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Celebrating Black History Month

By Tebraie Banda-Johns, Director of the Intercultural Center

A red, green, orange and beige banner with the words “Black History Month”

As February unfolds, we enter a month of reflection, remembrance and celebration—Black History Month. We honor the resilience, creativity and contributions of Black Americans throughout history. Beyond a mere commemoration, Black History Month invites us to center the experiences of Black individuals, shedding light on the narratives that have often been overlooked or marginalized in the broader tapestry of American history and culture.

The 2024 theme for Black History Month is “African Americans and the Arts.” Black Americans have left an immense impact on the arts, music, literature, and every facet of cultural expression. From the jazz rhythms that echo through the streets of New Orleans, to the poetic verses that spring from the Harlem Renaissance and the contemporary influence of Black artists in shaping popular culture—these are testaments to the profound impact of Black creativity.

To center the experiences of Black Americans is to confront the uncomfortable truths of the past while recognizing the resilience that has propelled the community forward. It is an acknowledgment of the systemic challenges faced and an affirmation of the triumphs achieved despite those barriers. Black History Month provides an opportunity not only to celebrate but also to educate and engage in meaningful conversations about the complexities of our shared history.

Join the Intercultural Center this month as we celebrate the vibrancy of Black Americans throughout history. Follow our Instagram (@interculturalcenter_whitman) to stay up to date on the different events we have planned this month.

Published on Jan 24, 2024
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