Orchestrated by prominent historian Carter G. Woodson and other influential African Americans, Black History Month (BHM) is an annual celebration of achievements by Black/African Americans in addition to celebrating and acknowledging their crucial role in the United States history. BHM has been celebrated since 1976 by every U.S. president in the month of February, thanks in part to many individuals’ efforts during the Civil Rights movement.
BHM originally began as Negro History Week (NHW) in 1926. the founders of NHW chose the second week of February to coincide with Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. The occasion inspired communities, schools, organizations, and other entities worldwide (Canada, United Kingdom, etc.) to organize celebrations, performances, lectures, and clubs to highlight a growing awareness of Black Identity within the world.
Black History Month 2021:
Since 1976, February was designated as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. This year, Black History Month’s theme is “Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” The theme explores the African diaspora (the movement, migration, or scattering of a people away from an established or ancestral homeland) and the spread of black families across the United States.
Black History Month 2021 at DSU:
The Coordinator for African American/Black student programs here at DSU, in collaboration with many other students, faculty, staff, administration, programs, departments, and universities, is excited to continue the celebration of Black History Month. Black History Month 2021 looks a lot different for many of us this year, and we have planned accordingly. Many of the events will be virtual in nature as we continue dealing with the ongoing effects of COVID-19. The events include educational opportunities, professional presenters, documentary screenings, trivia, Campus Conversations, and panel discussions.
Black History Month is a collaborative, campus-wide celebration. Organized by the Coordinator for African American/ Black Student Programs and Multicultural Inclusion Center, its sponsors also include the Black Student Union, International Student Services, Chief Diversity Officer, Booth Wellness Center, Dixie Sun News, DSU’s Population Health Department, DSUSA, Dixie Sun News, Utah Valley University, The University of Utah, Rocky Vista University, and the Director of the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs.
It is important to note that all individuals are welcome to attend the events that have been planned so we can continue to create constructive dialogue that will aid in effective and efficient outcomes for the DSU community.