Black History Month

About Black History Month (February)

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S history. Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life, which initiated the first variation of Black History month, titled, Negro History Week in 1926 during the second week of February. In 1970 according to the Kent Stater, Kent State University began observance of Black History Month, however, it was not until 1976 that every president designated the month of February as Black History Month. 


The Footsteps of our Ancestors... the legacy continues

Through sacrifice and dedication, our ancestors paved the way for us and generations to come. As we look out across our Kent State University community, we see where we have been able to walk in the footsteps that were laid before us and where we have been able to blaze new trails for those who will come after us. During this year’s Black History Month Celebration, we seek to recognize those who have continued to be torchbearers in honor of our ancestors’ legacies. 


Feature your events on the Black History Month website

  1. Submit your events to the University Events Calendar
  2. Tag it with Signature Programs and Black History Month to ensure it is featured in the list of events below.

Black History Month Events

(View list of events below)