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Black History

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Megan Bresnahan
18 Library Way, Dimond 201B

History of Black History Month

This guide highlights a list of campus and local events being held throughout the month of February hosted and sponsored by several University organizations. Additionally, it includes online events hosted through the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

On the library resources tab, we've listed a small selection of books which feature Black history and authors of color that will be available all year round. You can search for more through the Library Search Box

To learn more about Black History Month and how to stay engaged as an anti-racist throughout the year, here are some resources.

This year's theme for Black History Month at UNH is Hidden Histories.  The artwork on display in Dimond Library, "Culture Keepers, Culture Makers" is part of a larger effort to utilize art as a means for expanding conversations about our collective humanity while still honoring our individual identities. 

Other groups are looking at Black History Month through the lens of Black Health and Wellness. The National Museum of African American History & Culture by "creating a space that highlights Black pioneers' trailblazing contributions to Western medicine, addresses health disparities facing our communities, and encourages healing through education". They include an interactive timeline of Black pioneers in medicine and much more

Campus and Local Events

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Art Exhibit - Culture Keepers, Culture Makers

Art Exhibit - Culture Keepers, Culture Makers
Dimond Library, Room 301

Throughout February

The pieces on display are part of a larger effort to utilize art as a means for discussing race.

'Culture Keepers' is an important vehicle for facilitating the kind of dialogue we tend to shy away from, whether due to fear, ignorance, or simply discomfort. With these workshops, we can also dispel the notion that only some of us are artists and encourage everyone to explore art and joyful expression.” -- Richard Haynes

A special showcase is being offered Feb 10, 4:30-6:00pm in Dimond Library to provide opportunity to meet/chat with the exhibit artists.

Event co-sponsored by 3S Artspace

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Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire - Tea Talk

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire - Tea Talk
Sunday, Feb 6, 2:00-3:30pm (online)
Divisive Concepts: A Chilling Effect on Teaching History

Panel discussion moderated by Sen. David Watters, UNH Professor Emeritus, Dept of English, will present critical perspectives on histories, laws, social practices, literature and clashing versions of our American history/stories.

Additional information and Registration

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Saul O Sidore Lecture Series - Aging in Place: Black Perspectives

Saul O Sidore Lecture Series
Aging in Place: Black Perspectives
Tues, Feb 8, 3:30pm-5:00pm (online)

This session centers the perspectives of senior people of African descent in their own words. In a roundtable session, individuals from several areas including Black history, arts, educational, and activist organizations will share stories of how they’ve made a place called home in New England and how they've navigated living in the region including the hopes, challenges and dreams they have for themselves and future generations. Their stories help interweave longer histories of regional, labor, and seasonal migration, the work of maintaining family connections and political presence as citizens, and what it takes to define themselves and the “Black community.”

Register to receive Zoom link

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Amplify Podcast "Turning up the Volume on Black Voices"

Amplify Podcast "Turning up the Volume on Black Voices"
Thurs, Feb 10, 12:45-2:00pm
Thurs, Feb 22, 12:45-2:00pm

The Feb 10 virtual podcast and chat will center the voices of Black Survivors of sexual assault and sexual violence with Luvvie Ajayi Jones and Tarana Burke.  Tarana is an activist, change maker, survivor, and author of Unbound: My Story of Liberation & the Birth of the Me Too Movement and You Are Your Best Thing- Vulnerability, Shame, Resilience, and the Black Experience.

Feb 22 podcast will partner with Courageous Fire - an organization that works exclusively with Black victims & survivors of domestic violence.

Event Sponsored by SHARPP - Links to registration and more information

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Akwaaba Traditional African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Akwaaba Traditional African Drum and Dance Ensemble
February 18,  12:00-1:00pm
MUB Granite State Rm

The drum and dance ensemble will perform a series of rhythms, dances and songs from Ghana and Guinea in West Africa.

Learn more about Akwaaba Ensemble

Watch a video of an Akwaaba Ensemble performance


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Q & A with Angela Davis

Q & A with Angela Davis
Wed, Feb 23, 7:00-8:00pm (online)

Through her activism and her scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator –both at the university level and in the larger public sphere –has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender equality.

 Angela Davis, African American Activist, Author & Educator, will join the UNH community for a virtual Question & Answer session.

This event is hosted by multiple campus partners.

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Community Policing (Part III of IV Part Series)

Community Policing (Part III of IV Part Series)
Thurs, Feb 24, 4:00-5:30pm

Part of a year-long series centering the nuances of Community Policing, this installment will center the Black Lives Matter movement.  Panelists will include Black Lives Matter leadership as well as local law enforcement.

Register for this event to receive the Zoom link

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Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire - Tea Talk

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire - Tea Talk
Shades of Black: Connected by Color, Culture and Community
Sunday, March 12, 2:00-3:30pm (online or in person)

Black folk in predominantly white environments have often found it “exhausting” to continually describe for others the negative impact of racism on them. They have also felt it a burden to serve in the position of “teacher” representing the wider Black community, instead of being viewed as individuals with their own unique stories and needs.

UNH Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Nadine Petty, will moderate a panel discussion with Black Americans from diverse backgrounds who will share their stories on what it means to live in and love their own skin.

Additional Information and Registration

National Online Events