Sunday, January 31, 2021

Black History Month Events

Black History Month Art Showcase

Feb. 1 - 28  // Open to Submissions

Enjoy a virtual showcase of art from various genres to celebrate the diversity of the Black/African American community at the University of Maryland. To emphasize this month's theme of Black Joy, members of our community will have the opportunity to showcase their art of all forms! Each week will be a different theme, and all submissions will be done through Google Forms. Students are unlimited in the number of submissions each week. At the end of the month, students will be able to vote on their favorites in each category! 

Submission Forms:

Week 1 (Dancing/Music): February 1st to February 5th 
Week 2 (Art): February 8th to February 12th 
Week 3 (Makeup/Fashion): February 15th to February 19th

Sponsored by: MICA


Queering Black History - Social Media Campaign

Ongoing // @lgbtequity

Throughout February, the LGBT Equity Center will host an interactive social media campaign highlighting Queer Black figures. 

Sponsored by: The LGBT Equity Center


Black Monologues

Feb. 1- 28  //

A series of original monologue performances educating the broader campus community on institutional issues and experiences affecting African-descended members of the University of Maryland community. Will be released throughout the month. Open for submissions at

Sponsored by: MICA


In Focus: Representations of Black Womanhood

Monday, Feb. 1 // 10:00 am // Stamp Gallery

What does it mean to be a black woman?  What happens when we stand outside of what’s prescribed?  This exhibition seeks to capture the complexity of an ever-shifting personal identity that has political, cultural, and historical implications.  Through imagery and words, portraits and poetry explore the search for definition of oneself-- sifting through the answers from society, family, and her own heart.

Sponsored by: The Stamp Gallery

Reimagining Black Masculinities 

Friday, Feb. 5 // 3:00 pm //

The public’s imagination of Black men and masculinities often draws from racist attitudes, depictions, and distortions that neglect/exclude narratives of healing, self-love, vulnerability, and joy. Join us on February 5th from 3 to 4:15pm as we create space for and with Black men to reflect on and engage in conversation on the beauties, complexities, and possibilities of Black masculinities. #BlackMasculinitiesUMD. 

Sponsored by: The Office of Diversity and Inclusion


Movie Night: The Wiz

Friday, Feb. 5 //

An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African American experience.

Sponsored by: SEE

“David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History,” opens at the High Museum of Art on Feb. 6 and runs through May 9.

View the exhibit here:

African-American History and the University of Maryland: A Virtual Campus Landmark Tour various dates

From its antebellum founding through the present day, Terp life has been shaped by more than just those who wrote the official version of history. There was a time when students and visitors of color were outsiders here, but through the sacrifices of earlier pioneers—reflected in our campus fabric—each brick and blade of glass belongs to them as well. This Black History Month, you are invited to explore the legacy of African American people and communities that impacted the life of the University, the State, and beyond through a virtual tour of African American history and landmarks at the University of Maryland, College Park. Hosted by Dr. Kim Nickerson, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the tour is an affirmation of the positive and meaningful African American presence on our campus.

Please click below to register for a tour:


Virtual Career Shuttle: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

Friday, Feb. 12 // 12:00 pm //

Learn about internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture! Students of all majors (undergraduate & graduate) are welcome to attend, though students with previous coursework in history, arts management, museum studies, art history, African American Studies, American Studies, film studies, digital media, photography/art, and other related fields may be the most interested in the opportunities available.  Please be sure to RSVP.

Sponsored by: University Career Center


Movie Night: Black Panther

Friday, Feb. 12 //

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

STAMP will show virtual movies for Black History Month every Friday night. Black Panther will play for 24 hours starting at midnight.

Sponsored by: SEE


Black History Month Read-a-thon

Tuesday, Feb. 16 // 11:00 am // 

University Community members sign up to read something written by a favorite Black Author. This could be a poem, book excerpt, song lyric, lines from a play, part of a speech; you choose!

This Zoom Webinar will be live streamed via the UMD Libraries YouTube page, and is open to all members of the community. We are looking to host a variety of readers to highlight speeches, quotes, and other works by inspiring Black leaders, innovators, authors, entertainers, scientists, and scholars, etc. We are looking forward to lively discussions and interaction in our commitment to create a *Brave space (see below) for all participants.  

Bring your favorite books or poems to read! If you need reading recommendations and/or access to free, online texts, please refer to HathiTrust:

Directions for access online books through HathiTrust at:

Compiled reading recommendations list at: 

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are all invited to sign up as a reader at this event! For those interested in tuning in as an audience member on YouTube, or on Zoom Webinar.

