Black History Month is celebrated annually during the month of February to acknowledge and celebrate the important contributions of people of African descent to our nation's life and culture. Black History Month, which began as Negro History Week in 1926 under the leadership of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, falls in February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
The Pitt community is encouraged to actively engage in the celebration of Black History Month. A list of 2021 Black History Month University Wide events is available below. The University Library System has also compiled Pitt events and resources highlighting the 2021 Black History Month theme of the Black Family and Disability Resources and Services has compiled information about some prominent African Americans that also had disabilities. Any Pitt department / group that wish to have their Black History Month activity promoted on the directory below, can submit their activity information via the Inclusion Network Black History Month channel.
The University's signature event, the K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month Program hosted by the Chancellor, is named for K. Leroy Irvis, a 1954 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and one of the most important and influential men in Pennsylvania history. This year’s K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month program (February 22 – 26) features a series of programs that highlight the Black Pitt experience through the years.
2021 Black History Month Events
Educators for Black Lives
February 2 | 5pm – 6pm
February 3 | 5pm – 6pm
Policing in Pittsburgh: Where Are We Now?
February 4| 12pm – 1pm
The Honest Struggle : Living as a Target
February 4 | 7pm
African Studies Book Club: His Only Wife
February 5 | 12pm – 1:30pm
Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad: Gender, Identity, and Health
February 5 | 1pm
32nd African American Read-in
Feb. 6 | 2p.m. – 4p.m.
Social Justice and Publicly Available Data
February 10 | 10am – 11am
Black Lives Matter Reading Group: Louis M. Maraj, Black or Right: Anti/Racist Campus Rhetorics
February 10 | 12pm – 1pm
Pediatric Grand Rounds: “Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health”
February 11 | 8am – 9am
Let's Talk Africa: The Past, Present, and Future of Women and Law in Africa
February 11 | 1pm – 2:30pm
White Privilege in Information
February 11 | 1pm – 2pm
Dr. Tiffany King "Red and Black Alchemies of Flesh: Off the Shores of Work"
February 11 | 4pm – 5:30pm
"George Barbour: Journalist" Screening and Discussion
February 11 | 7pm – 8:30pm
African Pianism: A Tribute to J.H. Kwabena Nketia and Akin Euba
February 11 | 7:30pm
PittEd Justice Collective Black History Month Virtual Film Series: I Am Not Your Negro
February 11 | 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Rooted in Strength: The Resiliency of Black Families
February 18 | 3pm – 4:30pm
Black Radicals Make For Bad Citizens: Undoing the Myth of the School-to-Prison Pipeline
February 18, 2021 | 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
PittEd Justice Collective Black History Month Virtual Film Series: Moonlight
February 18 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Hesselbein Lecture featuring Shaun Leonardo: "Transforming Systems Through Art"
February 19 | 1pm – 2pm
Talking About Whiteness: Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia
February 19 | 2pm – 3:30pm
Book Presentation: Christel N. Temple, Black Cultural Mythology
February 19 | 4pm – 5:30pm
Swanson School of Engineering 2021 Black History Month Celebration
Feb. 22 | Noon – 1:30p.m.
Afro-Latina Travels with Kim Haas
Feb. 22 | 6:30p.m. – 8p.m.
PittEd Justice Collective Black History Month Virtual Film Series: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
February 22 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire
February 23 | 3pm – 4pm
Blue, Gold, & Black: A Reflection Of The Black Pitt Experience Through The Years
Wednesday, February 24 | 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Bridging the Digital Divide Kickoff!
Feb. 25 | 6p.m. – 7p.m.
Deliberative Dialogue Series - Lessons of Activism From Malcolm X
Feb. 25 | 7p.m. – 8p.m.
The Black Impact: Black Faculty and Administrators’ Influence on Black Student Success
Thursday, Feb. 25
Black Excellence: BHM: Honoring and Celebrating Black Postdocs
Friday, Feb. 26 | Noon
GSPIA's Roscoe Robinson Jr. Memorial Lecture Series on Diversity in Public Service
February 26 | 3:30 p.m.
PittEd Justice Collective Black History Month Virtual Film Series: Daughters of the Dust
February 26 | 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
#BLM: Reception in Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia
February 26 | 2pm – 3:30pm