The Mosaic & Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion, & Belonging (i3b) join in honoring, celebrating, and bringing awareness to our Black and African American community. We recognize the incredible impact and influence on our history and country while celebrating the culture, families, love, and service of all Black and African American folx. We honor and celebrate the continued existence, representation, community, creative arts and expressions of all Black and African Americans.
Per the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the 2024 theme for Black History Month is African Americans and the Arts.
“In celebrating the entire history of African Americans and the arts, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) puts into the national spotlight the richness of the past and present with an eye towards what the rest of the twenty-first century will bring. ASALH dedicates its 98th Annual Black History Theme to African Americans and the arts.”
For more information about ASALH and the 2024 Black History Month theme, click here.
Officially and nationally recognized as of 1976, Black History Month honors these great contributions while acknowledging all that has happened both past and present to the Black and African American community. The lives, culture, joy, and impact of Black history can be seen within all of our spaces and this celebration is not confined to only February but in special tribute.
Throughout the month of February, join our UMBC community in celebrating with events and programs.
Black Excellence Summit
Saturday, February 10, 2024
The goal of the conference is to promote unity and celebrate Black culture. At UMBC, we believe in the importance of building community. UMBC’s community is especially appreciated for its diversity among the students, staff, and faculty. However, minority students, mostly those who are Black, often don’t feel a sense of community among those who share the same culture or racial identity as them. It’s time to change that. With America’s current political and social climate, it’s become increasingly important to make sure that our community is actively pursuing racial equity as well as cultivating an environment where Black students and staff feel heard and comfortable. Furthermore, we want to redefine the idea of Black Excellence, so that it is more focused on the authenticity of the Black experience, rather than appealing to societal norms.
Continue to check back for updates on programs and events.
To further connect with our Black and Africana student organizations please check out https://my.umbc.edu/.
Looking for a new read? Here are some recommendations by Black authors suggested by Mosaic and i3b staff members!
African American Folk Tales by Roger D. Abrahams
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
If Beal Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
Notes of Native Sun by James Baldwin
Abolition Feminism Now by Angela Davis, Gina Dent, Erica R. Meiners, Beth E. Richie
They Poured Fire On Us From the Sky by Alephonsion Deng, Benson Deng, Benjamin Ajak
All About Love by bell hooks
Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam by Dawn-Marie Gibson & Jamillah Karim
The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric by madison moore
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C. by Ashanté M. Reese
Black Disability Politics by Sami Schalk
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
Native Son by Richard Wright
For additional information about “Art as Resistance”, check out these initiatives from the National Museum of African American History & Culture.