Celebrate Black History Month
A Note From Kabrina K. Chang, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at the Questrom School of Business
Black History Month is an annual celebration of the culture and history of African Americans and a time to honor their role in US history. In September 1915, Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting the achievements of Black Americans and other people of African descent. ASNLH sponsored a Negro History Week in 1926. By the late 1960’s Negro History Week evolved into Black History Month. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976 calling on Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
The theme for Black History Month in 2023 is Black Resistance. This theme explores how African Americans have resisted ongoing oppression in all forms throughout our nation’s history. This special series has pieces on African American culture, current events, history, and a Tiny Desk concert by Lady Wray.
While you are on Instagram or TikTok check out The Block, a student-run-and-created space dedicated to building community and highlighting Black joy at BU.
Hey food lovers, have you heard of Comfort Kitchen? Its only one of Boston’s most anticipated restaurant openings this year. Or, if you are extra hungry, take the Boston Black Restaurant Challenge and enjoy delicious food from Boston neighborhoods and food trucks.
Looking for a good book? Frugal Bookstore, the only Black-owned bookstore in Boston, has several titles to add to your list, and BU Today has compiled a list of books, pods, and films celebrating Black History.
I hope you will take a moment to learn more about this month and join in the celebration.
Kabrina K. Chang
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Boston University Questrom School of BusinessClinical Associate Professor, Markets, Public Policy, and Law