Black History Month

February 1-March 1, 2022

Please join us around campus to celebrate the culture and rich traditions of the diverse black community here at UR!

Black History Month is the annual celebration recognizing the achievements of people of African descent and their contributions to U.S. society and history. The first nationally recognized Black History Month was announced in 1976 by President Gerald Ford and has been celebrated not only domestically but also internationally, in countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom.

We welcome you to attend all of our sponsored events to celebrate the legacy of the Black community here at UR and around the globe. It is our mission that, through these events, the campus community will become more familiar with the history of African Americans at UR, in Virginia, and the conquest and rise from slavery to excellence. We hope to properly convey the story as well as shed light on a history that is more than slavery, the middle passage, and Trans-Atlantic slave trades.

Please see below the schedule of 2022 Black History Month events sponsored by the Student Center for Equity and Inclusion, registration is required for most events. For any questions please contact Dr. Morgan Russell-Stokes at



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  • February 8: Black History Month Kick-Off Dinner


    Heilman Dining Center

    We look forward to the Heilman Dining Center providing a "Taste of the Caribbean" for you to enjoy. Each year the kick-off dinner highlights cuisine from different pieces of the Black community which is certainly more than soul food. There will be a variety from Ethiopian to Southern, however Caribbean will be highlighted this year. Bring your appetite and be ready to listen to so island tunes. 


  • February 10: Reclaiming Space: Yoga and Meditation


    Mind-Body Studio, Well-Being Center

    We are excited to invite Baresoul Yoga a black-owned business to facilitate a yoga session focusing on reclaiming space. The practice of yoga + mindfulness encourages physical, mental and emotional well-being and can be experienced in many forms. Come and vibe to the rhythm of soulful sounds in this class that introduces breathing practices, a sequence of movement and relaxation techniques that may be
    used to foster balance, focus, manage stress and self-regulate on and off of the mat. Wear comfortable clothes. All experiences welcome, yoga mats will be provided. Registration is required, please see link below: 

  • February 15: Cultural Kickback


    Multicultural Space 

    Join us in the Multicultural Space for our monthly Cultural kickback. Each month we select food within the multicultural community and during Black History month this kickback will include soul food. Food is made available on first come first serve basisbut we look forward to have everyone there for good food and good vibes. 

  • February 18: Black Excellence Gala


    Jepson Alumni Center

    Each year faculty, staff, and students look forward to the Black Excellence Gala to celebrate the resillience of the Black community. That evening we will have great music and food as well as a brief ceremony awarding faculty, staff, and students that have made a difference on our campus and in particular enhanced the experiences of Black students. We hope you will join us for this formal affair, tickets are now available and will close Sunday, February 13th at 11:30pm.

    If you are a student in financial need, assistance to purchase apparel to wear to the gala will be provided with limited funding. Please contact Ms. Adriane Gibson at for questions on how to access this fund. 

    Gala ticket link:

  • February 20: Oliver Hill Scholar Black History Month Luncheon


    Alice Haynes Room, Tyler Haynes Commons

    Each year the Oliver Hill Scholars host a Black History Month Luncheon and invites the campus community. This year the luncheon will feature keynote speaker, Free Bangura. Free Bangura is the founder of Untold RVA and assisted with the Race and Racism Project in 2019. An amazing spread of food is provided, but capacity is limited, to register to attend the luncheon please see the link below: 

  • February 25: Brown Sugar Showcase


    The Current

    The Brown Sugar Showcase will feature a variety of acts that will uplift Black culture through comedy, stepping, spoken word, and song. There will also be art from artists from the UR community around the current to view. Come and enjoy some laughter, dancing, and a lot of fun as we give you a peek into the Black community. Of course we can’t have a show without popcorn or a DJ. Registration is required as capacity is limited, please see the link below to register by February 21st: