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Black History Month 2020

"I know why the caged bird sings."

~Maya Angelou

February 1 – February 29

February is Black History Month and a time to commemorate African-Americans who have changed the world. Celebrating Black History began in 1926, when Carter G. Woodson, Ph.D., a Harvard graduate, initiated Negro History Week. Woodson, a historian, chose the second week in February because it included the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. 

Cultural and Community Centers is proud to provide a schedule of events surrounding this momentous celebration. As many celebrate Black History Month, CCC will be including additional information from the community as it becomes available (check this site frequently for the most current information).

Feb. 6

Stand Points: Book Launch

  • 6 p.m.
  • Squires Student Center, Perspectives Gallery

Feb. 11

Learning Interviewing Tips Around Microaggressions

  • 12-1:30 p.m.
  • Squires Student Center, Black Cultural Center

Feb. 13

Broadway In Blacksburg: The Color Purple

  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Moss Arts Center
  • $10 for students

Feb. 14

Soulful Friday: Black Love Edition

  • 5-7 p.m.
  • Squires Student Center, Outside the Black Cultural Center

Feb. 15

Uplifting Black Men Conference

  • All Day
  • The Inn at Virginia Tech

Flex Ave.

  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Moss Arts Center
  • $10 for students

Feb. 18

Blackballed: The Black & White Of Race On America's Campus With Lawrence Ross

  • Doors open 6:30 p.m.
  • Location TBD

Feb. 20

Dr. Monica White: Round Table Discussion

  • 12-1:30 p.m.
  • Graduate Life Center

Dr. Monica White: Talk And Book Signing

  • Doors open 5:30 p.m.
  • Event begins at 6 p.m.
  • 204 Draper Rd SW, Blacksburg, VA

#VTDITC Vol. 19: Intro to DJing and Fair Use III

  • DJ scholar Lynnee Denise is coming from UCLA to share her expertise with us. You'll also get hands-on time with a variety of DJ equipment as well as instruction from professional DJs.
  • 7-9 p.m.
  • Newmon Library, Multipurpose Room (MPR)

Feb. 21

2nd And 3rd Generation Caribbean Diaspora Discussion - Dr. Natasha Mortley

  • 7 p.m.
  • Fralin Auditorium

Feb. 24-28

Africana Studies Week

Feb. 24

Roundtable With Dr. Josh Myers - The Black Legacy At Universities: Do We Still Need Africana Studies?

  • 5 p.m.
  • Lavery Hall, 320

Feb. 25

Trap Yoga

  • 7 p.m.
  • McComas Hall, First basketball gym

Twitter Tag Discussion

  • 7-9 p.m.
  • Online - Use the hashtag #AFSTVT

Feb. 26

Mama Dips Southern Dessert Reception In Honor Of Chef Mildred Cotton Council

  • 4-6 p.m.
  • Squires Student Center, Black Cultural Center

Feb. 27

AFST Resource Center Review

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Squires Student Center, Booth B

Trap N Paint Hosted By Trap Canvas

  • 7 p.m.
  • Torgersen Hall 3100

Natural Care Demo Day

  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Squires Student Center, Black Cultural Center

Mar. 3

Screening and Discussion @ Black Cultural Center

  • In partnership with the Women's Center, we are planning a screening of excerpts and discussion of theatre-artist Robbie McCauley's seminal work Sally's Rape.
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Squires Student Center, Black Cultural Center

Peaceful Ends

  • January 21 - February 29
  • Squires Student Center, Perspective Gallery
  • Reception: Friday, January 24, 5 -7 p.m. (Free and open to the public)
  • Peaceful Ends is Perspective Gallery’s annual exhibit celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and is created by regional children and teens In grades K – 12. Each year a quote by Dr. King is chosen as a prompt for inspiration. This year, participants were challenged to create an artwork that reflected on Dr. King’s quote, “We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means…” (December 24, 1967), using the media of their choice. Schools participating created their own project so each classes’ interpretation is unique.

Event details for Black History Month 2020 will be updated here as they become available.

If you are in need of an accommodation, please contact Dr. Nina Ha at 540-231-8584 or email