Black History Month has been celebrated in the United States as far back as 1926 when American historian Carter G. Woodson established the commemoration to honor the contributions made to our nation by people of African descent. The second week of February was chosen for this commemoration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. As part of the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, the weeklong celebration was expanded to a month. Ever since U.S. presidents have proclaimed February as National African American History Month.
Numerous events are held across campus (both virtually and in person) at UNC-Chapel Hill during Black History Month in recognition of the historical background that has shaped the contributions of African Americans to our country. These include panel discussions, lectures, discussions, and more.
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Wednesday, February 2
How to Be an Anti-Racist Researcher
Anti-racist researchers combat inequality and racism by conceptualizing, implementing, and disseminating research that dismantles racism, oppression, discrimination, and structural inequalities. This presentation offers participants an opportunity to learn how to engage in antiracist research by presenting a counter-narrative to the traditional conceptualization and implementation of research with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
– Trenette Clark Goings, Ph.D., UNC School of Social Work
– Maghboeba Mosavel, Ph.D., VCU Department of Social and Behavioral Health
– Faye Z. Belgrave, Ph.D., VCU Department of Psychology
– Carey B. R. Evans, Ph.D.
Trenette Clark Goings, Ph.D., is the Sandra Reeves Spears and John B. Turner Distinguished Professor at UNC School of Social Work and founding director of the INSPIRED Lab at the UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on racial and ethnic health disparities, primarily emphasizing the epidemiology, etiology, and prevention of substance use and other risky behaviors among youth and emerging adults of color.
Maghboeba Mosavel, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Health at VCU and a health disparities researcher who conducts community-engaged (CBPR) research. She teaches a CBPR course and has conducted research with low-income populations in the U.S. and South Africa for the past two decades. Dr. Mosavel’s major content areas of research are cancer prevention and chronic illness prevention.
Faye Z. Belgrave, Ph.D., is associate dean for equity and community partnerships in VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences, University Professor, Psychology Professor, and the founding director of the Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention. Her research is on health disparities, focusing on drug and HIV prevention, culture and context, women’s health, and gender-related issues.
Pass the Aux
The Black History Month Committee and First-Year Class Council will present “Pass the Aux.” The event will give the students the opportunity to show off their taste in music by choosing specific songs of their liking. Come prepared with your songs to the Zoom session!
Thursday, February 3
Writer Discussion Series: “Dialectics of Liberation” by Abdul Alkalimat
Join this discussion series presented by The Stone Center featuring the author of Dialectics of Liberation, Abdul Alkalimat. The book is a study that analyses the important ideological debates (Marxism and Nationalism), anti-imperialist social movements, and support for African liberation. Over four key years grass roots organizing was the basis for a vibrant national movement. The key concepts developed for each year include the following: 1972 United Front, 1973 Black Liberation, 1974 Class Struggle, and 1975 World Revolution. In sum, the book ends with a section on legacy and lessons for the movements of the 21st century.
Abdul Alkalimat (PhD University of Chicago) is a veteran scholar activist. In Black Studies he wrote the first textbook that is now on display at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, and has just published The History of Black Studies (2021, Pluto Press). In the Black liberation movement, he was chair of the Chicago SNCC organization in the 1960s and a founder of the Black Radical Congress in the 1990s. He served on the executive committee of ALSC. He currently edits the website BrotherMalcolm.net. His work is contained in his website, Alkalimat.org.
Wednesday, February 9
Radical Black Love
Join the Black Student Movement as they unpack the Black love experience at a PWI with discussions about navigating the dating scene as minorities.
African American History Month Lecture with Dr. Marcia Chatelain
Marcia Chatelain is a Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University. The author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015) she teaches about women’s and girls’ history, as well as black capitalism. Her latest book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (Liveright Publishing Co./W.W. Norton, 2020) examines the intricate relationship among African American politicians, civil rights organizations, communities, and the fast food industry. In 2021, Chatelain received the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Hagley Prize in Business History, and the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Lawrence W. Levine Award for Franchise.
An active public speaker and educational consultant, Chatelain has received awards and honors from the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
At Georgetown, she has won several teaching awards. In 2016, the Chronicle of Higher Education named her a Top Influencer in academia in recognition of her social media campaign #FergusonSyllabus, which implored educators to facilitate discussions about the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. She has held an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellowship at New America, a National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.
The Annual African American History Month Program is an annual event supported by Departments and units from across the campus. Major support is provided by the Office of the Chancellor, the Department of History, and the Stone Center for Research in Black Cultures and Histories.
Thursday, February 10
EROT 2022 Love Show
“The heart can lead you in many different directions. Some paths lead to everlasting love and others lead to catastrophic heartbreak. Join EROT for the 2022 Love Show as spoken word poetry will be the vehicle to pave your own path. Tickets available at the Pit Monday-Thursday this week, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Conceptualizing Anti-Racist Research
INSPIRED Lab and GSDI will host “Conceptualizing Anti-Racist Research” as part of their Black History Month Research Series, moderated by Tauchiana Williams, LCSW. Speaker Andrea Murray-Lichtman, LCSW will explore the current debate about centering race and racial equity in research, policy, and practice. The engaging conversation (which will include April Parker, LCSW) will encourage participants to evaluate the implications of their research, policy, and practice goals in light of history and the current climate. She will end by exploring a path forward and determining possibilities gained by centering race and racial equity in research, policy, and practice.
Celebrating Black America: The Lessons of the Hour
Carrboro Century Center
The Town of Carrboro will host local history scholars and community leaders to view Fred Morsell’s 1994 re-enactment of one of the last great speeches by Frederick Douglass, entitled “The Lessons of the Hour.”
Delivered on Jan. 9, 1894, at Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Douglass’ speech addresses topics ranging from racial terror and lynching to colonization and voting rights.