Sponsored by: University Libraries


Centering Black Joy: Finding your Purpose 

Tuesday, Feb. 16 // 3:00 pm //

This engaging workshop will serve as a conversation for undergraduate & graduate students to discuss what Black joy is, how it can be interwoven in your academic, professional, and personal spaces, and how might it serve as a framework in finding your life's purpose. “American Ascent” Screening and Panel Discussion 

Thursday, Feb. 18 // 7:00 pm //

To celebrate Black History Month, the RecWell Adventure Program will be hosting a virtual screening of “American Ascent”, a documentary film about the first African-American expedition to climb North America's highest peak, Denali. Following the screening, current and former black Adventure Program student employees will share their experiences of overcoming barriers and finding joy in outdoor recreation. Participants will be invited to join in the discussion by asking the panelists questions. Register at

Sponsored by: RecWell Adventure Program


Black History Virtual Trivia 

Thursday, Feb. 18 // 8:00 pm // LINK coming soon

This will be a virtual trivia event that will quiz participants on historical events and figures in Black history. The winner will be awarded an Intramural champ shirt!

Sponsored by: University Recreation & Wellness

Sponsored by: MICA

Sponsored by: Athletics + Black Graduate Student Union


Thursday, February 18 | 7 p.m. EST
“Say It Loud: A Black TERPspective" uncovers the past and present events that defined Black experiences at the University of Maryland. Highlighting #BlackTerps that blazed the trail for critical Black voices, such as the Black Student Union and #BlackTerpsMatter, the panelists will provide stories of triumph and struggle through the decades. 
Bobby McLeod | First BSU President
Saba Tshibaka ‘21 | Co-Founder of Black Terps Matter
Sandra Weaver '74 | Second Editor of The Black Explosion, founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists

Walt Williams '92 | Former UMD All-American basketball player and NBA veteran

Dr. Kim Nickerson | Assistant Dean for Diversity, Diversity Officer and Equity Administrator (Moderator)

Friday, February 19 | 12 p.m. EST
"A Seat at the Table: Stories and Lessons from UMD Alumni" is a new series featuring alumni from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, representing an array of industries and organizations. This series focuses on what it means to have a "seat at the table?" How does one get there? Who are your table guests? And how do you use your voice and influence within your organization once at the table? This month's program will focus on Black Professionals. Our participating panel will anecdotally discuss their career trajectory, experiences in the workplace- particularly in light of events in the last year- and share how they have maneuvered tough situations and conversations, sponsored and given agency to colleagues and students coming up, and address how to use your voice and position of power within the workplace and beyond.
Dr. Rashawn Ray | Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Lab for Applied Social Science Research (Moderator)

Movie Night: Us

Friday, Feb. 19 //

A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Sponsored by: SEE


SEE Presents: An Evening with Tarana Burke, founder of the 'me too.' Movement 

Monday, Feb. 22 // 7:00 pm //

SEE presents An Evening with Tarana Burke, founder of the 'me too.' Movement. The event will consist of a moderated Q&A followed by an opportunity for audience members to ask questions via Zoom Webinar Q&A function.

Sponsored by: Student Entertainment Events


Joyous Insights: Advice on Graduate Education from UMD Black Graduate Students

Wednesday, Feb. 24 // 5:30 pm //

Are you interested in graduate school after you earn your degree from the University of Maryland? The first portion of this workshop will feature a panel of UMD Black graduate students from across academic disciplines with the second half discussing graduate education in general - what is graduate school, how to apply, how to pay for it, and other key takeaways.

Sponsored by: Black Graduate Student Union


Decolonizing Self Care: Rest as Reparations

Thursday, Feb. 25 // LINK  coming soon

Self care should not be synonymous with simply surviving: A workshop exploring ways that we can utilize effective self care and support ourselves beyond just making it day to day.

Lakeland: Heritage, Loss and the Quest For Restorative Justice

Thursday, Feb. 25// 2:00 - 3:30 pm Virtual RSVP

Did you know that there was once a thriving African American Community called Lakeland adjacent to the University, stretching from Route 1 in College Park to Lake Artemesia Park? Disrupted over the years by urban renewal, including actions by the city of College Park, the Maryland National Parks and Planning Commission, and the University of Maryland, Lakeland is still home to community members working to preserve its legacy and to seek restorative justice.

Join us for a panel discussion of Lakeland’s history, the effort to preserve its heritage, and its current quest for justice.

After Selma Documentary Film Viewing and Discussion 

Event Date and Time

Virtual Event

Join the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland and the Bowie State/ Social Justice Alliance for a vewing of the documentary film After Selma, followed by an interactive discussion featuring Selma civil rights activist, Joanne Bland, and documentary filmmaker, Loki Mulholland.  Register by 2/25: After Selma: Voter Suppression Tickets, Fri, Feb 26, 2021 at 1:30 PM | Eventbrite


Movie Night: Akeelah and the Bee

Friday, Feb. 26 //

A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.

Sponsored by: SEE