Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life

Black History Month 2021: Black Joy


Black History Month Art Showcase

Feb. 1 - 28  // Voting Open Now at:

Enjoy a virtual showcase of art from various genres to celebrate the diversity of the Black/African American community at the University of Maryland. To emphasize this month's theme of Black Joy, members of our community will have the opportunity to showcase their art of all forms!  Voting is open now, so vote for your favorites in each category at!

Sponsored by: MICA


Nyumburu Black History Month Kick-Off
Monday, February 1// 6:00 PM//
Virtual Black History Month Opening featuring keynote speech and artistic performances
Sponsored by: The Nyumburu Cultural Center


Queering Black History - Social Media Campaign

Ongoing // @lgbtequity

Throughout February, the LGBT Equity Center will host an interactive social media campaign highlighting Queer Black figures. 

Sponsored by: The LGBT Equity Center


Black Monologues

Feb. 1- 28  //

A series of original monologue performances educating the broader campus community on institutional issues and experiences affecting African-descended members of the University of Maryland community. Will be released throughout the month. Open for submissions at

Sponsored by: MICA


African-American History and the University of Maryland: A Virtual Campus Landmark Tour
Tours Twice per week during February 2021 // Register:
This Black History Month, you are invited to explore the legacy of African American people and communities that impacted the life of the University, the State, and beyond through a virtual tour of African American history and landmarks at the University of Maryland, College Park. Please join us for this important educational journey that is an affirmation of the positive and meaningful African American
presence on our campus.

Sponsored by: BSOS Dean's Office, Dr. Kim Nickerson, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. For more information, contact


In Focus: Representations of Black Womanhood

Monday, Feb. 1 // 10:00 am // Stamp Gallery

What does it mean to be a black woman?  What happens when we stand outside of what’s prescribed?  This exhibition seeks to capture the complexity of an ever-shifting personal identity that has political, cultural, and historical implications.  Through imagery and words, portraits and poetry explore the search for definition of oneself-- sifting through the answers from society, family, and her own heart.

Sponsored by: The Stamp Gallery


Reimagining Black Masculinities 

Friday, Feb. 5 // 3:00 pm //

The public’s imagination of Black men and masculinities often draws from racist attitudes, depictions, and distortions that neglect/exclude narratives of healing, self-love, vulnerability, and joy. Join us on February 5th from 3 to 4:15pm as we create space for and with Black men to reflect on and engage in conversation on the beauties, complexities, and possibilities of Black masculinities. #BlackMasculinitiesUMD. 

Sponsored by: The Office of Diversity and Inclusion


Movie Night: The Wiz

Friday, Feb. 5 //

An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African American experience.

Sponsored by: SEE


Virtual Career Shuttle: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

Friday, Feb. 12 // 12:00 pm //

Learn about internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture! Students of all majors (undergraduate & graduate) are welcome to attend, though students with previous coursework in history, arts management, museum studies, art history, African American Studies, American Studies, film studies, digital media, photography/art, and other related fields may be the most interested in the opportunities available.  Please be sure to RSVP.

Sponsored by: University Career Center


Movie Night: Black Panther

Friday, Feb. 12 //

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Sponsored by: SEE


Second Annual Black History Month Read-a-Thon

Tuesday, Feb. 16 // 11:00 am - 2:00 pm //

The UMD Libraries' Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee, in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) is very excited to announce the Second Annual Black History Month Read-a-Thon, to be held virtually on Tuesday, February 16th from 11AM-2PM. The theme of this year's Black History Month events is "Black Joy" and we look forward to celebrating historical moments of joy across the African diaspora. Register to attend and/or sign up at:

Sponsored by: University Libraries + MICA


Centering Black Joy: Finding your Purpose 

Tuesday, Feb. 16 // 3:00 pm //

This engaging workshop will serve as a conversation for undergraduate & graduate students to discuss what Black joy is, how it can be interwoven in your academic, professional, and personal spaces, and how might it serve as a framework in finding your life's purpose. 

Sponsored by: Athletics + Black Graduate Student Union


“American Ascent” Screening and Panel Discussion 

Thursday, Feb. 18 // 7:00 pm //

To celebrate Black History Month, the RecWell Adventure Program will be hosting a virtual screening of “American Ascent”, a documentary film about the first African-American expedition to climb North America's highest peak, Denali. Following the screening, current and former black Adventure Program student employees will share their experiences of overcoming barriers and finding joy in outdoor recreation. Participants will be invited to join in the discussion by asking the panelists questions. Register at

Sponsored by: RecWell Adventure Program


Black History Virtual Trivia 

Thursday, Feb. 18 // 8:00 pm //

This will be a virtual trivia event that will quiz participants on historical events and figures in Black history. The winner will be awarded an Intramural champ shirt!

Sponsored by: University Recreation & Wellness


Movie Night: Us

Friday, Feb. 19 //

A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Sponsored by: SEE


SEE Presents: An Evening with Tarana Burke, founder of the 'me too.' Movement 

Monday, Feb. 22 // 7:00 pm //

SEE presents An Evening with Tarana Burke, founder of the 'me too.' Movement. The event will consist of a moderated Q&A followed by an opportunity for audience members to ask questions via Zoom Webinar Q&A function.

Sponsored by: Student Entertainment Events


Joyous Insights: Advice on Graduate Education from UMD Black Graduate Students

Wednesday, Feb. 24 // 5:30 pm //

Are you interested in graduate school after you earn your degree from the University of Maryland? The first portion of this workshop will feature a panel of UMD Black graduate students from across academic disciplines with the second half discussing graduate education in general - what is graduate school, how to apply, how to pay for it, and other key takeaways.

Sponsored by: Black Graduate Student Union


Decolonizing Self Care: Rest as Reparations

Thursday, Feb. 25 //

Self care should not be synonymous with simply surviving: A workshop exploring ways that we can utilize effective self care and support ourselves beyond just making it day to day. Please RSVP at the link above by February 23rd.

Sponsored by: MICA


Nyumburu Black History Month Closing Ceremony
Thursday, February 25 // 6:00 PM //
Virtual Black History Month Closing Ceremony will feature speakers, musical selections, spoken word, recognition of students Warriors, Black History Trivia and Door Prizes

Sponsored By: The Nyumburu Cultural Center


Movie Night: Akeelah and the Bee

Friday, Feb. 26 //

A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.

Sponsored by: SEE