Black History Month

Black History Month from Syracuse University

In honor of Black History Month (BHM), Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, within the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, hosts a series of events in the month of February in collaboration with campus departments and student organizations. Black History Month honors the rich traditions of the African Diaspora through programming. The unique contributions and dynamic histories of people of African descent will enliven the Black cultural aesthetic via programming, dialogue and cuisine.

Questions and Event Access Support

Please note, some events will require attendees to access with their Syracuse University Zoom Account. Using your NetID and password, access the Syracuse University Zoom Answers webpage for instructions. For additional questions, to request accommodations or for assistance joining an event, please email Cedric T. Bolton, Office of Multicultural Affairs coordinator of student engagement, or call 315.443.9676.

Black History Month 2021 Events

Join the month-long celebration on social media by following @syr_oma and using #CuseBHM and #ALLIN.

Feb. 1, 5 p.m. (ET): Kickoff Alumni Virtual Concert ft. Ryélle and Malcolm-Ali


Feb. 1-Mach 20: Stories My Grandmother Told Me ft. Lavett Ballard Exhibit

Please email Diorra Cole for more information and to make an appointment to visit the Community Folk Art Center.

Friday, Feb. 5, 5:30 p.m. (ET): Virtual Song Writing Session with Eric Roberson


Saturday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m. (ET): The Virtual Black Lounge ft. Eric Roberson


Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m. (ET): Commemorative Lecture with Jamila Lyiscott, Ph.D.

This event will also be hosted in-person within the Schine Student Center Atrium.


Thursday, February 11, 5 p.m. (ET): Virtual Choices, Careers and Living Black History Conversation Panel

Conversation with Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor, Gabrielle Foreman.


Friday, Feb. 12, 1 p.m. (ET): Virtual Racism in Latin America Symposium

Saturday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. (ET): BHM Esport 2K Tournament

This event will also be hosted in-person within the Schine Student Center Atrium. For more information or to register, please email Thomas Lail, Barnes Center at The Arch coordinator of intramural sports.


Saturday, February 20, 6 p.m. (ET):  BLACK HISTORY MONTH-SILENT DISCO

Sponsored by Barnes Center at The Arch—Recreation, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Black History Month Committee.  For more information, contact Thomas Lail.


Feb. 22-Saturday, Feb. 27: Virtual Racial Equity Academic Symposium

The inaugural Racial Equity Academic Symposium promotes intellectual discourse and scholarship in the aspects of race and equity. The symposium will be held virtually and includes a full schedule of events such as student and faculty scholarly research and creative works’ presentations, performances, events, workshops, and social activities:

     Feb. 24,  6p.m. (ET):  Fifth Annual Sankofa Alumni Lecture Series: “Mental Health Challenges in the Black Community

     Feb. 24,  7p.m. (ET):  Sandy and Emma:  Tough Talks Made Easier Through Storytelling

     Feb. 25, 1p.m. (ET):  How to Identify the Right Mental Health Resource

     Feb. 25, 3p.m. (ET):  Racial Equity in Action – Diversifying University Library Archives and Art Collection

     Feb. 26, 1p.m. (ET):  Marc Lamont Hill:  Voter Suppression and the Impact of Black Voters

     Feb. 26, 6p.m. (ET):  Spoken Word Poetry Institute – Featuring Nikki Giovanni and Keisha-Gaye Anderson ’96

     Feb. 27, 12p.m.(ET):  Spoken Word Poetry Institute – Writer’s Workshop


Tuesday, February 23, 7:30p.m. (ET):  University Lectures: Misty Copeland

Interviewed by Shanel Bailey ’19.  This event is sponsored by University Lectures, Office of Multicultural Advancement, & WAER.

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Monday, February 22, 5:15p.m. (ET):  International Scales of Blackness in Design

NOMAS Spreaker: Ifeoma Ebo, Felecia Davis, Pascale Sablan, Moderated by Amina Kikaya, Ebonia Moody.  Sponsored by National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)



Sunday, Feb. 28, 4 p.m. (ET): Virtual Music and Message: Renewal

For more information or to request accommodations, please email Delaney Van Wey, Hendricks Chapel communications specialist, or call 315.443.2901.


Black History Month 2021 Sponsors

Office of Multicultural Affairs, Black Graduate Student Association, Department of African American Studies, Office of Academic Affairs, Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), Barnes Center at The Arch Recreation, Student African American Society, Department of Women and Gender Studies, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Black History Month Committee, Community Folk Art Center, Humanities Center, English and Textual Studies, Special Collections Research Center, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA), The Moynihan Institute, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Hendricks Chapel