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Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is an annual observance and celebration in the United States and some other countries. It takes place in February each year and is dedicated to honoring and recognizing the achievements, contributions, and history of African Americans, their culture, and their role in shaping the nation.

Black History Month serves to promote awareness and understanding of Black history and culture. It encourages discussions about racial equality, social justice, and the ongoing fight against discrimination and racism. While it has its roots in the United States, Black History Month has also been adopted and celebrated in other countries to recognize the global impact of the African diaspora. Learn more about Black History Month.

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Please note: Programming for Heritage Months/identity-based recognitions are listed based on the submissions received.

Black History Month Events and Programs

Alumni Association

The Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) is taking this opportunity to reflect on the myriad contributions Black alums have made to the University and society. We’re highlighting just a few of the people, organizations, and events shaping Black history and enriching the Northwestern community.

Multicultural Student Affairs

Black History Month is in full effect, with this year’s theme "Get Into The Fashions: Black Fashion History.” Students, join Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) for an exhilarating month filled with creativity, cultural exploration, and the power of unity!

Follow MSA on Instagram and visit MSA's website for more surprises. 

City of Evanston

Experience the vibrant history of Black culture and accomplishments by participating in local events and programming happening throughout the month.

Chicago Park District 

The Chicago Park District commemorates Black History Month this February with various events throughout the city.  From our featured Umoja event to smaller events, there are several opportunities to celebrate this special month in the parks. Most events are admission-free or charge nominal fees. In addition, some Park District staff members created the Black History-themed activity videos shown below, for your enjoyment at home.

Black History Month Virtual Festival

Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) will hold innovative virtual programming in the month of February celebrating the 2024 Black History theme: African Americans and the Arts.