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Celebrating Black History Month

USC Marshall's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion celebrate Black History Month with Community Conversation, Black history facts

January 30, 2021

Black History MonthIn honor of Black History Month, USC Marshall’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) will highlight Black history on its website and host a virtual Community Conversation celebrating Black History Month, Feb. 19 from noon to 1 pm (registration information coming soon).

This year’s theme is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” This is the theme selected by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the 105-year-old institution that established Black History Month in 1976. Read more about the history of Black History Month here, and USC professors' thoughts on Black History Month here.

To celebrate and explore this theme, Marshall’s ODEI will be “highlighting Black family themes and facts every day for 28 days on our website,” said Tonisha Jester, senior associate director for Marshall’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. “It’s a complex topic that invites robust discussion, and we look forward to being a part of starting this discussion.”

2021 Black History Month USC News and Events

USC will celebrate Black History Month with a series of virtual events open to all.

USC President Carol Folt will kick off the month-long celebration with a virtual event featuring students, faculty, staff and community members at noon Feb. 1, 2021. Register here.  A complete list of USC Black History Month events, including lectures, discussions, even a film festival, can be found here.

Details of select events that celebrate Black History Month with thoughtful discussions and a film festival can be found here including:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 3 — Black Table Talk: Black & LGBTQ Identities
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 — Policing While Black/Panel Discussion
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 — FRO Fest
  • Friday, Feb. 19 — Black Fulbrighters: Experiences Abroad
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 — Black Women and Health Care Discrimination
  • Friday, Feb. 26 — ‘All-Negro Comics’ and Counter-histories of Race in the Golden Age

We will continue to update this page with more news, events, and insights throughout the month.