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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
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UB and student clubs observe Black History Month

A cumulated list of events to attend that celebrate Black history this month

<p>The Freedom Wall, by John Baker, Julia Bottoms, Chuck Tingley and Edreys Wajed, located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street.&nbsp;</p>

The Freedom Wall, by John Baker, Julia Bottoms, Chuck Tingley and Edreys Wajed, located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street. 

Black History Month is dedicated to preserving and honoring the accomplishments and triumphs of African Americans throughout U.S. history.

The UB event calendar includes the entirety of events being held on campus in February, along with guest speakers invited on behalf of different associations. Here are some of them:

The Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC) is holding events throughout the month, including its “tough topics” series. The events held revolve around discussions of Black love, the intersectionality of the Black community, and the destruction of Black affirmations. IDC events are held in room 240 in the Student Union.

The Black Student Union, one of the biggest clubs on campus, is also holding events. One of the club’s most-known is Black explosion. This event is an annual fashion show which is held to “celebrate, uplift and empower artistic expression in the Black community through fashion, art and music amongst students and the community,” as stated on the UBlinked event page.

Distinguished Speaker Series:

UB is inviting Sherrilyn Ifill, civil rights lawyer and former President/Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, on Feb. 16, as a part of its Distinguished Speaker Series

 On Feb. 18, Brittany Jones, a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University, will present a virtual presentation on the topic “Why aren’t Black people allowed to fear in U.S. history?”

The final event, on Feb. 28, will be a conversation with U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York Trini E. Ross titled, “Celebrating Black History.” Ross earned a Juris Doctor (a graduate-entry degree in law) from UB in 1992. 

Additionally, members of the campus community can show support to Buffalo’s Black community by promoting and purchasing from Black-owned businesses.

Morgan ST. Ross contributed to the reporting of this story.

Victoria Hill is the senior news editor and can be reached at victoria.hill@ubspectrum.com 

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