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Black History Month 2021

Black History Month

Black History Month - Texas State University

Black History Month is celebrated annually in the United States from February 1 to February 28. Black History Month was originally conceived as a week by historian, Carter G. Woodson, in 1926 and officially designated as a month in 1976 by President Gerald Ford.  Black History Month is a time to recognize, celebrate, and honor the contributions, achievements, and legacy of Blacks/African Americans in the US.

Equally important, this is a time to raise awareness about the experiences and needs of Blacks/ African Americans. Other countries around the world, including Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada, and the United Kingdom, participate in annual observances of Black history. While Black History Month is celebrated in the month of February, Black History is an ongoing development advanced throughout the African diaspora every day.

Upcoming Events

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  • Institutional Inclusive Excellence- Student Initiatives and the African-American Studies Department presents The Langston Hughes Project.

    This virtual on-demand concert performance links the words and music of Hughes’ poetry to topical images of Ask Your Mama’s people, places, and events, and to the works of the visual artists Langston Hughes admired or collaborated with most closely over the course of his career. The concert link will be available for on-demand viewing February 8th-14th.

    A live broadcast moderated discussion with Dr. Dwonna Goldstone of the African-American Studies Department with Dr. Ron McCurdy will take place on Feb. 11th from 5-6PM. To ensure a robust conversation, registered participants will receive instructions for viewing the one hour concert ahead of the moderated discussion with Dr. Goldstone. 



  • LBJ SC  Teaching Theatre

    In this special Black History edition of the Womxn of Color Forum in collaboration with the Athletics Academic Center will host an engaging conversation on Black Hair.

    All students are required to register for the event due to COVID-19. Face coverings in alignment with university regulation are required to attend and social distancing protocols will be enforced. 

  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021
    12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    Virtual via Zoom
    Register Here


    Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, Center for the Study of the Southwest, and the Department of Sociology

    Purpose and Objectives of Webinar

    CDGS is hosting The Dunbar Heritage Association who is sharing information about their mission. Guest speaker Alex Banbury will discuss Harvey Miller and his footprint in the San Marcos community. Fellow guest speaker Jonafa Banbury will hold a separate discussion about DHA's past and present events centered on black culture. This event was also coordinated in celebration of Black History Month.

  • Black Men United is proud to host their 2nd Annual Black History Month Trivia Bowl. Teams representing Black Student Organizations will compete against each other in multiple rounds of questions with live commentary and results. The event will be aired online via Zoom and will feature short commercial breaks between rounds. Viewers will also have opportunities to participate as well. REGISTER NOW and be sure to tune in!

  • Online Virtual Event

    Institutional Inclusive Excellence- Student Initiatives presents Step Afrika!'s Celebration. An exploration of African-American History that highlights the richness and diversity of African-American life through the eyes of one of America’s most renowned dance companies. This presentation is curated video content, conceived and filmed in 2020, will provide viewers with a unique way to mark Black History Month while deepening their understanding of little-known moments in African-American history. Step Afrika!’s Celebration will include works from the company’s recent virtual programming, including a moving excerpt from Step Afrika!’s critically-acclaimed dance film, Stono.  Stono earned rave reviews and is inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739 and the Negro Act of 1740, two monumental moments in American history that are not widely known.

    Immediately following the performance, stay tuned in for a live workshop and talkback session with members of the Step Afrika! cast.


  • Flowers Hall 341

    Please sign up for the event here:

    A zoom link will be provided for all registered attendees who might prefer to join virtually.


  • An online panel exploring the differences between Black Texas State across generations. Participants will be able to join via Zoom and ask questions or submit comments live. 

  • Mariano's Celebrates Black History with Chef Lamar Moore

    Mon., February 1, 2021 | 5:30- 6:30PM

    Chicago chef and Food Network star Lamar Moore kicks off Mariano's celebration of Black History Month by leading viewers through a menu that includes pan seared pork chops with molasses butter, black eyed peas cassoulet, and BBQ carrots.

    Rhythm in Black: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow- A Black History Month Event

    Fri., February 5, 2021 | 11:00AM- 8:00PM

    Rhythm In Black: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow - A Black History Month Event A fully-virtual FREE Black History Month Celebration.

    Queer Heroes: Audre Lorde

    Fri., February 5, 2021 | 4:30PM

    Come learn about the Black Queer Heroes who paved the way for Queer Liberation!

    Stamped From the Beginning Book Group

    Thu., February 11, 2021 | 6:00PM

    Please join the Perrysburg Coalition For Inclusion and Social Justice as we discuss Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's book Stamped From the Beginning.

    Book Club: "Freedom Is a Constant Struggle"

    Thu., February 11, 2021 | 7:00PM

    "Freedom is a Constant Struggle" is a collection of interviews and speeches by scholar and activist Angela Davis that focuses on inter/trans-national solidarity. Join this discussion to learn why it's crucial reading for anyone determined to fight for liberation.

    Writing as Resistance: A Writing Salon

    Fri., February 17, 2021 | 4:00- 5:30PM

    Dr. Emily Carr will host a healings writing workshop that explores the role of language in liberation movements.

    Hair Love: Building a Legacy Through Representation With Matthew A. Cherry

    Thu., February 18,  2021 | 3:00PM

    Matthew A. Cherry, writer and director of the Academy-Award-winning short film "Hair Love," discusses why representation has power, his story about a dad styling his daughter's natural hair, and his thoughts on legacy.



#BLKTXST Fundraising Campaign

Contribute to our goal of $10,000.00

The purpose is to support students and organizations with a preference for African American students and organizations in need of additional funding.

More information and to give: #BLKTXST Campaign

Earl Moseley Jr. Memorial Scholarship - Now Open!

Earl Moseley, Jr. was a Southwestern University graduate that arrived at Texas State (then Southwest Texas State) in 1985.  During his tenure, he mentored a great number of students and was instrumental in their development. Earl left us far too soon in 2010 and TXST created a scholarship in his name.

Materials must be received by March 5, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

Stay Connected

Join the #BLKTXST Mailing List

Sign up today to join our Canvas site. This will allow you to stay updated on #BLKTXST events, programs, and service opportunities. This is also a great way to connect with students and student leaders at Texas State. 

Coalition of Black Faculty & Staff

The Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff is specifically organized for and committed to the concerns, interests and needs of the collective body of black faculty, staff, students and local community — to the extent that local community’s concerns impact the Texas State community.

Diversity Connections

Diversity Connections is an online profile and directory of faculty and staff members who can serve as mentors, advocates, and support system. Search for faculty and/or staff by race/ethnic background, Ally status, Department/Office, and Veteran Status.


PASSAGE: The Practice of Healing

PASSAGE is a curated mental health and wellness initiative created by Okayplayer. The program amplifies the collective stories and healing practices of millennials of color. PASSAGE: The Practice of Healing, a month-long initiative will honor Black resilience and Black love. Programs centers on mental health, wellness, and self-care. Courtesy of Okayplayer.

Stream: PASSAGE, The EP

28 Days of Black History

A virtual exhibition of 28 works that celebrate Black legacy in the United States. This exhibition is curated by Black historians, curators, archivists, and artists. The exhibition centers the voices of Black LGBTQ leaders and Black leaders with disabilities often diminished in our nation’s history. Each evening in February, you'll receive one work - song, book, artwork, movie, artifact, etc. - delivered via email. Courtesy of Anti-Racism Daily.

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The 11% Project - University Star

For the remainder of the school year, The University Star will take on “The 11% Project”, an examination of Black students at Texas State through History, Election, Hometowns, Activism, Creatives, Mentorship and 10 years from now.

Courtesy of: The 11% Project