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Black History Month at Illinois

Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of Black heritage and culture. During the month of February we will be sharing events and stories of impact from Black students, alumni, faculty and staff in the Illinois community.

Black History Month Events


Making History: Selected Stories

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  • Storied: Sharing the beauty and wonder of physics

    A profile on physics professor and director of the Beckman Institute, Nadya Mason

  • Illinois professor's stories address race, complicated family relationships

    David Wright, English professor, tells stories about race and the complex relationships between people of different races.

  • Storied: Ed Jackson, Jr.

    Illinois alumnus reflects on his experience as chief architect for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

  • Storied: Q&A with Trey Harris, EDU '21

    A profile on Illinois student Trey Harris

  • Storied: Making Big Waves

    A profile on alumna Kim Lewis, CEO and cofounder of CurlMix, celebrates curly hair while investing in her hometown.

  • Virtual tour of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

    Illinois is home to many cultural and resource centers. One of these is the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, or BNAACC for short.

  • Storied: Remembering Bronzeville

    Alumna Dawn Turner’s striking new memoir is an homage to the power of sisterhood and to the ways in which fate plays a role in our lives.