Since 1976, the month of February has been designated to remember the contributions of people of the African diaspora. The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week." This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, dates celebrated by black communities since the late 19th century. Negro History Week was the center of the equation. The thought-process behind the week was never recorded, but scholars acknowledge two reasons for its birth: recognition and importance. Woodson felt deeply that at least one week would allow for the general movement to become something annually celebrated.

UMass Lowell Libguide - Black History and Resources on Racism in the United States:

  • During the month of February, the UMass Lowell Library will have a Libguide that highlights ebooks, video and films from the library collection, as well as feature Films on Demand on the history of racism in the United States. (Black History and Racism resources libguide link).

Black History Month Events

  • Hidden in Plain Sight - Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. Reception and 5:00 p.m. Panel Discussion, O'Leary Library Mezzanine (All are welcome; Light Refreshments), sponsored by the University’s community : Office of Multicultural Affairs, UMass Lowell Library Services, and The Free Soil Arts Collective as they host a panel discussion of the history of Lowell's Black Presidents. 

Keynote Address 

  • Nyle Fort "Critical Race Theory and a Country in Crisis" - Monday, February 14, 2022 at 1:30 p.m., UCC 260 
  • Nyle Fort "Black in America: Race, Protest, and Democracy" - Monday, February 14, 2022 at 5 p.m., UCC 260

Nyle Fort is a minister, activist, and scholar. His work addresses issues of racial and social justice through cutting-edge scholarship, community-based organizing, and large-scale social movements. Kyle co-founded the Maroon Project, an organization that works with students, community organizers, and local residents to impact issues of social justice through political education, civic engagement, and leadership development. Kyle earned his B.A. in English from Morehouse College, and his Ph.D in Religion and Interdisciplinary Humanities, with a concentration in African American Studies, from Princeton University. He is an incoming professor of African Studies at Columbia University. He is currently building a national museum of social justice and multi-racial activism.

Club Events 
  • Association of Students of African Origen - Follow ASAO on social media, Instagram: @asaoatuml 
    • Cultural Poetry Night - Wednesday, February 16, 2022
  • Black Student Union - Follow BSU on social media, Instagram: @umlblackstudentunion
    • Black Excellence Gala - Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 6 p.m.- 10:30 p.m., UCC 260

Virtual Field Trips:

Here are some third party virtual field trips you can take to get some more information about this heritage month!