Black History Month Events at the University of Minnesota

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This page offers a sampling of events taking place systemwide throughout Black History Month 2023. Some events are more specifically related to Black History Month, and others are events that center Black creators and student groups and organizations. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of events. Submit your University of Minnesota event by emailing [email protected]Visit Where it Starts for stories of U of M students, faculty, staff, and alums

Crookston Events

Read the article, UMN Crookston Black Student Association returns in 2023 with renewed outlook

Book Giveaway
February 8 | 9 am to 1 pm
Northern Lights Lounge 

Book Club
At least one meeting in February highlighting The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Movie Night
Friday, February 10 | 7:30 pm
Heritage Hall Classroom

Trivia Night with Love
February 16 | 7:30 pm
Evergreen Hall Classroom (snacks provided)

February 21| 8 pm
Wellness Center (10 vs. 10)

Grocery Bag Bingo with GEE
February 23 | time TBD
Featuring BSA-sponsored prizes and bundles

Movie Night with GEE
February 26 | time TBD
Grand Theatre in downtown Crookston 

Duluth Events

Soul Food Dinner
February 11, 2023  | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
UMD’s Kirby Ballroom and Weber Music Hall
Soul Food is a showcase of Black talent, food, and culture. The event features good food, and the performances of many amazing performers.
Doors Open at 5 pm. Tickets: Students $10.00 Non-Students $13.00
Learn more

Film – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Life Science 185 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free and open to the Public. Sponsored by Women’s Resource and Action Center, Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Black Student Association.

Morris Events

International Fashion Show
Thursday, February 9 | 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Student Center, Edson Auditorium (600 East 4th Street, Morris, MN 56267)

Black Student Union Soul Food Dinner
Thursday, February 23 | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Student Center, Oyate Hall
Brought to you by the Black Student Union.

Rochester Events

MLK Celebration
Janurary 26, 2023| 11 am-1 pm
Usquare 3rd Floor Lobby
All students, faculty, and staff are invited to honor the life of Dr. King on January 23 - 26 from 11 am - 1 pm on the 3rd floor of USQ. Visit the table to learn and share stories about the impact of Dr. King's legacy, watch clips of the Eyes on the Prize documentary, collaborate on a mural, and more!

Valentines + Black History Movie Night
February 9, 2023 | 5-8 pm
One Discovery Square, Collaboration Hall
Pizza, movie snacks, Valentine's activity, and more!

Diversity Dialogue: Black History Month
February 14, 2023 | 4-5 pm
Usquare 414
Hosted by the Black Student Union
Diversity Dialogues are hosted by the UMR Diversity and Inclusion Committee, a group consisting of UMR staff, faculty, and students focused on supporting UMR's continued development of an inclusive campus climate.

Poetry Night
February 16, 2023| 5-6:30 pm
At the Nest
Hosted by Intercultural Initiatives

Ebony Night
March 2023, date to be announced
A celebration of Black Pride and Talent. More details to be posted on Raptor Link.

Twin Cities Events

Honoring Historically Black Colleges and Universities: HBCU INFO SESSION w/ FREE FOOD
February 7 | 5:00-6:30pm
Smith Hall 231 (or email  [email protected] to request a Zoom link)
Registration Required
Through the National Student Exchange (NSE), U of M undergrads can exchange to a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) for a semester or year! Students continue to pay U of M tuition and receive most U of M financial aid and scholarships. Credits transfer back easily to the U of M. There are 11 HBCUs available for exchange through NSE: Alabama State, Bowie State (MD), Florida A&M, NC Central, Prairie View A&M (TX), SC State, Southern University (LA), Tuskegee University (AL), UVI St. Croix, UVI St. Thomas, and Virginia State.
The priority application deadline for fall 2023 or spring 2024 is February 15th, 2023. Begin your application anytime: Can't make the info session or have questions? Email David Holliday at [email protected].

MSA, OSU, and MCSE present Race and Diversity: Lessons From the Early Muslim Community
February 9 | 4:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union 
A night filled with learning and fun! There will be insightful discussions, speeches by our keynote speakers, artwork by local artists, and delicious food. Get ready to hear from Brother Abdul-Malik Merchant and Ustadha Faduma Warsame!

Weisman Art Museum presents Conversation: Chotsani Elaine Dean and Yuichiro Onishi
February 15 | 6:00 pm
Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Free, Register for event here
An artist talk with professors Yuichiro Onishi and Chotsani Elaine Dean about the layered ideas in Dean’s artwork, on view now at the Weisman as part of the exhibition, EBB/FLOW. Be a part of a conversation with CHOTSANI ELAINE DEAN, artist and Assistant Professor of Ceramics, and YUICHIRO ONISHI, Professor of African American & African Studies and Asian American Studies Program, both at the U of M Twin Cities. Moderated Q & A will follow the dialogue.

Let's Chat About Race and Cancer Research
February 22 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Virtual and open to the public. 
Register at
The Office of Community Outreach and Engagement at the Masonic Cancer Center is hosting a virtual event on the role of race in cancer research. We will be joined by Dr. Mya Roberson, Assistant Professor of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, for a discussion on the role of Critical Race Theory in cancer outcomes research with a reflection on how historical processes affect contemporary cancer research. This discussion will also offer key insights for how to center patient voice and health equity in cancer research.

Screening: This Free North
February 23 | 5 - 7 p.m.
Land O' Lakes Center for Excellence (formerly Bierman Field Athletic Building), Polaris Room
Free and open to the public. 
Register at
The Black Faculty & Staff Association presents a screening of This Free North followed by a conversation with special guest Dr. John S. Wright and facilitator Nathanial Stewart.

Black Student Union Unity Dinner
February 27 | 6 pm - 8 pm 
Huntington Stadium, Cambria Room
Join students and staff for a formal event hosted in collaboration with Black student organizations on campus to commemorate the events and experiences that defined Black History Month on campus, as well as the history that created and defines Black History Month in the United States. For accommodations, please contact [email protected]. Free dinner provided, RSVP requested. 

A Tender Spirit, A Vital Form: Arlene Burke-Morgan and Clarence Morgan
Janurary 17- March 18
Katherine E. Nash Gallery
Arlene Burke-Morgan (1950-2017) and Morgan (b. 1950) (née Clarence Morgan) epitomized the artist-couple: in love with each other and devoted not only to their art but also to their family and faith, and to the wider community of students and artists. Morgan joined the Department of Art faculty in 1992 and retired as Professor of Art at the end of 2021. Arlene Burke-Morgan also taught as a lecturer in the Department of Art from 1992 to 1996. The exhibition consists of 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and related ephemera.

Twin Cities Black Student Union Events

Learn more about the Twin Cities BSU here.

Black Activism at the University of Minnesota
February 2 | 4:30 p.m.
BSU Room (Memorial Union 209)
Learn about the origins of the Black Student Union and hear from alumni that were at the Morrill Hall takeover!

Movie Night: Love Jones
February 6 | 7:30 p.m.
President's Room, Memorial Union

Hip Hop Dance Class
February 10 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Barbara Barker Dance Center, 200
Register Here
Learn hip-hop dance choreographer Averie Mitchell-Brown.

Events Off Campus