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How to find Pitt’s Black History Month events

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  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Each February, the University of Pittsburgh joins the nation in celebrating the history of Black people across the African diaspora, as well as their culture and contributions to our country and institution.

The month kicks off Feb. 1 with a conversation between Robin Brooks, assistant professor of Africana Studies in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and Robert J. Patterson of Georgetown University’s Department of African American Studies about Brooks’ new book, “Class Interruptions: Inequality and Division in African Diasporic Women’s Fiction.”

The overall theme for this year’s events is the Blue, Gold and Black Experience, which seeks to elevate the contributions and perspectives of Pitt’s Black community members. The University’s signature K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month programming will take place from Feb. 21-25 to explore this theme. Events include:

  • A virtual Blue, Gold and Black Digital Archive debut on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.
  • A weeklong Blue, Gold and Black Digital Archive photo gallery on the first floor of the William Pitt Union starting Feb. 21
  • A virtual Black Excellence Bash on Feb. 25.

More details, including registration links, will be available soon on the University calendar.

What you need to know

If you are a designated calendar administrator, the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion asks that you help get the word out about Black History Month events in your unit by adding your events and programming to the University calendar using the “Black History Month” tag.

“There are so many great events across the University each year for Black History Month — even during the pandemic,” said Clyde Wilson Pickett, vice chancellor for the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. “We want to let our Pitt community know about as many of these events as possible, which is why we're asking everyone to use the universal calendar.”

The tagged calendar page will be updated throughout February. Anyone can help get the word out by sharing on your social media channels, newsletters, posters and websites. 

To add an event, please contact your unit's designated publisher. Check this website if you're not sure who your publisher is. If you do not have a publisher, you may still submit your event for consideration.


— Kara Henderson