In honor of Black History Month (BHM), Syracuse University’s Multicultural Affairs, within the Student Experience Division, hosts a series of events in the month of February in collaboration with campus departments and student organizations. Black History Month honors the rich traditions of the African Diaspora through programming. The unique contributions and dynamic histories of people of African descent will enliven the Black cultural aesthetic via programming, dialogue and cuisine. Please see the full schedule of events below:
Feb. 1: Black History Month Information Fair
Feb. 1: Black History Month Kickoff Celebration Featuring Cleotrapa
Feb. 2: Faculty and Student Mixer
Feb. 2: Snaps and Taps Black Poets Talkback
Feb. 3: BraVa Children’s Theatre – Black History Month Cabaret
Feb. 7: CommuniVersity – Black-Arab Solidarities: A Brief and Interactive History
Feb. 8: Black History Month Open Gallery
Feb. 8: Commemorative Event – Night at the Museum
Feb. 8: Rhythm Revival Zumba
Feb. 9: 3rd Annual Afropreneurship Competition
Feb. 9: Tony International Live Jazz Music Under Spoken Word
Feb. 9: Orange After Dark: Trap N’ Paint
Feb. 13: Black Beauty Expo
Feb. 13: CommuniVersity – The Art of Generational Wealth
Feb. 13: Rhythm Revival Zumba
Feb. 14: National Douglass Day “Transcribe-A-Thon”
Feb. 14: SCRC Frederick Douglass Pop-Up Exhibition
Feb. 15: Black History Month Career Mixer
Feb. 16: 20th Annual WellsLink Transitions Ceremony and Keynote Speaker: Jenn Harper
Feb. 16: JMAD Presents “A Tribute to Donny Hathaway and Friends”
Feb. 19: BHM Week of Wellness – Mind, Body, Defense With Tahirah Abdul-Quadir
Feb. 20: BHM Week of Wellness – Basketball Classic
Feb. 21: BHM Week of Wellness – Mental Health Talk
Feb. 22: “The Right to Read” – Documentary Screening and Discussion
Feb. 22: All Wheels! No Ceilings! BHM Soul Skate
Feb. 22: Rhythm Revival Zumba
Feb. 23: Men of Color Initiative (MCI) Induction Ceremony
Feb. 24: A Celebration of Black Icons in Dance and Music
Feb. 25: Malmgren Concert Series – Black History Month Concert
Feb. 27: Rhythm Revival Zumba
March 3: Daring to Dream Gala
Ongoing: Black History Month Research Guide
Ongoing: Community Folk Art Center Presents “Unveiled Echoes” by Jalen Law
Ongoing: “Existing Outside the Lines – The Colors of Resistance” Book Display
Syracuse University’s Black History Month Committee invites you to a formal gala celebrating students’ ability to think beyond reality and to wish for and create a better and Blacker future. Enjoy live performances by musical artists and a delicious catered buffet dinner.
The event takes place on March 3 at Goldstein Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m. This is a black tie event. Tickets are free for Syracuse University students, faculty and staff, and are available through the Student Box Office.
Let’s gather to recognize the remarkable achievements and contributions of Black culture on campus and beyond!
Itanwa Orinwa (Our Story, Our Song) is a graduation ceremony dedicated to celebrating the achievements of Syracuse University graduates of color. ltanwa Orinwa was founded in 2002 at Syracuse University by a group of distinguished Black students.
The mission is to create an annual observance honoring all degree candidates who identify as being part of the African Diaspora. This includes, but is not exclusive to: African American, African, Caribbean and Latin students. The purpose of this celebration is to acknowledge the historical plight of our people’s pursuit to and through higher education systems, and to provide a historical voice and story that can be a legacy for generations to come.
The Class of 2024 Itanwa Orinwa keynote speaker will be announced in the spring semester.
Degree recipients who would like to be honored during the ceremony, as well as faculty and staff who would like to process at the ceremony, are asked to complete the Itanwa Orinwa registration form by Friday, May 3. Non-degree recipients and all other attendees do not need to register.