Carolina celebrates Black History Month 2023
The inaugural Dr. Genna Rae McNeil Endowed Black History Month lecture will lead this year's events. Vincent Brown, the Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard University, will be the keynote speaker at the lecture on Feb. 22.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate Black History Month with events including lectures, performances and exhibitions throughout February.
The inaugural Dr. Genna Rae McNeil Endowed Black History Month lecture will highlight this year’s events. Vincent Brown, the Charles Warren Professor of American History and interim director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University, will be the keynote speaker at the lecture on Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Brown is the author of “The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery” and “Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War.” He also produced “Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness,” an audiovisual documentary broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens.
This year’s highlights also include:
- An exhibition opening on Feb. 2 at the Stone Center Galley explores the phenomenon of physical resistance by African captives in the grip of European slavery.
- Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Black Business Student Association is having its annual Fishbowl Panel on race and allyship on Feb. 2.
- The Black Student Movement’s Black History Month Committee and the UNC Albums and Records Society are hosting a Guess That Artist event on Feb. 2. Follow the Black Student Movement for more events to come this month.
- The Southern Historical Collection is hosting a virtual panel discussion on “Finding Your People: Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Documenting Black Families in Special Collections and Archives,” on Feb. 9.
- The Carolina Black Caucus is hosting a Black History Month trivia night on Feb. 9 in Carrboro.
- The 2023 Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies on Feb. 23 will be delivered by Howard University professor Ana Lucia Araujo with a presentation titled “Slavery as History and Memory.”
- A theatrical performance of “Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till” will be presented by acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley and hosted by Digital and Lifelong Learning on Feb. 26.
This story will be updated throughout February with more information as events are announced.