Black History Month



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Need some tunes to get you through your day? Check out and follow our ODI presents #Issa49erVibe heritage month playlists on Spotify.

In the meantime, shout out to all of our students, faculty, and staff who contributed to assembling this playlist. Thank you for sharing your great taste for music with Niner Nation and our surrounding communities.

Mark Joseph



February 1st University Workshop with Dr. Mark Joseph
Cone University Center, Room 113
10:00-11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by: Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Mark Joseph, Ph.D. is the Leona Bevis and Marguerite Haynam Professor of Community Development at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.  He is the Founding Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, which conducts research and consulting projects in cities across the US and Canada. He hosts the podcast Bending the Arc. During this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn techniques to be more intentional about promoting change at the individual, organizational and systems levels;
  • Consider how they can better generate sustainable impact through their spheres of influence;
  • Engage in a hands-on exercise will be used to map an action plan for topics of each participant’s choosing.
This event is open to students, faculty, and staff. Click here to register. Please, feel free to share!

February 1st Fighting for Freedom
Popp Martin Student Union, 340AF
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sponsored by: Office of Identity, Equity and Engagement, Veterans Services Office and the Multicultural Mental Health & Equity Initative

A traveling exhibit paying homage to the Black individuals who served in the the United States Military will be displayed for one day at UNC Charlotte. Take a moment to examine and learn more more about our country's Black miltary history. 

February 1st Black History Month Kickoff event
Cone University Center, Lucas Room (Cone 340)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Sponsored by: Office of Identity, Equity and Engagement and the Black Student Union

Join IEE and BSU for the kickoff event to celebrate Black History Month where students have the opportunity to engage in games, crafting, dancing and a photobooth!

February 3rd The 2024 Excellence in Leadership Awards
Popp-Martin Student Union, Room 340
6:00 pm

Events Website, tickets cost $50.00, that include plated dinner and drinks that must be purchased in advance. 

Sponsored by: Black Alumni Chapter

The Black Alumni Chapter presents the annual Excellence in Leadership Awards. These awards were founded in 2011 under the leadership of the first BAC President and former faculty member, Dr. Gregory Davis '76 to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Black, African American and African UNC Charlotte Alumni who have achieved excellence in their respective fields. 

February 7th Distinguished Scholar Series,  When We Grow Up: Believing in Black Girl Futures,
featuring Dr. Janaka Lewis
Cone University Center, McKnight Hall (Cone 320)
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Event is free and open to the public, click here to register


The Distinguised Scholar Series provides  a unique oppotunity to showcase innovative research and scholary activities related to diversity, equity and inclusion in society. Presented in a "Ted Talk" style that opens with a lecture and pivots into a expanded moderated dialogue on their ideas, commentary and reflections on their research and its reflected intersections in our daily lives. Invited scholars range from local UNC Charlotte (faculty and staff) to regional and national recognized individuals. 


February 14th Pop into Student Involvement: with BSU
Popp Martin Student Union, 2nd floor
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Sponsored by: Black Student Union and African and African- American Faculty and Staff Caucus

Join BSU and the African and African-American Faculty and Staff Caucus to learn more about the Black Student Unio and enjoy some free Auntie Anne's!

February 15th Niners Men's Basketball v. USTA Roadrunners
Halton Arena
7:00 pm
Tickets can be purchased here

Join us for Black History trivia, music, candy, food, and fellowship as we celebrate culture and community at UNC Charlotte. 

February 15-18th The New South Part 1-"How We Got Here"
The Black Box Theater
Various Times and Dates
Tickets range from $8-$18.00 and can be purchased here

CoA+A Faculty, Staff and Students are eligible for one free ticket to this event. 

Sponsored by: The Theater Department in the College of Arts + Architecture

As a response to the College's initative to investigate concepts of the New South/Global South, the Theater Department embarks on an exploration of the who, what, when and how this phrase came to be. This project is led by Visiting Professor Margarette Joyner, writer and director, and supported by CoA+A Grant for New South|Global South iniatives. 

