With so many incredible Black History Month events over here in Madison, it’s important to dive into more information about this celebratory month.
Black History month has been recognized in the United States by every U.S. president since 1976. Other countries have followed in our footsteps and also designated a month to celebrating black history. Black History Month focuses on the achievements by African Americans and their crucial roles in this country’s history.
Every year, the current U.S. president endorses a theme to accompany that current Black History Month. The theme for this year is “African Americans in Times of War,” and marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, honoring the pivotal roles of African Americans in wars beginning with the American Revolution up until the present day.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a busy calendar of events celebrating Black History Month. Some of the events to come include:
- An open house at the Wisconsin Historical Society, where powerful events will be told through historical objects, artifacts, and documents alongside contemporary performances and presentation
- A screening of Marvel’s “Black Panther”
- A student luncheon with Dr. Cerise Elliot
- The African Students Association annual dating for charity
…and that’s just this week! Our calendar is jam-packed with exciting events to honor Black History Month.
If you have some time to spare, be sure to check out some of the events!
Student Assistant, Go Big Read Office