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1120 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


Black History Month

Black History Month 2018: 


Reclaiming Our Voices 


The Black History Month 2018 theme: "Reclaiming Our Voices" illustrates that the black experience on campuses is not always simple to maneuver, but celebrates the efforts that are being made to combat the  silencing of black voices.


WEEK 1: January 29th- February 3rd 


  Thursday, February 1st 

Black History Month Kick-Off, 5:30pm, Multipurpose Room, Nyumburu Cultural Center  

Join us for entertainment, student keynote speakers, and dinner as we kick off this year's Black History Month theme: Reclaiming Our Voices. Sponsored by the Nyumburu Cultural Center.



Courageous Conversations with Bobby Seale, 5:30 pm, Orem Alumni Hall, Samuel L. Riggs IV Alumni Center

ARHU Dean's Lecture Series

Join famed author, founding chairman, and national organizer of the Black Panther Party, Bobby Seale, in a presentation of "Resistance: From the Sixties to Trump". The event will be follows by a book signing and reception. Co-sponsored by the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the Department of African American Studies. In partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Follow the Conversation with #ARHUDLS. Admission is free, but registration is required at


Saturday, February 3rd 

BHM Ball: The Breakdown, A Hip-Hop Story, 7pm-10pm, Grand Ballroom, STAMP

Come join us for a night that celebrates the creation of hip hop! The show features performances by the Prima Dolls, B-terps, Dynamic, Phunktions, and other rap and DJ performances. 70's/80's attire is (strongly) encouraged, and food will be provided. Sponsors: MICA.

Tickets are available at Hoff Theater, STAMP and at

WEEK 2: February 4th- February 10th


Thursday, February 8th 

Listening with a Third Ear: [Re]engineering Promising Practices to Promote Black Male Success, February 8th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Grand Ballroom Lounge, STAMP

Third Annual Office of Graduate Diversity & Inclusion Spring Speaker Series

Join Brian A. Burt, PhD, assistant professor of higher education in the school of education at Iowa State University for a conversation about his studies of graduate students in stem and the institutional policies and practices that influence students' educational and workforce pathways. He also explores learning within research group experiences. 


WEEK 3: February 11th- February 17th

Black Love Week, February 12th-16th

Black Student Union (BSU)

Celebrate Black Love with the Black Student Union with a week of events! Follow BSU on Twitter @Blackterp for more information.

Monday, February 12th

Free Screening of Gook, February 12th, 5:00pm - 7:30pm, Grand Ballroom Lounge, STAMP 1209

Presented by MICA's Asian American & Pacific Islander and Black Student Involvement and Advocacy Areas

Join the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy for a screening of a story of an unlikely friendship between two Korean brother and a young black girl during racial tensions building up to the 1992 L.A. Riots. Followed by a discussion on the film and the relationship between the Black and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities


   Tuesday, February 13th

Black Faculty and Staff Networking Dinner, 7pm-9pm, Multipurpose Room, Nyumburu Cultural Center

Black Honors Caucus

Come be introduced to and build connections at the Black Faculty and Staff Networking Dinner! It will be a night of networking with the African American faculty, staff, students, role models, and mentors in the University of Maryland Community. 



Thursday, February 15th

Negro: A Docu-Series on Latin Identity, 3pm - 5pm, Pyon Su Room, Stamp Student Union

Presented by MICA's Latinx and Black Student Involvement and Advocacy Areas  

Negro explores identity, colonization, racism and the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean and the color complex among Latinos. Join us for a screening of this documentary and a discussion of contemporary social movements throughout Latin America, especially those that  address the historical marginalization of Afro descendants and indigenous peoples. 


Black History Month Juke Joint, 8pm-10 pm, Multipurpose Room, Nyumburu Cultural Center 

Nyumburu Cultural Center 

Join Nyumburu for a night of performances, including spoken word, song and dance, and greed organization strolling.


Saturday, February 17th

NAACP and Hip Hop Fashion Show, 5pm, Colony Ballroom, STAMP

NAACP and the Hip Hop Festival

Join students to celebrate fashion within the African Diaspora.


WEEK 4: February 18th- February 24th


   Monday, February 19th

Brand Your Shell, 6:00pm- 7:00pm, University Career Center

Student Success and Leadership Council (SSCL)

Visit the University Career Center to Brand Your Shell! The event is geared to help students build and improve their personal brands. Students will be provided the proper preparation and instill confidence in students going forward in their desired career path. 


Tuesday, February 20th

National Pan-Hellenic Council 

Mental Health Disparities in the African American community, 6:00- 8:00pm, School of Public Health 130 



Wednesday, February 21st

UndocuBlack: Black & Undocumented at UMD, Location and Time: MICA Conference Room, 5:30 pm

Engagement Office

Come engage in a conversation around race, education and immigration and learn about the ways that you can support your UndocuBlack peers on campus.

Refreshments provided!

Nyumburu Talent Showcase, 5pm-7pm,The Diner

Nyumburu Cultural Center

Join the Nyumburu Cultural Center for a night of entertainment! Dinner will be provided. 


 Thursday, February 22nd

Brunch for Success, 10 am- 12pm, Colony Ballroom, STAMP

Student Success and Leadership Council (SSCL)

Come receive insight about what company employers in your field of interest are looking for in applicants/employees. This event will prepare and encourage students to participate in the Spring Career Fair events.

Movie Night, 7pm-9pm, Multipurpose Room, Nyumburu Cultural Center

Black Male Initiative (BMI) 

Join the Black Male Initiative for a Black History Month Movie Night! Refreshments will be provided. Sponsor: Nyumburu Cultural Center.


The Black Monologues, 7:30 pm, Hoff Theater, STAMP

Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA)

The Black Monologues is designed to give students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to share their stories through the performance of original monologues, while educating the broader campus community on institutional issues and experiences affecting African-descended members of the University of Maryland community. The program will give audience members an opportunity to think critically and challenge their individual biases, while dispelling stereotypes and hopefully stimulating important dialogue surrounding critical issues of identity, equity, retention, and social justice.

Contact: Rachel Akins,


 Saturday, February 25th

Caribbean Student Association's Annual Cultural Gala, 6pm-9pm, Prince George's Room, STAMP

Caribbean Student Association (CSA)

For more information contact: or follow CSA on Twitter @UMDCSA


WEEK 5: February 25th- February 28th


  Tuesday, February 27th

MBIB (My Black Is Beautiful), 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Colony Ballroom, STAMP 

Maryland MANE (Maintaining a Natural Essence)

MBIB: Around the World will be a cultural expo showcasing different cultures. It will consist of cultural performances and lessons for people to take part in to learn more about their own and other cultures on and around campus.


  Wednesday, February 28th

Black History Month Closing Ceremony, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Multipurpose Room, Nyumburu Cultural Center

Nyumburu Cultural Center

Join us for our annual Black History Month closing ceremony. It will feature student speakers, entertainment, and dinner!