The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center is hosting a kickoff celebration for Black History Month on Friday, Feb. 1, beginning at noon. The program includes music by African drum ensemble Nature’s Drummers and a brief presentation on the historical significance of the month as well as the events to come by Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Black Cultural Center Rosevelt Noble.
Black History Month, initially titled Negro History Week, was launched in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson, one of the first African Americans to earn a doctorate from Harvard. Woodson timed the week to coincide with the birthdays of Fredrick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month and called for the public to recognize the history, accomplishments and contributions of African Americans throughout the country’s history.
A series of programs, events and lectures to celebrate Black History Month has been planned for Vanderbilt community members. The Black Cultural Center has created an online calendar of events happening throughout Black History Month, including events hosted by the center and those of partnering offices, departments and organizations.
Among the events scheduled in February are:
For a full listing of events and additional information, visit the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center website.