Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.

In September of 1915, Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

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2021 Events

Monday, February 2, 6 – 8 p.m.
Black History Bingo (Virtual)
Join the Ottenheimer Library and Multicultural Center to play Bingo with a Black History twist! Game winners will receive prizes, including UA Little Rock swag and more.

Friday, February 5, 12 – 1 p.m.
First Friday @ the MC (Virtual)

At this event attendees will get an opportunity to learn about how to apply to be a Resident Assistant. They will also learn about requirements and benefits associated with the position.

February 7 – 13

A week hosted by National Pan-Hellenic Fraternities/Sororities.

Sunday, February 7, 10 – 11 a.m.
NPHC Church Service Livestream

Virtual service livestream at St. Mark Baptist Church. Link coming soon.

Monday, February 8, 7:00 p.m.
NPHC Greek Panel (Virtual)

Open to any and all students interested in joining an NPHC Greek-lettered organization. RSVP

Tuesday, February 9 (all day)
Black History/NPHC Trivia

Follow @ualr_nphc on Instagram to answer BHM trivia questions and win prizes.

Tuesday, February 9, 6 – 7 p.m.
SADI: “Where I’ve Been”(Virtual)
This program will be an opportunity for UA Little Rock faculty and staff members to share their stories, struggles, and successes with our SADI students, showing them the diverse paths that can be taken to reach their goals, and encouraging them to push through and overcome any obstacles they may face.

Thursday, February 11, All Day
Virtual Talent Show

Submit a 1-2 minute video of your best talent to for a chance to win a prize!

Wednesday, February 17, 6 – 7 p.m.
Black History/Sports Virtual Escape Room

This Virtual Escape Room will highlight Black athletes, coaches, and sports figures in order for participants to “escape.” Winners will receive prizes!

Thursday, February 18, 6 – 7 p.m.
SADI Reality Check: Creating a Better Financial History
During this Reality Check, we will discuss the importance of economic history in developing today’s financial goals and plans. Join SADI, The MC, and guest presenter Dr. Lakeshia Jones, who will also give tips and strategies for students to make smart money decisions and develop a proclivity for financial freedom.

Tuesday, February 23, 7 – 8 p.m.
Fireside Chat w/ Spencer Paysinger

Join us for a virtual fireside chat with Spencer Paysinger, NFL linebacker and Super Bowl champion, whose life serves as the basis for the hit TV show All American. The conversation will be led by Corrigan Revels, Assistant Director for Student Leadership & Development, and there will be a Q&A session at the end of the event.

Wednesday, February 24, 6 – 7 p.m.
The Making of a Leader: An Open Discussion with Prominent Black Community Leaders
Join the UA Little Rock Student Government Association on Wednesday, February 24th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. as we welcome Little Rock’s 73rd mayor and first Black elected chief executive, Mayor Frank Scott Jr., Public School Teacher, State Senator, and former Democratic Candidate for US Congress, Joyce Elliott, and retired CEO, mental health policy leader and advocate, and former Democratic Candidate for State Representative, Jannie Cotton, to discuss how they paved the way for African Americans in Arkansas.

** For more information about any of the events in this listing, please contact the Multicultural Center on campus.