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Black History Month

Black History Month was created to celebrate and honor the many achievements and contributions made by African-Americans to the economic, cultural, spiritual and political development of the U.S.

Beginning in 1926, events were held the second week of February because of their proximity to the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two individuals who dramatically affected the lives black Americans.

Black History Month Events

February, 11, 2020

12 p.m. Women's Center, memorial Gym 109

Sponsored By: The Women's Center

Feb. 11, 2020

Vandal Ballroom, Pitman Center

2:00 pm -3:00 pm

In this event, Dr. Fox-Amato (Department of History) will read from and discuss his new book: Exposing Slavery.

Within a few years of the introduction of photography into the United States in 1839, slaveholders had already begun commissioning photographic portraits of their slaves. Ex-slaves-turned-abolitionists, such as Frederick Douglass, had come to see how sitting for a portrait could help them project humanity and dignity amidst northern racism. In the first decade of the medium, enslaved people had begun entering southern daguerreotype studios of their own volition, posing for cameras,, and leaving with visual treasures they could keep in their pockets. And, as the Civil War raged, Union soldiers would orchestrate pictures with fugitive slaves that envisioned racial hierarchy as slavery fell. In these ways and others, from the earliest days of the medium to the first moments of emancipation, photography powerfully influenced how bondage and freedom were documented, imagined and contested.

Matthew Fox-Amato is a cultural historian of the United States and a historian of visual and material culture.

Sponsored By: The Africana Studies Program and the Office of Multicultural Affairs 

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

6:30  p.m. Vandal Ballroom, Pitman Center

Dr. Black will be sharing about his journey through higher education and talking about the importance of mentorship and ways that our institution can be supportive of Multicultural students especially of our Black and African American students. 

Dr. Ray Black is an assistant professor of ethnic studies focusing on African American studies. His primary academic focus is on how current students of color, from early childhood through graduate school, succeed. His secondary scholarly focus is on representations of Black life in the slave narratives and other nineteenth century documents and how these depictions conceal various modes of survival through literary irony and the folkloric trickster. Dr. Black has taught early childhood education (Head Start), has been the coordinator for a non-profit program seeking to keep young men of color in high school and led campaigns for reform minded school board candidates. He applies these interests and experiences in mentoring current and former students.

He left home with a one-way plane ticket, a duffel bag, radio and about twenty dollars. He earned his bachelor's degree in English twenty years later after having gone through several community colleges and universities. His experience spans dropping out because of grades, not having the funds to continue, having incompetent advice as well as being awarded scholarships, being invited to participate in academic programs and being mentored by scholars who saw his future instead of his past. His research, teaching and mentorship attempts to honor and follow in the footsteps of those who saw him as a success.

Sponsored By: The MLK & Black History Month Planning Committee

March . 12, 2020

5 p.m. Best Western University Inn

Keynote Speaker: Greg Washington 

The NSBE-UI Dynamic Engineers Lecture Series is an educative, informative and inspiring talk that seeks to transform, motivate and inspire our students on current technology, economic and socio-political milestones championed by our chosen speakers. Attendance is free, and dinner will be served.

Sponsored By: The National Society of Black Engineers

For more information please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 208-885-7716 or

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