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Black History Month 2023

Established in 1915 by Carter G Woodson, Black History Month is an intersectional celebration that honors Black excellence in our history and in the present. African Americans have a rich history of perseverance and creativity. Black Americans are and always have been fundamental pioneers to American society, despite all adversity. This curation celebrates the history of the Black community, including hair styles, mental health advocacy, activist and resistance movements, resilience, and joy.

Black History Month 2023 with 14 different Black faces, a fist, and a heart

Image Created by Rachel Hogan MSLIS '23 and LAE Student Employee for the 2023 Display


This guide, and the accompanying physical display in Bird Library, was curated by graduate student Rachel Hogan (M.S. candidate in Library and Information Science) and Michelle Mitchell (Reference and Instruction Librarian). Both work in the Libraries' Department of Learning and Academic Engagement.

Special thanks to Marissa Willingham and Jolisa Smith in the Intercultural Collective department for consulting on this guide and creating the themes of the digital and physical displays.

Related Syracuse University Events & Projects

Special Collections Research Center Exhibit: "A Love Supreme: Black Cultural Expression and Political Activism of the 1960s and 1970s"

When: January 19-July 15, 2023
Where: Special Collections Research Center, 6th Floor, Bird Library

Our Stories: The Black History Preservation Project

When: Ongoing

Black History Month Celebration Events

When: January 31, 2023-February 28, 2023

Related City of Syracuse Events

Syracuse Soul Fest: A Celebration of Black Excellence
presented by Black Latino Asian Artist Coalition (BLAAC)

When: Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 6:00-10:00PM
Where: 103 Wyoming Street, Syracuse, NY 13202

15th Annual Black History Month Jazz Cabaret with Althea Jeanette & Rene Harris

When: Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 4:00-8:00PM
Where: Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 E Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 

Onondaga Historical Association's "Freedom Bound: Syracuse and the Underground Railroad"

When: Ongoing