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47 Social Media Accounts to Follow for Black History Month

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Professor of Anthropology, Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois CenterWhitney Battle-Baptiste, Professor of Anthropology, Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

February marks the start of Black History Month. Honoring Black History Month is certainly different this year, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has limited the in-person opportunities to observe Black history, how far we’ve come in the struggle for racial equity, and how far we have yet to go. A single month is not nearly enough time for commemorating Black Americans. So to help you be a better ally, advocate, and anti-racist, and to keep that energy coursing throughout the year, we’ve compiled a list of individuals and organizations to follow and engage with online. Here are 47 social media accounts to follow on Twitter and Instagram for Black History Month:


SBS Faculty

  • Elizabeth A. Sharrow | @e_sharrow
    Associate Professor of Public Policy and HIstory
    Research interests: the ways public policy has shaped understandings of gender, race, sexuality, disability, and class in U.S. politics over the past fifty years. 
  • Whitney Battle-Baptiste | @WBattleBaptiste
    Professor of Anthropology, Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center
    Research interests: the historical intersection of race, class, and gender in the shaping of cultural landscapes across the African diaspora; theoretical interests include Black feminist theory, African American material and expressive culture, and critical heritage studies.
  • Cedric de Leon | @Prof_deLeon
    Professor of Sociology, Director of the Labor Center
    Research interests: labor, race, political sociology, comparative historical sociology, theory, party politics in the US, India, and Turkey.
  • Tatishe Nteta | @TatisheNteta
    Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of the UMass Amherst Poll
    Research interests: the politics of race and ethnicity, public opinion, and political behavior; the impact of changing demographics and shifts in the sociopolitical incorporation of racial minorities on the contours of American race relations, campaigns, policy preferences, and participation.
  • Jonathan Wynn | @wynnsociology
    Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of Department of Sociology
    Research interests: the intersection of urban and cultural sociology.
  • Léonce Ndikumana | @LEONCENDIKUMANA
    Distinguished Professor of Economics; Director, African Policy Program, Political Economy Research Institute
    Research interests: capital flight from sub-Saharan Africa; macroeconomic policies in African countries; financial intermediation and real economic activit; capital flows, capital account and exchange rate regimes in African countries; economics and politics of conflicts and civil wars in Africa; post-conflict reconstruction, state building, and development in African countries; natural resources and domestic resource mobilization.
  • Brian Sargent | @bsarge
    Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Policy
    Research interests: Race and racism, economic sociology, comparative and historical methods, the politics of governmental reform, urban sociology.
  • Seyram Avle | @seyramavle
    Assistant Professor of Global Digital Media, Department of Communication
    Research interests: digital technology cultures and innovation across parts of Africa, China, and the United States; a critical approach towards understanding how digital technologies are made and used, as well as their implications for issues of labor, identity, and futures.
  • Leda Cooks | @lcooks4u
    Professor of Communication
    Research interests: power, identity, body, food and culture, particularly as they are connected to discourse and performance situated in the context of social justice, critical pedagogy and community activism.
  • Kathy Roberts Forde | @krforde
    Associate Professor of Journalism, SBS Associate Dean of Equity & Inclusion
    Research interests: democracy and the public sphere, the African American freedom struggle, the First Amendment, literary journalism, and the history of the book and print culture.



UMass Amherst and beyond

This is not a comprehensive or static list. If you know of any people and social media accounts we missed, please don't hesitate to reach out and let us know.

At the UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), we strive to foster a college culture and climate that is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. 

Our Values:

Commitment to Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The College is committed to taking action against racism in all forms and fostering an equitable and inclusive learning and working environment. While we have initiated significant steps forward, considerable work remains. We are working to develop an improved climate for everyone in SBS and the UMass community, as part of our commitment.

Social Progress and Justice. SBS has a long and proud tradition of critical inquiry, commitment to social progress and justice, and research and teaching relevant to society’s pressing needs. Whether focused on environmental policy and justice, inequalities related to class, gender, and race, political representation, promoting indigenous rights, use of communication technologies to promote social movements or change the political landscape, better understanding relationships between health and behavior, examining international inequalities or those near home, and myriad others, SBS research is at the forefront in seeking to improve the world.