Black History Month 2020

Black History Month, celebrated each February, honors and recognizes the history, heritage, and accomplishments of the African American community.

Proclamations

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued the following proclamations related to Black History Month:

  • January 31, 2020: Governor Proclaims Black History Month 2020 (view PDF)
  • February 2, 2020: Governor’s Proclamation to Recognize the 60th Anniversary of the Greensboro Sit-ins (view PDF)

UNC Pembroke Events

Below is a comprehensive list of Black History Month events and activities at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

  • Thursday, February 6

    • Know Your Roots

      • 7:22 pm, University Center Annex
      • Sponsored by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • Friday, February 7
    • National African American Read-In at Southside Ashpole Elementary

      • 8:30 – 9:30 am, Southside Ashpole Elementary (Rowland, NC)
      • To celebrate the National African American Read-In, UNCP students, faculty, and staff read in local schools each semester. This February, to honor African American authors and illustrators during Black History Month, we will visit Southside Ashpole Elementary School. During the Read-In, students, faculty, and staff bring a book to share that honors African American authors and illustrators and reads the text with the elementary class. They can also continue the text through discussion and hands-on activities of their choice.
      • On the morning of the Read-In, gather at 8:30 am at Southside Ashpole Elementary School and then go visit classrooms. Please sign up for a grade level by visiting https://tinyurl.com/ReadIn-Spring2020-SAES.
      • Sponsored by the School of Education
    • 3rd Annual Black History Month Keynote Address
      • 5:30 – 8 pm, Moore Hall Auditorium
      • Dr. David Walton (Faculty, UNCP Department of History)
      • Title of presentation: “Apology and Reconciliation in the African American Experience”
      • Sponsored by the Black History Club, Department of History, and Nu Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Saturday, February 8
    • HKONJ (Historical Thousands on Jones Street) March

      • 8:30 am, Downtown Raleigh, NC
  • Tuesday, February 11
    • Jazz Combos Concert

      • 7:30 – 8:30 pm, Moore Hall Auditorium
      • Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.
      • UNCP’s three jazz combos will perform a concert of works, most of which are by African-American composers.
      • Sponsored by the Department of Music.
  • Wednesday, February 12
    • National African American Read-In at Peterson Elementary

      • 8:30 – 10 am, Peterson Elementary (Red Springs, NC)
      • To celebrate the National African American Read-In, UNCP students, faculty and staff read in local schools each semester. This February, to honor African American authors and illustrators during Black History Month, we will visit Peterson Elementary School. During the Read-In, students, faculty, and staff bring a book to share that honors African American authors and illustrators and reads the text with the elementary class. They can also continue the text through discussion and hands-on activities of their choice.
      • On the morning of the Read-In, gather at 8:30 am at Peterson Elementary School and then go visit classrooms. Please sign up for a grade level by visiting https://tinyurl.com/ReadIn-Spring2020.
      • Sponsored by the School of Education
    • The Many Shades of Diversity in Black America: A Roundtable Discussion   
      • 4 pm, 251 Chavis University Center
      • You cannot put all African Americans in one box. There is a world of difference and a wealth of diversity in Black America. Join us for an exciting one-hour panel discussion moderated by Dr. Art Malloy.
      • Sponsored by Student Inclusion and Diversity and Campus Engagement and Leadership
  • Thursday, February 13
    • Trivia Night

      • 8 – 10 pm, Chavis University Center Lounge
      • Sponsored by the Black History Club
  • Monday, February 17
    • UNCP History Movie Night: Lady Sings The Blues

      • 6 pm, Dial 225
      • Sponsored by the Department of History, Black History Club, and Dr. David Walton
  • Tuesday, February 18
    • Black History 101 Mobile Museum

      • 10 am – 3 pm, Chavis University Center Lounge
      • Special lecture at 2 pm
      • Sponsored by the Black History Club, Campus Engagement and Leadership, Student Inclusion and Diversity, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of History
  • Thursday, February 20
    • Black History Heritage Lunch

      • 11 am – 2 pm, Dining Hall
      • Admission: standard meal swipe or guest price
      • Sponsored by UNCP Dining Services by Sodexo
    • Rhythm and Jazz Showcase
      • 1 pm, Chavis University Center Lounge
      • The event features performances from Vocal Harmony, the UNCP Jazz Choir, and Inkwell.
      • Sponsored by Pembroke Activities Council (PAC) and NAACP
    • Shaping the Imagery and Identity of a Nation: Blacks in the Arts 
      • 4 – 5 pm, Chavis University Center Lounge
      • There have been many stereotypical images of Blacks in the media over the years.  This one-hour program demonstrates how art transcends negative stereotypes and creates cultural icons. Hosted by Dr. Art Malloy.
      • Sponsored by Student Inclusion and Diversity and Campus Engagement and Leadership
    • MLK March
      • 6 pm, March from Cypress Residence Hall to Old Main
      • Sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  • Friday, February 21
    • Third Fridays Book of the Month Club

      • 2:30 – 3:30 pm, 212 Livermore Library
      • Seats are limited, and registration is required.
      • The Book of the Month Club is a faculty, staff, and student learning circle of no more than 15 participants who meet to discuss, in person and online, a selected book, article, or dataset chosen by the TLC consistent with its mission. Facilitators, like participants, are learners; a guiding principle of the learning circle is that no one is, or need be, an expert. All members are encouraged to share, listen, and reflect, connecting with colleagues from all areas of campus. Together, participants will identify, explore, develop, and apply effective and impactful pedagogies and teaching techniques and collaborate with peers to advance and cultivate enhanced pedagogies and teaching techniques (link).
      • Sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Center
  • Wednesday, February 26
    • Building On Diversity

      • 4 – 5 pm, 220 Chavis University Center
      • Students will network with area professionals to discuss diversity in the workplace and ideas on how to build an inclusive environment.
      • Sponsored by the Career Center
  • Friday, February 28
    • First Annual Black History Month Gala: The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond

      • 7 – 10 pm, University Center Annex
      • Admission is free.
      • “Harlem Renaissance” or “Great Gatsby” style dress is extremely encouraged. Harlem Renaissance era entertainment provided. Mocktinis and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
      • Sponsored by the Black History Club, National Pan-Hellenic Council, the African Student Organization, and the Student Government Association