Following the video re-enactment, a panel discussion will be conducted by the following community members:
- James Williams Jr., Chair the NC Commission On Racial And Ethnic Disparities and Retired Public Defender for Orange and Chatham Counties, N.C.
- Dr. William Sturkey, Associate Professor, Department of History, UNC-Chapel Hill
- Barbara Foushee, Town of Carrboro, Town Council Member
- Greear Webb, Morehead-Cain Scholar Student, UNC-Chapel Hill
The program is co-sponsored by the Town of Carrboro, the Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department, and the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition. The event is in person, but can also be viewed via the YouTube link below.
Tuesday, February 15
Let’s Talk About it: Discussing Community Stigmas
Join the Black History Month and Black Men United committees for this discussion about stigmas in our community. This is a designated safe space for an open discussion.
Screening & Discussion: “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”
Hargraves Center Auditorium
216 North Roberson Street
As part of the Town of Chapel Hill’s African American Experience Movie Series in celebration of Black History Month, join for a screening of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” The film is based on the 1969 autobiography describing the early years of American writer and poet Maya Angelou. A short discussion will follow.
Thursday, February 17
Phase Eight: Journaling Event
Join the Black History Month Committee at our guided journaling event. We hope to promote a safe space for reflection, growth and to provide a time to acknowledge our growth through various feelings/moments in our lives.
Measurement in Research, Using an Anti-Racism Framework
Measurement in research is critical as it lays the foundation for a more accurate understanding of the magnitude of a phenomenon, the impact of an intervention, or other causal relationships that will translate into practice models and policies that have real-life implications on people’s lives. In this panel, Kirsten Kainz will provide a brief review of recommendations for social science measurement from the National Research Council (2011) and reposition those recommendations within a systems science worldview for the purpose of proposing anti-racist measurement practices. Underlying the presentation will be the assumption that not all system science is anti-racist, but anti-racist science will require systemic framings. A set of critical questions to guide anti-racist measurement practice will be discussed. Melissa Villodas, LMSW, will be presenting a study that used exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses to investigate the empirical and theoretical meaningfulness of the modified Neighborhood Cohesion Index within a population of African American youth living in public housing. Michael Lambert will present the theoretical and empirical methods of item response theory (IRT), which can permit antiracist measurement across different socio-ethnic groups.
Friday, February 18
Measurement in Research, Using an Anti-Racism Framework
Hyde Hall, University Room
William Sturkey, associate professor in the History Department, and Danita Mason-Hogans, civil rights activist and historian, will discuss the history of race and memory at UNC-Chapel Hill from 1789 to the present, exploring the basic elements of Chapel Hill’s racial history and explaining why the study of that history remains so fraught with controversy.
Tuesday, February 22
Screening & Discussion: “Blood Done Signed My Name”
Hargraves Center Auditorium
216 North Roberson Street
As part of the Town of Chapel Hill’s African American Experience Movie Series in celebration of Black History Month, join for a screening of “Blood Done Signed My Name.” The film is based on a true story written by Timothy Tyson, about the murder of a 23-year-old Black Vietnam veteran in Oxford, North Carolina, and the civil unrest that follows. A short discussion will follow.
Thursday, February 24
Coping Amidst COVID as BIPOC
Although we have learned of the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on BIPOC, we are yet to understand the full extent of the impacts as investigators provide evidence. Rachel Goode will present on the effects of COVID on the specific impact of the pandemic on Black women reporting disordered eating behaviors. This innovative study focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on the eating behaviors of Black women. Anjalee Sharma will present a study that assesses stress, coping, and anxiety among essential workers of color during COVID-19. Specific mechanisms of coping assessed will include binge eating and substance use. Other factors assessed will explore anxiety levels and perceived stress during the pandemic.
Sharon Parker will present a qualitative analysis on the impact of COVID-19 and the intimate partner relationships of Black women attending an Historically Black College and University and predominately White University in the Southern United States. Zoom info below:
Reckford Lecture: Between Home, Blackness, and Me: Unsettling Locations, Lives, and Archives in American Literary Studies”
Magdalena J. Zaborowska will deliver the 2022 Mary Stevens Reckford Lecture in European Studies, titled “Between Home, Blackness, and Me: Unsettling Locations, Lives, and Archives in American Literary Studies.” Zaborowska is a professor of African American and American literary and cultural studies at the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Her research includes literary and cultural studies and African American literature, with a particular emphasis on James Baldwin. Her book, James Baldwin’s Turkish Decade: Erotics of Exile, received an Honorable Mention for the Errol Hill Award from the American Society for Theater Research. In 2018, Zaborowska published Me and My House: James Baldwin’s Last Decade in France, where she examines the themes of his works through the lens of his sprawling house in southern France.
Sunday, February 27
Mike Wiley Productions: “Blood Done Sign My Name”
In honor of Black History, Digital and Lifelong Learning will present a theatrical performance by acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley. In Blood Done Sign My Name, Mike Wiley brings to life the recollections of author Tim Tyson surrounding the 1970 murder of Henry “Dickie” Marrow in Oxford, NC, and the events that followed. Marrow, who was black, was chased from a local store by three white men after he reportedly made a crude remark to one of the men’s wives. They brutally beat Marrow then killed him with a bullet to the head in view of multiple witnesses. Despite the eyewitness reports, an all-white jury acquitted the men. The town’s black community responded with an uprising that destroyed downtown businesses and several tobacco warehouses holding millions of dollars in harvested crops. Tyson, who was a ten-year-old child in Oxford at the time, recounts how the conflagration of events shaped his life and offers all of us an opportunity to examine our own roles in the complex and often confusing racial fabric of America.
Admission is free, open to the public, and recommended for school grades 7 and up.View All News