Black History Month

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Black History Month 2021 is a Time for Both Celebration and Urgency by Yvette Alex-Assensoh, VP for Equity and Inclusion

Just a month into 2021, we have already witnessed a number of defining moments that demonstrate the duality of where we stand as a country. On one hand, the elections of Kamala Harris, the first woman, Black and Asian American person to become Vice President of the United States, and Raphael Warnock, the first Black Senator from Georgia, represent major milestones in American politics. However, for many, the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building, where many of the participants brought Confederate flags and other racist paraphernalia, represented the resistance to this progress and terrorism Black people have faced throughout American history. As Representative Cori Bush points out, even the election of VP Harris is bittersweet because it means there are no longer any Black women in the Senate...Read more


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Black History Month 2021 Events



Highlighting Oregon’s Black Leadership Gains During Black History Month 2020
by Dr. Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice President for the Division of Equity and Inclusion

2020 is a pivotal year. Not only are we gearing up for the November General Election, but this year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. As a result, there is a particularly bright spotlight on the issue of leadership. During the month of February, that spotlight specifically turns to Black leadership. Read more...

Black History Month Events 2020

  • Soul2Soul Networking Night
  • Beyond Buzzword: Ruha Banjamin
  • Return: Race, Democracy, and the Boundaires of Belonging in North America, Debra Thompson
  • BlatinX: What is Afro-Latinidad and who gets to claim it?
  • Blacks in Government
  • Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home
  • Guy-Uriel Charles | DERRICK BELL LECTURE 2020, School of Law
  • Lyllye B. Parker Womxn of Color Speaker Series
  • The State of Blackness at UO
  • Being Black and in a Labor Union
  • The Civil Rights Movement & the Notion of Turn the Other Cheek
  • Eugene - Springfield NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner
  • Black History Month Games
  • Black Law Students Association History Month Banquet

2019 Black History Month Poster

Black History Events 2019

  • Soul Themed Karaoke Night
  • Black Mental Health on College Campuses
  • Erica Edwards, Black Feminist Studies Speaker Series
  • Douglas Day 2019
  • "The Cradle of Hope: African Americas, Haitian Sovereignty, and the Birth of Black Internationalism" with Leslie Alexander
  • 2019 Freedom Fund Dinner
  • Peacejam Northwest with Leymah Gbowee
  • Black Excellence Gala
  • "Affirmative Action Chronicles: From the Era of Colorblindness to White Nationalism" with Cheryl Harris
  • "Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History" with Walidah Imarisha
  • Black History Month Banquet

2018 Black History Month Poster

Black History Events 2018

  • Claude Steele "The Science of Diverse Community.
  • Talk and Reception with Sam Bailey of "Brown Girls"
  • Pioneering a Living Legacy: Shaping Our Vision for Diversity and Inclusion in the Labor Movement
  • Black History Month Banquet
  • Derrick Bell Lecture: jonathan a. powell - "Looking Up From the Bottom of the Well"
  • Andre Djiffack: "Teaching in Mongo Beti"
  • Marshall (Thurgood Marshall Film)
  • Freedom Fund Dinner: NAACP
  • Black Excellence Gala: Black Student Union
  • Bill Fletcher: "Race and Labor: Building a More Just Economy
  • Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa: "Scenes from One Wall a Web"
  • "Don't Touch My Hair" Opening Reception and Exhibit
  • Talking Black in America