The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate Black History Month with various events throughout February, including lectures, panels and performances.
The annual African American History Month Lecture will headline this year’s events. Marcia Chatelain, a professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University, will be the keynote speaker of the virtual lecture on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
An active public speaker, educational consultant and author, Chatelain has received awards and honors from the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2021 for her book “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America” and was the recipient of the Hagley Prize in Business History and the Organization of American Historian’s Lawrence W. Levine Award for Franchise for the book.
This year’s highlights also include:
- A monthlong discussion series hosted by the UNC School of Social Work. The “Black History Month Research Series” will showcase the research of faculty, doctoral students and alumni who are addressing inequities.
- A virtual panel hosted by the Kappa Omicron chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The event on Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. will feature several Black North Carolinians who have paved the way for others.
- A lecture on race and memory at Carolina hosted by the Institute for the Arts & Humanities on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. William Sturkey, an associate professor in the history department, will be joined by civil rights activist and historian Danita Mason-Hogans for the event at Hyde Hall.
- A performance by acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley ’04 (MFA) at the Friday Center on Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. The play, “Blood Done Sign My Name,” brings to life the recollections of author Tim Tyson surrounding the 1970 murder of Henry “Dickie” Marrow in Oxford, North Carolina.
- A series of events hosted by the Black Student Movement. View a full calendar of the student organization’s events.