Campus News

UB reaffirms commitment to black history

Published February 12, 2018

As a university committed to academic excellence, UB supports research by and about all of the diverse peoples on earth.

We are particularly pleased to highlight, during Black History Month, our many annual traditions that promote public awareness of pan-African and African American history and culture. From Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech in Buffalo on Nov. 9, 1967, through our upcoming 42nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Distinguished Lecture by Ambassador Susan Rice on Feb. 28 and many renowned speakers in between (Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, Academy-Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, among others), UB has long contributed to expanding our collective knowledge of black history.

Among many other activities, the University Libraries is featuring authors and literature from an assortment of fiction and non-fiction titles that celebrate the achievements and cultural impact of African-Americans. You can visit this exhibit throughout the month of February in the lobby of Lockwood Library.

Please join us in celebrating Black History Month here on campus and within the many communities we serve locally and globally.

To learn more about UB’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, I encourage you to visit the Office of Inclusive Excellence website.


Despina Stratigakos

Interim Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence


It's good that the university hosts events honoring black writers, thinkers, scholars and leaders, but wouldn't a commitment to hiring more tenure-track faculty of color be a more substantive way of honoring "all the diverse peoples of the earth"?


Josh Flaccavento