Published January 23, 2023
February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of accomplishments, contributions and achievements by African Americans and a time to recognize their role in U.S. history.
In celebration of Black History Month, the Intercultural and Diversity Center is hosting a number of events throughout the month that celebrate and bring heightened awareness and understandings to African Americans, Africans, and African diasporic cultures.
Black History Month Mixer
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 3 - 5 p.m., Social Hall (215) Student Union
Celebrate Black History Month with our monthly student mixer. This social event aims to celebrate Black culture. This is an opportunity to make friends and discover new student clubs and organizations. Enjoy cultural food, music, and fun activities.
ALANA Movie Night: Judas and the Black Messiah
Friday, Feb. 3, 6 - 8 p.m., Theater (106) Student Union
Celebrate Black History Month with a movie night! Join us in the IDC as we watch Judas and the Black Messiah, a historic story centered around Fred Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther party during the Civil Rights Movement. Refreshments provided.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., SU Lobby Tabling and Landmark Room (210) for Testing
How do HIV and AIDS affect the Black community? Join us as we demystify the complexity of the immunodeficiency virus and discuss its presence within Black communities. Co-sponsored by MOCHA Buffalo and Community Health Center of Buffalo.
Black History Month Dessert Hour
Friday, February 24, 3 - 5 p.m., 240 Student Union
Celebrate Black History Month while enjoying tasty treats. Join us in the IDC for our monthly Dessert Hour event. Stop by to learn about influential Black figures and historical events!
Check UBLINKED throughout the month to see the events planned by the Intercultural and Diversity Center.
Tough Topics discussions take place every Tuesday, in 240 Student Union and online (http://bit.ly/IDCProgram) from 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Feb. 7: The Pushback of Black History Month
What are the origins of Black History Month? Why is it an integral part of our society? Join us as we discuss the pushback Black History Month continues to receive, including the banning of Critical Race Theory and ways to combat this.
Feb. 14: Is Black Love Under Attack?
In 2020, ESSENCE’s Relationship Editor tackled the underrepresentation of and systemic attack on Black Love highlighting the negative stereotypes and tropes in the media. Is Black love still under attack? Let’s talk about it!
Feb. 21: The Importance of Intersectionality of the Black Community
Is the Black community a monolith? We’ll discuss the various intersections of identities within the African Diaspora including culture, sexuality, gender, and ability.
Feb. 28: The Destruction of Black Affirmations
Let’s talk about the societal expectations surrounding the Black community. How do the ideals imposed on and created by us impact our mental health? How do we create positive, affirmations individualized to our goals?
Throughout the month we will have a Spotify playlist available to all students, faculty and staff.
UB's Office of Inclusive Excellence has curated additional Black History Month events and resources.