a Black-identifying author or poet.


BSU Unity Vigil

Feb. 28 | 6 p.m. | Miller Chapel

In honor of Black History Month, Black Student Union hosts the fourth annual Unity Vigil. Listen, grow, support, and celebrate each other.

Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.

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Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024

The 2024 Symposium theme was Creating Belonging: A Call to Action and featured Dr. Terrell Strayhorn as keynote speaker. Faculty, staff, and students dedicated their time to provide the LVC Community with a variety of educational and interactive afternoon sessions to further our commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

This year’s Symposium followed a kick-off social justice lecture by Rev. Dr. Bernice King in September.