These virtual and in-person events across the state will prioritize Black history, achievements and activism.
Black History Month 2023
Art and history exhibitions at local libraries, museums and other organizations aim to empower and educate Black communities.
Frank Richards discusses ties between river blindness, slavery at annual SPH Black History Month LectureBy Ryan Doherty | February 21
On Tuesday, Frank Richards discussed the historical link between the transatlantic slave trade and onchocerciasis.
‘We stand on the shoulders of giants’: Providence City Council and City Archives host Pillars on Race eventBy Avani Ghosh | February 21
Providence exhibition recounts city’s history from 1935 to present.
A symposium held Feb. 18-19, co-sponsored by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and the Department of Africana Studies, celebrated the lives of Lani Guinier and bell hooks.
Professors discuss the College Board's revised curriculum for its AP African American Studies course.
‘A labor of love:’ Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading celebrates poet, nurtures connection through performanceBy Julia Vaz | February 17
The Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading brought together more than 400 people this year.
Wooten ’24: What ‘Abbott Elementary’ taught me about AP African American Studies, Black educational equityBy Jada Wooten | February 16
In her op-ed, Jada Wooten ’24 explains why she does not engage with articles regarding Florida’s AP African American Studies controversy, but still cares deeply about Black educational equity.
The Supreme Court is slated to decide two cases that will determine the future of affirmative action by June. With the current court known as the most conservative slate of judges in nearly a century, the future of affirmative action remains uncertain.
A ‘duty to give back’: Looking at the current state of racial, social justice activism in ProvidenceBy Rhea Rasquinha | February 16
Activist groups discuss future goals, repealing Rhode Island’s Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights.
Dori Walker ’24 hones her photographic, artistic practice through media studies.
Toni Morrison, Nella Larsen and Raven Leilani are key authors to read for Black History Month.
Freeman Hrabowski III, president emeritus of the University of Maryland, reflected on the influence of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement on higher education at the University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. lecture Feb. 15.