Although it is a celebration, Black History Month always holds a heaviness as we grapple with perpetual anti-Black racism and violence in our country. This year is no different as we hold the family, friends, and community for Tyre Nichols in our hearts and minds. The continued violence against Black people re-traumatizes the Black community globally, and creates a uniquely painful reminder as we move reverently into Black History Month. Please see the note from CSU leadership.
In this spirit, please participate in and support CSU’s and our college’s Black History Month events, discussions, and learning. Below are highlights.
CSU’s Black/African American Cultural Center is offering robust programming for Black History Month, under the title BlackPrint: The Original BluePrint:
- Feb. 7, 2023: Movie: The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
- Feb. 13, 2023: Keynote Speaker: Bobby Seale
- Feb. 28, 2023: Black History Month Closing: Taco Tuesday Party
In our college, the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology is hosting a talk with Ray Black, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies, entitled “Black History Month: You’re so close to being an awesome (DEI) ally.” This will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring Black colleagues in our college from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 in the Pathology building, room 101. Our DVM students have also created multiple events to honor Black History Month.
Although we honor our Black community during Black History Month, remember it is an opportunity to re-commit to that honoring, learning, and activism for the rest of the year and beyond.