Two Black women students smiling at the opening of the Black Student Space at LMU

Black History Month at LMU

February 1-28, 2022

This February, join us in honoring Black History Month. Together, we will reflect on the past, connect as a community, and celebrate and promote Black excellence, on and off the bluff. 

Featured Event

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Black History Month Virtual Kick-Off

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, 3-5 p.m.

Join us Tuesday, February 1, for the Black History Month Kickoff Celebration. Come learn about why we celebrate Black History Month and be in community as we examine the life and legacy of civil rights activist John Lewis in the “John Lewis: Good Trouble” documentary to start off the month of activities.

Register to Attend

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All Events

Black History Month Kickoff Celebration
Feb. 1, 3-5 p.m. PST

COVID-19’s Impact on Communities of Color: Key Findings from a National Study for Congressional Caucuses of Color
Feb. 3, 2-3:30 p.m. PST

Community Check-In & Culture Tags Game Night
Feb. 7, 4:30-8 p.m. PST
Details to be announced

Paint 'N' Vibe 
(Virtual; Registration needed in advance to receive painting supplies)
Feb. 10, 6-8 p.m. PST

Pilates Class with Felicia Kelley (Virtual)
Feb. 15, 6-7 p.m. PST

BSU Black History Month Photoshoot
Feb. 15, All Day
Details to be announced

Warm-Up Part IV: Men’s Basketball Game vs. Santa Clara
Feb. 17, 8 p.m. 

 

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Poetry & Pose: A Black Queer Art Showcase
Feb. 18, 6 p.m.
Details to be announced 

Sunday Sermon: For US, By US, Still US (Virtual)
Feb. 20, 10-11 a.m.

Dr. JT Roane and Dr. Justin Hosbey, Mapping Black Ecologies
(Virtual; Bellarmine Forum)
Feb. 21, 2:30 p.m.

Pan Africanism: Then and Now
Feb. 22, 5-6:30 p.m., The Mbongi Spot

A New Era at the L.A. Times: Kevin Merida on Redefining the American Newspaper
Feb. 23, 5:30pm PST

SFTV and OBSS Present ... SFTV Screening Series: Sankofa w/ Conversation
Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center Alliance: Transforming Through Dialogue
Feb. 24, Noon-1:30 p.m.

Community Connections: A Black Student & Alumni Gathering
Feb. 24, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: The Mbongi Spot

Black Excellence Party
Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

LMU Anti-Racism Project

Opening ceremony at the Black Student Space at LMU

Black Student Space Established on Campus

Taking a concrete step to foster a sense of belonging and a space of connection for the Black student body, with an atmosphere that prioritizes the well-being of the Black student population at Loyola Marymount University, the Black Student Space is established as a permanent campus location.

 

At Laband Art Gallery

Artist June Edmonds

June Edmonds: Full Spectrum

LMU’s Laband Art Gallery presents the solo exhibition, “June Edmonds: Full Spectrum,” a survey of the Los Angeles-based artist featuring more than 40 pieces from 1980 to 2021. The show marks the first opportunity to place Edmonds’ works in dialogue with one another and to offer overdue critical attention to her lifelong commitment to portraying Black positivity in her artistic practice. Visit the exhibition through March 6, 2022 >>

Buy Black Marketplace

Black student marketplace on campus

To support Black small businesses, LMU's Office of Black Student Services and The Learning Community launched the Buy Black Virtual Marketplace, a directory of Black-owned businesses, many owned by LMU students and alumni. 

View the Directory

Recommended Reads

The librarians and staff of the William H. Hannon Library have curated the following recommended books for learning more about Black history. Want to explore more titles? Check out the full list of LMU Library Staff Picks and the #BLM reading list.

 

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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

By Isabel Wilkerson

A chronicle of the decades-long migration of Black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life.

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The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race

By Jesmyn Ward

A collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of ourgeneration, including Kiese Laymon, Clint Smith, Natasha Trethewey, and more.

Aristocrats of Color

Aristocrats of Color: The Black Elite

By Willard B. Gatewood

Every American city had a small but active Black elite. Gatewood examines the genealogies and occupations of specific families and individuals.

The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time

By James Baldwin

A brutally honest look at what it means to be Black in America and an exploration of racism’s twisted logic.

 

 

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Sister Outsider

By Audre Lorde

Fifteen essays and speeches covering the experience of being Black, queer, and a woman, from one of America’s most lauded poets and writers.

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Homegoing

By Yaa Gyasi

A masterpiece of fiction telling the story of two sisters, whose generations would grow up on opposite sides of Atlantic.

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Meanings Beneath the Skin: The Evolution of African-Americans

By Sherle L. Boone

Traces the cultural and psychological transformations among Black people in America from the 17th to the 20th century.

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Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity

By C. Riley Snorton

A tracing of the intersections between Blackness and transness from the mid-19th century to present day.

 

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Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism

By Jelani M. Favors

Black colleges have offered spaces for students to develop racial consciousness, resulting in waves of activism forever altering America’s political destiny.

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Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America

By Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

A "choral history" of African Americans covering 400 years of history in the voices of 80 writers.