Graphic for Black History Month 2024 with images of Martin Luther King Jr. and students dancing with arms uplifted.
Black History Month 2024
African Americans and the Arts

Black History Month

Black History Month 2024 graphic with background artistic image of a woman

Why We Celebrate

Black History Month is a time to recognize the important contributions of the Black community throughout American history and society and resilience in the face of discrimination.

Throughout the month of February, Ohio University celebrates Black History Month. The national theme for 2024 is “African Americans and the Arts,” recognizing the contributions that Black Americans have made to the visual and performing arts, music and more. We use this month as a call to our OHIO community to study the history of Black Americans and help cultivate an environment where Black life can be sustained, protected and respected.

Join us for events, lectures and presentations to celebrate and discuss “African Americans and the Arts."

Black History Month Events

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Being Black at OHIO

In celebration of Black History Month, we invited members of our OHIO community to share what "Being Black at OHIO" means to them. We hope to amplify our Black students, faculty and staff and discuss the truths and realities of Black Resistance.

Samba Bah, Doctoral Student  

Christine Blay, Second-Year Student

Chelsea Tano, Third-Year Student

Alesha Davis, Third-Year Student

Arthur Bargainer, First-Year Student 

Bose Maposa, Graduate Student 

Black History in Athens

Explore Black History

  • Ohio University Black History Pinterest Board

    Peruse materials related to Black history & African-American student life at Ohio University from collections of University Archives, Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections, Ohio University Libraries.

  • Black History Tour of Athens

    This virtual tour focuses on achievements of African Americans in Athens, many of which emplaced the foundations for future successes of African Americans in and outside of our community.

  • Reading List from Alden Library

    Alden Library offers a collection of general and subject-specific materials on anti-racism.

Black History Month Committee Members

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion would like to thank Black History Month committee members for their contributions — including their time and energy — that ensure a successful month of celebration. The committee members are: Acie Clayborne, Sally Delgado, Larry Hayman, Gary Holcomb, Courtney Kessel, Keamogetse Yasmine Khudu, and Lisa Quinn.