UD celebrates Black History Month

Olympic track and field athlete John Carlos, whose demonstration at the 1968 Mexico Olympics has become one of the world’s most instantly recognizable images, will speak Feb. 20 as part of UD’s Black History Month celebration. Photo by Nathaniel Anderson

The University of Delaware is observing Black History Month with a diverse array of events and activities through March that celebrate the achievements of African Americans and honor their role in U.S. history.

This year is particularly significant—2018 marks the 50th anniversary of 1968, a watershed year for the civil rights movement. From the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, to defiant protests calling for social change, to establishment of the Fair Housing Act, 1968 is often considered to be one of the most consequential years in America’s history. Over the coming months, UDaily will be publishing stories to remember 1968.

Select upcoming Black History Month programs are detailed below, with additional events and details on the Center for Black Culture’s calendar and the UD events calendar. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Feb. 14, from noon-3 p.m., in the University of Delaware Morris Library, Room 114: Celebration of Frederick Douglass Day, the 200th anniversary of his chosen birthday. This year, UD is one of the central hubs for an international transcribe-a-thon presented by UD’s Colored Conventions Project, the Smithsonian Transcription Center and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Learn more and register online. Feb. 17, at 7:15 p.m., Main Street Movies 5: Viewing and discussion of Black Panther. Black Panther is the first marvel movie to feature a black superhero–one who grapples with inner power and outward persecution. Students are invited to a pre-event social at the Center for Black Culture. Feb. 20, at 5 p.m., in Trabant Theater: Lecture, “Fifty years later ‘We’ Still Raising our Fists,” featuring John Carlos, renowned former track and field athlete who was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame. Carlos made world history during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City when he made a speechless statement urging social justice during the medal ceremony.

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