February 16th Computing for Social Good: Changing the World with Innovations in Technology
Popp Martin Student Union, 340DEF/hybrid
10:00 am - 11:30 AM
Registration link

Sponsored by: CCI Equity & Inclusion Committe, Black Research Support Network and College of Humanities and Earth and Social Sciences

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert is the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida where he leads the Computing for Social Good Lab. He will be hosting this lecture for the UNC Charlotte community. 
February 19th, Rest and Wake Up: Your Fullest Power and Potential
Popp Martin Student Union 340
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, doors will open at 4:30 pm
Registration link.
Sponsored by: Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies, Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion, Women + Girls Research Alliance, Counseling and Psychological Services, Multicultural Mental Health & Equity Initiative and the Inclusive Excellence Grant Award
Octavia Raheem, award winning author, meditation teacher and rest coach, will facilitate a communal rest space for BIPOC students to awaken their fullest potential through the power of rest. 


February 23rd #YouBelong2: Navigating Graduate Education
Location and Registration link forthcoming
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sponsored by: Black Research Support Network
The Black Research Support Network (BRSN) is a project that addresses racial barriers and inequities faced by Black undergraduate students in the field of computer science. There continues to be a small number of people from racially underrepresented groups who apply, enroll, and matriculate from graduate computing and engineering programs. This workshop will provide insight to diverse students about graduate education in computing and engineering. This conference is open to all students, advocates, and allies. There will be featured speakers that include Dr. Benjamin Harvey, Founder and CEO of AI Squared and Dr. Aqueasha Martin-Hammond, Associate Professor in  Human-Centered Computing Department in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). You will hear from current PhD students from different institutions. Food is provided. Registration required.
February 23rd Black History Month Trivia
CHHS 376
12:00-1:00 PM
Click here to register for the event
Sponsored by: College of Health and Human Services
Faculty, staff and students -Join us for an entertaining event of Black History month trivia. We will celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black individuals, testing your knowledge on pivotal figures, landmark events, cultural milestones, and more. Get ready to be inspired, enlightened, and entertained as we commemorate and celebrate Black history together.
February 23rd CCI Book Club: My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
Woodward 155 (Tentatively scheduled)
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Sponsored by: College of Computing and Informatics Book Club
The College of Computing and Informatics is hosting a casual book club with this month’s selection in correlation with Black History Month.  Scan the QR code in the flyer to the left for more details!
February 24th Niners Women's Basketball v. Witchia State Shockers
Halton Arena
4:00 pm
Tickets can be purchased here
Join the Black Alumni Chapter of UNC Charlotte as they root for the women's basketball team as they go against Witchia State!
February 28th Legacies of Empowerment: Lineages of Justice
Popp Martin Student Union, 340H-I
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sponsored by: Women + Girls Research Alliance, Interdisciplinary Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies

A moderated discussion with guest speakers that will focus on exploring the paths and visions of women in religion and the perspective on Dr. King’s belief in the beloved community, and the necessity of including all voices in the fight for justice.
February 28th If There is No Struggle: Early Grassroots in Charlotte
Atkins Library, Halton Reading Room
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sponsored by: J. Murrey Atkins Library and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art & Culture
In collaboration with the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art & Culture, the J. Murrey Atkins Library is proud to host Dr. Willie Griffin and House Representative Kelly Alexander Jr. for an evening discussion on the genesis of Charlotte's civil rights activism in the 1930s and 1940s.
February 29th Black History Month Dinner
6:30 pm
Sponsored by: Black Student Union

Join the Black Student Union for final night of Black History Month in SOVI for dinner!

March 3rd "I Am Queen Charlotte"
Belk Theater at Blumenthal Arts Center
7:00 PM
Click here to purchase your ticket. 
I Am Queen Charlotte is an entertaining and thought-provoking production that shares the heartwarming, heartbreaking, open-hearted true stories of real Black women who call Charlotte home. These stories are spoken and performed by a cast of all Black women. Additions of music and movement bring these stories to life.  This production not only highlights the diversity, power, and beauty of the women who help make the city thrive, but it reminds us of the history, the present, and the future of Charlotte.