Carolina celebrates Black History Month with events during February

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events including historical tours, speakers and panels.

Observed each February, Black History Month commemorates the people and movements that have advanced civil rights and social equality for African Americans.

“At Carolina, we continue to examine our history and make inroads to provide inclusive excellence for our students, faculty and staff,” said Rumay Alexander, the interim chief diversity officer at Carolina’s Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Office. “The many panel discussions, tours, lectures, Carolina Hall, named scholarships and other events that will be held at UNC-Chapel Hill during Black History Month will provide an opportunity for meaningful dialogue and introspection.”

The 13th annual African American History Month Lecture will headline Carolina’s events. Brenda Stevenson, professor of history and African American studies at UCLA, will serve as the keynote speaker. Held at the Sonja Haynes Stone for Black Culture and History on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., a question-and-answer session will follow Stevenson’s lecture.

Additional campus events include:

  • Speaker Brittany Packenett on Feb. 2 at the Stone Center
  • Black and Blue historical tours on Feb. 3, 10 and 17 at the Visitors’ Center
  • Black History Month meal on Feb. 15 at Ram’s Head Dining Hall
  • Black business roundtable on Feb. 22 at Hyde Hall

Explore a detailed schedule of events and learn more about the University’s celebration of Black History Month by visiting

Published February 1, 2017