Explore Black History Month 2023 at USF

by Mary McInerney, USF News

Here are nine ways to celebrate Black History Month, from talks on campus to the annual Black Joy Parade.

Black Resistance, Feb. 1–28, Gleeson Library Reference Nook. This retrospective of Black resistance, a collaboration between the Gleeson Library reference staff and the library outreach team of student assistants, will be accompanied by performances, spoken word, and a panel discussion. Contact Chanda Briggs for more information: cbriggs2@usfca.edu

My Beautiful Black Hair Community Forum, Feb. 2, 6 p.m., Fromm 115. Filmmaker and author St. Claire Detrick-Jules will speak about her book My Beautiful Black Hair: 101 Natural Hair Stories from the Sisterhood and lead a discussion on hair as an entry point for conversations on self-love, anti-Blackness, healing from racial trauma, feminism, and more. Sponsored by the USF Black Achievement Success and Engagement (BASE) initiative. Contact Emille Lawrence for more information: edlawrence@usfca.edu

Black Mental Health Matters (BMHM) Group, Thursdays, Feb. 2 through Feb. 23, 1:15 to 2:45 p.m., Zoom. BMHM is a therapy space for Black scholars to connect, support, and hold dialogues on aspects of Black mental health. BMHM includes mindfulness meditation practices and group exploration, finding empowerment through intersectional identities, and re-envisioning self-care to represent self-soothing, acceptance, self-compassion, and internal systemic rebellion. Sign up

Black History Month Culinary Celebrations, Feb. 8, 15, 21 and 26. Bon Appétit is partnering with registered dietitians Jessica Jones and Wendy Lopez of the popular Black wellness brand Food Heaven Made Easy on four menus throughout Black History Month that honor award-winning Black chefs. The dinners will be served at the Market Cafe, Classics Station. More information

Lyricist Lounge, Feb. 10, 7–9 p.m., UC 4 Lounge. The open-mic night for February is centered on Black student voices in conjunction with Black History Month, and the theme is “Heroes.” Contact Ann Le for more information: ale32@usfca.edu

Black Artists Speak, Feb. 23, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Thacher Gallery/Zoom.  Celebrate Black creators and the role of the arts in a roundtable conversation with Associate Professor Robert Moses; Rivka Valérie Louissaint, USF’s 2022-23 Gerardo Marín Postdoctoral Fellow; and Sheila Smith McKoy, vice provost for equity, inclusion, and faculty excellence. Register

Northern California Fulbright Chapter Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) Tour, Feb. 24, noon–1 p.m., at MoAD, 685 Mission St., San Francisco. Docent-led tour of MoAD and introduction to the Fulbright Association with opportunities for students to meet Fulbright representatives. Opportunities include applications to be student scholars. Contact Monika Hudson for more information: mhudson@usfca.edu

To Celebrate Black Joy: Oakland Edition, Feb. 26, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Oakland Museum of California. Black faculty, staff, and students are invited to connect and celebrate Black art at the Oakland Museum of California. Afterwards, gather at the sixth annual Black Joy Parade, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., through the streets of downtown Oakland and support Black Alumni Society members marching in the parade (see below). RVSP required for complimentary museum ticket.

Black Joy Parade, USF Black Alumni Society, Feb. 26, 12–7:30 p.m. (parade 12:30–2 p.m.), downtown Oakland, near the 12th Street BART stop. The University of San Francisco Black Alumni Society will be marching in the parade as a contingent. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to join at no cost. Register