Black History Month at SLCC

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Salt Lake Community College does not tolerate hate in any form, and one of our core values is inclusivity. As the college learned last week during a shocking and difficult incident, racial intolerance often rears its ugly head when it is least expected. In support of our students, staff and faculty who were witness to that incident, SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin offered her thoughts and clearly detailed the college’s stand against racism. President Huftalin's message can be found here

SLCC is deeply committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all students, and programming such as what is being offered during Black History Month is important to our efforts. Education is key to combating racism, and as such the college is offering many opportunities to be involved and celebrate. 

This year, the Black Student Union (BSU) has organized a series of events for Black History Month. We encourage students, faculty and staff to join is these celebrations and important moments of reckoning with past, present and future:

Black Student Union (BSU) Poetry Slam

Thursday, February 4, 2021
Taylorsville Redwood Student Center (STC) Copper Room
Noon-2 p.m.

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 882 2577 3978
Passcode: 890328

Black Panther Screening

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Virtual Event
All Day

More Info 

No More Silence: A BSU Panel Discussion

Friday, February 12, 2021
In-person and Virtual
Taylorsville Redwood Student Center (STC) Oak Room*
1:30-3:30 p.m.

Watch the Panel Recording

Cultural Fashion Extravaganza

Thursday, February 18, 2021
In-person and Virtual
Taylorsville Redwood Student Center (STC) Oak Room
Noon-1:30 p.m.

Register Here

Zoom Link

Passcode: BSUFashion

African American Read-in

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Virtual Event
Noon-2 p.m.

More Info
Zoom Link
Passcode: 418007

"When Will It Stop?": A Conversation with Keyon Harrold

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Virtual Event
5-6 p.m.

Join Zoom EVENT
Meeting ID: 828 8451 0110
Passcode: BHM2021!

About Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries worldwide, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.


Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.

In the decades that followed, mayors of cities across the country began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of Black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses. 

President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.

Black History Month Today

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent.

The Black History Month 2021 theme, "Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity" explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States.

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