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Black History Month

Black History Month was created to celebrate and honor the many achievements and contributions made by African-Americans to the economic, cultural, spiritual and political development of the U.S.

Beginning in 1926, events were held the second week of February because of their proximity to the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two individuals who dramatically affected the lives black Americans.

Black History Month Events

Feb. 28, 2019

5 p.m. Clearwater Room, Idaho Commons

The NSBE-UI Dynamic Engineers Lecture Series is an educative, informative and inspiring talk that seeks to transform, motivate and inspire our students on current technology, economic and socio-political milestones championed by our chosen speakers. Attendance is free, and dinner will be served.

Sponsored By: The National Society of Black Engineers

March 21, 2019

6 p.m. International Ballroom, Pitman Center

Franchesca Ramsey is an actress, comedian and video blogger with over 29 million views on YouTube and over half a million followers across Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Her videos have been featured on MTV, The NY Times and The BBC. Most recently Franchesca worked as a writer and contributor for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central and is currently the host of the MTV web series Decoded.

Sponsored By: The Women's Center

Postponed Until April

The Black History and Culture Showcase will features a diverse mix of compelling, informative, inspirational performances and activities that encourage interactive engagement. This includes round table discussions, dances, poetry readings, singing and rapping. This event is intended to commemorates the important role that Black and African American men and woman have played in American history and to celebrate the cultural contributions they have made to the world.

Sponsored By: The Black Student Union

Feb. 14-21, 2019

All day, outside of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, TLC 230

This exhibition explores slavery and abolition through the life of one of the most famous men in nineteenth-century America. Born a slave in Maryland, Frederick Douglass made a daring escape to New York City in 1838. Once free, Douglass fought to end slavery and championed civil rights for all Americans. Among the highlights are a broadside entitled Slave Market of America from the American Anti-Slavery Society, excerpts and quotes from Douglass’s first autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, and a letter from Douglass to Hugh Auld, his former slave-owner.

Sponsored By: The MLK & Black History Month Planning Committee

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019

6 p.m. Vandal Ballroom, Pitman Center

Dr. Ty Douglas is a rising star who is inspiring audiences across the globe!

The author of three books, including “Border Crossing Brothas: Black Males Navigating Race, Place, & Complex Space,” Douglas offers high impact, high energy presentations that draw on his work in college and professional athletics, black male success, black family studies, diversity and equity, teaching and learning, and critical spirituality.

Dr. Douglas is not your typical academic. He is a border crossing brotha-scholar who authentically connects with people, while operationalizing his mesearch and wesearch for maximum community impact.

Sponsored By: The MLK & Black History Month Planning Committee

Feb. 2, 2019

7 p.m. TLC 122

I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

Sponsored By: The LGBTQA Office

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, 6 p.m.
Vandal Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center

This year we are proud to have on our campus Dr. Jackson. She is a professor and chair of Black Studies at Portland State University. Her areas of research specialization are race/ethnicity, gender and social movements. She is the editor of "The Handbook of Race, Class, and Gender" and co-editor of "Caged Women: Incarceration, Representation, and Media". She will speak on learning from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his vision and the work we still need to do to achieve a more equitable society.

For more information please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 208-885-7716 or

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