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Carolina celebrates Black History Month 2024

A Stone Center lecture by best-selling author Keisha N. Blain highlights a month of performances, talks and exhibits.

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UNC-Chapel Hill will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with lectures, performances and exhibitions.

The second highlights this year’s events. Keisha N. Blain, a New York Times best-selling author, award-winning historian and professor, will deliver the lecture at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Research in Black Culture and History.

Blain is the author of “Four Hundred Souls,” “Until I Am Free” and “Set the World on Fire.” She is also a columnist for MSNBC and received the 2022 Guggenheim and Andrew Carnegie fellowships.

Black History Month at Carolina also features these events:

  • The Carolina Black Caucus, a group for Black faculty and staff at Carolina, will take its annual community photo at noon Feb. 1 on the steps of South Building.
  • The at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union will open Feb. 2 with a 5:15-6:30 p.m. event.
  • University Libraries will present on Zoom, noon-1 p.m. Feb. 7. The project used text analysis and expert assessments of the North Carolina General Statutes from 1966 to 1967 to identify Jim Crow laws.
  • The Carolina Black Caucus and Carolina women’s basketball will host the at Carmichael Arena at 6 p.m. Feb. 15. The Tar ֲý will meet the Pitt Panthers in a game to honor the Black trailblazers at the University, including , and .
  • UNC-Chapel Hill Digital and Lifelong Learning will host a one-man live performance by Sonny Kelly, 3-5 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Friday Center. The performance elevates Black freedom fighters and veterans with North Carolina connections.
  • The Black Student Movement will host , starting with at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Upendo Lounge in the Student and Academic Services Building North.
  • The School of Social Work’s third installment of the features David Williams’ “The Virus of Racism: Understanding Its Threats and Mobilizing Defenses” noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 8. The four discussions of the series will be held virtually Feb. 8-29.

This story will be updated throughout February with more information as events are announced.