February 2, 2021

Black History Month at UMass Amherst

Learn, get inspired, share, and celebrate

The concept of diversity, equity, and inclusion is essential to the educational mission of UMass Amherst. As Nefertiti Walker, UMass Amherst’s interim vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion and chief diversity officer, has said, “It will require intentional goal setting, data-informed decision making, and anti-racist action, to truly achieve our goal of inclusive excellence.”

The campus is immersed in these efforts 12 months a year, while the month of February presents special opportunities to learn, be inspired by, share, and celebrate Black history, heritage, and culture. See the links below for some of this month’s campus events, including lectures, dialogs, and podcasts.

Highlights include Marcelius Braxton of Capital Law School, who will speak about the Tulsa massacre of 1921 and “The Return of the Black Wall Street.” The Malcom X Cultural Center in collaboration with the Black Student Union will host a screening of “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution.”  Throughout the month, the office of equity and inclusion will host a special podcast, “The Black Experience Series.”

The focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion will continue through the semester, with a much-anticipated March 25 virtual presentation and Q&A by Anthony Jack, an assistant professor at Harvard University and author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students.